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2017 Priorities and a Few Goals

Setting the tone of my life with priorities and guiding my days with goals, here are my 2017 intentions for the year.

Last year, in the midst of the broken back turmoil and all of the ish that went along with it, I declared 2016 to be the year of priorities, not goals. This year, I am keeping with the same idea, but I am going to start to include some goals just to see if I can actually accomplish some things.

2017 Priorities and Goals

2017 Priorities and Goals. I've found that setting priorities is a better method of guiding my life than making goals or resolutions. What are your life priorities? @Suzlyfe

(These aren’t going to change too terribly much from last year)

Family + Family Health

I have a beautiful little family up here in Chicago: Alex, Ridley, Zoe and I are a fearsome foursome (mostly because Zoe is scared of everything, and, well, we are hot messes). Beyond that, I have an amazing and supportive immediate family and in-laws (yes, we get along, lol). My top priority, as always, is to maintain the health of our relationships and to continue to foster those relationships consistently. I would love to try to be in more consistent touch with certain members of my family this year. But that is very much on me (it isn’t like they haven’t tried!).


  • Work on meaningful conversation with various members of my family; give more than just brief responses when they email me (also, get them on to the email addresses that I actually check!).
  • Be kinder. Stop expecting people to know everything and then snapping at them when they don’t.  That’s rude and unfair. Start remembering that I want be a parent and act accordingly. 

Personal Physical and Mental Health

Last year, my being was up and down and all around: I was in remission for Crohn’s Disease, then I was in a flare. I was doing great mentally, then I was dealing with situational depression and anxiety. Taking care of my mental and physical well being is going to be as important as ever this year, with IVF and the stresses that the process will bring upon my body and mind. I am trying to be proactive by seeing a psychiatrist/psychotherapist who specializes in women’s behavioral health, and we are already starting to dig up topics for real discussion. I already have a doctor’s appointment with my digestive specialist on the books in the next few weeks to reassess my levels and see how I am doing.


  • Go to the dentist for a cleaning and the dermatologist for a skin check (after the current skin issues are over)
  • Continue to keep care of my mental health with regular therapy
  • Be kinder to myself when the time of according to plan so that I can ACT rather than fall to pieces and need to be rescued (like this weekend)

Adulting (Life and Career)

Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m not the best at adulting. Sure, I can be “adult,” but really? I’m pretty crap at it. I think part of it is me rebelling against what is expected of me, part is being scared of success (and failure), and part of  is lack consistency in my adulting attempts.


  • Take over the finances so that Alex doesn’t have to deal with them
  • Regular cleaning schedule! Start a chart to check off until it is second nature like groceries!
  • I’m never going to be able to keep a budget, but I’d love to have explore keeping certain expenses down. 
  • Cook and/or create something in the kitchen every week. Doesn’t have to be fancy, but I need to branch out more. 
  • Get back to using a planner. I just got a new one (and it came in the mail yesterday wooooot), and I need to get back to using it as a concrete reminder of things to do, recordings of daily life to help me keep track of how I feel and what we do, etc.
  • WRITE AN EBOOK. I have 3 eBooks that I have started working on. Let’s actually do one of them. 
  • Make some decisions regarding my various pursuits. And stick to them. Commit to them.
  • Work with Ridley regularly on her training. Girl needs some direction and a “job.”
How Suz is using goals to guide her priorities this year #goals #sweatpink Click To Tweet

Getting really tired of wearing (two pairs of) pants and having responsibilities. 

What works best for you: goals, intentions, or priorities?

Do you use a paper planner or something digital?

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  • Reply Stacey

    I’m team paper planner all the way-I just can’t seem to get into using my iCalendar. I do, however, for my husband’s sanity put my workouts into Training Peaks and import them into iCal-he is the complete opposite of me!
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    January 10, 2017 at 5:18 am
    • Reply Rachel

      I’m team paper, too… It’s so much easier! πŸ™‚

      January 10, 2017 at 10:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t even do Training Peaks. I need my train schedule on paper!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I guess I am where you were last year, with setting intentions but not concrete goals. I think your goals for this year are great and definitely things you can accomplish.
    I used to use a paper planner but now that I use Outlook for work I keep everything in an electronic calendar. I would still like a place to write notes, but its definitely nice to always have access to my schedule
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    January 10, 2017 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is my issue–I need places to write notes that I don’t know where to put them

      January 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    I like weekly goals (1-3) rather than big goals. I feel the pressure too much. I also like the word for the year idea (mine are stillness and creativity). For me these two approaches reach the practical and the emotional. Oh, and I really to go to the dentist.
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    January 10, 2017 at 6:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think the stillness is SUCH a great word for you. Your life has the potential for such chaos. ANd you are right–you have practical and emotional covered.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I need to go with a planner…something to hold (and admire) in my hands. The short term memory is MIA most days, so I need a tangible device to stay on track. UGH
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    January 10, 2017 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Also, colored pens πŸ˜€

      January 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Whether they’re intentions or goals, it’s great to have something to pursue even if it is becoming a dog trainer. πŸ˜‰
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    January 10, 2017 at 7:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Or just trying to keep my dog from spontaneously combusting πŸ˜€

      January 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Linz @ Itz Linz

    i think i’m more about intentions, but in reality probably priorities… hey as long as we’re trying to better ourselves (and figure out this whole adulting thing!!)
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    January 10, 2017 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree with you. Better every day is the way to go!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I’m all about the paper planner. I can’t bring myself to do it electronically!
    And adulting? I’m still trying to figure that out!
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    January 10, 2017 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you seem to have it down!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Cora

    These are great. I wonder, as I read this, if your goals can be crossed over with each other. For instance, your time coming is no doubt going to be taxing both mentally and physically, and with having to take down your exercise, you may have some more time on your hands, no? So to work on your goal of protecting your mental health, you’ll have to figure out new ways to spend your time (either as distraction or self care etc). These could be scheduling out times to call those family members you want to connect with more, or planning a night you will cook etc… maybe during times of the day you think are harder for you. Then you are killing like… three birds… with one stone. You got this girl. Adulting is silly but I know you can do it.
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    January 10, 2017 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      yes yes yes. SO right. SO SOSOS right.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Katie @ HungryRunner

    I love the idea of focusing on priorities. For me it always sounds so much more meaningful when I say, “This is a priority” rather than a goal. Also, confession: I also have a bad habit of expecting people to know everything and getting frustrated when they don’t and ask me what I wrongly deem to be a “dumb” question. Definitely something for me to work on!

    And I really enjoy having a paper planner to write things down, but I need to work on keeping up with mine. When I’m out and about “writing things down” digitally is always so much more convenient.
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    January 10, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We would be an amazing pair–judging people for not knowing EVERYTHING
      I am way better about writing things down when I am training for something. If only I was doing that.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    I like that you have a wide range of goals here! Interesting what you noted about finances – I did ours for 5 years and finally had AJ take over because they stressed me out too much. I still have a hand in them because he can be forgetful, but it’s really nice not having to be the bad guy and decide what we can and can’t afford to do. My goal for 2017 is to become even less involved in finances, haha!
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    January 10, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahhaha so I hope that you leech some of those skills over to me.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    You know I love my goals and loved reading yours! Aldulting seems hard (like working on bills and “fun” stuff like that) but once you get in the habit, it becomes second nature. I started tracking all of our bills every month so now I have a rough budget and it works for us!
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    January 10, 2017 at 7:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just wish I liked doing it. If I could make it fun, maybe I would look forward to it.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats


    Bah ha ha ha!!! Last time I went to the dentist was about three years ago and prior to that… Six or seven years I went without a teeth check… And you want to know something? MY TEETH GOT AN A+! HA!! I truly believe it’s because of my healthy diet!
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    January 10, 2017 at 8:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have a great diet, but that sometimes is my problem–things get stuck in there.
      Also, coffee and acidic things.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    LOL the finances, my hubby does those too and he wants me to take over, but why ruin a good thing ya know? I already do my business finances, isn’t that enough? I pretty much read the whole list and though, yep I need to do every single one of those, I’ll put those down for 2018 bahahahahahaha
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    January 10, 2017 at 9:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha See, I don’t have significant business finances, so I have no excuse πŸ˜€

      January 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I’m glad you get along with your in-laws. You reminded me of all the times I had to go to a dermatologist. My skin has always been my weakest organ. Rashes, psoriasis, zits, cancerous moles, splotchy discolouration… it’s been fun. My skin is a lot better now. I wonder if it’s from all my veggies?!?!?! OMG MAYBE!!!!
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    January 10, 2017 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If that was the cure…. my rash should never have ever appeared. And it really needs to go away.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I have always used an actual planner (Day Timmer or Day Runner) but I got lazy this past fall and I’ve relied more and more on my gmail calendar…….until my laptop crashed last nigh with the blue screen of death. No calendar at my neck and call.
    Oops, which day is the Spanish School dinner? What time is my appointment in town with the notary?
    A physical planner is a must for me.

    Of course, do you remember the day my calendar said “take kids for shots?” It was on a Saturday when I was working full time. I took you and your brother to the vets!……wrong kids!

    January 10, 2017 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, we didn’t have rabies…. so there is that πŸ˜€

      January 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Weekly goals gal over here! They are a lot more manageable. I love that you want to invest in your family more; me too! I would love to write more letters to my grandparents, cause they are such a blessing, and i don’t want to forget them.
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    January 10, 2017 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I’m sure they will cherish that so much!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    These are great goals. And I think taking active care of yourself will help everything fall in place — like going to the dentist, etc. Once you take hold of that kind of stuff, adulting will become easier. Not really, but let’s pretend, shall we?
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    January 10, 2017 at 10:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will gladly pretend. It seems to be working for you…

      January 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I avoided the dentist for 2 years…YEARS…I’d rather get a PAP then go to the dentist. When I finally went, I had *welp* 7 cavities. LOL
    I am a goal girl, but am finding I have lots of repeat goals each year because I am too busy taking care of everyone else to work on my own goals. :/
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    January 10, 2017 at 11:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah… I better get myself to the dentist. And I hear you. Maybe add some self care to those goals?

      January 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I’d say priorities work best for me, but then I have them broken down into daily/weekly/monthly actions, so does that make them goals? Maybe I’m a combination.

    And paper planners, all the way. I have to physically write stuff down.
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    January 10, 2017 at 11:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you have the most detailed and organized system yet. Come and organize my life?

      January 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Mary

    I’m a detail planner type of girl but I also use a paper planner, there’s nothing better than crossing off an accomplishment.

    January 10, 2017 at 11:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVE that cross through feeling!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    You can do all of these! I love how diverse and enrichening your goals are. I prefer to use a paper planner, although I do use Google calendar to keep track of appointments so that my phone has an alarm.
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    January 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve found that having my google calendar is indispensible. I would be worthless without it.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Love that you are prioritizing YOU this year. Adulting is overrated, but I guess we should learn how if we are going to be a parent one day?? Haha
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    January 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like now is the time (however long I deal with IVF!)

      January 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Good luck with your goals! I think you’re going to have an awesome year!
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    January 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, lady! Good luck to you as well!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Acting rather than reacting is something I have been trying to do as well. Love how you have laid out your goals
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    January 10, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And off I go to therapy to work on just that.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    These are really great goals! I like to set goals for the month and larger goals for a year. That way, I dont get too overwhelmed. I like your idea of connecting with family more. There are some family members I know I could reach out to more often and I hope to work on that this year too!
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    January 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need to not give up on these goals. I write them down, and then….

      January 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Mackenzie

    These are awesome goals! I am excited to see all that you accomplish in this year to come! I would say for me it’s priorities. If I set them, write them out then they get done. I like paper planners the most- I have a rough go of technology (my phones always end up in puddles or the washing machine). Here’s to an awesome year!

    January 10, 2017 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha I hope you have a warranty on those phones πŸ˜€ I need to get down to it. Both with my priorities and my goals!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I really need to work on maintaining my relationships with people–I feel like that continually gets sacrificed because of residency + distance + time zone differences, but…I’m definitely hoping to do better on that! I need to get back into using a planner too! I keep losing my scraps of paper that I write to-do lists on, haha. Best of luck to you on your goals! I’m excited for you + wishing you the best! <3

    January 10, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have all of these journals and notebooks and at least in those I would try to keep up with things! I need to get back on in.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply

    You’ve got 3 eBooks on the go? Wow! I finally created my first eBook last year and in order to do that I had to drop down to one blog post per week. But actually I’m now enjoying just concentrating on that one blog post per week. So, my main goal for 2017 is to continue with that and use the spare time to investigate creating video recipes. But that’s it. I can’t be bothered with any other goals lol.

    You should do that eBook though. My subscribers have increased and are increasing since I launched mine. Well worth it! recently posted…Sweet Potato Garlic and Chorizo SoupMy Profile

    January 10, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I say that I have eBooks on the docket, but right now, that is about it. Video recipes? GO FOR THE FOOD NETWORK!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Adulting is SO HARD. Why did I want to be all grown up at 15?! Fuck. That.

    I’m supposed to be financing us too. Oy. Actually, not Oy to that adult activity. Vegas sucks with money. I’m always the banker in Monopoly. LOL!
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    January 11, 2017 at 12:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was often the banker in Monopoly, but more so because I just want to handle the money. ANd it is pretty much the only way that I can stay involved because ADHD

      January 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    Paper planner. Buying a new planner is a highlight of the new year. When you put it that way sounds a bit geeky doesn’t it. My one word intention for the year is connect. My goals are still a work in progress. There’s too much I want to do!
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    January 11, 2017 at 4:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LIke I say every time–I have no idea how you do everythign you do. You are an inspiration!

      January 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    LOVE planners. That said, when life gets suuuper busy (send a time turner), I can’t bear to look ahead, so I stick to daily “here’s what you’re going to do today” lists on Post-Its. Hopefully that can be over after this week. Similarly, when I’m feeling like I’ve got my sh*t together, I can handle goals. And when I’m flying by the seat of my pants, priorities seem more manageable.
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    January 11, 2017 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need to get back to doing daily lists. Just to keep up with my life.

      January 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    I really need a regular cleaning schedule too. A dorm room can get friggin gross reallll quick. lol

    January 13, 2017 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Now add a dog and a cat and triple the size!

      January 13, 2017 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Good goals! I’ve been saying I reallyyy need to create a cleaning schedule for my apt but haven’t made one yet. Same with cooking from actual cookbooks I have lying around. Also laughed about Ridley needing direction πŸ™‚
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    January 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ridley needs some serious help. As in, consistent. I don’t want her to run the house, you know? But she does. Right now, I am just trying to be consistent with cleaning at least ONE thing a day…

      January 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm

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