2016 Accomplishments and 2017 HEART Goals

2016 Accomplishments and 2017 HEART Goals

Happy New Year everyone! Yes, I know.. I’m like 7 weeks late to the party. Blame it on graduate school! While I have been crazy busy with school and adult life, I did set aside some much needed time to reflect on 2016 and write out my goals (short-term and long-term) for 2017 and moving forward. I think it’s so important to write out your goals. At one point, I was a scatter brain, running left then running right, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. One of my best friends, Mandi, told me I need to sit down and really think about what it is that I want and need to accomplish this year. Another buddy of mine shared some great content on how to develop your goals. And even though we’re into the second month of the year, I figured it’s never too late to share some important knowledge with you guys.

If you haven’t heard of HEART goals but looking to do more than arbitrary resolutions, then please stay tuned!

Okay, so first things first. Before you start writing out your goals for the new year…


In 2016, I’m proud to say I-

  • Applied to graduate school
  • Got accepted to 2 graduate schools
  • Started my first semester in graduate school
  • Finished my first semester with a 3.5 GPA
  • Moved into New Haven Apartment
  • Full-time Job with benefits
  • Crafted stronger relationship with God

Before I created this list, I was convinced that I was a complete failure at the end of 2016. I have a tendency to be very hard on myself. I’m my worst critic. Doing my 2016 accomplishments list really opened my eyes to how many things I actually conquered and it was a great reminder that its okay to be proud of yourself and to be easy on yourself every once in a while.

Now onto 2017…

The first thing you want to do is


This portion actually took me some time to do. I’ve never asked myself, “how I want to feel?” After much deliberation I’ve decide that, in 2017, I want to be


In 2017, I want to feel


While reading the content about planning for the year ahead, it stated and reminds us that there is nothing wrong with resolutions but these resolutions are “arbitrary goals” and are really disconnected from who you want to be and how you want to feel. And lets all be honest… who actually keeps their resolutions anyway?


This is your time to dream big. There are no boundaries to what you can write in your crazy master list. Anything you want to do, short- or long-term, write it down! These are dreams, goals, visions, ambitions. Anything that you have thought about doing or trying, this is the time to write it down on your list. And eventually, you will turn that dream or vision into an actual feasible goal. Here are a few items on my crazy list…

  • Travel to Colorado, Mexico, Barbuda and Europe
  • Open bookstore/creative center
  • Open non-profit organization
  • Work for NPO focusing on poverty alleviation, homelessness or human rights
  • Focus on exercise and eating habits
  • Acquire my land in Barbuda
  • Start building house in Barbuda
  • Pay off two student loans
  • Pay extra $150/month on car loan
  • More videos on YouTube and more posts on blog

I left myself an extra blank page to continue cultivating this list. I’m a dreamer (the Sagittarius in me) so I’m always coming up with new visions and dreams. So! After you’re done drafting up your crazy master list, go ahead and filter through the goals and visions you want to focus on this year. These will become your 2017 goals. This is your time to be practical.  And you can always go back and add to your 2017 list after finishing or accomplishing something originally added.

Now on to the juicy stuff…

HEART goals! 

H – Help Yourself

Time for you to be a little bit selfish. You can’t take care of others before taking care of yourself. When I first started graduate school, I learned of a new phrase: self-care. I learned how important self-care truly is and how we sometimes need to prioritize ourselves, our mental, physical and emotional well-being in order to be the absolute best that we can be. What makes you come alive? Fills you with joy? This is how you are going to help yourself. For me this would be…

  • Prayer / Meditation
  • Manicure / Pedicure
  • Volunteering
E – Everyone Else

Now that you’ve put yourself first, unapologetically, it’s time to think about everyone else. Our relationships have tendency to be one, if not the most, important thing in our lives. So its important to make sure the ones you love are well and know you care. Nurture and take care of your relationships.

  • Spend more time and check in with parents
  • Spend more time and check in with sister
  • More girls nights
  • Family dinners
A – Attitude and Academics

Your knowledge is the one thing that can never be taken away from you. This statement is something that has always stuck with me. Knowledge is power. Never stop wanting to learn.

  • Continue self-discovery
  • Finish graduate school
  • Read one book a month
  • Volunteer
R – Resources

Look at the resources you’ve been given and maximize those gifts. If, at the end of the day, you’ve done everything that you can do with the amount of time that has been allocated to you, then pat yourself on the back. That’s an accomplishment. For example… time is a valuable resource.. I need time to…

  • Workout
  • Travel
  • Complete school work
T – Trade and Career

When we think of being successful and fulfilled, we tend to think about work. The thing I love about HEART goals, is that this is the last thing we focus on. HEART goals pushes us to think about our success through another lens. We have the opportunity to focus on ourselves, our loved ones, knowledge and more before diving into work and career.

  • work on non-profit organization
  • Book store / creative center


We’re almost done! I promise! The last thing you need to do is…

pick your word of the year

Before I even heard of HEART goals and planning out goals for the year ahead, a friend of mine told me that she picks a word every year and focuses on that word and tries to accomplish it. It’s almost like your theme of the year! I’ve actually stolen her word of 2016 and applied it to my theme of 2017.

My 2017 word of the year is


I really hope that this breakdown of crafting goals was helpful for you. I’ve even gone as far as to write out miniature crazy master lists for each month. I’m even more focused and prepared for the month ahead and feel really good about myself. If you’re super dedicated, go ahead and do HEART goals for every day.

I wanna hear about your goals. Share them in the comments below!

And check out Day Designer by Whitney English, the creator of HEART goals, for more information, worksheets and planners to help get you set up for success!




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