When it comes to this time of year I find that there is a mixture of emotions. Some of us are incredibly excited as we set out our plans and goals for the year to come: a new year, a new me! And others? Well… it becomes this dreaded time of year as we feel overwhelmed by the unlimited amount of options there are for growth. New fads, new diets, better routines, the list goes on!
Now… don’t get me wrong. I actually love goal setting! As someone who is detailed-focused and thrives on things being organized and well-thought out I really love setting my intentions for the new year. However, in the past few years I have found that I want to be cautious of specifically setting “New Years Resolutions.”
Why? You might ask.
Well, it’s as simple as this:
often times when we set out resolutions,
they are quick to fade.
If I am going to be intentional about investing in my health and fitness, I want it to be a constantly growing + learning experience for life. Not just for the first few months of the new year.
If I am going to invest in quality relationships and spending time with loved ones, I want it to be indefinitely and not something where I quickly fade out and go back to isolation.
If I am going to really pour my heart + soul into my business, I want to make sure that my goals are long-term and here to stay.
In short, what am I saying?
t i m e .
This past year has definitely be an interesting one. As many of you who have been following along my creative journey know (and those who are just now tuning in, welcome!) I had the opportunity to launch my own personal brand in the late spring. In addition, I moved to LA for the summer, switched apartments in IL, dealt with some big family-life changes and so much more!
Side Note: I’m thinking a 2018 re-cap post is in store here!
As far as personally? It was probably one of the most challenging years I’ve had to face yet! There were many opportunities where my character had been tested and I really had to check in with where my motives rested. Probably the most challenging thing I had to face through it all was (and still continues to be) my patience! And with patience comes trust. I had to trust in God’s timing, trust in His promises made in knowing that I would in fact be okay in all things! As I continued to face these challenges, big and small, I realized that these challenges and the growth I was going through was something I didn’t need to share with everyone on social media. Despite the fact that I had just launched my own personal brand, moved-cross country on a rather spontaneous whim and really jumped into this business full-force, I didn’t feel a need to share it all. Quickly, I had realized that this launch + move was personal, it was for me.
Now, from a “business” perspective this probably wasn’t really the best decision or even perspective to have… however, I realized it was necessary for myself. And you know what? This is 100% okay! In our generation, it can be so easy to feel the pressure to constantly be sharing all that we are going through on social platforms. And although there can be so much power behind this, there are times where it is necessary to disconnect.
I was in a season where disconnecting was absolutely
necessary in order for me to grow.
Now that I am back in the Midwest, coming near to the end of the year I have had the opportunity to slow down and reflect on this past year and all that has happened.
After this time of reflection, I want to take a moment to look forward.
And as I move forward, I am ready to be real with all of you! I know that I still have so much more learning, growing and discovery in this beautiful and imperfect life of mine. However, as I pursue the passions which have been set upon my heart I want to take you all along the journey. To be honest, I am not exactly sure what this will all look like. However, I am sure that I will promise to be real and honest. To not shy away from sharing a project made, lesson-learned or triumph had just because it doesn’t seem “good enough.”
I am letting go of perfectionism and welcoming in the process of life. And if you’d like, you’re welcome to follow along the journey with me as I continue to flourish into the woman I know I was created to be!