A Year In Review

12:00:00 PM

With 2016 quickly coming to a close I like most people am starting to reflect on the year that in my opinion flew by. 2016 had it's highs and lows but for the most part it was a pretty good year in my opinion. Now I am not a very open or emotional person but I don't know if its the red wine talking or the fact that Im listening to Bloom by Paper Kites that's got me felling all warm and fuzzy and giving me this urge to pour my soul out to you through this post. But I am going to write as honestly and truthfully as I can and see where it goes. 

This year started out just like any other I rang in the new year at home with my family like I had always done every year for my entire life. And no that's not as sad as it sounds, Im a home body especially during the winter and Im not ashamed of that. I like most people look forward to starting a new year and having a fresh start to make some changes in my life like blog more, meditate, practice more yoga and of course eat healthy. And like most people I start off with good intentions and the determination of a dog with a bone but two weeks into January I get busy and tired and push those things to the back burner. I tell myself over and over again "I will start next month" and one month turns into two which turns into six which brings me to today. So on the day before New Years Eve I am determined more then ever to make changes in my life that will stick. 

This year I have worked a lot and really learned what I want to do with my life career wise and where I want to live. I have decided that the west coast is where I want to be and where I am the happiest, no more east coast winters for me. I want to have a career in fashion but I do not I repeat do not want to live in New York, it's dirty over crowded, gross and I don't fell happy there. Now don't get me wrong I do like New York to visit but not to live. I know people say that if you really want to be in fashion you must be in New York but I refuse to live somewhere I don't want to be just to compete with all of the other fashion hopefuls for in most cases a non paid internship. Only to maybe get an entry level job as someones assistant that pays barely enough to cover a metro card and a room to share with five other people in a six floor walkup in the sketchiest parts of town. 
I don't want to put myself into a box with my career but I do know that I want to do something creative and that Im actually pretty good at like styling. I want to do something that I am passionate about and fulfills a few of my requirements like;

1. Financial Freedom 
2. Stability
3. Passion
4. Work Life Balance
5. Travel (for work and play)
6. Flexibility 
7. Time

Now I know with my first real job it may not meet all of my needs but hopefully it is with a company that I can grow with and eventually meets my requirements. I have also been doing a lot of research on minimalism, going zero waste and ultimately the new direction my blog will be going in which I will talk about in depth in future posts. I know I was pretty hard on myself in 2016, I dwelled on all of the things I did wrong or didn't accomplish instead of congratulating myself on all of the things I did right. We are all on our own paths you guys, we aren't ahead or behind anyone. 2017 is a new year and a new chance to put your best foot forward and be our best self. 

There are a lot of big things happening next year, I turn the big 30 (gulp) I plan on moving across the country to California and I am determined more then ever to get my blog out there and have it become successful. Because my longterm goal is to blog full time and build a brand for myself. And I don't mean successful in the mainstream sense of the word but in a way that is truly fulfilling. There is a quote by Maya Angelou that says "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."

I want to be location independent so I can travel the world and bring you along with me. I want to take long road trips, go camping and introduce you to new brands/designers who are trying to change the world. I want to put myself out there, be open and honest, vulnerable, happy and I want to get out of my comfort zone. I think that's enough of my rambling for one day and I am looking forward to 2017 and what it will bring. Happy New Year :)


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