on 2016: recovery & focus

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2015 was my year to be happy. I accomplished that, I think – great new job and freelance opportunities, fun with friends, great travel, etc. The year ended a bit shaky, but overall, I had a banner year.

In 2016, I think recovery might be the best word to use. I need to get back on track and focus on my goals: paying off student loans, losing weight again, figuring out what I want my life to look like. I need to reign in the spending, focus on getting more sleep, and put myself first again rather than going out to appease other people. December was especially tough – it’s no surprise that I have a history with depression and anxiety, and the last month of the year saw the toughest depressive episode I’ve been through in years. I’m crawling out, and in the process, cleaning up some messes I made by putting things off repeatedly (health insurance, adulting, amiright?)

The freshness of the start of a new year, a new planner, a new everything – it’s giving me some great inspiration and optimism. I’m going to focus on living smaller this year, getting back to my frugal roots, and really focus on giving back.

My yearly goals for 2016:

  • Pay off the smaller of my remaining student loans
  • Make $20,000 in addition to my regular job through side hustles, selling my stuff, etc.
  • Get my wardrobe under 100 items
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Volunteer once a month
  • Pay off half of my car

Those goals all feel big and scary and are intimidating to put out there. There are some other ideas swimming around in my head I’d like to really focus on as well, but they’ll be dealt with more quietly, less public.

So cheers to the new year, new goals, and making 2016 the best year ever!

Do you make new years resolutions, or try to set up goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments!