2017 Goals and Resolutions + My Trip to Nashville, TN

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
Jack Daniels Distillery

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone’s weekend was as lovely as mine was. For our birthdays, M and my sister took her boyfriend and me up to Nashville to explore and ring in 2017.

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
Sandwiches at Pork Belly Cafe in Nashville
Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
Bacon Cinnamon Roll at Pork Belly Cafe… Yum!
Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
Liquor and beer tasting at Corsair Brewstillery

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
Bearded Iris Brewery
Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
AMAZING burgers at Riverside Grillshack!

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
Southern Grist Brewing

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions
Breakfast at Pinewood Social

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Domesticate Kate | 2017 Resolutions

Spending time with family and one of my longest and dearest friends was the best way that I can think of to close out 2016.

Now that I am back home and somewhat have our house put back together, I’ve had some time to sit down and think about my goals for 2017. 2016 was a big year for me in many ways, good and bad. I am glad to go into 2017 with a positive outlook and a more stable lifestyle. (Yay post grad life!)

Considering that one of my goals is not to overload myself as per usual, I will keep this list short and sweet.

1.  As I just said, I am trying to live a more balanced lifestyle.

I am addicted to stress. Between years of engineering school, working several jobs at a time, waiting tables, etc., I’ve come to realize that I am addicted to the stress. When I am in a period of lower stress in my life, I compulsively add more responsibilities until I am absolutely ripping my hair out. This year, I aim to let myself have downtime and learn to enjoy it.

2.  Get my eating back in order (and give up one of my true loves, fast food.)

During my last semester of college, I just threw my hands up and gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted; I was just focused on survival. It turns out that what I wanted was Cookout and McDonalds (and more Cookout). All day. Every day.

It was fun while it lasted, but now I feel like hot garbage, so back to meal prepping for me!

3.   Get back to the gym.

I feel like my best self when I am working out on a regular basis. I am charging into 2017 with a new gym membership, a month of CrossFit (Thanks Jessie!), and a new Couch to 5K account. To quote the best play ever, AKA Legally Blonde the Musical (but you knew that), “I want [me] whipped into shape!” I cried through day one today, but I know that day five will be easier.

4.   Try to be neater!

I am obsessive about my desk and my planner. And that’s about it.

I am a Grade A, certified slob. I’ll admit it. However, now that I am living with my boyfriend M, I should probably clean up my act to some extent. Can’t continue to subject others to my chaos.

5. And finally, be better at forgiving myself for things.

I have anxiety. I am harder on myself than anyone else will ever be. This year, my goal is to be more forgiving to me. I give everyone else a thousand chances; why can’t I do the same for myself? If I don’t reach a goal, that’s fine. I just have to step back and start over. And that’s okay.

Those are my 2017 resolutions! What are yours?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

Happy New Year, y’all!

Katie

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