It’s December 31st, and I am again thinking about the million and one things I want to accomplish in 2017. Half of them are attainable, the other half are half-baked. But in the spirit of list making, here are my attainable 50 resolutions/goals/decisions I want to do or make between tomorrow and July, I’ll plan the other 50 later on:

  1. Write consistently on my blog (hah!)
  2. Build a dating website
  3. Teach myself to code
  4. Read one book a week
  5. Finish both college degrees
  6. Figure out AdSense and Pay-Per-Click marketing
  7. Plan a NYC wedding in 9 months from Afghanistan
  8. Convince our landlord to let us bring home our adopted Afghan dog
  9. Remove all my tattoos (it’s been a slow process)
  10. Go to the gym more than once a week
  11. Write our will
  12. Pay off student loan
  13. Pay off credit card
  14. Self-publish something on Kindle
  15. Learn a few more words of Czech
  16. Communicate with my Love better
  17. Grow my hair past my shoulders (from the pixie)
  18. Quit eating excess sugar
  19. Eat more vegetables
  20. Write thank-you cards
  21. Work on several other ways to make income
  22. Start oil pulling again
  23. Stop chewing my nails
  24. Curb my online shopping
  25. Be a more attentive partner to my Love
  26. Travel more, leave Afghanistan every 3 months
  27. Start getting B-12 shots
  28. Plan LASIK surgery for Love
  29. Research nootropics
  30. Listen to podcasts instead of watching TV (I get sucked into old Housewives seasons…)
  31. Work on my relationship with my Mother
  32. Build a relationship with my future Mother-In-Law (might not be attainable)
  33. Get my Love to play Scrabble with me
  34. Stop cursing
  35. Collect Love’s favorite vintage posters for our new flat
  36. Take dance lessons with Love
  37. Learning better ways to control my stress
  38. Take more photos of us, frame those photos of us
  39. Finally combine our three laptops into one
  40. Start an Instagram and not forget about it
  41. Write wedding vows!
  42. Organize my iTunes and make proper gym playlists
  43. Hire an investment banker, I can barely add 2+2
  44. Sign up for a run while home on break
  45. Learn to make sourdough bread
  46. Learn Keynote and Numbers on my iPad, I’m sure they’re useful
  47. Taking better care of my health; no more sugar and carb binges!
  48. Mentally embracing my 30’s and not worry so much about fine lines and wrinkles
  49. Being less bitter towards people I work with, especially HR..
  50. Stop comparing my life to everyone else’s

I have had a fantastic year! I got a new job working with my Love so we can actually live/work in the same country code after 3 years together. I got to travel to Hungary, Vienna, the States to see my family, Paris, Bali and of course Dubai. My Love proposed to me and we bought a new, larger flat that feels like OURS and we saved an Afghan puppy from a shelter in Kabul that we’ve somehow managed to keep in our hotel suite for the last 5 months. But we did go through some rough patches, it’s not easy working in the Middle East and trying to maintain a normal relationship. I think we’re stronger right now then we ever were and we’ll only get stronger next year. That’s #51..


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