Moving Forward in 2018

Reflecting on life over the past year and steps I’m taking to move forward in 2018, to improve my skills, capabilities, and my peace of mind.

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2018, I couldn’t be happier to greet you. 2017 was off to a tumultuous start, but on a personal level, made a turn for the better. Josh and I bought our first home, I got a new job, my sister and my future brother-in-law got engaged, several of our wonderful friends got married, I made multiple (mind you) pie crusts from scratch, plus their innards. I was gifted a kitchen aid mixer 🙏🏼, we bought a vacuum cleaner that is the best vacuum cleaner I have ever used, and this past fall, I started planning and working on my garden, which I’m so stoked to really cut my teeth into this spring. Now, if that isn’t a successful year (and super adulting), I don’t know what is.

But all of these accomplishments didn’t come without their hardships. In all my years of life, I don’t believe I have ever been this stressed, riddled with anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. I have been challenged, tested, broken, renewed, re-energized, and reconsidered my life decisions more often than I care to admit.

But now I feel (at least today), that I can finally get a grasp on my life, my job, my goals, and finally take a deep breath in, and let it allll out.

I have been reflecting on life over the past year; the accomplishments, the failures, and steps I took to move forward and this year I’d like to take more strides to improve my skills, capabilities, and my peace of mind. To do so will take much persistence and practice, but here’s what I want to focus on in 2018:

Eliminate Stress

Sure, I won’t be able to cut-out all of the stress in my life, but accepting that life happens and continuing to move forward may help reduce some of that pressure. One thing is for sure, I don’t have the energy to deal with stress in 2018.

In addition to continuing my practice of yoga, another way I plan on relieving stress is through meditation. There are so many health benefits of meditation. My only problem is, I can only sit still for about 6 minutes max, and my mind is a mile per minute. Any pointers from anyone who practices? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Preparedness

Not surprisingly, a lot of my stress was a direct result of my lack of preparedness, which had me constantly struggling to keep up. This year I want to focus on seeking opportunities to plan ahead, improve my knowledge and skills, and improve my overall confidence by being prepared.

Being Present

Ironically, it’s difficult to be present in a digital age, especially when your job is social media. However, this year I’d like to be more present to the people who mean the most to me. While I don’t believe I was particularly terrible at being present/communicating before, I think there’s room for us all to improve here. Let’s all put down the phones and have some solid discussions with each other (unless you’re reading this post ;)).

While there are multiple goals/changes I’d like to focus on in 2018, these preceding goals are most important to me. What goals are you setting for 2018? What steps are you taking to achieve them?

New Year’s Eve Style Tips

New Year’s Eve, for me, has always been an overly-anticipated occasion which almost always ends in a bust. Not to say, that I don’t enjoy celebrating the holiday and new year, I just always place high expectations on one single night. This year, we’ve [me + manfriend] collectively decided not to do anything glamorous to ring in the new year. Dinner, champagne, really good beer, puzzles, movies, popcorn, chocolate, and puppy. That’s how I intend to spend my New Year’s Eve.

But even I can’t resist a New Year’s Eve outfit. Now, typically ringing in the new year requires sequin, sparkles, glitter, shimmer, and shine. The problem with that is, once you wear it, you rarely find another occasion appropriate of the magnitude of your sequin-adorned cocktail dress.

Here are a few pieces that will allow you to step up your shine in more ways than one. Don’t worry, I couldn’t completely nix the sequin cocktail dress.

Eye-Catching Embellishments

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Golden Leaf Headband via Urban Outfitters. Not only is this piece a crowning compliment to your NYE selfie, it can be worn long after you’ve given up on your new year’s resolutions. Weddings, music festivals, beaches, date nights, or on your luxurious vacation to Santorini– you get the idea.

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Inferno Heeled Boot via Free People. You won’t find greater dazzle for your dancing feet (and in 3.5in heels!).  What’s best about these brilliant booties, is that you can dress them up for another occasion or dress them down with a pair of denims and a V-neck T. Plus they’re black so there are endless ways to play with color or keep it simple.

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Gold Dusted Tights via Target. So I’m not going to lie, when I started writing this post, I initially chose tights from Urban Outfitters– super cute, gold-sparkled, polka dots. And while my poetic description may not win you over, just understand they were way cuter than, well, Target’s tights. However, these tights closely mimic the tights I will be wearing for NYE and what’s more is they’re only $8! So that’s a win in my book. These go perfect with a LBD and LBB’s (little black booties). Or black leather shorts!

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Square Crystal Double Necklace via Free People. I’m quite partial to statement jewelry, and this is a dream. Seriously, you could just wear this with your birthday suit and everyone would only notice this sparkling sensation dangling from your neck. Now if you’re thinking, when the hell am I ever going to wear that again? I’ve got one word for you: ANYTIME! Dress it up with a black crew neck crop-top and a flowy maxi skirt, or dress it down with a faded denim jacket, a vintage graphic t, some black denims, or a high-waisted mini.

And if that’s a little too much sparkle for you, here’s something a little more subtle:

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Merritt Triangle Drop Earrings via Francesca’s. Simple and stunning; I just love these.

Now I couldn’t exclude the sequin altogether, so here is my favorite pick:

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Silver Sun Mini Dress via Free People. This beauty is perfect for NYE because it doesn’t scream NYE. Sure it’s got the sequin, but it’s tasteful. Plus you can wear this piece all year round as an endearing winter white or show-stopping summer sizzler. Pair with a simple chain necklace, some awesome rings (layered if possible), black tights (optional), and some LBB’s!

Don’t feel limited to just the sequin studded cocktail dress this New Year’s Eve! Embrace your accessories and enjoy your shimmering outfit more than once this year…well you know 2016.

Have a happy new year everyone!