2016 Resolutions Revisited

by Liz Heather in

I've purposely delayed writing this post, but since 2017 is officially well underway, there are no more excuses. I'll list my 2016 resolutions from last year below and then write alongside them how each went. 

1. Read at least two books per season.

  • Yeah, this didn't happen. Instead of reading eight books this year (two books x four seasons), I read a sum total of TWO books. Yikes. When I think back on why this happened, I really can't come up with any sound reasoning. This will be rectified this year.

2. Do pilates (or go to the gym) at least five times each month.

  • January - 6 times
  • February - 6 times
  • March - 8 times
  • April - 8 times
  • May - 4 times
  • June - 5 times
  • July - 1 time
  • August - 8 times
  • September - 6 times
  • October - 1 time
  • November - 6 times
  • December - 3 times

Okay, so I crushed this goal two thirds of the year. Yeah! And that means that I went to the gym 14.5% of the days this year (53 out of 365). Okay, that's not great since in 2015 I went 23.5% and in 2014 I went 37%, but still - it's not 0%. Not that there's anything wrong with 0%, but I would really like to get back up into my 2014 gym game.

3. Save 20% of every pay cheque from waitressing.

  • Totally done. I would tell you how much money that is, but it's gauche to talk about money.

4. Juice at least ten times a month.

  • January - 11 times
  • February - 4 times
  • March - 9 times
  • April - 2 times
  • May - 5 times
  • June - 12 times
  • July - 4 times
  • August - 5 times
  • September - 9 times
  • October - 1 time
  • November - 7 times
  • December - 10 times

I really said ten times a MONTH? Jesus. 2017 is definitely going to be about low expectations, Liz. LOW.

5. Go to an island with Nathan.

  • If Boston counts as an island, then did we ever!

6. Constantly buy flowers for the apartment and take photos of each arrangement.

  • This definitely happened and it was glorious.

7. At least once a month, go to a fancy-ass restaurant that you've never been to before.

  • January - Minetta Tavern & Bar Boulud
  • February - Stanton Social
  • March - Delmonico's & Peter Luger
  • April - Collage (in St. Augustine)
  • May - Beauty & Essex
  • June - nowhere!
  • July - Del Posto
  • August - The Lamb's Club & American Cut
  • September - nowhere!
  • October - Gramercy Tavern
  • November - nowhere!
  • December - Barberian's (in Toronto)

I love this resolution so hard. It's hard to pick a favourite of the year, but if I absolutely had to it would be Delmonico's. It'll definitely my to-go best steak place in the city now.

8. Get at least three haircuts this year.

  • Damnit! Only got two, one in January and one in September.

9. Wear all of the lipsticks. (I own twenty tubes of lipstick and I reserve them for... what?! I don't know. They gots to get WORN.)

  • I really did try to make an effort with this one.

All Fired Up by MAC

Sin by MAC

Freckletone by MAC

So Marilyn by Charlotte Tillbury

Bitch Perfect by Charlotte Tillbury


10. Sing in public again. 

  • Completely forgot about this one. Maybe on purpose.

All in all, 2016 was a pretty great year for me. I started the new year in Connecticut with Nathan, I began waitressing at a small French restaurant nearby, I went to the Westminster dog show, finally went to the planetarium, went to Florida three separate times (jesus, I just realized that), visited City Island in the Bronx, rode bikes around Governor's Island, cooked a lot of new things, went to the beach a ton, went to a lot of baseball games (one at Fenway Park), my mom came to visit me in New York, three of my close friends had babies, one got engaged and one got married, my brother came from Scotland for Thanksgiving, went on Central Park walks with Baby Dog - it was a pretty sweet year. 2017 resolutions coming soon!

Thanks for reading!