At the beginning of 2016, I decided on a word for the year. 


I didn't even bother to truly set a New Year's resolution.  I guess it's because I knew I would fail.


Such a strong word. 

But 'tis true, unfortunately. 

I will say this. I have failed SEVERAL times this year...but I have continued to get up fighting. 

And for the first time in like, forever, I have decided to plan ahead for the New Year.  

Remember that #summer16 Bucket List at which I failed miserably? (yeah, there's that word again)

But as I prepare for 2017 and its many uncertainties (which I may muster up the courage to talk about later this year), I have set out to plan for the year to come.  

I don't consider this a Resolution.  I fear referring to it as a resolution because, unfortunately, I'm in the 96% of those who don't keep their resolutions. 

This weekend or sometime in the next week, I'm going to sit down and use my computer to map out what I want to accomplish and a deadline to get those particular tasks accomplished.  

I do have an idea of three things I hope to accomplish in 2017. I won't put a deadline on it, but just know that they are things I want to get done.

  1. Get into my size 10 jeans! In the beginning of 2015, I was down about 25-30 pounds and I really needed to buy new clothes (but my body had arrived at my weight loss faster than my mind had; I wasn't prepared to get new clothes, and I didn't really think that I NEEDED new clothes). One day, my best friend and I went to Plato's Closet, so that she could sell some of her clothes. While we were waiting for the associates to sift through the clothes she brought in, we decided to walk around. Mind you, I had been so accustomed to being "larger" and I just KNEW nothing in the mostly-junior-sizes store would fit me.  I didn't even put much effort into finding a new outfit (or two). I was strictly SKIMMING around the store. Until...I ran across two pairs of AE for $15 a piece.  What a STEAL! But then I was crushed when I saw the size...size 11? No way, I cannot fit that. My best friend reassured me that I could.  I brushed it off to her just being sweet (I should've known that she was telling me the truth about being able to fit them; she's one of those friends who will ALWAYS give it you straight) and put the jeans back on the rack.  After five more minutes of walking around the store, I found myself BACK at the rack with the cute jeans.  "Try them on," I said to myself. "You may surprise yourself." And boy, was I surprised! I remember CRYING in the dressing room because I was so proud that, at age 21, I had fit into size 10 jeans for the first time in over 5 years!  Needless to say, I cannot wait to get that feeling back!
  2. Read or listen to two books a month. I used to LOVE reading. And then when I was in elementary school, reading became more of a competition (anybody else have to read AR books and take AR tests?!), which took the fun out of it. Then of course, when I got to high school, I didn't have time to read books for leisure (and I read so many books in AP English that I didn't really desire to read.)  Nevertheless, I credit my vivid imagination to both being an only child (I had to play by myself many-a-day) and reading books. I recently signed up for a Book of the Month Club subscription. I got my first book for FREE and I couldn't decide between the book I got for free and another book. I ended up getting the second one for $10. So basically I got two books for $10; I looked both books up on Amazon and they each cost over $10 by themselves for the hardback covers.  So for December (and parts of January probably), I plan to knock out those books.  For the rest of January, I will get one personal development book in; it will most likely be a book about mindset.  I have a list of personal development books I want to listen to/read, so I'll be posting that soon!
  3. Revamp this blog, which may even come with a name change! As much as I have loved "Sweat and Sweet Tea," I feel that its days have played out and aren't representative of me anymore. While I haven't decided on a new name for the blog, I do think that the new name will be a lot simpler than S+S. I am also researching other options for blog hosting; I LOVE the simplicity of blogger, but I lack the programming skills that I need to really customize this site the way I would like. I would prefer NOT to have to dish out a lot of money for a programmer to work on my site the way that I would like, but that is definitely an option right now.  Stay tuned for updates!

I hope that you have enjoyed this mini "catch up sesh"! I will see you in the next blog post!