My Goals for 2017 | Food Budget, Spa Days & Gratitude
Normally I would advocate for focusing on ONE goal or New Year’s resolution at a time. But, I also think goals should be set organically. The three goals I am setting to get 2017 started, are habits I’ve already started at a basic level. I’m using the New Year as a way to proclaim them into “official” goal status and step it up a notch.
Set a food or grocery budget! This is SO needed. Especially after the holidays (and the two weeks I have off to go explore the grocery store every other day). After some research and reflection, Jack and I agreed on a realistic weekly amount. We’re going to give it a go for the month of January, then reassess. That’s the key to good goal setting – goals can be flexible! Goals should be ones you CAN achieve, not aspirational figments of reality.
Although it will take more work, careful planning, and mathematical calculations, I am excited for this one. Constraints seem to bring out my creativity, especially when cooking in the kitchen. So, when meal planning each week, I will make a list of the items we already have and incorporate them into all meals.
I highly recommend this goal to all. Going to the spa can sound very exclusive or even snobbish, but I have found through experience and research, it’s worth it. I’ve maybe had 2 massages and a handful of facial treatments. Each time, I left feeling relaxed and centered. That good feeling typically carried on throughout my week. My goal is to add bi-monthly massage therapy to my self-care routine. I learned that humans thrive on touch and connection. Massage has shown again and again that it decreases stress and boosts immunity. Sign me up!
Along with stress reducing massage, my third goal is to incorporate stress reducing gratitude practices. I learned about the Five Minute Journal from YouTube and was immediately intrigued. It is a guided journal that prompts a night time routine of writing positives for the day and future. People who use this journal say they feel more optimistic and have increased happiness. What a simple and inexpensive way to bring pure joy to your life? My plan is to use the journal nightly – especially during the work week when stress levels are higher for me.
There they are! My 3 goals in black and white – no going back now! 🙂
Be sure to check out my video where I talk about these goals on my YouTube channel Jordan Naturally!
Happy 2017 everyone!