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Two reflections to start the new year off right

So, it's 2017!

It actually feels exactly the same as 2016, I know. The whole "new year new me" thing is kind of misleading, because you are in fact the same you that you were before. But what the new year does provide, even if it's kind of an arbitrary social construct, is an opportunity to start fresh. Everybody needs that once in a while. If the New Year does it for you, then great.

This year, I've decided not to make my typical list of (really hard, unrealistic) New Years Resolutions because, for me, that never ever works. Instead, I just have this ongoing drive to blog more/be more creative/ take more photos, but that was there last week also, and the week before. But I still want to get a little bit reflective, and a little bit inspired for this fresh start. So, instead of impossible resolutions, I think it's more fun to make a 2017 "bucket list" of sorts with a bunch of new things I want to try. And, as we start the new year, it's also important to be proud of the stuff we've already done, hence the "pride list" of stuff accomplished in 2016. We're already pretty awesome as we are right now, no resolutions required.

These are my two activities for the starting off the year, 1.) 2017 Bucket List and 2.) My 2016 Pride List.

1.) My 2017 Bucket List

(UPDATE: I will be updating this as the year goes on. Things with a ☺︎ have been done) 

My 2017 bucket list includes some big stuff and some little stuff, some new stuff and some old stuff. It's good to have a variety. And keep in mind, these aren't meant to be big, vague resolutions. They're countable, time-able, check-able goals that are completely within your control. Make some of them easy, and some of them hard, but they should all be realistic. Here are some examples from my list:
  • Knit a scarf 
  • Write a poem 
  • Watch a ballet 
  • Go on a hike 
  • Get a job 
  • Go to a protest/event for an important cause  ☺︎
  • Reach out to someone who inspires you 
  • Take a summer class 
  • Get better at Instagram
  • Use photoshop to make something cool ☺︎
  • Take photos somewhere you've never been before ☺︎
  • Take a photo a day for 100 days
  • Make a collage 
  • Meditate everyday for a month.
  • Write a story 
  • Run 4 miles 
  • Bake a really, really pretty cake 
  • Donate some money to a cause 
  • Tweet. At least once.
  • Go do something fun alone (movie, museum, restaurant) 
  • Publish a blog that's sort of scary
 You get the idea.

2.) My  2016 Pride List

I often am not very good at being proud of myself for things because, in my mind, nothing is ever good enough until it's even better. But all conditions and perfectionist tendencies aside, here's what I really am proud of from 2016:

  • Starting this blog 
  • Continuing to write through college (a bit), when things got crazy 
  • Writing a guest post 
  • Figuring out Pinterest and using it to get a lot more traffic 
  • Getting more active on social media in general 
  • Getting a dslr camera
  • Taking photos consistently even if they're not that good yet 
  • Taking some photos that are good 
  • Downloading a free trial of Photoshop and trying to learn about it
  • Graduating 3rd in my class from high school 
  • Getting into my college & the ballet program
  • Deciding to go to my college
  • Being (moderately) social and making new (really great) friends 
  • Not feeling pressured to be "cool" or do stuff I didn't want to do 
  • Still dancing on days when I really don't feel like dancing (I'm a dance major) 
  • Improving some of my dance class grades
  • Doing things that scare me, that are worth it
Does this sound a tad braggy? Ah, well. Everybody deserves to be a tad braggy once in a while.

Anyways, this is just me taking a sec to be a little reflective and a little hopeful. Let me know some of your bucket list/ pride list items! And, if you're a blogger, I totally encourage you to spread some new-year thoughtfulness and do something similar on your blog!

♡ Julia


  1. Love this kind of post! Congrats on starting on your blog! Can't wait to see what you do in 2017!


    1. Aw thanks so much, Tina! That's so nice!

  2. I love this post Julia, it's so important to set realistic goals rather than lots of big, huge epic goals that are impossible to pull off and disheartening. Those are the long term goals to always keep in the back of your mind! So important too to reflect on everything you've achieved, sounds like it was a great year for you! :)


    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Elle :)

  3. WE ALL HAVE RIGHTS TO BRAG WHEN WE FEEL GOOD. And I think you definitely have every right and reason to brag, Julia. As for your 2017 goals -- it's probably one of the most adorable and realistic one I've read, and I absolutely love it.

    To poems and tweeting and meditating, cheers for the new year, Julia! x


    1. Ahaha thanks so much May. And I totally agree about the bragging thing... isn't it weird how everyone feels the need to apologize about that all the time? I mean I do also. Ugh. But anyways, thanks so much and happy 2017!

  4. Love the idea of a bucket list- too cool, lady! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. What a great bucket list! Happy New Year

    1. Thank you Laura! Thanks for reading :)

  6. Happy new year! I think your take on resolutions is a good one, and I hope you accomplish everything on your 2017 bucket list. Brag all you want, your 2016 was worth being proud of!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

    1. Aw thank you SO much Amber! That feels really good to hear (read) someone say. Thanks so much for reading and I wish you the best for 2017!

  7. I love your proud list, it's such a nice thing to write to look back on the past year.

    I wish you the best for 2017 and your bucket list. I actually watched a ballet for the first time in 2016 and it was brilliant x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

    1. Thanks so much Jessica! And I'm glad you enjoyed ballet- it's a beautiful art form. :)

  8. Oh you have a lot to be happy about last year! Wishing you a great 2017 :D I love your 2017 bucket list.

    Last year, I've gotten into street photography and I wish to improve my photography more this year. I still haven't really touched photoshop, so I should probably get into that since I subscribe to the Adobe photography package. I've just been using Lightroom for post processing lately.

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

    1. Thanks so much Ron! That's so cool that you've been working on photography, I wish you the best! Thanks for reading.

  9. Congrats on accomplishing all that's on your 2016 pride list! Hopefully your 2017 list is even longer!
    Adi xx

  10. Taking photos somewhere you've never been before sounds really awesome! I'm all about discovering new places through my camera

    1. True! This is something I definitely want to do. Thanks for reading, Dora!


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