I like having goals. Everyone knows resolutions are made to be broken. (C’mon, when was the last time you kept a resolution?)

While resolutions can be fluffy and vague (“I want to eat healthier this year”), goals are usually more specific and—if you’re thinking about them in the right way—require a plan of attack for achieving success.

That’s why I’m kicking off 2017 with a small set of goals in mind, not resolutions. I know that none of things will happen unless I put them in writing and hold myself accountable, so here they are:

  1. Read 12 books (one book a month). I spend way too much time refreshing my Facebook newsfeed and scrolling through BuzzFeed at night and on the weekends. Consuming content on the Internet can be productive and worthwhile—but not when I decide to take a “What Hogwarts House Do You Belong In?” quiz, get offended when it says Hufflepuff, and proceed to take it two more times. My big thing is that I always want to keep learning, but that’s tough when you’re out of college and sit in an office all day (not that I’m not learning a lot at work). I probably only read six books in 2016, which is why my goal is to double that in 2017 for a total of one book a month.
  2. Do a pull-up. 2016 was the year I got serious about CrossFit. I’ve been doing it for two years now and can perform so many of the movements programmed in class—from snatches to push jerks to rope climbs. But not a pull-up. I feel like I should have mastered it by now, but it’s no surprise that I haven’t… because I don’t work on pull-ups like I do other strength and lifting movements. Clearly I’m not going to magically get my chin over the bar without putting in the work. So, this is the year I’m going to consciously train towards a pull-up. That means I’ll use the 5-10 minutes before every CrossFit class to do flex hangs and negative pull-ups, continue to attend my box’s gymnastics classes, and dedicate at least 10 minutes to ring row sets and assisted pull-ups when I’m working out at the regular gym.
  3. Write on this blog once a month. Ever since I became a marketer, a lot (okay, pretty much all) of my writing has been for work. Don’t get me wrong; I love that I get to write for a living, and it’s been fun learning how to create content for a brand. As much as I enjoy my job, though, I miss writing for just myself. I’ve got a lot to say and I don’t want to lose my voice just because I haven’t made an effort to set aside the time. This year, expect posts about marketing, music, fitness, books, and more. Until I’m able to recalibrate the focus of this blog, it’ll have to be an amalgamation of a bunch of different topics. As a bonus, I’m also going to make an effort to design images for my posts… like I did with the #GOALS image above.

I’ll leave it at that since three is the magic number. Here’s to a productive 2017!