I love a fresh start and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. (Please let it all be good things!) Last year, I took a page out of Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s book and wrote about what worked for me in 2016. It’s nice to reflect back on the year and think about what worked and what didn’t, so I’m doing another post this year.
What worked for me in 2017
1. Trying new things
In 2017, I scratched some goals off my list. I finally used my passport and spent a couple of days in Canada. It’s amazing what a change of pace can do for the spirit.
The last few years I’ve made it a priority to see live performances, from concerts to plays and musicals. I love the energy of being in the room with talented people doing their thing. As a performer, I learn so much from seeing other performers at work, and attending live shows has, also, inspired me when it came to directing my first kids musical. Directing was an unexpected opportunity and it was one of my biggest achievements in 2017.
2. Upgrading my hair tools
I never knew it was possible to have so many bad hair days until I started growing out my pixie cut. While my hair has been longish for the last couple of years, I didn’t upgrade my hair tools for my longer length until last year. Thanks to Ulta Ultimate Rewards (see my 4 Ways to save money at ULTA Beauty ) I snagged a BabyBliss Pro hair dryer and an Instyler for pennies, and my hair has been much better for it.
3. Switching to a Happy Planner
I am a paper planner type of girl. Writing things down helps me better remember and gives me a great overview of my schedule. I used to be a fan of the Erin Condren LifePlanner, but those planners get rather pricey. For 2017, I decided to switch to a planner I found at Michael’s, and I like it just as much as the LifePlanner. (To get a peek at how I use my planner, check out How I bullet journal in my Happy Planner.)
4. Blogging less
You may have noticed that I do not post and comment as much as I used to. The days of 4-5 posts a week is long gone. As much as I love blogging and the little community I have found, I’m working on living my life away from my computer. Since I do not want to give up blogging, the best solution has been to blog less. Life is full of changing seasons, so there may come a time when I blog more, but for now, I’m happy posting 2-3 times a week.
5. Simplifying breakfast
Some people have a style uniform. I have a breakfast uniform. I rotate between three options: muffin, toaster waffles, and oatmeal. This is the only reason I can remember what I had for breakfast, and I love waking up in the morning and not having to think about what I should eat. Usually, I opt for these GARDEN LITES Zucchini Chocolate Veggie Muffin, but since I’m cutting eggs out of my diet (see my results from this food intolerance test), I’ll have to find another muffin option.
6. Cleaning out my closet with Poshmark
I keep meaning to post about how amazing Poshmark is for cleaning out your closet, but I haven’t gotten around to writing a full post yet. The app makes selling super easy, and I don’t feel so guilty about getting rid of clothes I no longer wear when I’m turning those clothes into cash. Sign up with AKALEISTAR to get $5 off your 1st order.From simplifying breakfast to upgrading my hair tools, here's a look at what worked for me in 2017.Click To Tweet
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What worked for you in 2017?
P.S. Don’t miss What Worked for Me in 2016!
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