Well its official…2018 is here! While 2017 was a great one for me – I moved, got a new job, and grew Brown Paper Doll, I definitely have some resolutions and goals for the new year. Here’s a look at what I hope to accomplish:
1. Stop comparing myself to other bloggers. Getting started as a blogger can be a rough road with a lot of learning from others who are in the same space. It’s so easy to look at other people and compare yourself as an indicator of where you think you “should be.” Whether it’s clothes, body, number of followers, I can become down on myself, envious, and riddled with self-doubt when the comparison game is played. It’s time to put an end to it. There’s a beauty in realizing every person is unique, and so is their path. I work a full time job, my style is different, networks are different. Simply put, I’m different. Part of my resolution includes spreading my story and my truth (the hardships I’ve encountered AND the successes) to help inspire others out there! There are so many friends I’ve met and fabulous women out there doing their own thing, that the blogosphere should feel encouraging – not threatening! And this year I’m hoping to find more peace in the process and growing at my own pace.
2. Be a smarter shopper! As you can imagine, my closet is filled to the brim. I see things I like, that I think would be a good addition, but if I don’t love it – I’m not going to buy it! Setting financial goals for myself are a big priority since I’ve moved out of New York, and taking a look at my shopping habits are definitely a part of achieving a healthier financial future. Does that mean I’m going to stop shopping? Definitely not. Lol It just means I hope to be a little more discerning, always using my GOLDEN RULE and thinking ahead to the future before I pull out my credit card.
3. Do more things that bring me joy! Laughter and light are so important to the mind and soul. In today’s world, it’s so easy to feel focused on work, blogging, responsibilities, etc. Between my full-time career in advertising and Brown Paper Doll, I often feel overwhelmed and stuck on a hamster wheel. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do – but it can leave limited time for spontaneity, as I’m so focused on staying afloat and reaching milestones for both. This year, I hope to spend more time doing things that bring me joy. Maybe that means coming home from work and instead of working on the blog, it’s lighting a candle and reading a book. Perhaps it means more travel with friends, or going to concerts! I think working with a joyful heart and rested mind can lead to further creativity and productivity. In the end, I hope that this will help Brown Paper Doll flourish even more.
And there you have it…my goals for 2018. Everything is a balance, and I’m still trying to figure it out I guess. Here’s to all of you, to success, and to “figuring it out” (or at least trying to) in 2018! Feel free to comment below or reach out on Instagram (@brownpaperdoll) to let me know about your goals for the year! xoxo