2017 Year End Reflection

Rather than a yearly bucket list or New Years resolutions, I decided to pick one word to represent 2017 and set up mini goals for each month to help me reach my ultimate goals. The word I chose is STRIVE, and you can find out more behind my reasoning by reading this post.

This is my final post regarding 2017 goals. As much as I loved setting up small goals for myself each month, I started to feel really unmotivated by the end of the year. I’ve got a new plan for 2018 and I think it’s really going to help me. That post is coming soon though, for now, let’s take a look at how I did with my December goals and do some year-end reflection!


I will strive…to be healthy 

  • Go to the gym at least 15 times – NO. I went 10 times. To be fair, I actually would have reached my goal if not for the weather. The end of December got COLD. We are talking windchills hitting the -40C range. I have no regrets about not getting up at 5:00am to drive to the gym in that weather.
  • Meal prep – NO. I was planning on making healthy lunches for work during the week. I did this one week, and then got bored with it. I really need to brainstorm some better lunch ideas, especially since I want to eat something but I’m usually not super hungry.
  • Meal plan – NO. We didn’t eat terribly during the month, but I didn’t plan ahead very often.
  • Run a 5K – YES. I’m happy to finally say yes to something on here! I did run 5k. My time was nothing to brag about, but I ran the distance.
  • Continue trying new workouts with weights – YES. I didn’t do too much with weights, but I did do more to incorporate TRX. I consider this a win!
  • Do not gain weight – YES. I saw a bit of variation, but that was just normal changes. For once I finally avoided the dreaded holiday weight gain that always sets me back for the new year.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I went into 2017 with high hopes. This was FINALLY going to be the year that I hit my goal. I didn’t. In fact, I actually had very little weight changes through the year. That being said, I took comparison pictures at the start and end of the year, and there is an undeniable difference. I’ve also been changing my relationship with food, which I’ve always said is my biggest downfall. I’ve still had some bad months, but I think I lay the groundwork for a great 2018. I also ran three official 5k’s, with my fastest time being 35 minutes, which is something I’m very happy with.

I will strive..to spend less

  • Spend less than December 2016 ($1610.62) – YES. $1163.24. I’m pretty happy with this number, over half of the amount spent was for items like groceries, gas, haircut etc. In 2016 most of it was for fun.
  • Spend under $1000 – NO. I’m okay with this. When I look at where my money went, it was towards necessary items (as noted above) or towards some gifts that I had to purchase/mail. I also got some more money put into my savings account. So even though I didn’t succeed at keeping it under $1000, I’m still happy.

FINAL THOUGHTS: My whole goal was to spend less than I did in 2016. In total, I spent $1545.11 LESS in 2017. To break it down even further, I spent $1973.41 less on personal spending (shopping, subscription boxes etc) and $428.30 MORE on necessary expenses (car insurance, groceries, etc). I’m pretty happy with this. My necessary expenses are hard to control, and I’m not surprised they went up. I’ve noticed some food prices going up and our provincial taxes went up. Spending $2000 less on unnecessary purchases is a huge deal though, and a huge win!

I will strive..to experience more

  • Cook at least one new dish – NO. I really lacked in the cooking motivation. I made basic dishes that were easy to do.
  • Do something fun for my birthday – NO. I didn’t actually really do anything for my birthday. I took myself out for lunch one day, had supper at my parents another, and that was about it. Ian did make me a delicious steak dinner though and got us matching night tables which is something I have wanted FOREVER.
  • Mail Christmas gifts – YES. I had four gifts that I had to mail, and got them all off in time! Sadly, USPS is being ridiculous with one of them and it still hasn’t been delivered.
  • Do something fun for New Year’s Eve – YES. Okay, my idea of fun wasn’t involving going out at all, I was just hoping to actually make it to midnight. Ian and I went to our favorite restaurant for supper with his parents, and then we went home and watched TV. At about 11:40 we collectively decided that we just didn’t really care, and we went to bed. We were still awake when the clock hit midnight, and we heard fireworks around us, but no real celebration. It was good for homebodies like us though.
  • Complete my closet project – NO. Time seems to have just passed by fast in December. There was too much else going on to worry about this. Soon though!

FINAL THOUGHTS: 2017 was quite the year. I rappelled down a 280 ft building. Went zip lining and on a giant swing. Ran three 5k’s, improving my time every time. Bought a house. Had some great get-togethers with friends. Got to decorate for Christmas, after a couple of years of not having enough space for a tree. DIY projects. A couple road trips. Buying a new bike and being able to bike to work. A lot of really good meals. A Brad Paisely concert that I was right up front for. Yup, I definitely had a lot of experiences this year.

I will strive..to grow my blog

  • Increase my social media following (Facebook: 212, Instagram: 376) YES. Facebook: 218. Instagram: 376. Not super happy with these numbers, but then I also really didn’t put in much effort on my blog in December. I had a lot of new follows on Instagram, but I saw a TON of the follow/unfollow trend that I really loathe.
  • Figure out a direction for 2018 – YES. I’ve been doing some brainstorming for 2018, and I’ve got some great posts planned!
  • Plan a new goal system – YES. As I mentioned at the start of this post, I knew I wanted to do something different. That’s coming soon!

FINAL THOUGHTS: I’m happy with how things went this year. I had some great partnerships with companies like Sobeys, Edo Japan, Good Earth Coffeehouse, skinnypasta, Taco Bell, Hand & Stone. I saw increases in my social media following. I had my first big freelance writing job. I’m still finding my footing here since transitioning out of subscription boxes, but honestly, I love writing. I love sharing my thoughts. I love that this place keeps me accountable. I love making new connections. I’m happy with the changes and progress I made in 2017, and I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes me.

Overall, 2017 was a great year for me. I almost feel bad admitting that, given all the crap that a lot of other people dealt with and all the bad events that happened worldwide. I am ending this year with a clear head though, and for the first time in a long time, I’m not experiencing the extent of SAD that I normally do this time of year. This year was productive, and some exciting changes happened like buying a house.

I’m ready for 2018 and I have high hopes for the year!

Be sure to check back on Friday when I reveal my new goals format, and find out what I’m focusing on in 2018!