Wow. It's taken me a few tries to sit down and start writing this thing, for a couple of reasons. Every time I'd open my computer my brain would start thinking of the 5,000 "resolutions" I should be coming up with & all the changes I want to make for the new year. Or, I would start to recap the year and get sidetracked looking at pictures from travels, and shoots, and who know's what.
But here I am, and boy am I glad I waited. They say this week, you know the one between Christmas & New Years is one of the oddest weeks of the year. I couldn't agree more. Do you start your "resolutions" early? Do you binge on everything you say you aren't going to do starting January 1st. It's extremely hard to go back to work for a few days, to be off again. It's just kinda off. And if your weather is anything like it is here in Kansas City, you really just wanna stay home, cuddle up by the fire and NEVER LEAVE. (currently feels like it's -50 outside)
This morning I woke up thankful for this "awkward week". And even more thankful I didn't write an article about all of my "resolutions" because yes there are tons of them, and no I don't blame you for not reading every line. Instead, I started thinking about what resolutions truly do for you. They start off as a few words you write on a piece of paper (you may have misplaced), that stick in the back of your mind the first couple of months, & you may stick to them or you may not. Do you remember yours from last year? I remember one. And the reason I remember it, is because it is one of the most important resolutions you or I could ever make.
December 2016, I had graduated college, and started my first job in retail/events. Working lots of hours, and hardly remembering what day it was, because time was going so quickly. I remember having a few days off right before the New Year, and when I took the time to take a breath and reflect on the past year I came up short. Amongst the achievements, milestones and my job, I felt lifeless, unaccomplished and not in control. I told myself that in 2017 I would focus on doing things that genuinely made me happy, make time for loved ones, and be in control of my own success. (Yes, I also said I would stop drinking soda, workout every day, etc. etc.) The first two seeming small and achievable and the third a little tougher, but I was determined.
Blink. Here I am. It's December 31, 2017. I can safely tell you I still drank soda (maybe this will be the year I stop ) & I didn't make it to the gym everyday, but I took a few risks & made a few changes. Changes I knew would make me genuinely happy, that led to making time for loved ones & in return I became in control of my own success! From getting my real estate license, to opening my own business. The Little Blonde House is a genuine reflection o my love of working with people, real estate, interior design & fashion. Channeling all of my passions into one creative outlet, led to a business with a bright future!
Now, in no way am I encouraging you to up and quit your job on a whim & travel to some distant land. (If you do, sweet, let me know where you go!). Remember, these changes don't have to be monumental, they can be stepping stones. It can be small works that eventually lead to a grand plan. Stop stressing yourself out by putting these unreasonable time stamps on catastrophic resolutions, only to be disappointed.
My number one resolution was to be genuinely happy, in everything that I did. I knew every decision, every choice, every move needed to reflect that. And guess what? It got to a point I didn't even realize I was doing it. I knew that if I kept that goal in sight, everything I did & chose to do would take me where I wanted to go.
Now don't let the brevity & simplification of this year downplay the emotion, sleepless nights & long hours it took to get here. But I wish I could share the magnitude of how blessed I feel as I reflect on this past year.
What did you do different this year? What do you wish you would have done more of? Less of? Or not at all? What do you want your 2018 to look like? I encourage you to reflect on the positives of 2017, & using what you learned to power this next year.
The Little Blonde House had it's official start in October 2017, (WOW) only three months & the connections, relationships and opportunities it has presented is unfathomable. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the love & support these past few months! I can only imagine how fabulous 2018 will be!
Cheers to you & your family! Happy New Year!