January is notorious for two things in my world: A fresh start and the inevitable sadness that sinks in after the holidays are over. Factor in the settling excitement after getting engaged and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a full-on wave of depression. Determined to embrace the ordinary, push those uneasy feelings aside and focus solely on the new beginning January 1 brings, I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, rather) and set a few goals for the coming months to keep me moving forward.
My main focus this year is going to be growth. Growth when it comes to this blog, growth in my relationships and most importantly growth within my personal self.
Growth, by definition, means the process of increasing in physical size. While this is pretty self-explanatory on the blog front, the other areas I’m focusing on deserve a breakdown.
I’m going to be more proactive in my relationships and generally, put forth more effort with them. My best friend Meg is the best at calling me up at random just to talk or suggesting we get together for lunch to catch up on life. I’m going to be better about being the one to reach out. I also want to continue to strive to be as present as possible when I’m spending time with family and friends.
Growth within my personal self simply means giving my body the love it deserves. And less negativity when it comes to the way I perceive my body to look.
I’m also going to pay people more compliments. Often times I’m thinking in my head, “she looks so good with her hair like that,” but I don’t vocalize it and hopefully doing so will make someones day a little brighter. (Side note: Shanley, I loved that bun you were rockin’ at Health House last night!)
Decrease the noise in my everyday by unfollowing people on social media who don’t inspire me, motivate me or bring anything positive to my life.
Create a filing system for all of our paperwork which is piled sky high on my desk.
See someone about my recently acquired back pain and spend more time stretching/focusing on my posture. If I had to narrow it down, I think a 12-hour drive to Houston (and back), followed by a half marathon I was extremely unprepared for, did a number on my body and it hasn’t been the same since. I woke up on Christmas morning after sleeping on an air mattress and I could barely bend over.
Make an appointment to see the dermatologist (again). This time I’m looking to figure out what’s causing the acne (which could give my teenage years a run for their money) I’ve been dealing with since early last spring.
Last, but certainly not least, wedding planning. I actually googled “how to plan a wedding,” innocently clicked on the first link at the top of the list and immediately closed my browser. Why are there so many steps?! Pete and I decided from here on out any wedding talk will include a bottle of rosé – so as not to lose our sanity.
And because we all know the ebb and flow of life doesn’t always play nice, these could change. I definitely see myself adding to them, too!
What are you working on this year?
SHOP THE POST:
J. Crew Coat (more sizes in the J. Crew Factory version) // Sweater Dress (similar and here) // Fringe Booties // Crossbody Bag // BaubleBar Necklace
Photos by Kyndall Durkee. For all of you thinking I started drinking coffee, that’s hot chocolate in my cup 😉