17 Goals for 2017

17 Goals for 2017

In a year, let's see how well I do with these goals!!

I was at work today (the beginning of the new year) and one of my co-workers said that they create 17 goals (aka resolutions) for 2017 with their family. She explained that as a goal is completed you cross it off the list and at the end of the year, you see how many you accomplished. So, I decided to try this out and as this will be published online for anyone to read (so you'll be able to hold me accountable to these). We'll revisit these at the end of the year to see how I did.

(Side note: these are not ranked/ not in any particular order)

But for now, here are my 17 goals for 2017

1. Drink more H2O!

2. Find a quote of the day. As I picked up hand lettering at the end of 2016, I plan to find a quote to inspire my day and write out.

(Day 1: Have Courage & Be Kind -Cinderella)

3. Read 52 books (avg.1 book/week, but we'll see how that goes).

4. Explore a small town.

5. Create 17 DIY's.

6. Become tidier - clear clutter and organize!!

7. Find a pen pal! (If you're looking for one, email me @ liana.bustamante@gmail.com!!)

8. Eat Breakfast.

9. Attend Lots o' Concerts!

(Try to find me!! Hint: I'm wearing a pink party hat :D)

10. Attempt to sleep (more) / Find myself a sleep schedule.

11. Make my bed everyday.

12. Apply for at least 3 scholarships a week!

13. Create schedules and manage time.

14. Keep a journal for doodles, notes, dreams (from sleep).

15. Bake an apple pie, entirely from scratch!

16. Disneybound once a week (or 52 times).

17. Be happy & positive!!

2017, LETS DO THIS!!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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