New Year, New Goals & a 2017 Bucket List

Reebok Perfect Never: Camo tights

Happy New Year, everyone! In true “new year” fashion, I wanted to kick off the year with goals, resolutions, and bucket list items to inspire us (myself and anyone else who would like to join in!) to be our best selves this year.

Reebok Perfect Never: Camo tights

Now, obviously a huge draw for resolutions would come back down to “losing weight” and “getting fit”. It would be easy for me to say that my main goal this year would be these things–but I’m going to be honest with myself about what goals will constitute real & measurable change to create positive overarching effects in and for my life.

Reebok Perfect Never: Camo tights

While getting healthy and fit are part of my self-improvement strategy this year, there is a much larger picture at work. Being healthy and fit has as much to do with one’s mind as it does the body. I’m a firm believer in getting your mind in the right state before your body can react and follow suit.

Reebok Perfect Never: Camo tights

Being the last day of my winter break, I’ve had to come to terms with a few things: sleep in will no longer be an option, eating home-cooked meals for lunch will become a thing of the past, and I’ll be spending more of my free time grading and planning than visiting and relaxing.

My parents have been staying with us this holiday season and it’s been a nice change having family around. Getting new perspectives on things, chatting, and having meals mom made has made for a fun & relaxing vacation! [This baseball cap was a gift from my parents a few years ago complete with my old softball number]

Reebok Perfect Never: Camo tights

My FitBit has served more of a time & sleep purpose rather than “step counter” this holiday break. Good news is that once I get back into my work routine, I’ll be seeing those steps climb again which should help to tire me out and help me get back on a normal sleep schedule. I’m a huge fan of sleeping in, but without any work to account for wake up times, I tend to stay up all night watching movies like “The Martian” and “The Intern” on HBO about 4,000 times. (as my husband as he’ll tell you that’s a pretty accurate number).

Reebok Perfect Never: Camo tights

Today, Nate and I had the pleasure of walking around the lake at Celebration and I got to try out my new duds from Reebok. I’m loving their Perfect Never campaign as it furthers the message that perseverance and never giving up makes a woman stronger rather than being “perfect”.

Reebok Perfect Never: Camo tights

Outfit: Mix it Up Camo Tight c/o Reebok | Full zip track jacket c/o Reebok | Combat bralette c/o Reebok | Hayasu sneakers c/o Reebok

2017 bucket list

  1. Plan a trip somewhere outside of your home state.
  2. Read at least 15 minutes of educational material pertaining to your business/life goals per day.
  3. Challenge your personal style by attaining 3 new “signature” pieces.
  4. Learn 3 go-to hairstyles that are simple to create & flatter your face.
  5. Create a chic but simple makeup routine that takes 5 minutes.
  6. Make plans with a friend at least once per week (even if it’s just to have coffee).
  7. Read 10 books you’ve been dying to read (or classics you feel you’d benefit from reading).
  8. Say 3 nice things to 3 different people a day.
  9. Create a relaxing morning routine to set your mind right to face the day.
  10. Get outside for 15 minutes a day.
  11. Listen to an album outside of your normal musical taste that a friend suggests.
  12. Try out a new/work on developing your hobby/side hustle for at least 15 minutes per day.
  13. Try a new restaurant every month.
  14. Make an effort to return emails/calls/texts in a reasonable amount of time.
  15. Learn to cook 5 new dishes well.
  16. Find a workout routine that doesn’t make you want to cringe.
  17. Learn a new skill that you’ve been putting off or have always wanted to try (surfing, music lessons, making sushi, woodworking, knitting…).
  18. Become reasonably conversational at a new language.
  19. Cook at least 80% of all meals at home.
  20. Spend more time with your pet.
  21. Visit the beach (or another peaceful & serene outdoor place) once or twice a month.
  22. Make an effort to “unplug” when it’s friends/family/couple time.
  23. Visit a tourist attraction in your area that you’ve never been to.
  24. Create a mantra and make an effort to repeat it to yourself daily to stay focused on your goals.
  25. Take up meditation and/or yoga.
  26. Come to grips with your career/job and whether or not it’s making you happy (the majority of the time). Make any necessary changes.
  27. Evaluate where you spend the most money frivolously and cut the spending by half.
  28. Break a bad habit.
  29. Find your favorite poem.
  30. Learn 3 new jokes to tell at parties.
  31. Become the kind of friend you’d like to have (if I’m not getting too Tim McGraw on you).
  32. Attend two live concerts (bonus points if they’re outdoors!).
  33. Try a food you never thought you’d try.
  34. Get up early enough to experience a sunrise (and not just “see it” while you’re driving to work!).
  35. Do one thing that scares you.
  36. Help a stranger.
  37. Forgive someone when you don’t feel like doing so.
  38. Make an effort to make a new friend as an adult (make the first move!–it’s so hard sometimes!).
  39. Ask a friend to help you make a list of the 25 things that make you “you” and adjust your life accordingly so that you are proud of that list.
  40. Have a movie marathon.


Whew! That’s a list!! What would you add? I’m always open to putting some more on there!!

37 Comments on New Year, New Goals & a 2017 Bucket List

  1. Chloe
    January 4, 2017 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    You have a beautiful variety of resolutions, I love it! I too have mainly used my fit bit for sleep purposes lately, I had no idea how little I was sleeping!

  2. Jennifer Gilbert
    January 4, 2017 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

    Love your list of resolutions-especially say 3 nice things to 3 people. My daughter got a Fitbit for Christmas. Although it’s been a time keeper and alarm for her so far, I’m sure she’ll be counting her steps now that the holidays are over.

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:15 am (2 years ago)

      I got that one from my mom; she always is saying nice things to others so this is my #1 goal 🙂

  3. Paula
    January 4, 2017 at 11:17 am (2 years ago)

    I love all the resolutions! I did the try a new restaurant every month this past year, and it was fun! This year I’m trying to write down and really work on my goals (career or life). Just basically making myself accountable for what I want to do! Awesome list!

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I love cooking at home but when my husband and I go out, we tend to frequent the same restaurants. I’m hoping this will push us out of our comfort zone!

  4. Cynthia
    January 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I love your bucket list. I think that adding yoga is a great idea. I practiced yoga for many years and loved the calming effect of it.

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:13 am (2 years ago)

      I’ve been having terrible back pain lately from stress and I think that this could help. Let me know if you know of any good videos to follow!

  5. Tara L
    January 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like a great bucket list. I need to do #7 I have been dying to read these books especially this one called Spilled Milk.

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:12 am (2 years ago)

      I’m always looking for new book recommendations–what’s that one about?

  6. Kiwi
    January 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I know everyone wants to work out at the top of the year and I always kind of fail at it. This time I want to be healthy from the inside out. I love your 2017 bucketlist and want to create my own!

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:13 am (2 years ago)

      Yeah, I have always done the “get fit” one (and by done I mean set it and forget it lol) but I think making a positive change from within is what we should strive to keep sustainable.

  7. Amber Myers
    January 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this list!

    This outfit is awesome and looks so comfy.

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Amber!

  8. Jasmine Eclipse
    January 4, 2017 at 9:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I love, love, love this post! Thank you so much for posting this huge list, I’m definitely going to add a few of them to my list this year!

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:11 am (2 years ago)

      Glad to hear it! 🙂

  9. chei
    January 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh your bucket list are great! Looks so fun to do it all! 🙂

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:08 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I’m hoping I can! haha

  10. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    January 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Great listings, but some of it can be automatically done when you love yourself as well as your neighbor which is the best resolution for every one of us.

    • Missy Damon
      January 5, 2017 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

      I totally agree with you!

  11. Jenn @ Drink Coffee & Prosper
    January 5, 2017 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

    Awesome list. I love the idea of a bucket list each year. I should totally do this. I like your FitBit too. My sis just got one. I’m next!

  12. mhaan a
    January 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    What a nice list. I also plan to start reading books again after decades. I just hope I can find time to do despite the hectic schedule.

    Mhaan |

  13. Dana Vento
    January 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I agree, the right mindset should alays be our priority. Everything else will follow. I’m afraid I’m going to have to put everything you’re wearing here in my own bucket list. I really like them!

  14. Andrea
    January 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like it will be a pretty great year! I especially love the goal of reading 10 new books. Thanks for sharing!

  15. hey sharonoox
    January 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds like a great list! I like that it’s looks do able and fun. I would like to visit some tourist attraction in my area and try a new restaurant every month.

  16. Leah
    January 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Cooking 5 new dishes is such a good one!!! Great shout!
    xx Leah

  17. Debra Schroeder
    January 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s an impressive list of resolutions. I’ve got number 5 down: I don’t wear makeup so I’m going for the all natural look. And it takes less than 5 minutes. 🙂

  18. Lisa Rios
    January 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy New Year to you as well and your bucket list looks pretty interesting too. Most of these in your list are my ideas too for the year and I hope to make the best out of all my goals this year!

  19. Erinn S
    January 6, 2017 at 12:30 am (2 years ago)

    This is a realistic list. My best motivator this year is my FitBit Charge. I love it!

  20. Elizabeth O.
    January 6, 2017 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    It takes some time to get back into the daily routine after the holidays but I’m sure it’s all going to be fine. I love that you already have a bucket list for the year ahead! It’s going to be one fun year!

  21. Coralie
    January 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a great list. It is good to be realistic in your goals and what you can accomplish – but great to dream a little too. Best of both worlds.

  22. Anna nuttall
    January 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Very nice bucket list. Happy new year and bring on 2017. xx

  23. Rosey
    January 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that they put your old softball number on the hat. Very good idea for a gift. Stylish too. 🙂

    • Missy Damon
      January 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

  24. Robin Rue
    January 6, 2017 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Your list for the new year is so much fun! I need to do something similar to take some of the pressures off of the bigger goals that I have set.

  25. tauyanm
    January 7, 2017 at 12:37 am (2 years ago)

    wow that is a long list! i have some things that you have as well and glad that there people like you who wants to be it a goal this year. definitly I should make time to meetup with friends, go and visit new country/s and be more fit!

  26. aziel morte
    January 9, 2017 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like you had a great bucket list, I’m so glad that you had a good new year

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