Happy New Year! I waited to write this post because this week really feels like the first week of the new year for me. I came back from Rome mid-week last week and had to go back to work the next day. There really wasn’t much time to sit down and reflect on the past year as well as think about what I want to accomplish in this new year.
2018 was quite the year in many ways. I learned a lot about myself, met the love of my life, traveled to new places, saw my blog grow, received tenure at my school, coached my last soccer season, lost my grandfather, watched my brother and sister-in-law plan their wedding, the list goes on and on.
Over the course of the year, I learned I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. For starters, having an international relationship is not easy, to say the least, and it takes a lot of love and will power to not throw in the towel because things get hard. There were some days that the distance felt too much and the time apart was too long. But when you want to be with someone and know that the relationship is worth fighting for, you find ways to stay strong and make the best of the situation. I never thought that when I turned 30 I would finally meet the love of my life and we would be in this international relationship but I wouldn’t change it for the world. There have been so many amazing adventures both here and the US. When C and are I are together, it is as if the time apart never even occurred.
Working out and physically pushing myself helped me to bring a clear head to our relationship each day – not to say that every day was perfect but getting my frustrations out through a workout did wonders for my mental state. Working out also takes a lot of mental strength, especially when you are doing at home workouts. It is easy to give up because an exercise is too hard or simply not workout because you are too sore. It takes will power and strength to show up every day.
At the beginning of the school year, I was also faced with a challenge at work that put many things in perspective for me. I had to really look inside myself to see if this was where I wanted to be and if could I move past this particular situation. I have a great group of kids this year and to just up and leave them was something I absolutely could not do. I want to see them grow and achieve success so I had to find different ways and approaches to deal with the situation that had risen. Sometimes it’s putting others needs before your own that show how strong you are.
Seeing my blog grow over the course of the year has given me such a sense of accomplishment. One of my goals for 2018 was to be as consistent as possible with my posts and I feel pretty good about how well I did. Am I where I want to be? No, not even close. But that is what pushes me and drives me every day. I want to keep growing and learning each day. Being consistent and showing up for all of you is what makes me want to do this. Sharing outfit ideas, travel inspo, and just real life whether it’s here or on Instagram is something I enjoy doing. If I can provide you with inspiration for an outfit, help you find a dress for a function, or even find day to day inspiration that makes me feel incredible and that I am actually helping. I want to inspire you to travel to a new place, check out something in NYC, maybe step out of your comfort zone with a particular style. I want to be there to help you and that is why I show up here on a consistent basis.
But if you are thinking, “Well, wait a minute. You’ve been gone for almost a month. How are you being consistent?” I would say you are 100% right to think that. Another thing that I learned about myself is that I let life and my emotions get in the way of doing things – be it the blog, working out, meal prepping. You name it, I tend to shut down. December is supposed to be a happy month with all the holiday festivities starting, everywhere is decorated, the anticipation of the holidays and a new year are on the horizon. But for me, this December was a really trying month and it effected everything. I knew that I tended to let life get in the way here and there but this was on a whole other level. I simply lost all sense of motivation and could not even sit at my laptop to write. I let outside influences and personal stuff get in the way of the things that I wanted to accomplish or just do (doing a blog post, posting on Instagram, doing a workout). Getting away after the holiday and seeing C helped a lot – I feel like myself again, ready to hit the ground running. Which leads into what I am looking forward to in 2019.
This year one of my resolutions is to not let my personal life get in the way of business. My blog is a business and I need to show up here on a daily basis for you guys. I need to be able to put aside what is going on in order to get posts out to you, emails sent (working on a new/better weekly news letter, a beauty newsletter which I super excited about!), and simply share my life with you. I know there are times when this will be difficult but it something I want to be able to do but also need to be able to do if I want to run a proper business.
Business-wise there is so much I want to accomplish but I know everything needs to be done in steps. I have so many exciting ideas in my head and cannot wait to see the come to fruition. 2019 is going to be the big year for my blog. I’m saying it now and putting it out in to the universe. This is my year! 🙂
There is a lot happening in my life in 2019. My brother gets married in June!! It still feels so crazy to say that. My little brother who my sister and I used to tease is getting married and I could not be happier. C and I have some big decisions on our horizon that make me so excited and nervous at the same time! 🙂 Trips to Italy are in the works as well as planning what summer looks like. My sister-in-law’s bachelorette party, bridal shower -all things wedding related really! Moving! That is happening at some point. So much stuff!
With all of these amazing things going on, staying healthy and fit is a main priority. I mean, I do want to look good in my bridesmaid’s dress at my brother’s wedding! Who wouldn’t? 🙂 But it is a priority, not a resolution. Each year I say I’m going to get fit, stay in shape, you know the “New year, new you” thing. Well not this year. It’s going to be a priority and a lifestyle for me. This week I am full on back into a workout routine. I did the 80 Day Obsession this past spring and I truly did love it but it was just so unrealistic for me. My days are extremely long and waking up at 4 am so I can eat an hour before I work out was/is just sheer insanity in my book. If I worked out at night, I would be eating my last meal at 9 pm sometimes which is not ideal either. So it’s on to something new.
I decided BBG is where I am going to start. The workouts are just the right amount of time for this crazy schedule that I have and I can wake up at a normal time in the morning to do my workout. The program provides you with three workouts and then you have to find three high or low intensity workouts to do on the other three days. I plan on doing workouts from Beachbody on those days because I did love the workouts from there. I have my planner all filled out with which workouts I am doing and when.
Meal prepping started yesterday in full swing. I made my breakfasts and lunches for the week and even had enough stuff to freeze for breakfast next week! It felt so good to get everything done and be set for the week.
I feel so excited and ready to tackle this new system and the new year! What are you guys excited about? I’d love to hear!
Thanks for stopping by and for reading! You have no idea how much I appreciate it!