Hey guys, I hope you're enjoying 2017 so far! Is it just me, or is it weirdly fun reading other people's resolutions? Maybe I'm nosy, but I find it super interesting. So I figured I'd share mine for the year.

Stop wasting time.

In 2017, I've resolved to stop wasting time. Normally I'm a chronic waffler, and waste so much time making decisions. This year I want to start making snap decisions in order to not waste time, money, or energy.

I also want to stop doing things because I feel obligated to, i.e. finishing a book that I'm not enjoying.

In light of my “stop, wasting time” resolution, this year I want to:

  • Stop reading articles just because they're open in my browser.
  • Stop going to events I'm not interested in.
  • Stop worrying about what other people think. (The biggest time waster of all, in my humble opinion.)

Though this is my main resolution, I have a few others.

Explore Africa.

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As you may have read, I just quit my job and am moving to Africa! I've been debating if I should move there for months, so it feels amazing to just commit already.

While in Africa, I'd love to see the sugar-sand beaches of Mozambique, the sprawling plains and wildlife of Tanzania, and the restaurants and bars of Capetown. And of course I want to explore Uganda, a.k.a. my new back yard.

Be more open to love.

Yes, I just typed that. Acting class has taught me that I deflect constantly. Every time someone says something that makes me feel even slightly uncomfortable, I make a joke about it. I've realized that I'm closed off emotionally to things that scare me, and of course, love is one of the scariest feelings of all.

So in 2017, I want to be more open to love, despite how lame that sounds.

Finish my ebook and non-fiction book proposal.

For YEARS, I've wanted to write an au pairing ebook and submit a non-fiction book proposal to publishers. 2017 is the year I do this – no more excuses.

Stand up for what I believe in.

2017 is the year I stop being an armchair activist. I just sent up a $25 monthly donation to Planned Parenthood, which feels so good. Here's the link if you want to donate as well!

I'm also participating in the Women's March on Washington in Colorado on January 20. Let me know if you'll be there as well!

Improve my blog.

While I don't blog as much as I used to, I still love it. I want to know what you'd like to read about on Ashley Abroad in 2017, and would LOVE if you could take my quick five-question survey. Take it here! 

What are your top resolutions for 2017?

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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