New Year's Resolutions 2017 {SOTB Blog Hop}

2016 was one hell of a year! There's just no other way to describe it. For us it was a year of big changes, ups and downs, and heartbreaking moments. But, 2016 wasn't ALL bad. There were a few good things, actually really amazing things, to come out of 2016 as well. (I'll be sharing more about 2016 in a future post.) That said, I am ready to pick up the pieces and start enjoying life in 2017.

Resolutions 2017 -

As always, I have compiled a short list of resolutions (or goals)--whatever you want to call them--of things I want to do and hope to accomplish throughout the year. Yes, I know that most resolutions are broken before February rolls around, but I just can't not have a plan for the new year.

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My Resolutions for 2017: 
Blog consistently: Yes, I know! I say it every year, and then I say, "This year I'm really going to do it!" Only to stop posting before the end of January. By the end of the year I feel tremendously guilty, not for not sticking to my resolution, but for not doing a better job of keeping friends and family updated on what we've been up to. Well, this year is going to be different. Seriously! And I've got the perfect plan to do it. Instead of committing to an impossible goal like blogging daily, every weekday, or even every other day, my goal is to post once a week. I'm still trying to figure out what day of  the week works best for me, but I'm confident that I can keep to this much simpler schedule, with no pressure whatsoever. (Last week doesn't count, because I was trying to settle into our new daily routine. I'll share more about that soon.)

Bring back the SOTB Blog Hop: A couple of years ago I started a blog hop with my fellow south of the border sisters. But due to time constraints it never really got off the ground. This year, I am bringing it back. This post is actually part of our first blog hop of 2017. If you haven't guessed it already, the theme for January is resolutions. If you're a blogger living south of the border or an expat living and blogging abroad, we'd love for you to join us. Post your resolutions on your blog, then come back to this post and add your link to the InLinkz tool below.

Keep up with my cocina blog: Many of the resolutions and goals that came to mind for 2017 had to do with my food blog, La Cocina de Leslie. Like this blog, it has been long ignored and it is time to dust off the cobwebs and get back to blogging. Head on over to my cocina blog for the complete list of my food blogging goals.

Get back to journaling: I've kept a journal for as long as I can remember. I love putting my thoughts down on paper and writing down the memorable moments of each day. And I especially love going back and reading those journals. No matter how many times I read them, I'm amazed at how much things change over the course of a year. I continued to journal through most of 2016, but stopped once my suegro (father-in-law) became alarmingly ill and then sent home for hospice care. I knew what was happening with my suegro and what was to come, but to actually write it down in a journal that I'll keep (and read) for years to come made the entire situation even more real. Eventually it became too difficult to journal through the tears and emotions.

One of our end-of-the-year traditions is to read through my family journal to help us remember all the things we did throughout the year. This year, Hubby and the kiddies asked me to stop reading after Hope's high school graduation in July because they knew what was coming. The heartache is still too fresh in everyone's hearts and minds.

Anyway... journaling is something I've always enjoyed doing, and I want to continue preserving the memories we make year after year.

Be thankful. Along with my personal and family journals, I also keep a gratitude journal. It's something I've done since I first learned about them on Oprah oh, so many years ago. Again, keeping a gratitude journal became increasingly difficult as my suegro's health declined, and I just stopped making it part of my daily routine. No matter what life throws at us, I know that there is something to be thankful for each and every day, and it's a habit I want to bring back in 2017.

Read two books per month: Taking time at the end of each day to read a few pages in a book is one of my ways of practicing self-care (my word for 2016). To make sure I keep up this habit, I've set up a goal (and reading challenge on Goodreads) to read two books a month. If you've read any good books lately, let me know in the comments so I can add them to my list of books to read in 2017.

Take more pictures! Aside from snapping photos of the recipes I share online, and at the important events in our life (like Hope's graduation and my nephew's wedding) I feel like I didn't take enough pictures to capture the joy of our every day lives. That is something I'm going to work on in 2017.

It's not too long of a list. I tried to narrow it down to things that either really matter to me or things that make me happy. If 2016 taught me anything, it's that life is too short. We need to live each to the fullest, and do more of what makes us happy.

Did you make any resolutions this year?


  1. What a great goal list! I especially like your gratitude journal idea! It really is important to remember all the good we have even when things are difficult. :)

  2. Do you have a new word for this year?