Two weeks in... one step at a time

2009- Midwood library 2017 Notre dame

2009- Midwood library 2017 Notre dame

New Year, new me? Hmm, not so much...

Bonding over crêpes

Bonding over crêpes

Happy New Year you guys! It's day fourteen and yes...I am still validated to say Happy  New Year, says moi. :) I spent New Year's Eve in Zurich with friends, as we faced unexpected events and fireworks that came about twenty minutes after midnight struck. Not what we had expected, but it's the unexpected that makes a great story. Oh, allow for me to add how I was pretty ill the entire trip...very ill for that matter. But, with great friends it was exciting, funny, full of walking and quite the adventure....Now, I am back in London.

Zürich cocoa

Zürich cocoa

Upon my return, I was greeted with a couple things- a severe ear infection, a much needed doctor's visit, three final essays, an unexpected adrenaline rush and issues with my NHI number (that last one really irritates me...I digress). So, you can say the beginning of 2017 was off to an odd start. Still, I was feeling quite ready for 2017...I still am. It could be because this year carries my favorite number, or because I just felt quite ready since the ending of 2016. So much excitement, and so much ahead.

Me, in amazement. Mercy all smiles. Yvonne, focused on getting a neat shot (from midwood to London)

Me, in amazement. Mercy all smiles. Yvonne, focused on getting a neat shot (from midwood to London)

Even in the unfocused, the streets are admirable

Even in the unfocused, the streets are admirable

Admiring what Zurich has to offer

Admiring what Zurich has to offer

I have my resolutions and I have my goals, yes. But, I'm not going to post my do's and wants for the new year. I want to surprise myself. Instead, I will post some routines I intend to change. Here's my top five. Leggo.

elle est si belle

elle est si belle

1. Practice speaking my other languages at least once a week (because I felt the shock when my friends and I stayed in Paris...not good...not good at all. #practice)

2. Journal more...writing is good for the soul

3. Have a monthly meeting with myself to see where I land on progression towards my dreams

4. Say No....because I have the right to and because everyone needs a dose of vitamin  N. #facts

5.  Focus on the good, acknowledge the bad, and swerve the shade  

That last one, you can say is a summary of all my intentions. And sure, it's not so specific, but it's the umbrella of intentions that will help me enhance the details of my day-to-day routine. And to start me off, I decided to take an extra step in cultivating my everyday steps, went ahead and bought a planner. I began this last year and that was by far the greatest $7 investment made in  2016. It was December 2015. I walked into Marshall's in the Atlantic Mall across the street from  Barclay's Center, decided to do the whole "let's plan everything and see where it goes", and from that, saw results that you can say took me by surprise. You know, there is something truly powerful in writing things down. It holds you accountable and puts things in  perspective. Yet, while it was frustrating to find an adequate planner since December 2016, I went ahead, did some research and came across the Happiness Planner. Saw it. Read about it. Ordered it. And now, she is here.

planning  greatness...and learning from pit falls

planning  greatness...and learning from pit falls

happiness planner
happiness planner
happiness planner pens

I opted for the 52-week undated journal, just so I can make it a bit more personalized and get my feet wet on focused planning (if that even is a thing...). The printed Happiness Planner from January to December is much bigger compared to the 52-week undated version, and is said to be great for people who are really into planning. What I like so far about the planner is the immediate encouragement from page to page. It focuses intensely on weekly reflection and ways to improve methods of achieving goals and aspirations. Enhancing my focus and day-to-day routine is what I want to hone this year. Refusing to allow the actions of others encourage nor hinder my response is what I am stepping into this year. And I want to start this process by writing everything down.

That's basically the low-down of the past two weeks. I am excited about planning the weeks and months ahead, and even more excited for growth this year. Because, you guys...the best it yet to come. xx

What are you looking forward to this year?