Happy 2016, and with that: another year to get stuff done. I'm always thinking of new ways to further grow my blog and myself as a person. It's important to reflect on these things, because how can we move forward if we don't set goals? So, I thought I'd share some of my goals to inspire you all to set some of your own (or set some more). Let me know what your goals are in the comments!
Be authentic - This is one of the most important goals for me this year. The people who inspire me most in life are the ones that are honest and real with others. I appreciate honesty more than anything and although I already see myself as honest, I want to be able to show everyone I meet that I am authentic, genuine, and real.
Be open - This may sound like the last one, but it's very different in my mind. Being open means that I want to be open to new things and experiences. I always want to accept more opportunities to go to networking events because even though it's scary to be around so many new (and usually slightly older) people, it's very worth it. This goal also embodies my want to talk about my blog more openly with others and not be afraid to promote it to my friends or people I have just met.
Stop being so hard on myself - A habit I need to break! Since I was very young I'd stress myself out over making money or being successful. Fact is that I was doing well for myself by the age of eight by selling a website domain and creating my own site. Nonetheless, I've always expected more, more, and more from myself. I am especially hard on myself when it comes to fashion, school, and my blog.
Explore fashion photography - I've been very interested in exploring this realm for a while now, so I started a new Instagram just for my photography. I'm adding more soon, don't worry! So, if anyone is interested in having me take their photo (for blogging or other purposes), let me know!
Meet others who look at life creatively - I'd love friends to collaborate with. I want to really be able to connect with others on a more creative level this year. I want to shift my blog to a high-fashion but low budget feel with an artistic twist on outfit photos. (If anyone lives in Chicago, email me!)
Travel anywhere - I caught the travel bug again a few months ago and I've been wanting to go somewhere ever since. Lucky for me, my first trip of the new year is to Disney World this week! I haven't been since I was young, so I am super excited! Other than that, I don't see other travel plans besides going back to Chicago in my near future, but hopefully, I will be able to go somewhere else later in the year.
De-stress - Exactly what I need this year because I was stressing out over being away from home and school work at the end of 2015. Does anyone have any tips on de-stressing?
Get a feature in an (online) magazine - I'd love to shoot for a small feature on a site like Nylon.com, but anything at all would make me so happy! I love magazines and online publications; they are just so amazingly well done and beautiful!
Connect with you (my readers) better! - One of my biggest goals! It's so important to me. I explain more about this and some of my other goals for this year and life in general in the video below!