Happy Birthday! My Pledge to Myself: My 31 Must Do List

Every year on my birthday, I like to sit back and reflect on the past year to see what I’ve accomplished based on my resolutions I set for myself on my last birthday. You’re probably thinking, a resolution list doesn’t work, but they actually do! I use my list as a guide and plan to knock as many things out as I can, like a to-do list.

On December 24, I was blessed to see my 31st birthday! Yay! Fun fact: 24 hours before I turned 30, I had a huge meltdown. I thought my life was over. I was so upset because I didn’t get to the place where I wanted to be at 30. I was crazy, right?  I was comparing myself to other people, and it was really depressing, you know? So after talking with my boyfriend, I decided to turn a brand spankin’ new leaf. 😊

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One thing I’m learning about making resolutions is that it’s okay if you don’t mark everything off your list. A few exciting things that happened to me this year was being promoted at work, having my boyfriend move to Charlotte to be near me and we are closer than ever! We do pretty much everything together and we adore and love each other immensely.

There are plenty more but I don’t want to bore you😂 After talking with my boyfriend and God of course, I put together a New Years To-Do list of things I MUST do. I call it: My 31 Must Do List. This is a list I made a few days before my birthday. Check it out below.

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*Also to shop and explore in Paris

This list is in no particular order but this is a way for me to come out my comfort zone and “live a little.” The reason why I wanted to make a list like this is because I’m always waiting for someone to do something extravagant with me or getting their permission to do certain things when I shouldn’t. When you start to listen to the opinion of others, especially those who live in their own bubble, you miss out. You miss out on so much. That is what happened to me, unfortunately. This is also stressful as well so its time to stop. Please stop! God blessed you and me with a life to live to the fullest and HE doesn’t want you to spend it trying to please others. If you want to take that solo trip to Iceland or Italy, go! All you need is God’s opinion, so go. So I made a pledge to myself to go out my comfort zone, live life to the fullest, serve God’s purpose, and find out own happiness.

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*What pledge will you be making to yourself in 2017?

 

 

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My 2017 Reading List!

This year has taught me some things about myself that I should take with me into 2017  but I will definitely do a 2016 reflections post pretty soon. One thing that I have on my 2017 goals list is to read more. Read everything. Self-help books, horror, spirituals, African American history, inspirational, etc. My list for 2017 is very…unique. 🤓 My list ranges from self help, horror and back to history. I want to focus on becoming a better me and learning about my history in the process.  Aside from that, I have a really weird interest in books about famous serial killers and horror stories (I have a degree in Criminal Justice).

check out my list below😉

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Joining a Book Club

Not only did I create my own list, I decided to also join a book club community that is hosted by this beautiful gal I found on YouTube where she dedicated her platform to reading, planning and God. I stumbled upon her channel a couple years ago and followed her 2016 reading list. Her name is LisaMarie and she is the founder of Paper & Glam. I draw inspiration from her on a day to day basis so I’m excitd to be joining her 2017 book club. She has a monthly list (shown below) and also created stickers to match for the planner addicts. At the end of each month, she has a live session to discuss the book and also there’s Goodreads, where we can discuss the book throughout the month!

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I have never been more excited to create my own reading list and actually immerse myself in something other than the crazy things I see on social media. I actually started on Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes and I’m hooked!!  Lookout for my review on that book soon!! Tootles! 🤗