I didn't make a resolution for this year. Committing a whole year to one thing has always seemed a little nonsensical. Instead, I am making monthly resolutions. I am choosing the little areas that I can improve month by month. I don't know what they are yet, but I figure that they will continue to reveal themselves as the seasons change. By the end of this year I am hoping to have bettered myself in at least twelve ways.
January was for letting go.
February is for health and consistency.
Life is chaotic and it's difficult to be consistent in terms of anything... long distance friendships, blogging, workout routines, diet plans, sleep regimens. You name it...
In an effort to find a solution for this I bought a planner (an extra big one that I can write to do lists in) and so far it's working! I went on three runs last week and woke up at a decent hour everyday. Incredible. Truly.
The more I fall into a routine, the more I am able to gather my thoughts into some small form of coherence.
I've been spending a lot of time in my head sorting out what I want to do in specific areas of my life, and one of those areas is blogging. I'm vaguely sure of the direction that I want to go, so I'm going to roll with it.
With the help of my dear friend Samantha, I spent my entire weekend being active and creating quality content. We shot outfits with A REAL CAMERA. Not just my iPhone. What a concept!!!!
I've never considered myself to be a fashion blogger. I strive to post about life and the embodiment of what is real and true and currently happening in my heart and head. HOWEVER, getting dressed is one of my favorite parts of life. It is the best way I have found to be actively creative every single day.
Alllll of this being said, I wanted to let you in on the exciting changes that are going to be happening starting this week.
1. You are going to start seeing a lot more outfit posts. Both on the blog and on Instagram.
2. I'm a student on a budget, and most of the things I wear are things that I have found thrifting. I'm hoping to place a good chunk of energy on how to incorporate thrifty finds into your wardrobe. Recycling clothes is the best. Plus it's a lot easier on the funds. I'll teach you how to find some goodies at Goodwill.
3. Speaking of recycling clothes, I am planning to start an online market within the next few weeks so that whoever is interested can shop my closet. Samanatha is going to contribute as well. Double the finds and double the fun. YAY!
4. I'm going to try my hardest to be more specific about the content I'm posting. I've always posted sporadic pieces of my day to day, and I will continue to do so I'm sure, but the emphasis is going to start shifting a bit... plus, the content is going to be more high quality and more cohesive.
Fashion, writing, art, and sharing are my favorite things to do, so I am excited to see this journey continue to unfold! Thanks for sticking with me, and inspiring me to continue, always.
Cheers to the beginning and intention and following dreams wherever
Also, check out this quote by Ira Glass. It's one of my favorites of all time.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”