What a year it has been! I’m thankful for so many experiences, lessons, achievements and plans ahead. Instead of looking back on everything, I’m going to re-share my list of goals for 2017. Let’s see how I did:
- Send 20 pieces of mail (not including birthday or holiday cards). I don’t know if I reached my goal of 20 pieces, but I did send congratulatory, thank you’s and just thinking of you’s a bunch of times!
- Get back into church. I did not go often, but I joined my family more than once at our parish, St. Joseph’s Bronxville
- Travel out of Manhattan/Westchester at least once a month. In 2017, I visited Charleston (3x), Nashville, Washington D.C., Boston, Scituate, Delaware, Greenwhich and Upstate New York
- Raise my credit, and build my savings. Thanks to freelance work, my budget is much more stable. Will share tips in 2018!
- Be friendlier to strangers. I will talk to a wall with no prompting. But smiling when asking for help, ordering, checking out, calling customer service instead of emailing, eye contact with strangers…all very small but are huge mood elevators!
- Do at least one NYC cultural thing a month. I enjoyed an art exhibit in a real-life art gallery, ate pastrami at Carnegie Deli before it closed, joined the NYPL (used mostly for e-books), attended the Macy’s Flower Show, visited Empire State Building and toured MSG/B&H as part of a press trip, finally experienced the Top of the Rock, walked the Brooklyn Bridge twice and went to an art foundation’s gala. Oh! I also sat on the Met Steps and watched street performers!
- Create a guide to Manhattan. It’s up, but it’s not perfect. Let me know what you think so far!
Run 3 5k’s.Crossed this off because I don’t run. This was ambitious and unrealistic. Totally don’t feel like I let myself down by not completing this one.
- Take the occasional dance class. I took hip hop and jazz at Broadway Dance Center. Also…does 305 Fitness count?
- Volunteer with nonprofits other than the Pajama Program. I spent a day at Gallop NYC, and do whatever I can for JDRF (I’m basically a non-member member of their Young Professionals Board).
- But also break my 2016 accomplishment of money raised for the PJP. You guys are the best, thank you for your generous support! Donations still accepted & appreciated, but I’ve passed my goal 🙂
- Complete my Goodreads reading challenge, and aim to surpass it. Grand total: 42 books read = success!
- Host more dinner parties. I did! Mostly smaller ones, but my Friendsgiving was legit, if I do say so myself.
- Clean up my diet. Contact my sis @danielasorentino on Insta for help! She’s amazing. Also, have a best friend who you can food/exercise vent with all day.
- Learn how to arrange my own floral bouquets. Fail. Completely forgot about this one.
- Make more of an effort to see long-distance friends and family. I saw friends in Boston, Charleston, Nashville, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Friends! Visit NYC more, plz! Oh yeah, my High School Reunion can definitely go on this list too.
- Prioritize shopping small. Hi, SeaDipped, Bryant Park Vendors! Also, while not necessarily small, I’ve tried to focus on NYC-based brands, such as Outdoor Voices and Dange Dover.
- Be better versed in the news…enough to form stronger opinions. I’ve tried…the world depresses me.
- Cook dinner for my parents, or more realistically, take my parents out for dinner. Done, but look forward to more of these meals in 2018.
- Continue to develop my own brand and style… This blog is definitely growing!
- …but try to stress less about social media. I only use the social media I love, and even so, it’s not consistent. I’m okay with this.
- Re-prioritize self-care. This will always be a process, but cooking more, sticking to a fitness schedule, completing daily Headspace meditations and traveling solo have all been great steps in the right direction.
- Attend networking and social events, even if my friends can’t. I went to a book launch party and Kate Spade’s Interesting Women Interesting Conversations speaker series.
- Date! Literally, my least favorite thing to do. BUT open to it.
- Go through my iPhoto & hard-drive to create shelf-worthy photo albums. UDEL
- Plan a trip to Europe for next year. The amount of vacation days I’m allowed at work may make this impossible, because I’ve already got a bunch of smaller trips planned and an exciting announcement!
- Complete a decorating project on a budget. My whole apartment was redone relatively inexpensively, but the focused room for the project was my living room!
- Be more forgiving. This one is personal, but all I’ll say is I’m proud of my progress.
Well, guys, I must say…I’m really impressed with myself this year. I’ve noticed a lot of personal growth and I have some amazing memories to move forward with. I had done 28 goals because I turned 28, but that is a lot to set yourself up with. Still, I’m going into next year feeling like I can keep up the good work.
As you guys look back on your years, I hope you feel satisfied, and if there are things you wish were different, set a 2018 goal and create a plan for change. I’m here for moral support and help if you ever want it!
Happy end-of-2017, everyone, thanks for being in my life.