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Babes!! Long time, no chat 🙁 I’ve missed blogging sooo much, but my hiatus was 100% necessary. Blogging, writing, photography, and creating are passions of mine but recently I haven’t felt inspired. Not whole-heartedly loving what you do is one of the shittiest feelings there is. I had lost my creativity for a few months, and I didn’t want to put out content that I wasn’t proud of. I was becoming discouraged with Instagram because it’s so hard to keep up with the lives of professional blogger and influencers and make content even remotely comparable to theirs. Basically, I was in a rut. The deepest, muddiest, stickiest, most dreadful rut I’ve ever been in (creatively at least). Now that I had my time to reflect on the direction I want to take One Broke Blonde, I’ve fallen in love with it again. This new year has inspired me, as it does most people, to think about what I want to change not only about myself…but my work and goals as well. As corny and cliche as it sounds (and I am probably the corniest person on the planet so this should come as no shock), I am inspired by 2018. I want this to be my most accomplished year. The year I better myself, better my brand, and better the world. Here are the ways I plan to do that!
This one is pretty obvious and relatable, but it’s a pretty great thing to be inspired about! Last year I decided to cut red meat out of my diet completely, and it has made me feel better. It was pretty hard at first cause ya know, cheeseburgers, but it has been beneficial in the long run. This year I want to try to cut back on sweets, and focus more on eating veggies. I want to create a workout schedule that I can stick to and look forward to. I also want to live healthy mentally as well. As a person who has to deal with anxiety I want to try to rid my mind of any negative thoughts or feelings that may cause me to be nervous. I overthink EVERYTHING and have some pretty irrational fears. This year I want to focus on removing those thoughts from my mind to live a happier, healthier 2018 and years to come.
Because of my anxiety I tend to stray away from food, situations, and people who don’t make me feel 10000% comfortable and I end up missing out on opportunities! I want to try food I never would have before, and go places that I normally wouldn’t, and take up new hobbies I might have been anxious about failing before. I want to take on new challenges with my blog and writing and do something that scares me a little more regularly.
I’m the type of person who is always planning ahead and looking towards the future instead of appreciating what I have at the moment. I’m always thinking so far ahead that I put pressure on myself to make sure those things in the future actually happen on time. Time goes by so fast when you live in the future rather than in the moment, and that is something I want to work on this year!
This has been a goal of mine for soooo long, but I have a great feeling 2018 is the time it’s actually going to happen lol. I don’t expect to be anywhere near finished with my book by the time 2018 is over, but I at least want to have it going 🙂 Hopefully you’ll see a book by me on shelves in 2020 😉
Enriching my mind and expanding my horizons is something I am 100% dedicated to achieving this year. I want to learn a new language, and hopefully by the end of the year be almost fluent 😉 Some languages I would want to learn are Spanish, Italian, French or maybe even Chinese!
Skincare is something I have never been dedicated to. I know how important it is, but I can just never stay in a routine or find products I really love that make a difference in my skin. In 2018 I want to find my holy grail products and stick to a routine that makes my skin glow! I also want to regularly take time out of my day to relax, take a bath, paint my nails, put on a face mask, and unwind.
In 2018 I want to stop living in fear of what others will think. I want to make decisions based on my happiness instead of how others might view me. This is a goal I have been working on since high school to be honest, and I think every year I improve more and more. I hope this year I can take it all the way and fully not care what others think because ultimately, it’s my happiness that matters. People can change their opinions, but happiness lasts longer.
Creating goals is easy, but keeping up with them is a different story. In order to make sure you stick to your goals be sure to put them on your wall, write them down, tell your friends and family, and remind yourself how gratifying it will be once you complete your goals!! You can do it, and I’m here to cheer you on! What are some of your goals for the new year?? Leave them in the comments, I would love to know 🙂
I am so proud of you! And hey, you owe no explanation to anyone. Everyone goes at their own pace…and that’s OKAY! If we were all the same, this world wouldbe a boring place. You know I’ve had to go my own pace and alter my lifestyle (A LOT) over the past few years. It gets me down at times because I don’t feel like I’m keeping up with the Kardashians OR the Joneses lol, but I have been learning to become at peace with that and accept myself and love myself for who I am. In 2018, I’m all about making my soul happy and being kind – to others AND myself!
Dana, we are alike in so many ways. And I know that I have let my fears define me quite a bit, but I would never even think to define you by yours. If anything, I think it’s humbling and sweet. So right there, you have taught me a lesson.
My mother always told me that I had to go through certain things to help others. So I will start by sharing a piece of wisdom. In my early thirties, when my life turned from a roller coaster in to a tilt-a-whirl lmao, and what was seemingly becoming a priority for me was my health both mental and physical, one day I just had an epiphany and started a chant in my head that went a little something like this: “Zero F*cks Given”. Lol. Remember that no one is going to remember the things you did or didn’t do. They are only going to remember the way you made them feel. As my mom would say, “If your good to yourself and good to others, that’s all you need to worry about”. And, Mom was right! So when you’re not feeling creative or worried about other’s opinions, give the gift of zero f*cks! Take as long as you need to get inspired again. And embrace your own decisions!
With your dream, you can take breaks – you just can’t quit it. That’s all. But, if something is not making your soul happy anymore, it’s okay to start a new dream. It’s okay to have many dreams! Remember that variety is the spice of life. With that, I’m excited for you to try new things! I’d love to tag along for one of those experiences to push past my own comfort zone. And then we can high five! Hehe.
At the end of the day, do more of what makes Dana happy and peaceful. Those who matter won’t mind, and those who mind won’t matter. Going on 40 this year, I can promise you that’s the truth! You don’t need to wait that long to learn it. Love you!