2016: New Year Resolutions

new year resolutions for 2016

Happy 2016! Can you believe it’s another year? Another year to make new memories, accomplish new goals, and another year to be thankful for everything you have.

Like I said in this post here, 2015 was full of amazing things, but I really want 2016 to be the best year yet. I have SO many goals I want to accomplish for 2016… so here we go:

1.  Get back into a steady workout routine: I know I know… everyone ALWAYS says this during the beginning of the year and it lasts for maybe a month and then we fall back into our lazy habits. But, I’m so serious about this! I stuck to a great routine in high school, but when I went off to college I lost all of my focus. Sleeping until 2 pm, and midnight McDonald’s runs sounded WAY better than taking an hour to go workout. But I love being in shape, I love to wear those tight crop tops and dresses to the bars and parties, but that doesn’t look so great when you’ve gained 10 pounds.

2. Find a job in Lubbock: I’m gonna be real honest. I’ve looked into transferring schools. MULTIPLE times. I love Tech, and my sorority, and friends…. but Lubbock is a crap place. I’m such a city girl and I’m still wondering how I ended up in Lubbock, of all places, instead of New York City or Los Angeles. Even being in Dallas, I’m much happier. I cannot function if I don’t have sky scrapers, endless top rated restaurants, and a fast paced life style. I go crazy in Lubbock because there is nothing to do, and surprise surprise…. I actually get really sick of the party scene fast. I feel like getting a job will take up a lot of my time and would really help me love Lubbock more and appreciate the slow pace of life. (just for a couple years though, then NYC here I come)

3. Find a Church/ Bible Study in LBK: This has a lot to do with what I mentioned above, but also because I need God back in my life, in other ways. I know I have God in my life, I say my prayers, but with the place I’m at I REALLY need him. I’m hoping to find a church in Lubbock, since I have one back home in Dallas, and get re-connected. Especially since being in a sorority, I feel like my whole life is strictly greek life, and I hate that… there’s so much for to life than that, and I want to turn my focus on God again.

4. Complete my Blog Goals List: I have a separate new year resolutions list, just for my blog. AMS has become my full time little baby, and never have I ever put so much work into something, and wanted something so bad than this blog. I have high hopes for it in 2016.

5. Apply for Internships: If y’all could only see the huge list on my laptop I have for Internships I want to apply for. I’ve been adding to this list since my Junior year of high school…… that’s when you know you need to slow down. While high school friends were out partying and being teenagers, I was in my room searching for Internships to apply for when I turned 18. But, now, the time is finally here, and I want to start applying for them this semester.

6. Make a 3.5 GPA: ummmm, I’m embarrassed to say my GPA was actually terrible from first semester. Like I said, it was like my mom dropped me off for college and everything I knew, and had planned for myself went to waste. I was a wild child, and I am not happy about it. I put the priority of school VERY last. But, considering I want to graduate a year early, I need to get my ish together in 2016, and raise that GPA.

7. Budget My Money Better: Still going to talk about another thing I sucked at my first semester of college…. money. I was SUCH a saver, and did great with my money all throughout my life. When I came to college, it was like $300 was $2 to me. I would FLY through my allowance within a week. I’m still wondering what I even did with my money every week. The constant email of “your bank account fell below $25” was a weekly thing. 2016, this is the year I pay attention and budget myself.

8. Get settled: This is a topic I’m actually going to cover more deeply in a blog post later on this year. But I struggle deeply with the sense that I always need more. I will get obsessed with something or an idea, accomplish it, and then get bored of it after a few weeks and need more. It’s really hard to deal with, especially for family and friends. I have a lot of what my dad likes to call “knee jerk reactions” where I get my mind set on something, waste a ton of money and time doing it and then decide I don’t want it anymore. I want to work on myself and this issue during 2016, and I think a major factor that will help this is getting involved back in a church and turning to God for that.

9. Create a meal plan/ healthy diet: This is one that won’t take effect until summer/fall 2016. It’s impossible to eat healthy or make meal plans for myself when you live in a dorm. Ramen, and instant potatoes are my daily meal and I have to suck it up and deal with it. But come fall 2o16, when I move into a house with my best friends, healthy food and a healthy lifestyle will return!! In the meantime, send any meal plans you guys have or use to my email PLEASE. I want to start planning.

10. Stay Connected to Hometown/ Far away Friends: For those who don’t know this, I was born and raised in North Carolina, then moved to Arkansas for two years, and then Dallas for the past 4 years. I also have a father who works internationally and through that, I have met friends from all over the US. It’s extremely hard to stay in contact with so many people and stay up to date with them. I also was really bad at checking in on my high school best friends when we all went off to college. These relationships are extremely important to me, and I want to work on taking the time out of my day, once a week, to check in on these amazing people I’m so lucky to have in my life.

I have big hopes for you, 2016. Hoping you are filled with amazing people, travel, and just amazing things in general. Thank you again to all of my readers for supporting this blog.

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50 Comments

  1. This is a great list! Finding a good church in college is so important; it definitely helped ground me during my own college years.

    Alexandra Adams | X-Height-Ment

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      So glad it did, definitely helps me know it will help a ton 🙂 thanks Alexandra!

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  2. preeti wrote:

    great goals!! it’s so important to focus on school to set you up to accomplish those dreams, like moving to a big city!! i moved around a ton in my early career and i am so glad i did! wishing you success in 2016!

    xoxo, Preeti
    http://www.ninesto5.com

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      That’s awesome!! I definitely hope I can do that too in a couple of years! Thanks for reading Preeti. xx

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  3. Mikahla wrote:

    Yep, I definitely am working on budgeting and saving. Great goals!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  4. Jenny wrote:

    Good goals for the new year!
    My best friend goes to Tech for law school and I cannot even imagine living in that tiny town.
    We visited for a weekend but I feel like I’d get so bored after awhile. haha

    xoxo, Jenny

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      It is definitely so tough!! especially if you aren’t used to a smaller town 🙂 thanks for reading Jenny!

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  5. You have some amazing goals this year!! I am also hoping to get into a better work out plan and eat healthier! Sure they are on there every year but I feel every year I get better at doing them. So that counts. I hope you can transfer to a place you love!!
    If you are interested, I am hosting a goal link-up on my blog, add your link!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      Will definitely link up!! Thanks Angela 🙂

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  6. Jordyn wrote:

    I am such a city girl as well, however, I do think college is an ideal time to experience a small town. A small college town forces you to really be involved in your school which is an opportunity you will only have once in your life, you can live in a city forever! Good luck applying to your internships and getting back on track with school and health!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      So true!! Thanks for the advice Jordyn. xox

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  7. Amy wrote:

    Great resolutions! I’m trying to stay connected to my hometown friends as well. It’s def a lot harder since I have gone away to college. I wish you all the luck for your goals this year!

    xoxo
    Amy | pastelnpink.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      Seriously!! so difficult… best of luck to you with it all as well! xx

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  8. karen wrote:

    Good luck with all your goals – they sound ambitious but you can do it!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  9. These are awesome goals! I’m hoping to accomplish things on my blog, too.

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  10. Elana wrote:

    I love your list! It’s been fun reading blogger’s resolutions. It’s definitely helped me shape my own. You’re going to crush it in 2016!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      Thanks so much Elana!!

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  11. Elle Spann wrote:

    all great goals! I have some friends who found a church they loved in lubbock, so let me know if you want the info! ive been working out with a personal trainer and he pushes me so hard! i found that it wasn’t that I wasn’t working out, it was that i was doing what was easy.
    happy new year!

    elle
    Southern Elle Style

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  12. Michaela wrote:

    These are excellent goals! Don’t worry about not getting the GPA you wanted your first semester of college. I’m a senior who has had plenty of wild friends who had one bad semester, but they’re still graduating with honors come this Spring.

    XOXO
    mQs

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      ahhh so great to hear!! haha there’s hope! thanks for reading!xx

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  13. These are great resolutions for 2016! I wish you the very best 2016!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  14. Kayleigh wrote:

    Girlfriend Norman is the exact same! I can’t wait to be out! My best friend works at J Hoffmans and absolutely loves it in LBK!
    http://www.kayleighskloset.com

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      OMG I bet!!!! Will look at applying there 🙂

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  15. Sara Kate wrote:

    I swear, there’s nothing better than finding the perfect bible study/small group. Best of luck with all of this!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      So good to hear!! Thank you so much girl!

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  16. These are fabulous goals, and I know that you can accomplish them! Finding a church in college did wonders for me and still has helped me to feel grounded as I’ve moved around after college. I can’t live well without it! Best of luck with all of these goals!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  17. Happy New Year and good luck with your goals! They definitely seem achievable. Maintaining exercise was tricky during college but I found that if I experimented with different times in order to find the perfect time with my schedule and then stuck with that, it worked for me.

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      Will definitely have to try that out!! Thanks Allie 🙂

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  18. Cristina wrote:

    I also am looking to budget better this year! That’s awesome that you know so many places you want to apply for in terms of internships. You go girl!

    X,
    cristinaoncampus.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      Best of luck to you and your budgeting! Hopefully we both can keep track of our money this year 🙂 Thanks Cristina!

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  19. Ruya wrote:

    During my first semester of college my GPA wasn’t that great either. I’m sure you’ll do amazing this upcoming semester! Stay positive.

    -Ruya
    sweetshortandstylish.com

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  20. All great goals to have for 2016! Lubbock is definitely a tough place live in because not much is happening. Loved your goal about finding a bible study group and putting God back on the top of your list 🙂
    -Linh

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  21. Great goals! I remember the struggle of trying to eat healthy when living in a dorm and just having crappy iceberg lettuce in the dining hall! My roommate and I snuck a electric steamer in our dorm room and steams greens a couple nights a week! Microwavable veggies I could cook in our commons area were also a lifesaver!

    HashtagFabLife

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      it is such a struggle haha! thanks so much for all the tips, will definitely have to try those out haha!!!

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  22. These are great goals!! I will keep you in my prayers that you get it all worked out! Lubbock is an interesting place- I made my first trip there 2 years ago.

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  23. Lots of excellent goals, and I will be here to support you throughout the year (at least on your blog & social networks) so I wish you the best with getting through all of these. School is definitely a biggie and a 3.5 is tough but DOABLE! Go girl xx adaatude.com

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      Wow, thank you so much Adaleta! I appreciate it a TON! xx

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  24. Charlene wrote:

    These are some excellent goals that you have set for yourself!! I wish you the best of luck with them!
    Charlene xo
    The Frugal Fashionista

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  25. Tami wrote:

    Best wishes to you meeting these resolutions. I have one main goal for the year and that is to become financially able to quit my job (to be at home with my little guy). I also would like to lose some weight.

    I haven’t yet set goals for my blog (or my much loved reading hobby), but I need to. Thanks for the reminder.

    Posted 1.6.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      those are amazing goals though!! I loved having my mom home all the time, growing up, and I know your little guy will too, truly hope you get the chance to be home with him. xo

      Posted 1.6.16 Reply
  26. Good luck completing all of these wonderful goals in 2016. Budgeting is definitely something I always need to work on as well. And I also understand the feeling of not being sure about your college town. I didn’t feel it so much in college, but right now I am in graduate school and last semester was pretty tough for me as far as thinking if I should transfer or not. I am excited that I decided to stick it out.

    Posted 1.6.16 Reply
  27. You go girl!!! Love these goals. I was in Waco for college, which is not the most exciting place in the world, either, but it’s about the people! It sounds like you’ve met some pretty great friends. You’ll be back in the big city in no time! 🙂

    Cameron Proffitt

    Posted 1.6.16 Reply
  28. Great list!! Good luck focusing on school – glad you have your priorities in order 🙂

    Posted 1.6.16 Reply
  29. Mistle wrote:

    Found your blog through The Road to a Better Me linkup. Great goals for this month!!! I have a goal of getting back into a steady work out routine. I have slacked so much over the last few months. Budgeting my money is so tough. I am trying to save more and not spend money on things I really don’t need. Good luck with your goals this month!

    Posted 1.6.16 Reply
    • Audrey wrote:

      YAY! so glad you stopped by. I totally agree with that, budgeting is hard, but so needed! Good luck with yours as well 🙂

      Posted 1.6.16 Reply
  30. I really need to make sure I follow up with my blog goals. I really want this year to be the year for my blog!
    Shaguna
    gold&hearts

    Posted 1.7.16 Reply
  31. Awesome list! I’m sure you’ll do awesome this year while at college. It’s a wake up call at first, everyone goes through the same stage. Happy New Year!

    Posted 1.7.16 Reply
  32. Brittany wrote:

    These are wonderful resolutions! Just put your mind to it and get it done!

    Xo,

    Brittany || Pretty & Sassy

    Posted 1.8.16 Reply
  33. Although it looks like we’re in slightly different life stages, it was only a few years ago when these resolutions were also at the top of my own list, so I can totally relate to the frustration. All of the uncertainties – they may seem like too much to bear all at once, but these are the possibly the most exciting years of your life – enjoy them, regardless of how uncertain or unorganized life may seem at the moment!

    The older I get, the less and less resolutions I make, simply because I’m such a perfectionist that I tend to get fixated on “goals” instead of celebrating my achievements. Hoping you take the time to properly enjoy all milestones – big and small – as you work towards your big goals!

    XO, Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com

    Posted 1.11.16 Reply
  34. Sara Holt wrote:

    Such great goals! And I definitely need to work on budgeting this year!

    Posted 1.11.16 Reply

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