3 Challenges You Should Take On In 2017

Throughout 2016, I kept wishing that 2017 was here. Last year was hard. I struggled with loss and change in numerous areas of my life. Image resultThis year, I decided to clearly define my goals in different areas of my life to make certain I would have S.M.A.R.T goals set for this year that would be realistic but still drive me to grow overall. A few of these goals involve; writing more blog posts, travelling, attending church more often, networking, reading and learning more outside of school and work. Personally, I am very proud of the goals I have outlined for this year. I have provided the spreadsheet I used to outline my goals to hopefully inspire you to do something similar, or use the exact one I created to create and track your goals.

View it here: 2017-goals-spreadsheet

Not only do I encourage you to track your goals, but to take on a few challenges! Imagine how boring life would be if we weren’t challenged at least some of the time.

So I’m challenging you this year…

Start a new activity – One of my colleagues actually goes to pottery sessions and I find this so cool. I have been playing with the idea of going to either a pottery class or a glass-making course? I have always been artsy and figured, why not explore a new creative activity. Also, at work right now, I have a television stand that one of the warehouse managers brought in, he didn’t want it anymore so he gave it to a friend of mine at work and she gave it to me…now I have it sitting under a desk and eventually I plan to bring it home and refinish it – turning it into something new. So I challenge you to begin exploring new activities, it might just get you excited about the year ahead! 

Take out the trash – I find it difficult to let things go. Let physical things go, people go, situations go, and honestly it is the most unhealthy habit to have. It doesn’t make sense to hoard poor relationships, situations or material things. Before the year started, I began cleaning up – getting rid of old clothing, limiting conversations with people who don’t add value to my life and organizing my world. This is an encouraging reminder for you to begin taking out the trash. Reflect a bit on your relationships – are there toxic people in your life who have remained in your life, simply because you have a history together? If so, maybe it is time to take out the trash and create new relationships.

Change your attitude – Who you were in 2016 and how they treated you no longer matters. It’s time we change our attitude and take control of our lives again. I must be honest, I went to church yesterday and the pastor expressed this so perfectly, sometimes we hold on to situations and it consumes our present more than it helps what we actually went through. Naturally, we continue to breathe life into situations that truly don’t add value to our goals and desires. Just a small change to your attitude in 2017 will activate change in every aspect of your walk. I challenge you to make daily perspective changes. Start your mornings with gratitude and end your evenings in deep reflection. Ask yourself what you can do to contribute to the lives of others and manifest your dreams into realities.

Feel free to comment and let me know how your year is going, or tell me how my spreadsheet helped you with your goals! I’d love to hear from you.

Oxxo (Because Three Small Changes Can Rock Your World), LUV,