Some people don't like New Year's resolutions. If you're one of those people, stop reading this, take the stick out of your butt, and go make yourself a list of goals. I love resolutions. New year, blank calendar, wide open spaces on which to begin drafting the next chapter of your life. 365 days isn't really all that much. I, for one, would much rather look back on this day one year from now and relish in the goals I've accomplished. After all, where there is no vision, we kinda start to suck at everything.
1. Take more pictures: iPhone, real camera, film, Instax, doesn't matter. The older I get, the less likely I am to pause and capture a moment.
2. Appreciate moments without capturing them: I know, this kind of goes against my last point. There are some things that need to just be though, ya know? This is especially true for when I'm out with B. I'd rather focus on just being with him instead of trying to Instagram my cup of coffee or some other insignificant detail.
3. Practice love: I can be quite the curmudgeon. Whether it be the fury I feel towards the passive-aggression of everyday newsroom life or the condescending hatred I feel towards grown women who use the word "curate" and get excited way too excited about things like Taylor Swift, I need to curb that rage and channel it into love. We're all human beings. I can't frown down upon our species for being so divided if I do nothing to contribute. Love, compassion, and grace do not come easily to me but I genuinely want to work on these things.
4. Advance in my career: I don't exactly know what this means yet. It could mean moving to another city. It could mean moving up in my current workplace. It could mean a completely different career path altogether. I've sort of "given up" trying to control every little thing about my work life and the next time is to let things be. Obviously I can't not follow up on resumé emails or not actively pursue the next step but I can't worry about it. What will happen will happen. I am sure of this. What'll worrying do? The answer is that it would make me crazy while not helping out at all.
5. Read: I never want to stop learning and reading is one way to make that happen. I've been reading a lot lately but I want to kick it up a notch. Do you have any suggestions for me? I would love to hear them!
6. Be Content: Fashion blogging can be a materialistic nightmare sometimes. I had to physically remove myself from my computer a few days ago because I was coveting Chanel Boy Bags on Pinterest. I can be somewhat envious of the bloggers who can afford to buy these like candy. (Or just don't mind running up that Amex bill.) I want to stretch myself not only to stop buying so much but to be creative with what I have. I've decided that if I am going to spend money on clothes this year, the clothes are going to be more timeless and high-quality than quick and trendy. I saved up for a MINUTE for my Speedy and I cherish all of the hard work I put in for it every time I look at it. I need more of that, less "I gotta be hip NOW!"
What are some of your goals and dreams for this next twelve months?