Happy 2017! I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday with your friends and families. I spent the long weekend up in Wisconsin with a big group of friends and it was the perfect mix of low key fun. For the first year in a while, I feel refreshed and ready to hit the ground running this week!
I think most people fall into one of two categories… You either hate resolutions or you embrace them. While I definitely don’t support waiting around to make changes in your life (Why wait for a new year when you can just start now?!), I always welcome the opportunity to take a step back to reflect and make plans for the future.
2016 was a rollercoaster ride for me. This past year was full of incredible experiences, but also (hands down) the biggest challenges I’ve had to overcome, both personally and professionally. Extraordinary highs paired with some of the lowest lows. But with challenge comes growth and I truly feel like I’ve learned more about myself this year than the past 27 combined. I’m excited for the feeling of a fresh start and ready to head into the new year with new goals, plans, and perspective.
I don’t have ‘resolutions’ per se, but I’m consistently trying to be a better version of myself throughout the year. In the spirit of the new year, here’s a little list of some of the things I’m currently working on…
- Health & Wellness // I stopped weighing myself about a year ago because I got so frustrated with the number on the scale. I’ve incorporated a lot of strength workouts into my exercise routine and when you’re gaining muscle, the number doesn’t reflect all of the hard work you’re putting in. I now gage my feelings towards my body based on what I see in the mirror and how my clothes fit. I’m not working towards a number, but more so a feeling. This year was a tough one for my workout routine because I was traveling more than I was home in Chicago. Admittedly, I do work out a ton when I’m in Chicago, but it was hard to keep up with any progress or results when I was traveling so much. While I still will travel a good amount this year, I’m striving for more of a balance between being home and away. While I’m home, I’m going to be switching up my workout routine a little bit over the next few months in an effort to break past the plateau I feel like I’ve hit. It seems like a lot of you enjoy the fitness content here on Bows & Sequins and I’m going to make an effort to share more of that in 2017… Please let me know if there is anything specific you want to see, read, or know more about!
- Positivity & Perspective // Life can be a real bitch sometimes, you know? But it could always be worse. There were a few periods of the last year where it just felt like anything that could go wrong did go wrong. It’s easy to want to throw in the towel and just give up, have a bad attitude, or feel sorry for yourself. I’ve spent a lot of the year training myself to look for the silver linings throughout the shitstorms and handle myself better on the bad days. One of my favorite quotes to remember… Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. –Charles R. Swindoll
- Balance & Slowing Down // This resonates with me on so many different levels right now. I tend to do the most. I’m a zero or one hundred (and ten) kind of person… I’m all the way in or I’m out. For example, I wanted to take advantage of my travel opportunities in 2016, but I really ended up burning myself out with being gone so much of the year. Same thing goes for work projects, going out, dating, you name it. I am trying to have more balance in my life right now, in pretty much every aspect… Even if that means slowing down at certain points. I tend to be go, go, go, and always looking ahead, but I need to remember to relax and enjoy the current moment, too.
I could go on and on with a laundry list of things I want to change and improve upon, but I’ll leave it with those three for now.
I definitely don’t say it enough, but I want to give the biggest heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every single one of you that read this blog and follow along on my journey. I feel so lucky to be able to have this little community to share bit and pieces of my life with, and I can’t thank you enough for all of your support over the past six years. Here’s to making 2017 the best one yet!
Photos taken at South Loop Loft in Chicago