CHEERS TO 2108 BABES! I hope everyone is sticking to their New Year resolutions and looking forward to an incredible journey ahead. 2018 is going to be THE BEST YEAR YET! One of my absolute favorite quotes that radiates positive vibes in regards to new beginnings and moving forward that I want to share with you is "The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you've come."
If I could sum up my 2017 in one photo, the photo below would be the one. A moment of stillness. A moment of reflection. A moment in time of manifesting how I want my life to look moving forward while appreciating my life behind me. This snapshot represents my realization of what I am capable of accomplishing and who I am destined to be. How powerful and insanely beautiful is that??
Do you take time for yourself to reflect? Do you take time to think about what you want? Do you take time to ASK the universe for what you want? Do you take time to map out the direction you want to move while taking into consideration your deepest hopes, desires and dreams? Life is about being the greatest version of yourself you can possibly be. It's about creating who you WANT to be, NOT "discovering" who you are supposed to be. We're only a week into the new year...it's not too late to take time for yourself RIGHT NOW. So go grab a journal and a pen so you can start taking notes on how to life the best life imaginable!
The funny thing about life is that sometimes the people around you wont understand your journey or what the hell you're doing. The beautiful thing about that though, is they simply don't need to because it's not THEIR journey. You and ONLY YOU are responsible for what you do with your life and there is absolutely no need to answer to anyone else. How else will you gain fulfillment if you don't go after what YOU want?
I truly believe that everything in life happens for a reason. Each chapter serves a purpose. So if any of you babes are struggling to get where you want to be or have absolutely no idea what direction you should be moving, JUST KEEP GOING. I know it's easier said than done but the truth is, no one has ALL the answers even if it looks like they do. And you don't have to have it all figured out to move forward...you just have to take the next small step!
I've never really opened up about my personal life on my blog before, so for the sake of it being 2018, there's a first time for everything! It was a really interesting year for me. I left sunny, warm Los Angeles after 14 months to move back to freezing cold New York City in the dead of winter for the sake of making my romantic relationship work and to support the person I love most in his career. That same person encouraged me to chase my dreams by launching my own online store, Moonlight Gypsy, which is something I had always wanted. I started blogging shortly after to support the launch of my store which quickly became the creative outlet in my life I had absolutely NO idea I had been missing all these years! It wasn't until I traveled to BEAUTIFUL Turks & Caicos that I really began my journey of getting back into photography. I minored in photography in college but hadn't picked up my DSLR in literally 8 years. It felt really damn good!
I started a new job at Victoria's Secret.com and couldn't be happier continuing to work in digital eCommerce fashion.
Throughout the Summer I partnered with Kristin @ThePetitePearProject to shoot content for our blogs together. We shot some awesome photos all around NYC and I quickly realized I needed direction on how to actually monetize my blog. I had run across @PangeaDreams blogger retreats on instagram which are led by successful instagram influencers who teach you how to grow your social media presence and make money through brand and hotel collaborations. When I signed up to join Pangea Dreams in Tulum, Mexico I honestly had no idea what to expect. Little did I know, the retreat helped me realize I was on the right path but the best part was connecting with other like minded blogger babes that have similar goals as me.
(My blog post about my entire experience can be found HERE along with a 10% off promo code!)
...which brings me back to the lovely photo I mentioned above of me sitting alone on a giant cliff overlooking the Caribbean: the best representation of the most rewarding year of my life yet.
For me, 2017 was the first year in my 29 years where I feel like I finally figured out WHO I am and WHO I want to be moving forward. I realize now that anything is possible as long as you constantly remind yourself that nothing stands in your way unless you let it. You are your own cheerleader OR Debbie downer. It's simply up to YOU to decide how you want your life to look and ultimately up to YOU to get there.
So what's the SECRET to actually getting where you want to be?? You have to master the art of goal setting!
Did you know if you write down your goals on paper you are 80% more likely to ACHIEVE those goals? How amazing is that??
Our biggest hopes and dreams in life are NOT accomplished overnight. It takes HARD work, dedication and staying motivated each and every day. Goal selling is the one thing you can do to get organized and focused so you're making daily and weekly progress towards getting what you want. One baby step in the right direction is better than no steps at all and the key is to set small, MEASURABLE and SPECIFIC tasks to achieve those goals EACH WEEK.
Do you realize that spending 2 hours a day working towards a goal = 730 hours a YEAR = 30 full days (aka an ENTIRE month)?!
I'm choosing to share my personal goals for 2018 with you babes because I'm hoping it will help you brainstorm ideas of your own and inspire you to live the life you've always imagined. Hopefully it will encourage you to think about different ways to work towards toward achieving everything in your wildest dreams or at least spark some ideas!
MY 2018 PERSONAL GOALS
1. BE ORGANIZED.
Utilize a weekly planner! Every Monday I am dedicating time to create a "to-do" list for the week and hold myself accountable for what needs to get done starting with my biggest priorities. If I don't get everything done, I re-add those "to-do" tasks to the following week.
2. STAY FOCUSED.
Every day of the week I am choosing a specific category to spend 2 hours of my time focusing on after work. Remember that 2 hours a day = 730 hours A YEAR = an entire month! Tuesdays: Instagram strategy. Wednesday: Website updates. Thursday: Pinterest focus & inspiration. Friday: Upcoming travel planning. Saturday: Blog focus. Sunday: Brand and hotel collaborations.
Research and attend blogger/influencer events in NYC to network with other travel babes! I am challenging myself to meet up with one NYC blogger babes OR while traveling once a month.
5. EXPAND CREATIVE THINKING.
Two specific goals in this realm for me include a photography class to become an expert with my DSLR camera, take a light room class to learn new editing skills and eventually learn how to shoot and edit video content! Skillshare.com anyone??
6. STICK TO A FITNESS A ROUTINE.
I struggle with staying in a consistent gym routine. (Which is ridiculous because my gym is only 32 floors below me so I have NO excuses!) After a long day at work and 2 hours of working on my website or blog each day I never really feel like going to the gym. I am holding myself accountable to do a 30 minute workout MINIMUM 4 days a week.
7. SET ASIDE TIME FOR YOURSELF.
I am challenging myself each morning to journal 3 things I am grateful for and 3 things I love about myself while setting positive intentions for the day. I'm not a morning person so I know I'll never be able to wake up early enough before work to meditate. (Clearly needs to be a goal for 2019!) BUT I am setting a goal to meditate on the weekends at home so I can at least get it in twice a week.
8. STICK TO A HOLISTIC DIET.
After being diagnosed with Grave's Disease (hyperthyroidism), Epstein barr (chronic mono) and lyme disease this Summer, I was put on a holistic diet plan to cut out all dairy, all refined sugar, corn, gluten (aka most carbs) and high sugar fruits (aka my FAVORITE ones). My doctor also recommended that I stick to organic fruits and veggies, organic lean meats, grass fed beef and no fish other than wild caught Alaskan salmon. Crazy right? Throughout the process I found that I have a gluten sensitivity and am also sensitive to acidic foods and coffee (YIKES...my fav!!) I have no problem sticking to eating healthy throughout the week due to intense weekly meal prepping but I am allowing myself ONE cheat meal a week!! (In all seriousness though, who would ever think of tortilla chips and tacos as a cheat meal?!)
My biggest and most challenging goal of 2018 is to be more present and appreciate the moment. "Life is a journey, not a destination." My favorite quote of all time, probably because this is something that I personally struggle with more than anything else in life. I'm a dreamer at heart and some days I sit in my office chair at work blinding staring at my computer screen wondering what the hell I'm doing with my life or dreaming about my next vacation adventure. I guess you could call it WANDERLUST but I know I'm not the only one who does that...And no one should ever feel bad for feeling this way. It's part of our human nature.
Ultimately life is also a journey of figuring out who you WANT to be and I accept that right now I am not quite where I want to be. It's just important to define what that person looks like and actively pave a clear road of how to get yourself there. This year I will make it my mantra to be present and enjoy the moment. "Because the greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at your destination, It's all the wild stuff that happens along the way."
So...Where do you see yourself this time next year? In 3 years? What about in 5?
Would you think more about it each day if you knew you only had 365 days left to live on this beautiful planet? How would you live your life differently than you do right now?
The time is NOW. What are you waiting for??