My New Years Resolutions & How I Did Last Year

I can't believe 2017 is already here. Despite a few things, 2016 turned out to be a pretty amazing year. I traveled a lot, went to NYFW, Kyle finished his masters degree at Northwestern, we moved to Dallas, bought a car, my best friend had a baby, my moms two year checkup was clear, my sister-in-law had her baby (SO many babies!), and I have a healthy baby errrr I mean toddler!
I love making New Year resolutions and having a fresh start. I think it's a good time to reflect on the last year of your life and decide on what you need to work on. Before I list out my new resolutions, I want to go over last years (full post here) to see how I did. 

1. Send more cards. I did pretty well with this and even sent holiday packages to my nieces and nephews. It helped having all my friends and family birthdays and anniversaries on the calendar. Going to keep it up this year too!

2. Eat healthy and work out. Kyle and I always eat pretty healthy (during the week lol) and I was really good about working out 4 times a week. During and after the move we fell off the wagon but ready to start fresh!

3. Less screen time + more book time. Ehhhh...I am better about not being on my phone when I'm hanging with friends and family but still need to work on it when I'm alone. It's so easy to get roped into checking all your apps and all the sudden an hour has passed. Not good. I read so many books this year though and will continue this year. Some of my favorites were: It Ends with Us, Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, and The Girl On The Train.

4. Stop procrastinating. Still a huge procrastinator and wait last minute to do things. This is going back on my list lol. Does anyone have any tips? I can't be the only one ;)

5. Take better care of my skin and hair. I worked at this 100%! I went to the salon more (used to get my hair cut once a year) and definitely stepped up my skincare regimen. 
Goals for 2017:

1. Get in shape for our wedding (t-minus 6 months). Brooke and I are starting Whole30 tomorrow to start off the new year (drinking my last soy latte right now, wah!). I'm going to do that for a month and then continue eating healthy and working out until June. My goal is to start going to the gym in the morning before Cam wakes up. It's going to be tough at first but once I'm in routine it will be easy. Plus that way I get to spend more time with Camden during the day. I want to get into kickboxing again. I used to do it a few years ago and was in amazing shape!

2. Get organized. I tend to shove things in drawers and closets and pray the organize themselves lol. Now that I have a house with lots of storage I want to GET organized and STAY organized. I just bought a ton of bins and a label maker...taking a step in the right direction! 

3. Save money. I'm a pretty good saver but have a couple areas of weakness such as Target and the grocery store. I don't know how I always spend so much at the store but I need to get it under control. I go a couple times a week and spend $150-$200 each time which is A LOT for a family of three. I plan on making lists and sticking to them, buying ingredients that can be used for multiple meals, buy in bulk, and watch for sales. Any other tips?

4. Take better care of myself. I am so bad about going to the doctor. I haven't been since high school (except when I was pregnant obviously) and last year I went to the dentist for the first time in four years....I know....yuck :( When I was pregnant I did genetic testing and found out I have Pompe Disease which is extremely rare (a mild form of it). I won't go into too much detail but basically your body can't breakdown enzymes and your muscles deteriorate. I want to make sure I keep my muscles strong, eat healthy, and go to regular check-ups.

5. Donate and get involved in a charity. This is what I will be working on the most! I need to start giving back more and set a good example for Camden.

6. Take more pictures and videos. Camden is growing up so fast and I feel like I don't take enough pictures and videos of him. I will never get this time back so I want to make sure I'm capturing it all! I printed all of my pictures from the last two years and bought albums for them. My goal is to print pictures every month so I can stay on top of the albums. My mom has SO many albums of us growing up and they are so fun to look at. I want Camden to have that someday!

7. Practice manifesting daily. Brooke and I started manifesting last year (if you aren't familiar, you can read about it here) but really want to practicing it everyday. Does anyone else manifest? I am a total believer in the law of attraction. Dream, believe, achieve!
jacket | top | belt | jeans | sunglasses | boots

I wrote down all my goals and I'm keeping them on my desk to hold myself accountable. I want 2017 to be the best yet! What are some of your new year resolutions and how do you plan in sticking with them? I would love to hear! xx

34 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had an amazing year! I love this outfit - it is so chic!

    Maggie
    www.polishedclosets.com

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  2. #5 is my favorite. Happy New Year babe!

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  3. I hear you on the saving money and getting healthy again!! Here's to 2017!

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  4. So gorgeous! Sounds like your year was fabulous!! Here's to an even better 2017!

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  5. 2016 was such a great year! I cannot believe the big day is less than 6 months away!

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  6. These are some great goals for 2017! I definitely need to work on getting organized!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  7. So so BEAUTIFUL! Love your resolutions!!!

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  8. Cute look, my resolution is to eat out less.

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  9. Love this post so much! My goals for this year include a lot of the same of yours: especially being better at saving and giving back to charity as well as step up how I take care of myself. I also horrible about going to the doctor and dentist- I haven't been to the dentist in a few years myself-eek! Here's to an awesome 2017! :)

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who avoids the dentist like the plague ;) Happy New year!

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  10. Such amazing resolutions! I hope you reach them all! Best of luck for 2017!

    Mariam
    www.thepetitebijou.com

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  11. I love your resolution to send more cards! I may have to adopt that one!! ;)

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  12. What great resolutions! Happy 2017!

    www.MelissaTakesFashion.com

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  13. Loved your resolutions Meggan! I definitely share many of the same goals. How exciting that your wedding is so close. Wishing you the best 2017!

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  14. I love your resolutions and share several of the same! I NEED to get more organized, and am totally researching manifestation right after I leave this comment!

    As for saving at the store...this is something I've gotten so much better at the last couple of years. I don't let myself go to Target very much anymore for that same reason. Do you have an Aldi near you? They're definitely a different way of grocery shopping, but once you adjust it's addicting because you save so much money! I buy most of my produce there, as well as bread, some meat, milk, greek yogurt, rice/pasta, etc. They also have a ton of organic and gluten free foods! I typically get as much as I can there, then fill in whatever else I need at a "normal" grocery store. I've also started using the app iBotta. It has rebates for items at various stores and there are always great rebates on stupidly pricey things like trash bags, paper towels and stuff like that. But they have deals on lots of food too and all you have to do is scan that item and then scan your receipt, and they deposit money into your account. I'm not usually a couponer because it's so time-consuming, but I've found iBotta to be easy and quick, and I've already earned $30+ in rebates in just a couple of weeks.

    Jacy | lovelenore.com

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    1. You should read Lucky Bitch, Get Rich Lucky Bitch, and The Secret. All about manifesting and the law of attraction :) I used to go to Aldi in Chicago when I lived by it and loved it! I need to start going again because the prices are SO good. I will definitely look into iBotta. THANK YOU! xx

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  15. Great resolutions! What photo albums have you purchased? Always on the lookout for good ones!

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  16. I'm such a huge fan of manifestations - it's so good to see you are too, babe! Love that.

    Happy New Year!
    xoxo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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  17. You should pick up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up if you are looking to get and stay organized!

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  18. This are great goals hun! I am with on the charity thing - I used to volunteer a few years ago and it was amazing. Then life got busy, but it's so worth it! I'm also with you on the saving - since most of my free money is going to the wedding now, it makes it easier for me to stick to an actual budget, but normally I like to use Instacart or delivery apps for this reason. That way I avoid actually walking into Target and buying all the unnecessary things! Plus, you know how much you're spending before you hit submit. Sure, there is a delivery charge, but it helps me keep to a grocery budget!

    Also, random question for you, but my best friend moved to Dallas end of 2015! Some of your photos look familiar as far as the area - she lives close to Deep Ellum - do you guys live near there?! Also, would you ever be open to grabbing coffee the next time I visit my friend in Dallas ;)

    Anyway, I hope you are able to accomplish all of your goals for 2017!

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