My 2019 Mantra:
“I will not be another lightning strike, seen for a second and forgotten just as fast. I will be a never ending storm. Chased by many. Caught by few. Remembered by all.” — Erin Van Vuren
Happy New Year!
I feel like I say it every year, but this time, I feel like 2019 is actually gonna be my year. 2018 was alright. It was full of challenges and triumphs, happiness and heartbreak, soul searching and getting lost all over again.
2018 was a lot of things. I’m grateful for all the things I learned, did, achieved, and discovered, but I am so glad it’s over.
2019 is the year I graduate, travel abroad, start college, and I literally don’t even know what else yet.
I guess that is the best, scariest, and most rewarding part of January 1st. There is a whole year in front of me now, waiting to happen. Full of the unknown, the unexpected, and the unplanned. I’m not going to know what happens until I get there, so I can’t spend too long dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. There just isn’t time.
Even though there’s so much I don’t know about 2019, I still want to have some kind of plan. So like I do every year, I made a list of goals that I want to try and achieve this year. I divided it into three categories this year, health, life, and the blog.
- Take better care of my hair, as I’d like to donate it in the future!
- Get more sleep (a yearly goal, but I swear I mean it).
- Drink a heck ton more water.
- Spend less time on my phone. Get lost in the moment more.
- Take better care of myself overall.
“If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.”— Banksy
- Have fun: there’s so many freaking exciting things happening for me in 2019, graduating, going to Spain, starting college, and who knows what else could happen, but what’s most important is that I have fun because if you told my fourteen-year-old self four years ago that everything was going to be okay and that’d I’d make it this far, I’d have never believed you.
- Be more optimistic. I preach positivity, but some days it isn’t always the easiest. I want to refocus on being a positive person and spreading positivity and acknowledge that even when it’s tough, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.
- Have a bigger impact. Donate to more charities, volunteer, donate clothes to a place you know needs them, and try to be more selfless. You know you want to do these things, it’s about time you did them.
- Write every single day. Whether it be in a journal, a blog post, or even just notes in my planner, I want to write something each day.
- Be a little more fearless. Be a little less scared to take risks, put yourself out there, and don’t be afraid of what others will think.
- Read!! Quit adding books to my list that I want to read and then putting it off.
“She liked the moon because like herself, it shined it’s brightest when no one was around to see.”
- ENGAGE MORE. Like and comment, on social media other blog posts, etc. on the daily to help build engagement. Can’t build and audience if you aren’t part of one!
- Be active even when life gets crazy. One of my top goals is to post more on my stories, even on days when I’m not working on content, just so you guys know I’m still here, and that I’m planning on getting back at it ASAP.
- Be bold. Take more fun photos that may require a little bit of risk in public.
- Think outside the box and take creative risks that push my content to where I want to be.
- Ask for help and don’t be embarrassed about it. It’s almost impossible for me to do everything myself, whether it be brainstorming content ideas, building outfits, or even taking photos, I want to be better about asking for help creating content.
- Don’t doubt my abilities, test them and build on them.
“You have to go whole heartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.”— Frank Lloyd Wright
Wishing you a very happy new year! I hope you achieve all your goals in 2019!
“May you always be the one who notices the little things that make the light pour through, and may they always remind you: There is more to life and there is more to you.”— Morgan Harper Nichols