It’s the end of the year! Naturally, I’m sure we’re all feeling really introspective and quite guilty about all the cookies and fudge we’ve been eating, and we’re all about to swear off soda for a year. If you’re like me, you’ve probably made a gigantic, exhaustive list off all the things you want to start doing or stop doing in 2016.
I’m no goal-setting pro, but I’m old enough to realize this never works, and luckily I just read this wonderful Instagram post and this blog post from my sweet friend Natashia, and she reminded me about this talk about self improvement that has just been so great in reminding me to work on one thing at a time! If I’m trying to do to many things (which is ALWAYS), I don’t ever actually finish anything (does anyone else have a pile of, oh, ten books they’ve read the first couple chapters of, and then started another book, and five years later you haven’t finished a single book?).
I think if I focus on 1 or 2 main things this year, the little things will come, because they are always on my mind, but I think I want to focus on a few things for the entire year that I definitely don’t want to let slip through the cracks.
Also, I have to tell you guys, I have such kind and thoughtful people around me who have been such great examples to me this year in so, so many ways. If you know me or have spoken to me or helped our family in some way through this INSANELY CRAZY year, thank you. I can’t really think of anyone I have talked to this year who hasn’t taught me something, even if just by being who they are. I’ve been so humbled by everyone’s kindness and goodness and greatness this year.
My sister who lives in North Carolina got to go see Vanessa Carlton, and she got to go backstage, which made me so so happy! My sister and I pooled our money to buy her first album as kids, and all three of us sisters played all of her songs on the piano. Rachel had her sign a copy of her new album for me. I cried. Rachel also got me a couple of black-and-grey shirts from H&M that were identical to a couple shirts I had pinned on Pinterest. Anyone who knows me well knows that my closet is 30 percent black clothes, 30 percent grey clothes, 20 percent 8-dollar target shirts in black/grey/pink/mustard/green, 10 percent flannel, and 10 percent beanies. My other sister got me a cute fake plant and a book of easy recipes, and my brother who does customer service for a makeup company got me some amazing mascara. My husband bought me a bunch of new clothes, including some adorable booties and pointy faux suede heels, and he also ordered me a new batch of MaskCara cosmetics, since I went through my last palette so dang fast! My parents got me some black lace-up boots and the Free People sweater I’ve been drooling over ever since I saw Cara wearing it at Pinners. I will probably wear it every single day for the rest of my life.
I hope everyone has fun ringing in the new year!