Hello from Seattle! Cory and I have been here for the holidays, and it's my favorite time of the year to spend out here. There's snow, cold temperatures, and it actually feels like the holidays. And....I can't believe it's already almost 2017. I feel like time is speeding by, faster and faster! Last year at this time, I remember I was down in LA with my husband preparing for 2016 and not knowing what to expect. We had recently moved down there from Seattle, and adjusting to the city was surprisingly easier than we expected. LA quickly felt like home.
Now that we have lived there for almost 15 months, I can finally say that I'm SO incredibly happy with this past year in LA. What a year of growth and learning. I completely switched from full-time photography to full-time fashion blogging, and I'm so thrilled to be doing something different but also something I love just as much as photography. Last year at this time I would have never expected that to happen. But it did, and I couldn't' be more excited to see what this next year holds. Getting married, moving to another state, and switching your career all within six months of each other definitely forces you to learn new things about yourself you never had before. Here are my top 10 things I learned over the past year.
1. Don't be afraid to be yourself.
2. Don't negatively compare yourself to anyone. It doesn't help anything.
3. Be confident in who you are and your work, but always leave room for learning and improvement.
4. Take time away from your phone and social media for at least two hours a day.
5. Don't be afraid to try something new.
6. When you see results, it's rewarding but also push yourself to go farther.
7. Always look for optimism in every situation.
8. Be more intentional with the people you want to spend your quality time with.
9. Stress doesn't resolve anything. Find a healthy outlet like running, workout classes, reading, writing, etc.
10. Spend time alone to recharge yourself (I'm an extrovert and found out this is extremely important to my mental health).
I'm not huge on creating new years resolutions. I always have the same things I want to do every year, and realistically I never accomplish them. But this year, I feel like it's going to be different. I actually want to create some realistic goals for myself and take them more seriously.
Here are my top 5 goals for the year:
1. To reach my fitness goals and take it more seriously. I recently was introduced to Orange Theory Fitness, and now I'm obsessed. I go about 4-5 times a week, and it's the only fitness routine I've actually been able to see results and feel stronger and more confident in myself.
2. Read more books. I wasn't a reader growing up, but this year I want to read at least 2-3 books.
3. Travel to places I haven't been yet. Cory and I are planning some travels for the new year and I can't wait to share them with you. This year I'm wanting to experience and see different cultures, countries, and landscapes I haven't been to yet. Which brings me to....
4. Vlog more. I started vlogging a couple years ago and loved doing them. Once we got married and moved down to LA it slowed down a bit, and with our travel plans for next year vlogging shouldn't be a problem.
5. To be more organized. This has been an ongoing goal and somewhat cliche, but seriously. I need to be more organized with my everyday schedule and things around my house.
Living in LA has made me realize that I need to push myself creatively, create new boundaries, and always be confident in who I am as a person. I'm so thankful for the amazing support my husband gives me daily, and my incredible friends that have become family in LA. Before moving down to LA, people kept saying things like "Oh be careful of who you become friends with", and "It's hard to find real people", or "Don't get too close to anyone because they will use you", etc. That does exist in the city, but that also exists anywhere. But honestly, I find LA one of the places where you can find out someones intentions and true colors at first impressions, and know who you personally can befriend. Since living down there, Cory and I have created life long friendships that are some of the most talented, real, and inspiring people- It's one of the most rewarding things of this past year.
Here are some of my favorite memories from this past year.
These are just some of my favorite things that happened in 2016. If I was to show you everything, this blog post would be three times as long. I can't wait to see what this next year brings. It's a way to start fresh, push yourself to achieve your goals, and learn something new about yourself. I want 2017 to a be a year that will be unforgettable and one that will go down in history. What are your goals and dreams for 2017?