2017 Goals

I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions. The word “resolution” just has this negative connotation to it, don’t you think? Maybe it’s just me… So, I don’t make resolutions. BUT as you all probably know, I do love to make goals, and there’s something refreshing and inspiring about a brand new year. Starting another year always pushes me to reflect on how my life is going on a day-to-day basis, and I like to make little goals for myself. I’m always pushing myself towards positivity and finding happiness in every day, and I’m ready for the new opportunities and challenges 2017 has to offer.

2017 Goals // Imperfect Chevron

Here are my goals for this fresh new year:

  1. Send more birthday cards: I always love receiving mail, and I know how special it makes me feel when I get a birthday card from a friend or family member. I really want to send my friends lovely little handmade birthday notes this year! It’s a simple but very meaningful way to tell the people I love how special they are!
  2. Spend more free time “hobbying:” with grad school taking up most of my time for the last couple of years, I really want to make my hobbies more of a priority again. I’ve missed sewing and painting, I love letting my creative energy just flow.
  3. Travel to Europe: more specifically, Paris, France. I’ve never been to Europe before, but my wanderlust is so real. One of the most important things in my life is traveling, and I’m so excited to visit Paris with my family next fall. I’m trying my best to learn French!
  4. Meet friends in my new city: having just moved to the SF bay area, I don’t have any friends yet here (other than the amazing people I work with!). I really want to meet some new friends here this year, to really establish my life here.
  5. Eat at a new restaurant at least once a month: I’ve just moved to the area, and it’s got some really great restaurants. It’s such a diverse community with an amazing variety of eateries, and I’m slowly building a list of my favorites! But it’s easy for me to fall into a comfy pattern of eating at just a couple places over and over. So I want to keep myself trying new restaurants as much as possible!

So there you go, a few goals I’ve made for myself for 2017! Do you have any goals?

*Side note: I just checked my inbox and have finally sorted through all of the messages! Sorry for the long wait on those responses. I am going to get better at checking them on a regular basis, I promise!*



23 Before 24

I’m having a little freak-out moment over here. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I’m turning 24, and this year just feels like it’s gone so fast and 24 just sounds like such a serious age…I know, I sound kind of silly. But I think (hope?) it’s normal to have some little anxieties around birthdays…mixed emotions, really, because nobody loves a good birthday week celebration like me. I’m basically the queen of birthday week. And yet I’m still a little nervous about the big two-four.

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Anyway, all freak-outs aside, I’m doing a little reflecting on the past year of my life and I thought it would be fun to think of 23 things I’ve done as a 23 year-old before I turn 24 tomorrow. So on this magnificent birthday-eve, here’s 23 Before 24:

  1. I lived in 4 states while I was 23 – Colorado, Pittsburgh, Florida, & North Carolina
  2. I finished graduate school
  3. I started eating burgers again
  4. I saw 200 manatee (all at the same time) and it was amazing
  5. I went back to ballet after a 3 year hiatus
  6. I started getting serious about eating right and exercising again (just in the last 2 weeks)
  7. I worked really hard on expanding my blog in a purposeful way
  8. I started preparing for the biggest exam of my whole life — NBCOT here I come
  9. I ate no real ice cream (lots of lactaid ice cream though)
  10. One of my best friends got married and I was there in spirit! I’m still drooling over her gorgeous photos.
  11. I’ve been in 15 states – Pittsburgh, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas
  12. I’ve been working on breaking the bad habit of biting my nails
  13. I went to a dueling piano bar because apparently that’s a thing now
  14. I ate fried green tomatoes for the first time ever (SO GOOD)
  15. I relied on a laundromat for 3 months. It wasn’t great, I wouldn’t recommend it
  16. I dyed my hair for the first time in my life (just highlights, but a big deal for me!)
  17. I made a list of trips I’d like to take next *hint: it’s a looong list*
  18. I lived without a kitchen for 3 months
  19. I confirmed that the career path I thought was for me, actually is for me. Yay!
  20. I found an amazing photo-editing app that I will probably be loyal to forever
  21. I started wearing my hair more natural instead of blow-drying it every day
  22. I was happy 95% of the time (a big portion of that sad 5% went to school stress)
  23. I realized I wanted to move back to Colorado for good