3 Things I Want To Do More Of This Year

What do you want to make time for in 2017? Here's what I want more of this year!

We’re already two months into the year, and I’m only just thinking about what I want 2017 to look like. In past years, I’d probably have already mapped out everything already with plans, ideas, and goals, but the truth is, I haven’t really been in a goal setting mood lately. I’ve been feeling much more comfortable going with the flow and seeing where life takes me instead of overthinking every little detail – at least for right now.

That being said, I had a few things in mind that I wanted to make time for in my life this year. Three things, to be exact, that will bring me joy in 2017. I even thought to myself that having a list of five things might be more fun, but after racking my brain for ideas, I decided it was better to stick with what I knew I wanted to do rather than forcing other activities into my already busy life.

So here’s my list! I’d love to hear what you want to do this year too, so leave a comment once you’re done reading!

1. Take more photos of the little things

Recently I’ve realized that photographs share a special place in my heart. I have a terrible time remembering the small moments in my life (I’m sure we all do), but also those bigger, more enjoyable times. If I see a picture of a day spent with a loved one, or something as simple as a photo of a good cup of coffee, I can remember exactly how I felt the day it was taken. Having photos not only helps me remember special little moments, it also helps me feel happier and grateful when I look at them.

Because of this, I want to take more photos of the little things in 2017. I don’t necessarily mean photos to be shared on any social media platform, but photos I can have in my phone to scroll through and remember all of the little moments. It could be anything from a selfie with a friend at dinner, a flower on my daily walk, or a book I just finished reading.

2. Explore new restaurants and coffee shops

I can be a creature of habit when it comes to restaurants and coffee shops. Though I love trying new food and places to eat, once I find somewhere I like, I tend to keep going there over and over again. There are so many restaurants and coffee shops in Seattle and the surrounding area, especially ones with healthy options, so I want to explore more of them this year. Whether it’s going to a new restaurant with my boyfriend, a juice bar with friends, or a different coffee shop with my mom, I want to keep things new and exciting throughout the year.

3. Make baking a weekly occurrence

I rarely spend time in the kitchen anymore which is a sad reality considering I LOVE food. I want to get back into it by baking or making dessert at least once a week. I’m not a master chef by any means, but I do think my baking skills are a lot better than my cooking skills. I used to always make a batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies on a Sunday (my mom still asks when I’m going to start doing that again), and I remember enjoying that time because I could relax, be a little creative, and devour a delicious treat in the end. I think there’s something magical about creating something new in the kitchen, so baking something each week seems like the perfect way to make that happen for me – and everyone else who gets to eat my creations too!

What do you want to do more of this year? Leave a comment below!

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! The Blissful Mind is your guide to being the calmest, healthiest, most productive version of yourself. Whether you're trying to slow down, de-stress, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little less complicated.
  • These are such good habits! Two of my biggest passions are photography and food so I totally approve this :) Something I really want to do more this year is reading. I love reading, I’m such a bookworm but I always find myself so busy that I never make time for it!

  • I may try the taking photos habit. It is a nice way to notice the beauty that is all around you even if it comes in the littlest ways.

  • Katie Holland

    I’m making more time for reading and I’d like to make a habit of journaling.

  • I want to spend more time making jewellery (which I’m already working on, I have recently started making rings – so yay me!), doing yoga and I want to learn how to knit. Though I think the knitting will me something to do closer to october this year :)

    • Oh that’s fantastic, Kristien! That’s awesome that you have all of those creative outlets. Jewelry making sounds so cool.

  • I’ve been spending more time journaling each day. It was one of my goals for this year and I’ve truly enjoyed reading through my entries.

    Carrie |

  • I love that you didn’t add 5 just to add 2 more! I’ve tried to rack my brain for more things I want to do this year but I’m super focused on just 3 things like you and was having trouble thinking of more! I want to practice more yoga this year, I want to grow my blog and launch a podcast/interview series, and I want to travel more. I have enough on my plate with those things! :P Thanks for sharing your list!
    Ali (

    • The best things comes in threes, right?! ;) Your goals sound awesome and definitely things that I’m always working on too xx

  • I love this list. I’m totally with you on taking more pictures of the little things. I feel like all too often people put all their energy into getting the “perfect” picture of a moment and forget to look at the moment itself.

    This year I want to do more traveling and more time spent at home. Two extremes, but I want to be really intentional with my time. I want to make sure I’m spending it in a way that I want to, and not just doing something with my time because I feel like I should.

    • Hi Allison! I know what you mean about trying to get the perfect picture! I feel that a lot since I want to share the best of the best on my social media and blog, but this way I can take the pressure and stick with what’s important. I love your goals, too! I love to travel but also enjoy being at home, so I totally understand where you’re coming from!

  • This is a wonderful list of things to do! It’s always fun trying new restaurants!


  • These are wonderful goals! I find baking so therapeutic but I don’t do it nearly enough. And photos and great restaurants bring me tons of joy too. I love that your goals are truly about enjoying your life.

    • I realized baking is one of those things that truly encourages me to put down my phone and do something creative, without distractions! Thanks so much for your encouragement, Brittany! xo

  • I love the idea of taking more photos even if they’re not insta worthy; they still make me think of good times. Good luck with the baking! I wish I had more baking talent…

    xx, Pia

  • I live in a college town, and there are so many little nooks of good food that I have yet to explore! Going food adventuring is always a good time. Thanks for the suggestions. Xoxo

  • Exploring more is definitely something I want to do more, too! We’re creatures of habit. It’s hard to break out of the rut of going to the same places over and over when you’re so comfortable in your environment. We’re more apt to explore in unknown places, I think.
    Great goals for the year. Best of luck!

  • Zed

    Loved the list! I love food, so I automatically agreed with the last two points!
    Mind The Medic

  • RaBars

    I think the three things you listed are GREAT!
    For me I would have to say:
    1) Take more pictures (sorry, had to steal it cause it was too good)
    2) Find more experiences locally, like donation dinners, theater and/or symphony events.
    3) Read a lot more, setting aside some time each day to read a good book.
    Reading this really made me think through on what things I would like to experience more of.
    Thank You!