Welcome 2017

New Years Eve has come and gone before I could even fathom sitting down to focus on my goals for 2017. Ideas have floated in and out, but my life has been a whirlwind the past few weeks that my normal routine for preparing for the new year has been interrupted.

2017 is a year that we hope surprises us with positivity, change, growth, and kindness. While there are many things in the upcoming year to be nervous about: cough—President-Elect—cough, there is still plenty to look forward to. For example, your own personal growth, the kindness you show others, and the revolution that is imminent.

Each new year, we find ourselves looking for brand new goals, wanting to change, and racking our brain for resolutions. There is something fresh, exciting, and motivating when having the idea that you can restart. While I’m an advocate for growth throughout the year and not awaiting a number to tell you to change, I do believe in the new year giving people that extra boost of confidence to make that change. So if you want to set goals and evolve, don’t listen to those who tell you you’ll fail. If you believe in it, create the goal and it’ll be achieved.

Take a moment or two to figure out some goals of yours. Whether big or small, write them down and put them in a place you’ll see them every day. And instead of making resolutions doomed to fail, set yourself up for success. Think of daily, monthly, and yearly goals. Most importantly, if you’re writing down a big goal, write down mini-goals on how you can achieve that big goal.

What I’ve found that works for me is writing down my big yearly goals, and then splitting the year in half. Sometimes goals aren’t ready to be achieved in the first half of the year, so by writing two six month goals the list becomes less daunting and has room for those mini-goals that ultimately lead up to the big picture. Last year it was as simple as using index cards. This year I’m expanding to creating a vision board, but more on that later!

Below are a few of my big goals: smaller goals to be determined.


  • Publish Underneath the Whiskey: Spring 2017
  • Continue writing second novel
  • Expand “Let’s Learn to Love You” wellness program
  • Update Let’s Learn to Love You blog weekly.


  • Read 35 books (2016 was 23)
  • Journal
  • Create better organization system
  • Establish yoga routine
  • Create “I’m Grateful” jar
  • Advocate for kindness, love, and equality
  • Volunteer

So now stop reading, create your own list, and let’s conquer 2017 with confidence, strength, and determination!

Self-Care Tip

Find an empty jar and write down one thing you’re grateful for each day on a piece of paper. Toss it into the jar. At the end of 2017, you’ll be able to relive those memories and start 2018 off with confidence.

Chelsea Lauren

Chelsea Lauren is addicted to drinking coffee, writing in cafes, and walking the beach. A New York native, she recently moved to Melbourne, FL and found having conversations with her character’s on the beach is the perfect cure to writer’s block. To learn more about her, check out “About Me.” Her debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, is now available on Amazon.

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