2017 is wrapping up January & heading into February! According to statistics this is when New Year’s Resolutions lose their momentum. I hope that isn’t the case but I can definitely attest to the empty gyms! While I don’t always believe in setting hard goals for a year because you never know where life is going to take you, sometimes it is important to set some intentions for the year. I always want to be expanding my horizons & making each year better than the last. Here is my year recap & new intentions for this year:

2016 Resolutions & Highlights

Grow Spiritually: Got involved in an incredible small group with our church & together helped renovate a school library & welcomed new people to the area

Paint Night with my fav girls!!! #paintnight #girlsnight #paintthis #feelingcrafty

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Intellectual: Read 42 Books

  • Best Science Fiction: Wool by Hugh Howey
  • Best Adventure: Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

Learn a New Skill: Picked up Boxing

Visit a New Place: Iceland, Belgium, Ireland, France, Germany, England

Traveled to Iceland

  • Dog Sledding
  • Saw the Northern Lights
  • Went horseback riding through the snow
  • Floated in the Blue Lagoon

Visited Paris for a 2nd year in a row!

  • Headed out of the city to Monet’s Gardens in Giverny
  • Saw the glittering Palace of Versailles
  • Skipped the long lines of tourists & did some serious food tasting & shopping in the Marais Arts District

My view from dinner! #paris #eiffeltower #france #lesombres #incredible #thatviewthough

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Tagged along to Germany

  • Went to THE Oktoberfest in Munich
  • Saw the town that inspired Pinocchio
  • Toured 3 castles
  • Drove a Porsche on the Autobahn

Oktoberfest! #munich #germany #livethegoodlife #adventures #therealdeal #hofbräu #oktoberfest

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Visited Ireland

  • Irish Whiskey Museum
  • Wanted to move into the Trinity College Library
  • Sang along with songs at the Temple Bar in Dublin


London

  • Tea at Sketch
  • London Eye at night
  • Felt like a posh local, staying in Kensington

I’m off to Hogwarts! #platform934 #harrypotter #kingscrossstation #londoncalling #toocute

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Explored Bruges, Belgium by myself

  • First time traveling alone
  • Climbed up the Belfry Tower
  • Visited the Frites Museum to have the orginal “French” fries
  • Picked up loads of real Belgium chocolates
  • Ate Belgium liege waffles from a street vendor
  • Took a canal tour

In Bruges! #onthemove #waffles #belgiumwaffles #justclimbedthebelltower #earnedthis #bruges #belgium #yum #bestever

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Explore Locally: Napa, Bodega Bay & Point Reyes, Boston, Virginia, & went sailing on Lake Oroville

Explored Napa

    • St. Helena
    • Yountville
    • Girl’s Weekend at the Indian Springs Spa

Bliss! #spalife #calistoga #napavalley #girlsweekend #indiansprings

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Toured Boston

  • Clam Chowder
  • Lobster Rolls
  • Boston Cream Pie
  • Threw tea overboard at the Boston Tea Party Museum

New England Clam Chowder in Boston! #yummy #eats #boston #unionoysterhouse #willtravelforfood

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Headed up the California coastline

  • Kayaked in Bodega Bay
  • Ate fresh oysters at the Hog Island Oyster Farm
  • Made s’mores on Tomales Bay at Nick’s Cove
  • Hiked around Point Reyes to see the ship wreck, the fog wrapped lighthouse, and the Cypress Tree Tunnel
  • Watched local cheese makers in action at Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station

So this is how we spent the morning! #supercars #coastal #bodegabay #ferrari #lamborghini #porsche #coastaldrive #gorgeous

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Try Something New: After years of disliking oysters, I gained an education on them & figured out what kind I like!

Seriously perfect way to end this #3dayweekend #hogislandoysterco #bestplace #bestoysters #yum #coastalliving

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Expand Your Career: Completed my 1st year as a Recreation Supervisor & published 80 recipes & 47 Wanderlust Wednesday posts on Sweet Tea Sweetie

For the next 8 weeks this is my crew! #rollhard #camplife #reclifeisbestlife #readyforyoucampers #mostly #summerishere

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Pursue Health: Lost 20 pounds by incorporating HIIT 4 days a week

Personal: Launched our little family!

2016 Recap

Grow Spiritually: Got involved in an incredible small group with our church & together helped renovate a school library & welcomed new people to the area

Intellectual: Read 42 Books

Learn a New Skill: Picked up Boxing

Visit a New Place: Iceland, Belgium, Ireland, France, Germany, England

Explore Locally: Napa, Bodega Bay & Point Reyes, Boston, Virginia, & went sailing on Lake Oroville

Try Something New: After years of disliking oysters, I gained an education on them & figured out what kind I like!

Expand Your Career: Completed my 1st year as a Recreation Supervisor & published 80 recipes & 47 Wanderlust Wednesday posts on Sweet Tea Sweetie

Pursue Health: Lost 20 pounds by incorporating HIIT 4 days a week

Personal: Launched our little family!

 

2017 Goals

We will see where 2017 takes us, but this is what I have in mind!

 

Grow Spiritually: Add more service projects for our small group

Intellectual: Keep on reading just as much, but start to incorporate 1 nonfiction for every 5 fiction!

Learn a New Skill: Develop new mom skills (living life on zero sleep, figure out this bottle situation, balance a baby & groceries)

Visit a New Place: Explore Vancouver

Explore Locally: Go hot air ballooning in Napa & take a weekend trip down to Big Sur

Try Something New: I’m thinking about tying this in with my health goal and trying some new, unique greens that I’ve been hesitant to try before.

Expand Your Career: Find a balance between mom stuff & career life.

Pursue Health: Eat more greens through out the day

Personal: Welcome our first child into this world!

 

What are your goals or intentions for this year? How did 2016 go for you?

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