January Refresh

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I absolutely love that when you live on the beach, every outfit doubles as a swimsuit coverup. I am obsessed with overalls – they remind me of my late grandma and I just think they’re so carefree. One of my goals for a while now has been to be as bold as I feel and wear whatever strikes my fancy – special occasion or not – and I’m making good on that promise to myself in Hawaii.

You might’ve also set a few new goals for 2017. And by now, at the end of January, you’re probably either one month into your resolutions, or feeling that itch of latent guilt for abandoning ship early (like me with a whole bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos). I don’t have any illuminating thoughts about how to keep our resolutions (ask Christian about that one), but I do think it’s pretty important to at least make them, and/or talk to someone close to you about positive changes to be made in the new year. Equally important, though, is realizing that “self improvement” is only really valuable when it’s going to continue to make us feel better about ourselves, not worse. So if I needed to eat that bag of hot cheetos on a stressful Tuesday in order to ultimately cut back on them in 2017, maybe that’s alright (just go with me here).

I looked back in my journal to an entry detailing what my resolutions would be for this year, and if you promise (pinky swear!) not to judge me on my less-than-specific goals, I’ll share my two lists with you exactly as they appear on the lined paper in my little pink notebook.


  • health improvement – exercise at least 3 times a week
  • start blog – write something every day, even if you don’t publish
  • read more again, replace some social media habits with books
  • practice French
  • make new friends (girlfriends!) in Hawaii
  • fill your own cup
  • take great care of your skin
  • practice cooking
  • adventure alone!
  • cultivate creative energy
  • practice self love

Things to leave in 2016:

  • flaming hot cheetos
  • petty jealousies
  • unrealistic expectations
  • self doubt
  • selfish interests
  • BAD HABITS (you know what you are)
  • old shame
  • grudges
  • should’ve could’ve would’ves
  • laziness
  • fear
  • fear
  • fear

How have you been doing in January? I would LOVE to hear any/all (big, small, short, tall) of your resolutions, whether they’re silly like my cheetos detox, or serious like releasing fear.

Lists help. So does sharing.

Please feel free to remind me at any point this year to keep practicing my French, and to worry a whole lot less. But if you happen to see me eating a bag of hot cheetos, it’s probably best to just leave that one alone.


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