2017 Intention

One year of being authentically me. Goals focusing on that. A while back I wrote a post called "Things I'm Proud" and I realized then that I hadn't picture being where I am today when I originally wrote my three goals at the beginning 2017. I expected something else and yet I wouldn't change a thing because this is so much better. I want to start the new year off strong and to do that I need to check in on how I did, so lets do that.  

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The goals

Continue to cultivate my voice and stay authentic
Continue to grow in body positivity
Continue to educate myself

Related Posts - setting the goals, 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter

Cultivate My Voice

Be Authentic to myself and writing. 

September: Theme - Steps Into Therapy. I wrote a lot about therapy but those aren't my favorite post, that belongs to my review of Milk and Honey.
October: Theme - Looking back. I loved writing my looking back series, it was wonderful seeing old photos again. My favorite post that month is kinda weird because it was being honest about a decision made
November: Theme - Emotional Growth. These posts were almost harder to write and share than my September posts. I think my favorite post is Urban Gardening, because it's so light hearted compared to the other posts written this month. 
December: Theme - Christmas. My favorite post was definitely my year recap. But I am also super proud of my Christmas decorations and the redesigned fireplace!

Grow in body positivity

September: 14 days of yoga, 1 double classes, 10 days of migraine meds.
October: 31 days of yoga, 2 double classes,  16 days of migraine meds.
November: 30 days of yoga, 2 double classes, 14 days of migraine meds. 
December: 29 days of yoga, 2 double classes, 18 days of migraine meds. 

There will always be days I dislike something about myself but as I surround myself with people who are encouraging I find myself having less days body days. My body project is a huge part of that. So is the Instagram yoga community. 

I also finished 90 days of yoga. From September 29 to December 27, I went to yoga everyday. It was so hard and so awesome. Technically I did 96 classes in that time frame. This instagram post tells you about my feelings on it. However based on my migraine meds, it was not a healthy thing to do. I did not spend enough time listening to my body during that time frame. So I need to do better. 

Educate myself

Read and stretch.

I set my original reading goal to be 75 books. I knocked that goal out the park by reading 111. In total I read 40,037 pages. Which is the most I've read since I started tracking in 2010, Goodreads has this beautiful outline for the year. Now for some favorites:

My favorite educational book: things no one will tell fat girls by Jes Baker
My favorite fantasy book: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
My favorite mystery novel: The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian, though book three of the series is a close second.
My favorite poetry novel: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
My favorite contemporary novel: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
My favorite line:"our backs     tell stories     no books have     the spine to     carry" Rupi Kaur milk and honey pg 171
My favorite character: October "Toby" Daye
My favorite mental health book: Toxic Parents by Susan Forward Ph.D
Book that surprised me the most: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis or Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Book that I will read again: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Author I am looking forward to reading more of: Nnedi Okorafor

Yes most of my education for the year comes from books. A problem to fix in 2018, I think. Speaking of 2018 OMG we're already in 2018 and that to me is amazing. We survived the last year. It was intense, there was lots of crazy things. I had to remove the Facebook app off my phone and limit my twitter usage just to avoid some of the craziness in the world. The fact that all I had to do was that, is the amount of privilege I have in my life. I want to be better for 2018. Friday I'll be sharing my plan for that and I hope you'll come back to read it.

One, final thing - the words

At the beginning of 2017. I choose two words and place them on my bathroom mirror. I never shared these words with anyone and I didn't have a plan for them. But everyday, multiple times throughout the day, I would see those two words

Stretch and Focus

Those two words where very much lived. One of those very literal, stretch = yoga. I got very focused on my yoga practice and about making connection with people at the studio. Realizing both of these is very empowering and I am definitely choosing a word or two for 2018. Underneath both those words was one last sticky, but with a quote, shared with me from a friend. I hope to embody it more. 

Sometimes the fear won’t go away. So you’ll have to do it afraid.

How was your 2017?

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