Outside the rain beats a gentle rhythm and the sky is a wall of gray—it’s the perfect weather for reflecting on the year.

Years don’t really hold much meaning for me right now—it all seems quite arbitrary. But I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t take part in countdowns or resolutions or feel a slight giddy feeling in my stomach when the ball dropped. So I’ll go along with the trends and the times and dream up the ways in which 2017 won’t be a complete dumpster fire.

Read 24 Books: The years and years of failing the 50 book challenge have made me realize that perhaps it’s time to lower my goals a little. My reading journey took quite a hit in 2016 when I went about half the year without reading a single book. However, in December I took a dive into some new genres and I think/hope that my book slump is over, so 24 seems like a doable number.

Pick Up the Damn Pen: There’s a very small part of me that thinks maybe, on a chance miracle, I might become a writer one day. And then a bigger part of me thinks guuuurl, how the hell are you going to become a writer if you never write? So this year I’ll try to silence that part of me and write “something” at least once a week. Best to keep my standards low.

Keep In Touch: I moved away from home for the first time this year and so far I’ve done a pretty good job of not cutting ties (much to my surprise). I’m going to try to keep this going. This goal will be a bit more abstract; at the end of the year I’ll just look back and go with my gut feeling on whether I succeeded or not.

Don’t Sink My GPA: Let’s just try to keep it above 2.5. At this point, I don’t even know if that’s doable anymore.

Go Meatless at Least Once a Week: Vegetarianism has always interested me, but I’m not sure if I quite have enough will power to go completely without meat yet. So I’m going take baby steps first and perhaps by the end of the year I’ll have saved an entire cow.

Fewer Heart Attacks Please: And finally, perhaps my most vague and most impossible goal. I’m going to try—really try—to stress less this year. This will have to be a combination of less procrastination, more relaxation, and better mindfulness (whatever that means). My plan right now is to keep track of how many nights I go to sleep in a panic thinking of all the stuff I have to do, and try to minimize that. We’ll see how it goes.

So this will be my roadmap for the next 365 days. I might get a little lost on the way or decide to go down an entirely different road, but at least I’ll have this to fall back on if I ever need help. Here’s to you, 2017.

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