Happy Friday, pretties!
Last week, I shared my reflections on the past year: what worked, what didn’t and what I learned. Today, I am looking forward to the new year and sharing my goals for 2018! Yay! Also, if you missed out my favorite trends for the year, you can check them out in this post.
Before I get into my personal and professional goals for this year, I want to talk about this outfit. You all know how much I loveee a good monochrome look and this top and skirt set does not disappoint. I fell in love with the color and knew it would be perfect for spring! I’m impatient when it comes to cute clothing so, of course, I had to style it to be winter appropriate (for California, that is…we aren’t buried in snow lol!). The top is actually sleeveless so I layered this adorable bow top underneath for some added warmth. I layered this stunning blue coat on top and it was a perfect match! It might look familiar because I actually have this coat in pink as well …I’m one of those people haha (you can see it in action in this post!). I decided to add a few different colors that were still in the pastel family for the accessories: these stunning lilac heels that I wear entirely too much, this pretty blush bag that I adore and these fun periwinkle sunnies! Normally, I plan my outfits out way in advance, but for this one I actually just grabbed some items and hoped for the best. Overall, I am in love with the way in turned out! It’s very Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland 😉 Yay! Let’s jump into some goal-setting…
Be More Confident
You would imagine that being a fashion blogger that shows off my outfits to the world would imply that I’m a confident person. The opposite is actually true. I am SO hard on myself and this likely comes from being a perfectionist. My self-confidence has always been pretty low for reasons that I cannot understand. Thoughts of not being good enough, pretty enough, talented enough, skinny enough, etc have always had a place in my head. I know these things aren’t true but for some reason, I just cannot break out of my shell. I shudder at the thought of talking on the phone for a meeting or “mingling” with a group of people I’ve never met. I get anxious and nervous and immediately slink away to the corner where I feel safe. I am part introvert and part extrovert depending on who I am with and my lack of self-confidence is the one thing that I wish I didn’t have. However, this year I want to move past this flaw as I feel it is holding me back from so many things. I am good enough and I deserve to be happy with my personality, my body and my life. I know this will be hard for me to overcome but I am SO excited for this change! I’ll get into this more in a later post if any of you are interested;-)
Make Health a Priority
This past year, I have had many issues with my health. In the past, I have always been super active and energetic and this last year, I felt very lethargic and unlike myself. This has been a huge source of frustration for me, especially since most of these issues are out of my control. While some things are unmanageable, there are others that I can control like my diet and exercise. I used to go to the gym 4 times a week, yoga twice a week and barre once a week and I want to get back to this. My eating habits have never been the greatest but with my recent health issues, I’ve decided that I need to change them stat. I just started Keto and am planning to do an elimination diet later on to see if I can figure out what exactly is triggering these issues. Hopefully, it’s not chocolate…haha! But really, right now I am seriously going into sugar craving panic mode lol!
Step Out of My Comfort Zone
This goes hand in had with being more confident. I am a risk taker by nature and I love trying new things, but sometimes I feel myself slinking back to where I feel most comfortable. I want to get as uncomfortable as I can in every facet of my life this year because I know that’s when the magic happens and that is when the biggest changes can be expected. This will be so hard for me, but I am excited at the same time!
Go On An Adventure
For as long as I can remember, I have been OBSESSED with traveling….even if it’s just a drive around town haha. It is so eye-opening to me and I just want to experience as much as I can while I can. We don’t have children yet and I want to do and see as much as I possibly can before that time comes. We are already starting to plan some trips for this year and I am so excited to include more of this on the blog and bring you all along for the ride.
This is something I have been trying so hard to work on and it is a constant struggle. I want to do all the things and it’s difficult for me to relax and just be in the moment. I’ve made an effort in not working while my husband is home so that we can spend what little time we have together. I’ve also forced myself to takes break and do things that I like to do even if it’s as simple as reading a book, going for a walk, baking cookies, or even just taking a nap. These are the moments that are the most special and they need to be a priority and I hoping to incorporate more of this in my life this year.
Learn Something New
I absolutely love learning new things and I want to incorporate more of that this year. I love constantly learning new things about photography and video, but I want to push myself outside the box and do things that I haven’t done before. I would love to take a ballet class or join a book club or take a college class in some interesting subject or learn how to do a backflip or climb a mountain or go skiing or hang gliding or anything really. The sky is the limit here!
Start a YouTube Channel
This is my biggest goal for the year. I wanted to do it this past year, but I got in my own way. I was “too busy,” “too shy,” and didn’t want to start a channel until everything was PERFECT. There’s that word again….I’m my own worst enemy haha! I realized that every single person starts somewhere and may not have the best of everything when they begin….the important part is just to begin. With that being said, I’ve spent this week brainstorming on how I can create a little studio space in my office and it has gotten me super excited and inspired. I am still re-learning to edit so it won’t launch for a while but when it does, you’ll be the first to know 😉 If you have anything you’d like to see in video form, let me know!
Utilize Instagram Stories
You guys…I am SO bad at this. I have so many ideas for Instagram stories, but I end getting too busy trying to do everything else or I have zero make up on because I’ve been working in my PJ’s all day or my office space is a complete disaster. The biggest drawback of all is that I am too shy to show myself on camera….so silly, right? And this is the same girl whose biggest goal is to create a YouTube channel haha! But really, I think this is another thing that boils down to lack of self-confidence. I beat myself up wondering why people would want to see what I’m up to or get to know me more….but you know what, they are already following me for this very reason. I think I just don’t want to be too boring or criticized or even worse….have people unfollow because they don’t like my personality (fun fact: I was voted Best Personality in high school) haha! See what I mean? It’s just so silly and I feel like I’m missing out on connecting with my audience on a more intimate level because I don’t want to fail but this is something that I need to do because it’s incredibly important to me.
Focus On Building My Business
This past year was an important turning point in my blogging career and the first time that I actually saw my worth and believed in myself. I started it with the intention of solely sharing my outfits to anyone that cared to see them and never thought it could become what it has and I have never been more excited to see what the future holds. This is the thing I am most passionate about and this year I am dreaming big. Aside from the long term goals, I want to create daily, weekly, and monthly goals that are attainable and realistic in every area of this business. If you haven’t read the book You Are a Badass, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was so inspirational and motivating and was the best $10 I ever spent.
Ugh! I am so bad with this. I am the most disorganized organized person you will ever meet. I mean, my closet is color coordinated and grouped by style and sleeve length ….but I literally cannot manage my time and this is simply because I don’t have enough of it. I am doing this and doing that and there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything. This is why my best quality this year will be the ability to say “NO.” 😉
What are some of your goals for the new year?
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Last week’s most clicked on look was…
I absolutely adore this fun color and print combo! Such a cute take on a winter outfit.