I know we are already over halfway through January, but I thought I would take a quick moment to acknowledge the past year, reflect on some major achievements from 2015, and share with you my goals for the new year.
2015 was a BIG year for me.
I relaunched my blog with it’s new title, fresh look and new found purpose. Previously, I had been dipping in and out of the blogosphere, but had never really made it a part time project for myself.
In 2015, I finally knuckled down and set myself up, and I am so glad that I did!
Fashion and styling, truly is a passion of mine. Re-launching A Stylish Moment as a proper, hosted website, and to have the positive response that I received; showed me that this is truly something that I want to continue doing.
Throughout 2015 I was finding my feet within the blogging world.
I was lucky enough at the beginning of the year, to be asked by In The City Magazine to be one of their guests stylists for Issue 22. I felt very honoured when I was asked, and am so very glad that I took on the opportunity. This was definitely a career highlight for me.
Not long after the issue was published, I started to receive some positive traffic on A Stylish Moment, as well as a steady following, and some great feedback.
I was also published in a The Canberra Times article, showcasing my views on Summer Trends for 2015, as well as my favourite Op Shop finds. Both of these opportunities meant the world to me, and cemented my mark on the fashion industry in Canberra.
Throughout the rest of 2015 it was really heads down, bums up for me as I got stuck into the business side of blogging, and built up my blog (again with another new look).
I developed content that was consistent and of a quality that I (and you, my followers) was happy with. Towards the end of 2015 I began posting interviews I conducted with other fashionable Canberrans, and even got a shoutout from the lovely Kristen Henry on her morning radio show, Mix 106.3!
Another highlight was definitely meeting Kellie Hush, the Editor of Harpers Bazaar Magazine.
Now that the blog has been active for almost a year now, it’s time for me to step up to bigger and better projects. Working with brands, agencies and other bloggers is my goal for this year.
RESOLUTIONS FOR 2016.
I have always been an BIG fan of making resolutions each and every year. Why? Because I have a weird obsession with checking things off lists, and I feel that if I treat my resolutions like a checklist, then come the end of 2016, I should have a page full of ticked boxes.
In setting my resolutions for 2016, I have taken a look at the year that has just gone by, and set my resolutions and goals based on what I think I can work on in 2016. So here goes…
1. SPEND MORE TIME OFFLINE
This is a great one for a blogger isn’t it? I bet you’re all thinking how the hell is she going to do that when she intends on stepping up her blogging work for 2016? (I am thinking this too as I write this piece).
What I mean by this resolution is that I am going to dedicate particular hours throughout the week where I completely switch off. I found last year that I was far too obsessed with the online world (Instagram in particular), and never really took enough time out of my day to look UP and see what was around me. This year, my boyfriend and I have set a rule where after 8.30pm each night of the week, I am to put my phone away and not look at it until the next morning. On Sunday’s, I pretty much have to switch off completely.
Lets see how this one goes…
2. SPEND LESS MONEY ON THINGS I DON’T NEED
A sad realisation that I had at the end of 2015 was that I spent too much money on things that I didn’t need.
Whether it was clothes, stationary, raw treats, accessories- anything, I really did spend too much. This year, my Mum has set me a challenge to not spend any money on clothes during January and February. She’s right in saying that I don’t need most of the clothing items that I purchase, and no matter how many times I tell her that it’s more of a want, rather than a need, she keeps reminding me how much money I could be saving.
Savings? What even are savings? I am going to give this one a red hot go, because savings, eventually turn into spendings…
3. SPEND TIME WITH THOSE THAT LIFT ME UP
This is a really important one for me, and one that I struggled with a little in 2015.
This year, it’s time for me to not waste time with those who drag me down, or who don’t feel like true friends in my life. When I surround myself with good people, I feel good – so really, I want to have this feeling all of the time. Surrounding myself with good, supportive, loving and happy people is definitely very important for me.
4. TO EXPLORE MORE
I didn’t explore the world enough in 2015. Heck, I didn’t even explore Canberra enough!
2015 was the year where I worked, worked and worked. It was the year where I was working in my first full time job after graduating University, and I needed to spend the year working and gaining some experience. This year, I hope to branch out a little more and start travelling and experiencing other cultures.
5. FOCUS ON MY HEALTH
I have forever been a health nut.
Whether its netball, swimming, running, or yoga, I am forever exercising.
For a long time now I have practiced a super healthy way of eating and living. Chia seeds, almond milk and quinoa have been my bestie for a while now and I intend to keep it that way in 2016.
Putting my health first is really important to me this year, as is taking time to exercise and fuel my body the right way. Most of you know that I recently had an ACL reconstruction in my right knee, and having had the same procedure in my left knee 4 years ago (talk about being unlucky), I’ve realised that now more than ever is a really important time for me to focus on getting strength back in my ligaments. I am also now learning to love my body as it is, to love my knees no matter how pudgy and swollen they may get, and to just be blessed with the body I have.
6. SPEND MORE TIME DOING WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY, AND NOT SETTLING
What I mean by this one is that in 2015 I always said YES to anything and everything, even if I didn’t feel like it was the right move for me. This year I intend to pull back on the yes, and not be afraid to say no. Life is too short to be spending time doing things that make you uneasy or unhappy.
Finally, I want to find some balance this year, but it doesn’t need to be perfect. I like life to be exciting and spontaneous!
What are your goals and resolutions for 2016?