I want to start out by saying I hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday season! I’ve never been one for setting New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I don’t put that much stock in the new year as a concept. I prefer to set goals for myself during the year and if anything I’m more motivated by turning one year older on my birthday than I am when it comes time to January 1st. However, my mentality has changed a bit in regards to the shift from 2017 to 2018.
2017 was a big year in every aspect of my life. I had some tremendous highs and some tremendous lows, and the main constant through the past year, ironically, was change. I'm not someone who is terrified of change, it's nice to have things shaken up a bit every once and a while. However, so much change in a relatively short span of time can feel overwhelming, even when it is good. 2017 saw finishing a thesis, travel, graduating from college, a blog overhaul, moving, friendships growing, friendships waning, and starting a career. It's been a lot to take on in twelve months, but I could not be more proud of everything I've accomplished this last year. Even though I felt completely burnt out by the end of December, resting over the holidays and spending time with loved ones has made me feel more refreshed and motivated to really get back into the swing of things.
I know I say this all of the time but I am so incredibly excited to work on this blog, and now that I've established a more effective way to manage my time with having a full-time job, I feel like I can really go full steam ahead with creating content and growing my reach. While I do have specific goals for my blog in terms of the frequency of posting, stats, etc. I am the most motivated by sharing more of my life with you and really honing in my voice and my perspective on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, or really whatever is interesting to me at the moment. I think a lot of this newfound motivation comes down to feeling more settled than I have in over six months. The fact that I'm no longer on the hunt for a job, I'm generally settled back at home, my relationship is going well, means that I can start to take risks and put more energy in my blog and hopefully my freelancing career in general.
Here's to a wonderful 2018!