Future Letter to Myself: 2017


new year's resolutions, future letter to yourself, 2017 resolutionsOh, hi. I’m still writing. Sort of. I have a short break in between classes so in addition to hosting family visitors for the holidays I’m using the time to catch up on some non-work, non-school priorities, to the extent that they exist.It’s the end of the year, which means that in lieu of New Year’s resolutions, I’m sharing my future letter to myself:

That’s the thing about New Year’s resolutions — sometimes it’s a one and done type of thing, like “run a marathon PR this year.” Or lose 10 pounds. But other times, the goal is more nebulous: Be a more supportive partner. Communicate better. It’s not a one-time thing — it’s a lifelong thing.So when I read about the concept of a Future Letter to Yourself on Jess Lively’s blog, I was intrigued. It’s like New Years resolutions meets your ideal resume plus your Amazon.com wish list and your travel bucket list. OK, maybe that’s just my letter, but it’s basically a letter to me, Natasha, written from the perspective of one year hence … about all the accomplishments I’ve achieved and positive changes I’ve enacted — large and small — over the course of the future year …

Next week I’ll share the “results” of my 2016 letter to myself, but first I’ll tell you a little bit about my 2017 letter and what I’m hoping will have happened in my life come January 1, 2018.My letters always cover marriage and family, work/career, health and fitness, travel and other hobbies/personal interests. My 2016 letter was heavy on the work/school side of things, which I’m purposefully de-prioritizing in 2017. I mean, yes — I’d like to keep my job and complete my graduate program, but I’m seeking more of that ever-elusive work-life balance. Here’s a sample:

Kail and I celebrated five years of marriage.We welcomed family and friends to visit us in Amman, and we traveled to the United States …I trained for and ran a sub-4:00 marathon.I took concrete steps toward obtaining fitness instructor certification.I completed my Master of Science in Communication program at Purdue University.I started taking Arabic classes and made an effort to learn the basics of the language.I read more books (for pleasure) in 2017 compared to 2016.

Read previous future letters to myself (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016), along with their outcomes (2013, 2014 & 2015). Stay tuned for a post about how much in my 2016 letter “came true.”What’s in your future letter to yourself/what are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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