Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a doozy and 2021 is off to a rocky start but despite the world being a little overwhelming right now, I began thinking of what I’d like to accomplish this year, what to look forward to and also reflect on what 2020 taught us. There were growing pains we experienced as a country – from social justice issues to climate concerns to political mayhem to COVID and more so while I continue to process the ever changing saga that is everyday in the current world I know what I can control is myself, my actions, my future + my impact on the world.
So what am I personally looking forward to in 2021? Well A LOT!
My wedding got postponed which was a tough decision and for another blog post…stay tuned so 2021 we are focusing on moving forward with our lives by buying our first HOME. We felt is was the logical next step so we can begin planning our future while our wedding is on hold for the moment.
1. House Hunting – we are looking to find our dream home within the next few months + I know that will be a fun way to kick off 2021. I can’t wait to find the home of our dreams and make it our own with fun design choices etc. Most of all I am excited about more space for my office and content creation…and my closet.
2- Growing My Business – My goal is to continue to add to my client roster and help amazing brands and founders grow their businesses. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my clients grow their social presence, website traffic + more so we want to expand that success by adding new clients to our agency for 2021!
ICYMI running MRT Media Management is my full time job ♥
Next thing I am looking forward to? Focusing on my overall health. That would be physical, mental etc. 2020 was pretty stressful for us all and I don’t know about you, but I have been having a hard time dealing with an almost year lockdown, having to skip all my exciting engagement and wedding moments and postponing my entire wedding for another year and a half basically. This leads me to needing a little self care love + focusing on my overall wellness.
3 – Focus On My Health – My goal is to take time to work out a little everyday, continue to focus on eating healthy + also take mental health breaks. Whether it be yoga, meditation or going for daily walks – every little bit helps.
2017 was one hell of a year…from continuing to grow my career, to finding my partner in crime, to traveling across the pond to London + Paris, to getting my new dream car…it is safe to say 2017 was pretty damn amazing. Now what does 2018 have in store? Well I definitely can’t wait to find out – that’s for sure!!
I know the old routine goes…new year, new me + we make a whole bunch of New Year’s resolutions we often try our best to keep but occasionally don’t…(I am totally guilty of this haha)
So what are my New Year’s Resolutions + how do I plan on keeping them? Well you’ll just have to continue reading to see 😉
It is a NEW year and that means it is time to turn to a fresh page and write your book.
My story last year was 365 days filled with highs + lows. The lows were tough but the highs picked me up. I vowed to be happy + to do that it meant letting go of negative thoughts + energy and moving forward towards what makes me smile.
One of those things was to truly sit + think about what makes me happy…this leads me to New Year’s Resolution ONE that EVERYONE should get behind…
1. MAKE TIME FOR YOU
It may sound completely silly or pretty obvious but it is not. When I started off 2017 I was at a job that sucked my soul + left me with ZERO time to enjoy + experience life. I allowed my boss to get into my head and my heart…once I left that toxic environment I vowed to never ever let a job get in the way of taking time to care for me and my mental health. (for more on that story click here)
So how do you make time for yourself when you are hustling to make ends meet or achieve your goals?
Luckily, I have a few tips + tricks up my sleeve…
*Detox – now I don’t mean go on a juice cleanse (I mean if you can, do so by all means but I sure as hell can’t haha) I am referring to a digital detox, social detox, work detox etc. Simply unplug, unwind + relax.
After working at a place where I was harassed 24/7, I am lucky enough to have the ability to unplug on the weekends + focus on me – that means not answer work e-mails (unless urgent of course) + not worry about the office while I am cozy watching Netflix.
More + more on the weekends I have been logging off social media + not necessarily feeling the urge to post – if I am out doing something cool, ok maybe I will log on but otherwise a little break feels nice – I am learning to not feel ‘guilty‘ for not posting everyday, everyone needs a break, ya know?
*Treat Yourself – get a massage or a facial, relax in the jacuzzi, apply a face mask, whatever it is…indulge and take a moment to just be at peace. Nothing makes me happier than a face mask + some Dateline (I can be hauled up all weekend with just those two things haha)
I happen to find great deals on massages + facials + all spa experiences via Groupon (they truly have the best deals + it is a great way to find places in your local area + try them out for a fraction of the regular going rate!
Here are some of my favorite hair + face masks
2. GET ORGANIZED
This is a pretty common resolution but can mean various things…whether it is buying a planner + logging your goals for the year based on day, week, moth + quarter…or cleaning your office or home to feel a little less cluttered, getting organized at the beginning of the year is always a good idea.
*Declutter – I am no neat freak by any means but after the holidays (and a trip since I was in London for the holidays), I always like to clean up, put away the holiday decorations + get organized. Cleaning my place while watching South Park is one of my favorite things to do (how sad is that) haha but the smell of Lemon Pledge (hehe Family Guy reference) + Lysol makes me quite happy. Grab some clear bins from Home Depot + get packing! I organized my makeup, Poshmark merchandise + more in one weekend + felt great after it!
*Plan Ahead – Whether you are planning your new year workouts, when to travel or how to accomplish your dreams, a fresh new planner to start the new year is always a good idea! I like to have a few different planners – 1 for diet + workouts, 1 for my blog editorial calendar + goals and 1 for upcoming life events like travel, work functions etc. They are a easy way to visualize what is ahead + write notes etc to keep your plans aligned.
Here are some of my favorite planners
3. HAVE FUN
Ok ok, maybe this is cliche, but in 2018 I am a firm believer in FUN. Take that trip, try a new workout, learn a new hobby…whatever it is do it! You know why? Because there may not be another chance to do it in the future! My new policy for 2018 is to say YES.
*Say YES – This year say yes – you never know what it can lead to. Whether it is a new career opportunity, a new friend, a new experience etc. Those moments fill the pages of your 365day journal for 2018!
*Break the Mold – Or rather rules…hehe Now don’t go commit a crime, BUT rather don’t do the same old, same old…take a risk, even if it scares you – those challenges shape you into the bad ass person you will become. If I was tooafraid to leave NY, go on some dates, travel outside the country, I wouldn’t be the gal I am today nor would I have met Mike 😉
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It’s 2017! That means it is a blank first page for the rest of the year. No matter what your goals are that you are looking to achieve, the start of a new year brings along hope + an optimistic outlook on what is to come! Whether your New Year’s Resolution was to get fit, save money, excel at work etc, the first step of achieving any goal is to get organized, get focused + set yourself up for success! What is my essential for planning out my success? Creating an organized list of priorities + taking life day by day to accomplish each and every one leading to my end goal!
Step One: Get your supplies to plan out a successful year! My go-to is Target – I can get lost in that store for hours + hours (I also tend to walk out of there with way more than I intended to haha :p)
I am a very visual person, meaning I like to write things down + have some organization in order to figure out what my priorities are – from daily tasks, to my overall goals…writing out what you need to get done / want to accomplish helps push you to achieving those goals!
Pilot G2 Metallics Pens from Target are just what I need to keep on track. Plus with the variety of colors like G2 Metallics + hues they come in, you can get your pack of Pilot G2 pens to match with all of your office supplies (or if you are a dork like me you will totally geek out over getting them in colors that match your new 2017 agenda haha :p)
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Step Two: Time to plan + strategize!
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Ok, I digress haha…My must-haves for getting off on the right foot are a great pack of pens like these ones from Pilot G2 + a new agenda for the new year that works best for the way you like to write out your daily, weekly, monthly + overall priorities!
I like to write out a little ‘To Do’ list everyday. I find that helps me stay on track + not forget what I need to get done in order to keep my goals at the forefront 🙂
Step Three: Accomplish your goals (big + small) and cross them off your list in your agenda as you go to feel a sense of accomplishment (trust me, it’s a great feeling)!
I have two agenda’s I like to fill out daily using my Pilot G2 Pens from Target. One agenda for work + one agenda for play (both of them I like to write in with the Pilot G2 Metallics Pens) but what I do like to do, is differentiate what is for what is by color coding my priorities + goals – with multi packs created with this in mind, Pilot G2 gets me + all that I need to get accomplished 😉
What are your goals for 2017? Will you be an overachiever? 😉
Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s officially 2017 + this is my first blog post of the new year – woohoo! I spent the holidays in NY with my family, but now I am back in sunny California – just where I like to be 😉 (me and snow don’t mix very well anymore haha) One of the perks of living in LA is how close I am to the beach! Seriously, who doesn’t love being just minutes away from some of the nicest beaches in the country?
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to embrace being me + always say ‘yes‘ to adventures! What better way to start off the new year than with flaunting my shape in stunning Malibu wearing new swimwear from Coco Reef Swimwear. I love how Coco Reef’s pieces really help you embrace your figure and perfectly ‘suit’ every woman’s body type – a perk for this gal who has a difficult time finding swimwear since I always need a larger top but a smaller bottom (mix + match anyone?)
One of my favorite suits from them is this bikini set! I love the flowy ruffle top with a mesh overlay (for those days when you want to head to the beach but maybe are feeling a little bloated or just want a chic conservative look :p). I love how feminine this top is (considering I am such a girly girl after all haha) + I paired it with their Classic Skinny Dip Bikini Bottom. Coco Reef has bottoms that are ideal for mixing and matching for every bottom type – whether you want to have a little more coverage or you are looking for a more ‘cheeky’ look haha their bottoms are the best!
I have never been one for one-pieces till I wore this one from Coco Reef! It has a tummy control feature to help accentuate your figure + #FlauntYourShape ♥ Their one-pieces are honestly my favorite…the fact that I can slip into one and feel confident no matter where I am heading (even in superficial LA…models make it hard for us average folk haha :p) is always a perk!
W o r k It O u t! Halfway through January 2016 + I am pretty sure a little Monday Motivation is still needed to get fit for the New Year 😉 And what better way to get motivated to hit the gym than with some N E Wworkout gear + activewear!
I am definitely the type of gal who loves trying new gear + active looks for the gym, workout classes…maybe even a hike? 😉 OK…I still haven’t become a Runyon Canyon fan just yet…maybe it’ll grow on me eventually considering I live walking distance + I’ve seen Josh Duhamel jog shirtless up there…I mean that’s some pretty sexy motivation (sorry Fergie :p)
Anyways…One thing I am definitely obsessed with, is printed leggings like these ones for a good workout (pretty obvious considering I love a great ‘pop of color‘…workouts are no exception)! P.S. these photos were shot pre-my current fitness routine…You can seethis older post here!