Happy New Year 2017!

Today is the first day of 2017 and I am really looking forward to what life has in stored for me in the next 17 months before I hit the big 3.

Personally, I have set a couple of goals that I want to achieve before I turn 30 and they are:

1. To obtain a Powered Pleasured Craft Driving License by January 2017 2. To complete a half marathon by April 2017 3. To slim down and achieve a weight of 70KG by May 2017 4. To get certified as a Level 1 Kayaking Instructor by June 2017 5. To get certified as a Day Skipper by September 2017 6. To complete an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment by December 2017 7. To finish reading 4 books on leadership and team building by December 2017 8. To save up enough money for a Private Pilot License by May 2018

I am aware that some of the goals which I have set might be unobtainable in such a short period of time but I am determined to achieve them because turning 30 is such a big thing to me. This is why in the next 17 months, I will be like a 'sponge' and I will absorb as much life lessons as I can to equip myself and be ready for what life will throw at me when I turn 30.

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What about my relationship goals with my spouse, family, and friends? Are there spiritual goals that I have also set for myself?

Yes, I have set some relationship goals and some of them are to spend more quality time with my spouse and family and to be around for them when they need me. I also hope to be more filial to my parents and more loving to my spouse.

As for spiritual goals, I just hope to keep an open mind and be consistent in my belief that there's a higher power that serves to make the world a better place and in turn being more mindful of the things that are happening around me.

For some, 2016 may have been an eventful year while for others, it may have been a trying year. There are certainly times throughout the year when we all felt busy, stressed and even downright frazzled.

When things aren't going the way we intended it to be, what could be some of our responses to the problem or issue?

Could we have been more open and more receptive to new ideas? Could we have done things in a different manner? Or how about learning a new skill to develop a personal interest?

To get myself through 2017, I have gotten hold of Lonely Planet's 101 Ways To Live Well and the wellness tips certainly provide tangible solutions to the stresses and strains of everyday life.

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I have an inkling that you might be having this thought in your head right now, "Are you saying that Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel guidebook publisher and travel media company has actually published a non-travel related book?!".

Yes, I kid you not. Even for me personally, I always had the impression that Lonely Planet only publishes inspiring and trustworthy travel content.

Anyway, I enjoy reading Lonely Planet's 101 Ways To Live Well and if you are interested to find out more about this book, you can preview it here.

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For added convenience and portability, you can also purchase Lonely Planet's 101 Ways To Live Well as an eBook on Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Store.

So, what are your goals for 2017? Come and share it with me in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful and Happy New Year 2017 and here's wishing everyone a year of good health, peace, and prosperity!