goodbye 2016, hello 2017. there were definitely ups and downs, but it’s always neat to see how the negatives lead to other things. i’m sure by now, you’ve seen everyone’s “best nine.” i did mine as a joke, but it’s full of some of my favorite moments of the year.


today, i’ve been thinking quite a bit about what i want this year to be. everyone always uses the start of a new year as a time to make resolutions – i tried this last year and forgot half of what i said. i also did “monthly goals,” i put a lot of pressure on these and didn’t enjoy the “goal” as much as i should have because i was so focused on just checking something off a list. which is why this year, there are no resolutions, no goals, instead i am choosing three words to define my year. words to define how i want to live out the next 365 days. my words for 2017 are PRESENT, JOY and FAITH. more present in moments – put my phone down, don’t worry about getting the perfect IG picture or snapchatting what’s going on (speaking of, i deleted my account). plan more activities that bring me joy and do things for others to bring them joy. have more faith that things will work out the way they’re supposed to & not dwell on things.

i already have a few things in mind to make 2017 a great one, but i’m not putting pressure on these things if they don’t work out or don’t go as planned.