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Babes!! Long time, no chat πŸ™ 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 πŸ™‚ Hopefully you’ll see a book by me on shelves in 2020 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

 

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Spring is FINALLY here! Which means that a lot of spring shopping is to be done πŸ™‚ I prefer to shop online because there’s just something so exciting about getting packages! I also found that there are a lot of awesome online stores that aren’t available to shop at in person! If you’re like me and love online shopping, here are a few of my fave stores that are also super affordable!! 🌷🌞🌸

Brandy Melville $3-80 : Brandy is a store that I have loved shopping at for years now. I love that their clothes are super soft and really nice quality. Every piece of clothing is so comfortable, and most of their pieces are basics so they can be paired with a bunch of different outfits! The only downside is that most of Brandy’s pieces are one size only which usually fits size X-Small/Small. I fit into the tops, but their jeans and non-stretchy bottoms are not made for girls with booties like myself.Β πŸ˜‚Β However, if you are a size 0-2 you should fit into their bottoms well! Brandy has specific locations, none of which are near me unfortunately. PacSun carries some of Brandy’s products so if you have one near you you should definitely check it out!

A’GACI $1.99-79.99: So I’ve be high-key stalking this website for weeks now. I recently discovered it and I’ve been obsessed. I haven’t purchased anything yet because there are so many cute pieces I can’t decide what I want! I will absolutely be having a shopping spree from this store very soon and when I do you can expect a haul/review! I love that A’GACI keeps up with the latest trends, but also stays at a very affordable price range! The clothes seem to be good quality and I can’t wait to order a few things!

Princess Polly $14.70-320.00: Princess Polly has made a huge splash recently. So many bloggers and YouTubers alike have been raving about this Australian boutique and I am jumping right onto that bandwagon. Princess Polly can get a little pricy, but their sale section is everything. Their new arrivals and other clothes are pretty reasonably priced, but it’s not a place I would recommend going on a huge spree unless you have the dough for it! Nevertheless the clothes are absolutely adorable and I’m so excited to get a few pieces here and there πŸ™‚

MakeMeChic $8.50-68.00: MakeMeChic is an online wholesale store that offers really affordable and trendy clothes, shoes and accessories! I have not purchased anything from this store, but they have a lot of really cute items and the prices are unbeatable!

SheIn (overall suuuuper affordable): SheIn is another wholesale website that a lot of bloggers and YouTubers rave about. I have yet to order anything from their site, but if you’re in the market for some new, trendy spring clothes this is the place to go! Everything on the site is insanely affordable, which also means that the quality may be lacking for some items so make sure you check the reviews before purchasing! πŸ™‚

I hope this post has inspired you to do some spring shopping the affordable way πŸ™‚ Also if you download Honey into your browser it automatically finds coupons and deals for the site you’re on to save you even more money! How awesome is that?? I’m so excited to do some spring shopping myself and share my findings with you guys! Until next time, happy shopping! Let me know you’re fave affordable stores in the comments! I’m always interested to learn about new places πŸ™‚

All photos used in this blog post are not mine. They belong to the clothing store listed and I do not take credit for any photographs used.

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