Looking Back at My 2017 New Year's Resolutions

With 2018 right around the corner, I thought it was time to revisit my 2017 New Year's Resolutions.  I copied over my original resolutions and then provided an 'update' at the end of each!

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1.  Read the Bible, find a church.  Re-establishing my faith is something I have been thinking hard about the past year or so, maybe a bit longer.  I purchased the One-Year Bible (it's set up so that you can read the entire thing in a year) last year, but my OCD had me waiting until January 1 of this year to read it, so that the days matched up.  So far I have kept up with it, reading before bed, or in the morning.  As far as church goes, growing up, we went to church regularly, and I remember feeling so great after going.  I loved the music, and while some of the sermons could go on, you just feel a sense of good after being in church.  I have a few options around here that I want to try out and see if they are good fits for me.  Update:  This was something I definitely worked on throughout the year.  I got away from the reading the Bible everyday, so my 'one-year' Bible is turning more into a 'two-year' Bible, but I am over half way through and plan to continue to the end.  In July, I found my church.  I transferred my membership from my hometown church to my current one a little over a month and a half ago, and am super excited to continue to get more involved.   

2.  Organize everything.  Last year, many of my monthly goals were cleaning out this, or cleaning out that.  While some of my reorganization / purging projects went well and are still working for me today, like my bathroom reorganization, my closet feels like it back to a mess, as does all my filing / paperwork.  I want to really focus on organizing in such a way that it will stick for the long haul.  Not only does it make things easier to find, it also just helps with my state of mind.  Lizzie shared this article which speaks to the fact that the way women feel about their homes comes across in other aspects of their life.  I can 100% say that is true for me, and would love to cut that unnecessary stress from my life.  Update: I feel like I cleaned / purged / organized a lot this past year, but in the past month or two I have been feeling like I need to again.  So I would say I did 'ok' with this one, but not to the point I was hoping.   

3.  Continue to improve my health.  This is a carry over from last year, but I feel it is just still so important.  I think I have a good thing going with the 21 Day Fix (review here)  as far as work outs go.  Once I am done with this round, I am going to see where I am at, and then decide if I want to switch things up a bit, or go ahead with another round.  I just love the ease and convenience of the work outs, so we will have to see what is up next for me.  The main focus of this resolution, though, is definitely on eating better.  Doing the 21 Day Fix, I have realized that I needed to get in a lot more veggies, less carbs (so sad!) and more protein.  Part of the problem is the fact that I love to cook, so I want to try out all these different recipes, and some just aren't as good for you.  I think the key is just to balance those with the good meals and eat appropriate portion sizes.  For example, I love ordering pizza.  But I have found that if I order a salad to go with that pizza, I can have my salad and my pizza, too, without feeling crummy afterwards.  Or, if a dish I make is really rich, then take a smaller portion add some extra veggies, and eat cleaner with my other meals.  All about the balance.  Update: This was an up and down battle for me this year (per usual).  I do think I am eating more veggies (my obsession with roasted broccoli is real), but the balance I was hoping for is still not quite there.  

This year wasn't my best with resolutions, although I am really proud of myself for finding a church.  I am one of those people that gets anxious about trying / doing new things, especially by myself.  So, even though I ended up trying a total of 2 churches, both took a little bit of working up to go to.  I am so glad I did, though!           


  1. I think it's all about balance girl! I can see the organizing as a big thing for myself as well, but this time of year when all the decorations are up it's hard to feel like life isn't cluttered! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I think you did a great job with your resolutions! I am working on the organization thing right now. It feels so good to get rid of so much!

  3. You still made progress! I can't even remember if I made goals last year nor if I did, what they were or where I wrote them down! So, consider yourself a success compared to me. ;) I had a rough end of year last year though, so who knows what I did. I figured this out when writing my resolutions post that I will share next Wednesday. Slow progress is still progress. =) And I finished the One Year Bible today! Gosh it's soooo good! Continue reading when you can. You'll never regret it. Happy New Year!
    Rebecca @ EveryPieceFits.com

  4. So glad you found a church you love!! I failed with the healthy eating too this year. Hopefully we'll both have a record year when it comes to health! More broccoli, less pasta...why can't that sound better?!

  5. You did great this year, Emily! And Finding a church and focusing on your faith was definitely the hugest thing! I'm so happy for you that you found your home!