Happy 2017!

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Nothing is more promising than the start of another brand new year! The thoughts of new adventures, new beginnings, new goals to set and meet, new experiences, and making more fond memories with the family is enough to excite anyone awake!

Our 2017 started off late simply because we spent the first few hours of it watching old favorite films on the tellie. We watched Lady in the Water, Anastasia, and Mulan 1 and 2. The little man dosed off a little after the first film was over but woke up in the middle of Mulan. He instantly fell in love with it {and was asking to watch it again after a few days!  😀 }. We finished watching a little before the break of dawn.

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New Years Eve!

We went out to catch some fresh New Year’s air around dinnertime because the little one requested to eat at KFC.  As always, he enjoyed his meal. It was also commendable that KFC offers mineral water as alternative to those who do not want to drink soft drinks. We strolled around for a bit before finally heading home.

Of course, welcoming the new year is never complete without the proverbial New Years Resolutions. But I have long given up on them in favor of New Year Goals, which are more specific, realistic and achievable. Here are my 2017 goals:

  • Do 100 Crunches a Day ~ now this may be quite a feat as I have been quite inactive the past year. But I set out to be healthier and fitter this year {and finally get rid of the sagging mid-section, I hope!} and would kick-start this goal by doing 100 crunches each morning. I bet I will be rusty, so I might have to cut myself some slack and settle for half or even a quarter of this goal on some days.
  • Create a Daily Schedule ~ In line with my One Word for 2017, I will be creating a Daily Schedule to be more intentional and mindful of how I use my time. It is very easy to be side-tracked or distracted, especially if no one is keeping tabs on you, so it really is up to me to spend my time productively and wisely. I have discovered this lovely printable online and will share it in another post.
  • Spend Less Time on Social Media ~ I realized I have been spending too much time on my Facebook and Instagram page lately and I really need to lessen this as they are perfect time-wasters. Deleting the apps on my mobile phone is not an option as they come very handy when I blog. I am thinking of designating a specific amount of time each day to check on Facebook and IG updates then going offline for the rest of the day. That way I will have more time for far more important things. I am also considering to use a social sharing app to schedule social media updates so I won’t need to be online all the time.
  • Read 50 Books ~ Reading a book each day might be quite a tall order for a busy mum like me so I will settle for 50 books for this year. So far, I have already read 2 books {which I shall share here next, to serve as a reminder of this goal, and so you can bug me in case I am lagging on my goal! :D}
  • Spend Time Outdoors Daily ~ Yes, I am such an introvert and I do not have problems with staying indoors for days on end, but spending time outdoors does so much good to oneself that I should make the most of it. Whether biking or strolling, or going out for errands, or visiting my parents at the memorial, or tending to my plants and cleaning the yard, I will allot a portion of my time daily and spend it outdoors.
  • Take More Photos ~ You might think bloggers do this by default but I still need to learn the habit. I also need to take advantage of the opportunity to take as much photos of the little man while he is still little and while he still cooperates as I notice there are times when he does not want to be photographed any more. These photos will be lovely mementos of his childhood and I am sure he will appreciate that I documented his milestones and daily activities when he is older. I hope an opportunity to upgrade to an even better phone camera will come this year, too! To be more motivated, I am joining this year’s Photo-A-Day Challenge by Fat Mum Slim {you may search for #FMSPAD on your social media pages to know more about this fun photo challenge.}

I will fine-tune and add more to this list as 2017 progresses. I will also see to it that I achieve each of these goals I have set for myself. How’s your goal-setting for the new year so far mums? What items did you include in your list? I would love to read all about them in the comments below.

Cheers to a blessed, fruitful, and purposeful 2017! Here’s to creating more beautiful memories with our families and to achieving every goal we have set out for ourselves this year!  :heart:

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  1. Happy New Year!! This is great. Love your goals for the new year. It’s day 22 now, how’s the 100 crunches a day? It sounds painfully hard hehehehe 😛

  2. I like the 50 books to read goal. I used to have a lot of time reading books but the more I get older, responsibilities took over hobbies. Haha! I have tons of ebooks and books but less time to read everything. I guess I need to lessen social media and commit to reading even a few hours a day. 🙂 Thanks for reminding me to read through this post.

    1. I feel you. Too many books, too little time. I missed the days when I can stay up til the wee hours of the morning pouring over my books. I read the last Harry Potter book for 3 days straight! Now, I can only wish I have the time to finish a book in week because of adulting and motherhood 🙂 Yes, committing to read even for just a few hours a day will go a long way. You’re most welcome! ^_^

  3. Time flies so fast! It’s already the 3rd week of the 1st month of a new year and look here I am I haven’t figure out the things that I need to achieve by this year. I love how you share yours here- it’s inspiring. I swear, I will make one later..haha.

    1. Happy New Year, Mommy Lariza! Yes, a lot to do and learn this year, which makes it even more exciting! It is refreshing to see everyone in person, dahil lagi naman tayo nagkikita-kita sa social media! Hehe! 😀

  4. Ngayon ko lang napansin! New design ng blooog! Ang ganda ganda and so neat! Galing talaga ni Kayeness no? hihi

    Sa list mo, take more photos ang gusto kong gawin talaga.

  5. Hope you get to achieve your goals! My book goal is to read 30 books. I add 5 more each year. It helps to input the book and date finished in GoodReads to complete the annual challenge.

  6. Hopefully I can squeeze in a time to write my goals as well. I’m inspired with this. Lalo na yung 100 crunches per day. Well, pag gusto may paraan, pag ayaw madaming dahilan! ako yun! madalas nagdadahilan! :))

    1. I sure hope so! I am praying for the determination and perseverance to pull these off! I guess the key is to start small then build up your numbers as your core strengthens 🙂

  7. Nice base list. I stopped doing mine ages ago.. cant seem to keep up ? (lol). Happy New Year Sis! May this year bring you more blessings and happiness!

    1. Thanks! I simply cannot stop no matter how much I failed to achieve a number of them in the past. Who knows, this might just be the year I achieve them all, right? Happy 2017 to you, too!:)

  8. Hi happy new year!! One of the things I wanted to do this year is to lessen my time on social media also! Though I don’t really check my facebook all the time, but I’m really tempted to delete the app on my phone already but as what you said, it comes in handy for blogging! And yay for crunches! I did some exercise the other day and akala ko ang tagal ko na, 7 mins lang pala pagod na ako:( hahaha! Sana masanay na ulit sa exercise hehehe 🙂

  9. I’m also poised to spending less time on social media. It’s a big time-waster haha! Ang dami kong di maaccomplish dahil I get so hooked on reading posts.

  10. Happy New Year! As much as I want to be fit, I don’t think I can do that many crunches. Haha Good luck on your goals!

    1. I now owe myself more than a thousand crunches but small steps towards fitness and good health this year. Thank you and good luck on your goals for this year, too! 🙂

  11. Parehas tayo ng goal to read 50 books considering I’m such a bookworm! Thanks for sharing your goals for 2017 and it’s great to know the things you’ll be doing for a more intentional and inspiring year!

    1. High fives! It is a bit frustrating to not find the time to read when you are such a bookworm, right? I have a number of bookmarked books from way back 2009 that I have yet to finish! Hoping to find time for them all this year 😀

  12. I don’t have new goals actually for this year, I plan to continue what I have started in the previous year because 2016 has been a great year for me and for the people that matters to me most

  13. Love the way you celebrated new year. And also love your resolutions. I do not do resolutions as I often do not manage to keep it. I will only make myself sad. But reading your list makes me want to make.my own. Surely it will be inspiring to have a list and a guide. I also mentally promise to read more books this year. Perhaps I should make one. It wouldnt hurt if I do. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Yes, it cannot hurt to make one, mum. Even if you do not manage to achieve them all in the end, what is important is you tried. Writing down our goals also helps, I am making a handwritten version of my goals to serve as my reminder. Will be putting it on my corkboard so I will see it everyday! ^_^

  14. Great goals, Vix! Good luck on accomplishing them. 100 crunches is a lot for me. Haha! Since I gave birth only a few months ago, I’m giving myself time before working out. Was just lucky I didn’t really gain much weight when I was pregnant.

    1. Thank you, Janice! I really need a lot of luck in accomplishing them, especially the 100 crunches. I know owe myself more than a thousand crunches, but I sure hope to keep up with the backlogs! 🙂

  15. I hope that you can add in your goals to set or meet friends this year.. Good luck to your goals, mars! I actually have goals in meeting friends that I haven’t meet for a long time. 🙂

    1. That’s a good one, mars! Yes, as I’ve mentioned will be fine-tuning this list as this year progresses. Revising this soon to include meeting up with you and other friends, too! ^_^

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