Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Recap of 2017 & Goals for 2018!


Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the reality that 2017 is already another closed chapter in the books. Growing up, the year “2017” always felt extremely out of reach. Afterall, it was my graduating year and I have been at the same school for nine years… nine years…a huge chunk of my life was spent in the same environment. (Now you can see why 2017 never felt as if it would actually come!) I have been reflecting on this past year and realized that it has been a lot more than just the “resolutions” I had set for myself.

This year ended up taking a different turn than I was intending to follow. I know I’m only 18, so saying “this has been the year I have learned the most” can sound a bit far fetched, but this time has opened my eyes to so much more responsibility, independence, and learning how to find comfort within new situations. Things have been difficult, uncomfortable even, but I’m grateful for that. Again, I may sound like a cheesy Hallmark card, but the challenging times in life can produce the greatest outcome, that has been my most impacting takeaway.

I came to the realization not that long ago that a big part of my ambition and empowering feelings was supported by the ones around me and where I had attended school for so long. Being separated from that motivation and not being around like minded people, took a bit of a toll on me. Being able to come back, stand on my own two feet, and really pursue my dreams, my passions, and my calling on my own, really took some maturing. 2017 taught me a lot about personal growth, and how to stand my own ground within myself. Now, onto my goals for 2018!

2018 Goals

Running: I have learned to love running, you can read more on my progress here. Recently I have noticed that I don’t really push myself to go the “extra-mile” when I run. I tend to stay within the 1.5-2 mile distance. I am looking into running the Seven Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys, I know that this will be great motivation to get myself running longer, and train myself for the race!

Variety: I wanna start taking more of a variety of workout classes, rather than just the same routine to keep things interesting! I have been wanting to do yoga for the longest time ever, or even a cycle class here and there!


It’s okay to say “No”:  THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN 2017! I cannot stress this enough. In the past I would bite off more than I could chew, essentially taking too many responsibilities all at once, in reality, I had hardly any time to complete it well, or time for myself! I used to think I was being selfish by always being the “yes man”, even though we sometimes think we can tackle the world, we gotta start small!  

Dream Log: Maybe it’s just a Pisces thing, it’s rare that I don’t go a night without having some of the most vivid, intense dreams. I want to start journaling them, just for fun, maybe they mean something who knows. (I’m proud of myself, I have one entry in!)

Budgeting: This is the year I am going to be smart with my money! I have heard great things about this app called “Every Dollar” it links with your bank account and at the start of every month you create different ways in which you decide to budget your money. No more of Jillian spending money on stuff I don’t need, or even impulsive buying. That habit will be kicked to the curb!


“Logging Off”: I have such a love/hate relationship with social media. I hate the fact that it can take away from wonderful moments in life, not even that, it can sometimes create a toxic mindset, whether you are conscious of it or not! I thought of this idea, which I really want to implement, which is dedicating the downtimes I have in the evenings or whenever, to write a ton of content, save it all, and schedule it. Hoping that this will erase the mindless scrolling since my post will be planned, I will have more time to spend with others and catch up on well, life!

I am looking forward to 2018 with a different perspective than the previous year, a year to really grow with what I love doing, which is blogging.  I want to strive to always keep it personal between my readers, as well as providing content you all will love. In this day and age with all the social media at our access, it’s easier now than ever to create what you've only dreamed of, having that outlet of self expression, as well as being able to be your own #girlboss. Besides my resolutions with Fabulously Floridian, I really love the feeling of an overwhelming sense of happiness. And, it is achievable! I want to always be a genuine friend to everyone, even people who I have brief encounters with, and share positivity to the ones around me. Why waste your energy on being with negative people or even being negative yourself? I’m elated to see all that this year holds. Here’s to all the new adventures, new memories with my friends and loved ones, and new opportunities ahead in 2018. Can’t wait to experience it with you all!



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