Monday, January 9, 2017

Goals for a Successful 2017

2016 will be pretty hard to beat. At this time last year, I was studying abroad in Barcelona and traveling around Europe on the weekends. Then, I spent my dream summer interning in New York. It’s pretty scary to think I don’t know what will happen this year, but that is also exciting. I’ve come up with some goals that I hope will help me succeed wherever this year takes me. 

1. Drink more water

Okay, this is at the top of my list of goals every year, and for good reason. It is a running joke with my family that if we were stranded in a desert, I would survive the longest because I wouldn’t get thirsty. While this is funny, I know dehydration can lead to illness, exhaustion and more, so I am hoping to fix my bad habits. I’m not expecting to drink the recommended eight cups of water a day, but I think four bottles of water a day will be a major improvement.

2. Be a better friend

College can be so hectic sometimes that I am not always the best at staying in touch with all of the people in my life. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially as graduation gets closer, because soon I could be working at a job that's far away from my friends and family at home and school. This doesn’t mean we can’t stay in touch. Even if it is just sending a quick “How are you?” text or tagging someone in a goofy dog video on Instagram, I want to do what I can to be more mindful of my friends and be a supportive presence in their lives. 

3. Take time to unwind

I’m the type of person who has a hard time saying “no” to taking on more tasks and sets extremely high expectations for myself. Even though this has helped me get good grades and internships, sometimes it takes its toll. This year, I want to have some more “me time” and do more things for fun — like going out with friends, binge-watching a Netflix show or playing tennis. I’m also hoping I can sneak a vacation somewhere into my first year as a post-grad. 

What are your goals for 2017?

xo, Annabeth


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