Preparing for 2017

So, on this New Year's Eve day, it is raining outside in Kentucky. I am still in pajama pants and sipping coffee at my computer, and I have a lot on my mind (per usual). 

 Yuck. Where's the sun? Or the snow? :) 

Yuck. Where's the sun? Or the snow? :) 

2016 went by SO FAST, and was generally crappy. I know I am not the only one that feels this way. And I hate to start out talking to you using such negative connotations. But sometimes the truth is not pleasant. 

Don't get me wrong, I have had a ton of great times with friends and family, and have experienced more blessings and joy than I can count. But I am not sad to see this year go! A new chapter of life ahead looks like a breath of fresh air. I don't want to look back. So I am peering into the future, and thinking about what I am sure a lot of others are thinking, too - What do I want to accomplish in 2017? 

Here are a few things I want to do this year...... 

Get Healthy

I know that losing weight is essential for me, and also taking needed medications, and focusing on nurturing my body every single day. #1 resolution among the masses! 

Recycle Regularly

It just seems like the very least I can do, considering that our county provided us with a free recycling can and a pickup schedule! (I mean, really!) 

Organize & Purge

I am vowing to clear out closets and drawers and cabinets over time this year, as well as keeping a concise planner, with all my important dates and information. I already have the planner, I just have to write in it like a normal person would - again, the very least I can do!. Also, I am hoping this will curb my anxiety over the unknown.  

Read My Bible

I know that whipping out the app once or twice a month is just not cutting it. Even more than feeling like this is a "requirement", I want to not only learn more about what God thinks, but also to feel closer and closer to Him. This is one way of many I know that it can be accomplished. 

Quiet Time

Although I am definitely an introvert, even if I am alone from human contact, I feel so many times I have to be around something making noise to feel safe and secure. It distracts from connecting with God and doesn't allow me to think clearly. 

Save Money

Less makeup, coffee stops, and eating out. Enough said! 

Love 

Always my heart's desire! More love, less judgement. What is anything if love is not involved? 


I am a stickler for perfectionism, so I have to to really work on maintaining a focus on a limited number of goals. In the past, I have not really formulated a good plan to accomplish anything, because I felt like certain failure was imminent. Finally, at 30 years of age and after a boat load of therapy, I realize that this type of thinking definitely will accomplish nothing. I know that if I am confident and passionate about my goals, then I can achieve them. So part of my thoughts this morning is positive, affirmative statements that I am reciting repetitively. 

I am smart
I am a good person
I am enough

Try it, you might like it! 

Hope you enjoy your New Year's Eve! And if you are thinking about bettering yourself in 2017, know that I believe you can do it!  

Real LifeCharity Massengale