A New Year's Reset

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I've never been a huge fan of new year's resolutions. They always seem so temporary. Instead, I prefer to just take a pause and use the new year as an excuse to reflect and reset. Last year at this time, I wrote a letter to my twenty-year-old self, and it's still my favorite blog post that I've ever written. Oh, and 2017 didn't disappoint. In fact, it turned out to be a freaking monster year. I felt so unbelievably loved by family and friends at not one, not two, but at the THREE wedding showers they hosted for Mike and me. I married the love of my life. We took a dream honeymoon through Italy and caught the travel bug. I stood up next to two of the most important ladies in my life as they had their own most perfect wedding days. I traveled across the country (a lot). I became increasingly more grateful for my girlfriends. They really are the best.

There were a lot of tough days too, don't get me wrong, but isn't it way more fun to reflect on the good stuff?

This year, I'm focusing on self-care. Because, why not? Here's the current roadmap...more to come. Self-care doesn't have an endpoint, just a starting line.

  1. Take vitamins daily. Anyone else guilty of buying a brand new bottle of vitamins or supplements only to use them consistently for just a few days before letting the bottle collect dust? I can't tell you how many times I've done this. And vitamins aren't cheap!
  2. Swap out a few products for greener options. I'm not talking a full-on "crunchy" life. Let's face it, I love playing around with beauty products too much to go cold turkey on a complete lifestyle change. However, I'm starting to put a lot more thought into what I'm putting on my skin and inevitably into my body.
  3. Wear sunscreen daily. This is nothing new. Wearing sunscreen every single day is something I've done since my early twenties. But here we are 10 years later, and I'm starting to actually see the payoff in my skin (in addition to the obvious health benefits). It's totally encouraging.
  4. Take a photography class. I'm completely self-taught when it comes to this blogging thing. It started because I was in need of a creative outlet, and writing/designing is a huge stress-reliever for me. It's time to take things to the next level and challenge myself creatively.
  5. Throw things away. I admit it. I'm a huge pack rat. And walking into a cluttered home creates stress for me. 2018 is my year to try and change that...or at least just toss a few things. I'm looking for all the good organization tips I can get, so send them my way!

What's your roadmap for 2018?

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