How to Make the Most of 2017!

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Every year I like to wipe the slate clean and start again with new goals and an adjusted focus. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a New Year’s Resolution (besides, I’m about 12 days too late for that), however I do believe it is important to pause, reflect, and rebuild our goals – what better time to do that than the beginning of a new year? I truly believe all of us have more than one passion point in life, so this year I’m taking the time to put some of my projects aside to give rise to new ones + reinvigorate old passions I haven’t focused on for a while.

So if you’re with me, here are 5 steps to make the most of 2017!

Identify your area of focus

The best way to identify where your current passion lies is to pin point what you have been spending most of your energy on over the past year or so. For me, that almost always spreads across a few fields of interests… and that’s okay too!

For the past few years I have been doing a lot of travelling and suffice it to say that in 2017 this will not be changing. For me, this is my greatest passion and the one thing that intrigues me most. Different places, cultures, foods, languages… you name it. Thus my biggest area of focus has been travel for the past few years and if I’m honest with myself about what makes me happiest, travel is still the answer.

But don’t be afraid to choose other passion points and pursue them too. Last year I opened a dessert shop in my hometown (which functions by itself with a full time pastry chef, full time manager and full team of minions), but this year I’d like to spend more time honing in on why I began the shop: my love of pastry. This year I’d like to spend more time refining my skills in the kitchen and continually learning from it.

This year I’d also like to focus on writing. I don’t know exactly what about or in which style, but I do have a burning desire to move abroad for an amount of time (Paris? New York?) and write about my experience.

Define your goals

The job is only half done if you identify what you would like to focus on without identifying how you will ensure you are successful in that area. After you have identified what you will focus on this year, take some time to refine your approach. For me:

Travel – visit new places as much as possible (if returning to an old place, try something drastically new).

In the kitchen – try new dishes and learn new skills. Plus learn loads of French along the way!

Writing – write something of substance that connects with people.

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Create a positive mantra

All you need is a few words – printed out or written on a piece of paper and stuck up somewhere in your bedroom or office. For me the mantra is always the same: “be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

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Make a bucket list

As a blogger I’m sure it doesn’t surprise any of you that I’m a lists kinda girl. A list for the supermarket, a list for my jobs for the days, lists and lists and lists of my favourite places… you name it, I’ve listed it. Here’s my “bucket list” for this year (which, as you’ll see, could do with a little refining…)

Go somewhere new (more like a few places!)

Learn a new language (I’m still struggling through French + Russian)

Live in a foreign city for at least 6 weeks (Paris or New York)

Learn new pastry skills (French pastries eat your heart out)

Grow a garden (underway)

Try more outdoor sports (and stop being a computer geek/vampire)

Write (I don’t care what about)

Check-in with yourself regularly

With your passions identified, goals set and a check-list ready to put in to action, don’t forget to take time to yourself, for yourself, to look back at how you are progressing. Ups and downs aside, so long as you continue to put one foot in front of the other, you will eventually move forward in the right direction. Own it!


Over to you! What are your goals for making the most of 2017!?

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    February 3, 2017 at 2:58 am

    I’m always trying to learn French!

    February 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post

    February 1, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Adore this!!! I too am determined to learn French this year! I’ve been struggling off and on for years, but this is the year! We got this!!

    Kathia Grant
    February 1, 2017 at 6:12 am

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    January 31, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Nice tips! 2017 seems to be the year of travel for many people.

    January 23, 2017 at 3:07 am

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    January 21, 2017 at 7:25 am

    These are great tips! I’ve already started to put some into practice for the year. Hope you have amazing year and get to go on many adventures. I know I plan to myself!

    January 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Love the inspiration! Already working on my own mantra.

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    January 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm

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    January 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Got some good thoughts on 2017! Thanks for sharing. Love the parts about travel!

    January 19, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Girl I LOVE this post – great tips! I would love to learn Spanish this year, it’s one of my biggest goals, and moving to NYC is another on my list!

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    January 18, 2017 at 2:21 am

    The best of luck for 2017 Brooke! I have goals every year to travel to 3 new places abroad every year and 2017 will be no different for me. The only difference will be – I’ll be writing about the places I explore! 🙂

    January 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Nice tips! 2017 seems to be the year of travel for many people 🙂 |

    January 16, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Nice advice! I’ve felt a bit lost lately because it seemed like everything I tried to make work in 2016 wasn’t to be! It’s taken some will power to come up with a new plan but finally I’ve got those goals set and I’m excited again!

    January 16, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Good luck with your goals and I like the positivity.

    January 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I love these so much!! I have so many travels already booked for 2017 i’m so so excited! x

    Jessica C
    January 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    These are great goals and some of which we seem to share! I have a goal of getting out of my city (Amsterdam) at least once a month. It may be to explore the Dutch countryside or to fly to Malta, but I crave the new. Other than that, writing is hugely important to me. I want to be as authentic as possible and try to leave that college-style writing to the past. Love you mantra and wish you a great 2017!

    January 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

    You should definitely try living in Paris, I would love to read about that! It would also help your french!

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    January 13, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I adore writing out lists because I always find it so helpful. Love your tips!

    January 12, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Great tips! Very helpful with the goals I set for this year, which also includes more travelling 🙂

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    January 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Great tips Brooke. And your bucket list sounds amazing! Living in a foreign country for a couple of weeks is on our list as well (we would go for NYC though!). Curious where you’ll end up 😉
    We sure do follow your journey in 2017!
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    January 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I think lists and resolutions are great. And January is naturally a time for them. I think of it as the moment when we wind the clock–an analogy for our desired lifestyle. Every month, the “clock” loses a minute or two, until the time is way off at the end of the year. If we don’t make resolutions to reset it to the right time and tighten the spring mechanism, things will just get farther and farther from where we want to be.

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    January 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Love these tips!

    Hannah Ison
    January 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    This is a fantastic list Brooke! Your passions all sound amazing! I do suggest New York, as it’s the closest to me (I’m from
    Indiana, USA.) and I’d love to go to a meetup if you decided to do something like that during your stay.
    I wish you all the best!
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    January 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Great list! I really like checking in with myself and making new goals or adjusting old ones throughout the year too, it keeps me motivated and makes it all feel relevant xxx
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    January 12, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Really great tips Brooke! I will definitely be focusing more on traveling this year. I also love setting goals for myself and making bucket lists. Can’t wait to see what kind of adventures you go on this year! Cheers to 2017. 😉