(*spoiler* I am about to share my goals for this year, if you want to just skip to the fashion portion, just scrollllll down!)
Earlier this week I spoke very briefly of the goals that I had been putting in place for myself during my little hiatus over the holidays. I spent a lot of time praying over them to make sure that I wasn't a) leaving anything out and b) that I was making good and brave enough decisions. Change is never meant to be an easy thing and it takes brave and scary choices and actions to create meaningful and important change. So what kinds of things I am dedicating myself to change this year?
1. Financial Modesty: I have a very good job which affords me with the ability to shop and socialize more freely than most people in my University situation. However, I am terrible at saving, just terrible. I must learn how to say no, to weigh my purchases carefully "does my closet REALLY need this sweater"... It is a lot harder than it sounds! But this year is a big year for me in terms of travelling. I am heading to Ethiopia next month, Mexico for a wedding in May and British Columbia in August for a wedding. I have committed myself to a lot of financially expensive adventures so I need to compromise in other areas of my life! I also want to get significantly ahead of the game in terms of paying down student doubt amongst other things.... This is probably going to be my biggest challenge this year if we are being honest but I can only imagine how good it will feel when I know (and I can see in my bank account) that I have made progress overcoming this weakness I have.
2. Making my Career a #1 Priority: By taking the month of December to reflect on what it is what I really want in my life and as a career and again, after praying over it, I now more than ever have a pretty clear vision of what that looks like. This means that I am going to be cutting back on social 'hangouts', saying no to things when it conflicts with priorities involving my career and ultimately making serious and probably scary decisions in order to advance my business. This means I am going to have leave my comfort zone and get better at networking and reaching out to people. Although it may sound like I am checking out per say, I know that the people who truly care and love me will understand and when I DO have time I will most definitely be making sure to give them 'ring'! This year, I am going to make a name for myself within my field.
3. Taking Care of Myself: Last year was a funny year, it brought a lot of growth and change in my personal life but let me tell you, it was awkward. I was having a really hard time with my anxiety and was horrible with dealing with situations that made me feel insecure. This unfortunately translated into my personal relationships and created a lot of tension. Thankfully, I had an incredible support system and was able to finally get my Anxiety disorders under control and began working on myself. It really did change my life, in some respects, looking back I feel like a different person. That taught me how important it is to take care of myself. If I am not looking after myself in terms of health and happiness then I am not going to be able to give the kind of love I want to others. When I need a day to rest, I will rest. When I need a girls night, I will plan a girls night. When I need a cuddle or a serious conversation with Johnny, I will go to him. I have also made the commitment to make time for the gym. I have gone everyday this week and it has made such a difference in my productivity level. Sometimes I only go and run for 45 minutes but it makes such a difference.
4. Making Time for my Faith: Oh my goodness did I ever let this go last year and I felt the repercussions. My faith is such a huge part of me which has given me the best opportunities and helped me through the hardest obstacles of my life. This year I became so consumed with myself that I did not invest any time in it. Thus, I felt lost, angry at times and stagnant. How can I expect to know what choices need to be made or get to where I should be in life without His daily direction and guidance? I suppose a part of this laziness was that my anxiety allowed me to make an excuse for being embarrassed of my faith. I respect every single persons choice on the way they live their life and whether they believe in the same faith as I, but for some reason, I felt like I had to hide the pride I had for my faith. While my faith is nothing to be embarrassed about, the fact that I was embarrassed IS something to be ashamed of, and that has ended. This year I am committed to making time each day to spend with Him through reading and prayer and I will never be embarrassed by what I believe and who I love.
This year I will hold myself to a standard of Grace, Not Perfection.So there you have it! A lengthly read but maybe you are in the same boat as I, even in just one of my goals. If you have any tips, please feel free to email me!
So todays post is a really easy outfit that I through together with existing outfits in my closet, NOTHING is new. It's funny how the most unlikely patterns, paired together can form a very unique and fun look! Kinda just like our goals and our challenges. Things that don't seem natural to us and are very different from what we have been doing, when worked on can create a very beautiful and fun life!