I know, I know–I'm late. I swear, I'm the blogger that's always playing catch-up with the rest of the internet. I recently joined a little Austin bloggers online group with girls who are consistently sharing their new posts, and I'm like, "How do y'all have time for this??" They inspire me to be better, but with my jobs, social life, and plans to smash the patriarchy, I'm struggling. But! I finally took some time to think about 2017 and what I wanted to accomplish this year. Last year I made very distinct goals–like either I did them completely or not at all. I was able to check off 4 out of 5, which isn't bad, but this year I'm gonna try to get all 5 done. My goals this year are a slight mix of specific and vague, so we'll see how it plays out by the end of the year.
No chocolate: So, last year I made the conscious decision to not drink ANY soda, and I actually stuck with it. Did it suck sometimes? Of course. But it was cool to challenge myself, so for 2017 I wanted to give it another shot. I asked Twitter & Instagram to vote on whether I should give up chocolate or shopping, two things I could live without, but if the opportunity for them came up, I wouldn't hesitate. Chocolate won the vote, and I'm pretty upset about it. Just yesterday morning, my co worker was eating chocolate-covered espresso beans, and I had to be the weirdo that said no when she offered me one. It's only 2 weeks into 2017 & I was already offered free chocolate. This is gonna be hard.
Learn a new skill: Don't ask me what I want to learn because at this point I don't know yet! Every year I try to do something new or out of my comfort zone, like last year when I went to Europe without knowing anyone or when I took a cooking class by myself or when I finally dragged my lazy butt to my first yoga session. I think learning new things and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is great for personal development, so I want to continue moving forward in that sense. Maybe I'll take a painting class or a typography lesson, or maybe I'll finally learn how to do my own taxes. Oh, who am I kidding?
Write more personal posts: Last year, three out of five of my top blog posts with the most views were posts where I had written honestly and candidly about my thoughts or what was happening in my life. I have only done it a handful of times on this blog because, as we all know, putting yourself out there is scary. You run the risk of being judged or even criticized which no one enjoys. Thankfully though, my blog is still considered "small time," so the feedback I receive on these posts is usually positive. There's only so many ways I can show y'all how I re-style my favorite plaid shirt, so instead I'm going to share a little more of what's going on inside my head. You've been warned.
Explore the US: Although I'm figuratively dying to get out of the country again, this year it's not looking so likely. So instead, I'm gonna take my own advice and try exploring in my own backyard or take a road trip elsewhere. There's so many places in this country that I haven't seen yet; it's crazy. I remember when my cousin from England came to visit and did a road trip all around the US, and she told me I was so lucky to live in a country where there was so much to see and do. I never thought of this country in that way–I guess because I'm usually trying to leave it knowing it will always be here when I return. This year I'll do my best to get out there and see more of the red, white & blue, but where to go first...?
Think positively: So vague, right? But seriously, it's important to me. I mentioned in my recap of 2016 that before I went to Europe, I was a mess. I was constantly stressed out thinking about all the things that could go wrong while I was abroad, and in the end, ZERO of those countless things happened. I read somewhere that worrying is pointless because "when you worry, you suffer twice." That really spoke volumes to me. Like if something bad happens, just deal with it as it comes, but if it hasn't happened yet, don't dwell. It took some time, but I realized that the majority of things I worry about don't ever happen anyway. I need to keep reminding myself of this.
What are your goals for the new year? Vague or not, I'd love to hear them!
1.05.2017 • outfits
New year, who dis? Happy 2017, everyone! It only took 5+ years of blogging, but I finally shot outfit photos in my glasses. Yup, the secret is out: my eyesight is horrible. But I'm stuck like this for awhile, so I got these new glasses last fall after TEN YEARS in my old frames that I've had since my freshmen year of high school. Yes, you read that right. High school. They were these tiny rectangle frames that were not cute, and you can search and search my archives, but you'll never find them on this blog. Last summer I had a phase where I couldn't wear my contacts due to an eye infection, so I was stuck with my tiny frames for over a month, and I still wouldn't take photos in them. Like in this post, I was blind as a bat without them. Can you tell?
Okay, so... black and blue. What's the big deal? Or rather, black and navy to be more specific. People don't like it. I don't remember when I first heard this was a no-no in style, but it has always perplexed me. Didn't we all once agree that black and brown was a crime against society, and now we've welcomed it with open arms? The older I get, the more I realize that a lot of rules in fashion are just bologna, and we should all just wear whatever the hell we want. You wanna wear a fanny pack outside of a music festival? Do it. Ugly walking sandals when you go out for brunch? YES. Leggings as pants just because they're way more comfortable than jeans? I'm with you. Here's to a new year of celebrating different styles and not caring what other people think. *praise hands*
Banana Republic sweater (gift)
Forever 21 black circle skirt
I.N.C. boots via Macy's (gift)
J.Crew coat (thrifted)
Y'all, we did it. We made it through 2016. I know people love to use the phrase "time flies" loosely, but GEEZ this year really did move quickly. I categorize 2016 into two distinct parts: before I went to Europe and after I returned from Europe. Before my trip, I was constantly stressed out all the time. I was working from home and feeling more alone than ever (that's bound to happen sometimes when you don't have a roommate/boyfriend/pet), so I started making the effort to go out every. single. night. And when I couldn't get a friend to hang out with me, I'd find a date. I dated a lot. Truth be told, I was going through a bad rejection at the time and was finding ways to distract myself with anyone who was willing. As my take-off date to Europe grew closer, I started to worry a lot about anything and everything: traveling alone to a new country, quitting my job to go on this trip, leasing my apartment to strangers while I was away, being broke and unemployed when I returned from abroad, making sure I was fully prepared packing-wise for my trip, + all the little things that could go wrong. Then when I finally got onto that plane in May, all my troubles seemed to fade. I didn't think about money troubles or dating woes any longer; I was meeting new people, soaking in new cultures, and experiencing things that used to be just mere day dreams of mine. I was the happiest I had ever been.
Then I came back. Everything had stayed the same, but I felt different. I think it's called "Reverse Culture Shock"? It's real, and it sucks. I was happy to be home for a mere 2 days until I became sad again. "Now what?" was a constant question in my head. I was left without a job, and I struggled for a long time. I tried to give dating another shot (probably just to distract myself from being sad), but it just wasn't as fun anymore. All I wanted to do was get back out there and explore the world, but I couldn't. The couple months after my return are a blur to me now; like I know I still did fun things/events and hung out with friends a lot, but inside I was feeling so low and down on myself. The last quarter of the year is when things started to get better again. Fall always lifts my spirits, and the holidays mean more time spent with family which I love. Also, I finally got a new job! So 2016, although one of the most stressful years of my life, was also very rewarding and fulfilling. Plus, it's ending on a good note, so I can't complain too much. I don't know what 2017 has in store for me, but I'm excited to find out.
1) Repeat Offender
2) Notes To Every Boy I Dated in 2016
3) A Year Alone
4) 26 Things I've Learned at 26
5) Top 10 Things to Pack for a Eurotrip
Places traveled: Athens, Paros, Rome, Sienna, Verona, Florence, Venice, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, Innsbruck, Paris, Montpelliar, Barcelona, York, Edinburgh, Oslo, Dublin, Portland, Dallas
Music artists seen live: Taylor Swift, Misterwives, Above & Beyond, Major Lazer, Brand New, Modest Mouse, dead mau5, Zedd, Cherub, Miguel, POWERS, Lapsley, Chromeo, James Bay, CHVRCHES, Borns, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, Early November, Dashboard Confessional, Grouplove, Fitz & The Tantrums, Lil Dicky, Kacey Musgraves, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Flume, LCD Soundsystem, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Porter Robinson, MUNA, Anderson .Paak, D.R.A.M., City and Colour, Beach House, Big Boi, Gallant, Radiohead, GRiZ + so many more I can't remember.
Books read: Night, Not That Kind Of Girl, The Power of Now, #GIRLBOSS, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, The Girl On the Train, Into Thin Air (this was not my year for reading, obviously...)
List of "firsts": dyed my hair, went to 12 new countries, ran a 5K, ran a 10K, tried a cooking class, tried yoga, went to a real winery in Italy, saw a peep show in Amsterdam, went to Eeyore's Birthday, finally went to Jimmy Eat Wednesday, first EDM music festival, saw Taylor Swift!!, tried SUP boarding, voted in a national election... You can read the rest here!
Excited for next year: more trips hopefully (still pining for Australia and Hawaii, and I'm saving my monies for Thailand and Peru), 4 of my very good friends are getting married (yay weddings!), more music festivals, more portrait sessions, and I would love to get back into running so that I can participate in the half-marathon by April. I've been slacking though as most people do at the end of the year.
So long, 2016!
Happy New Year!!
I KNEW December would fly by, and it really did. I started my two new jobs and have been working like crazy! It has definitely been an adjustment period for me, but I'm loving it. I started taking the bus downtown to work everyday which I surprisingly enjoy, I received a new bike (more on that later), and I went to four different office Christmas parties along with two white elephant parties. Plus, for 10 days I got to dog-sit the cutest corgi ever named Henry. We totally bonded, and I was so sad when she left me (yes, her name is Henry). Christmas weekend snuck up on me so fast! I barely had time to buy gifts. Since I didn't get to see most of my family during Thanksgiving, it was really great spending time with them on Christmas Eve. I missed everyone being together. I'm ending December (and the year!) on a fun note at a music fest in Dallas called Lights All Night, and I'm stoked. I hope your December has been just as eventful! I've got one more recap post for the year, and then it's HELLO 2017!