Goals for 2017 // 2017の目標

(This is a post that was transferred from my Wordpress blog. Original post date is the first week of January, 2017)

We're only a week into 2017 and I've already thought of a dozen project ideas for this year. The biggest challenge is sticking with them, as I have the nasty habit of starting something and leaving it unfinished. So I've decided to make a nice little blog post detailing them, in the hopes that will make me stick to my resolutions. By the way, I made 6 goals because 6 is my favorite number. :)

Goal 1: Become more body-positive

In 2016, due to a combination of late night vending machine binging and sleeping at 2 am every night, I gained about 10 pounds. I noticed this the first week of December, and totally freaked out. It's not that I hadn't noticed, but more that I didn't want to look at my body more than I had to. However, I made a choice to take a step back and look at what I was eating, and I'm glad I made that choice. I've lost the 10 pounds I gained in the matter of a month, and the weight loss has done wonders for my confidence.
This being said, I still have a long road ahead of me. I tried taking a full body photo of myself today, and ended up deleting it with a sour taste in my mouth. I still have ways to go in terms of my weight loss (I'll address that in another Goal) but as the days pass, I'm actively trying to love the skin I'm in.

Goal 2: Get somewhere with Japanese

The title sounds like I'm being hard on myself, but I've really been struggling these days to find what study method works for me.  When I was in Japan for 2 weeks this past June, I picked up a lot of new Japanese from being in an environment where I couldn't speak English.
Now that I'm back home, I'm not retaining information as easily, and it's hard not to feel unmotivated or exasperated at my (lack of) progress. I used to use Memrise (a wonderful language learning website) a lot, so I'm hoping I can kick myself into gear and start learning some useful things before I head to Japan for my study abroad.

Goal 3: Reach my goal weight

The last time I was 100 pounds, I was a freshman in high school. Those were the days I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound, but since then my body has matured a lot and no longer allows such shenanigans. I'm currently only 117 pounds, so I don't have far to go.
The one thing that may end up hindering my weight loss is the god-awful vegetarian selection offered at my University. There were many days last semester where I either went hungry or ate cereal because there was no food I could eat. I'm still on this meal plan, but it's only for one more semester so I'll grin and bear it. One perk of next semester is that my schedule is pretty light, so I'll have more time to go to the gym.

Goal 4: Build strong friendships

The beginning of the year was rough for me. Basically, it made me realize that nobody is perfect, and that I shouldn't depend so heavily on one person. It also taught me to let things go, and to see a situation as something positive.
In 2017, I want to strengthen the bonds I have with those around me that I may have neglected. I want to build healthy and happy friendships , and maybe make some new friends along the way.

Goal 5: Get closer to God

This may come as a shocker, but I'm really working on my faith these days. I've never been a religious person, despite attending Catholic school and going to mass most of my life. I've never felt a connection with God, and a part of me always wanted to have a bond with Him.
After the 'friend breakup' I had, my gut told me to contact my friend Charis, and have a personal Bible talk with her. Charis has always brought me along to Christian events, such as mass or bible talk, and I've always had fun because the community was so welcoming. Even though I didn't believe, I was invited to events with open arms. After my personal Bible talk, I went straight to Barnes and Nobles and bought a Bible and a notebook. This year, I want to learn more about the Christian faith and explore what opportunities faith can bring me.

Goal 6: Be Happy

Maybe you saw this one coming. This is a goal I make every year, and 2017 is no different. Last year had a rough start for me, but ended up being a pretty good year. I went abroad, I entered a new relationship, and I focused on my mental health a lot more.
I want to spend more time documenting my happy times, and make an effort to do things that make me happy. I want to notice the little things in life, and keep working on my mental and physical health. I want to stop being so critical of myself, and my failures. I want to stop scolding myself over things I did wrong, because in the end, I tried.
And that's something worth celebrating💕