Reflecting on the past can be an important part of moving forward. I often choose to end each year looking back at what has transpired and what I’ve accomplished. When a portion of your life is documented online – through social media or a blog – it’s easy to travel back in time through the past 365 days. Sometimes this is a blessing and a curse. There’s a point at which spending too much time on the past can hinder our journey into the future. There’s such a fine line between constructive and detrimental reflection on the past.
For me, the past year – my first year of freelancing and blogging full-time – has been a lot of learning what not to do. I’ve made a number of poor decisions as I’ve taken total and complete control of carving and shaping my career. While I know it’s all part of the learning process, it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking back with a negative mindset – the could-have, would-have, should-have mindset. Of course there are many, many things I could have, would have, should have done differently. The key to reflecting on these moments in a productive way is to acknowledge and examine what can be learned from them as I head into a new year and fresh start.
Whether it be self-imposed or a force from the universe, there’s a lot of pressure on year two of freelancing and blogging from New York City. So, I’m spending the last day of 2014 focusing on my energy – mental, physical, emotional energy – and reflecting on 2014. As cheesy as it sounds, I have this intuition that this is my year. It’s scary to proclaim in writing on such a public forum, but perhaps this is my first step in telling the universe I’m ready!
W I N T E R
S P R I N G
S U M M E R
7. Blogger Bazaar Milwaukee
8. Midwest Style Blogger Happy Hour
10. My Best Friend’s Wedding
13. Just Knotted ARTicles of Clothing Blog Bands
F A L L
24. Birthday in NYC with blogger GaBrielle Pedriani of Look Sharp, Sconnie
I don’t know about you, but I am beyond pumped for the start of college football season. I take immense pride in my alma mater, the University of Georgia. I bleed red and black and am a die hard DAWG fan. Games kicked off this week, but the DAWGS play tomorrow, so that’s when my season officially starts.
Sadly, I no longer live in Athens (or Georgia for that matter) and won’t be at Sanford Stadium to cheer on my DAWGS in person as they go up against Clemson. Have no fear, I will be participating in the red out, dressed to the nines in my school colors, cheering on my team all the way from Madison, WI.
If I do make it to a game this season, there is one essential item I won’t leave home without: my GirlyGoGarter.
My mom actually discovered GirlyGoGarter while on a buying trip at AmericasMart Atlanta last January. She brought home a couple samples, and instantly, we were hooked. I remember thinking how perfect the GirlyGoGarter would have been for New Year’s Eve – a night where I struggled and scrambled around trying to figure out what bag I could stand to lug around all night. Never again! Since then I have used my GirlyGoGarter at concerts, festivals, or just a night out. Now, I can’t wait to get to Sanford Stadium and use my GirlyGoGarter on GAMEDAY!
The holiday parties are winding down, but there’s still one BIG celebration left this season: New Years Eve! By now, you *hopefully* have the dress and accessories, but it’s time to plan for the big day, just three days away. I’ve got 3 tips for NYE, PLUS a *bonus tip* for those of you who are a little behind on finding your NYE look:
1. Get a PINCH KIT
If you haven’t heard of Pinch Kits, get ready to be blown away. You need one of these in your NYE bag! This tiny miracle kit contains 17 essentials and fits in the palm of your hand (or your chicest little clutch!). With a Pinch Kit, you’ll have everything you need in a pinch from dinner to drinks to the stroke of midnight. Buy one from Sephora for the big night!
– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Earring backs
– Deodorant towelette
– Nail polish remover pad
– Stain remover pad
– Clear elastics
– Lip balm
– Emery board
– Hair spray
– Clear nail polish
– Dental floss
– Mending kit
– Breath freshener
– Double-sided tape
– Pain reliever
2. Have the PERFECT COCKTAIL
Take your champagne up a notch with this crowd pleaser, courtesy of Anthropologie’s blog:
3. Bring a fun and FESTIVE SNACK
P.S. I Made This does it again with this NYE snack that will really pop! They took a page from Rice Krispie stylist (yes, there is such a thing!), Jessica Siskin of Mister Krisp, who turns Rice Krispies into everything from pizzas to champagne bottles.
Rice Krispies Cereal
Green Food Coloring
Fruit Roll Ups
Edible Gold Powder
Find the rest of the instructions here!