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2015 Reflection

When we think of personal growth, odds are it reminds you of a self-help book. And, I totally get that, but there is so much more to self growth than what a “be a better you” book advises. Reflecting back on 2015, I realize how much I’ve grown as an individual. I learned to work through challenges and pursue goals that aren’t in easy reach, instead they are quite far and essentially, hard work. The journey to attain these dreams and goals is grueling and exhausting, and I’ve sometimes considered giving up. My biggest lesson of 2015 is known the difference between never admitting defeat and knowing when to walk away. See though, walking away is not defeat. It shows that you are confident in yourself and mature enough to walk away from something that isn't right to you and will help you become a better person. In difference, defeat usually happens in the trenches of hard work. You are at a place where results aren’t immediate and the struggle is well, #real. After those trenches is the rise to the top. The peak of success is a place where the realization of your success and work becomes noticeable to yourself. That is self growth. Personal growth also stems from being confident enough in who you are. I used to care a lot about what people thought about me, to the point where I was embarassed to express my truest self. It takes some time to gain enough pride and confidence in yourself to not be afraid. Yes, there is the initial hurdle of nerves, but I always ask myself, “what do I have to lose/ will I regret this?” As 2016 is coming upon us, ask yourself… are you living your truest and honest self? Because for awhile I wasn’t. Then the obvious happens... life throws those pesky curveballs. We learn what is important to us and how our emotions are a direct reflection. That is personal growth. It may be scary, but something that is real, can be scary. Remember that.

Wishing you the best in 2016 and come back tomorrow for my resolutions!

Read my 2014 reflection here

Welcome 2015

Well, I'd be damned. It's January 2nd. 364 days to check those goals off your list.

Through reflecting on 2014, I've been able to define what I really want to make of this year. During a lengthy conversation with a good friend of mine about the ridiculousness that went down over the year, we kept returning to the idea of "living bold". In my eyes, living bold means being able to take chances, and live each day to the fullest. Cheesy? No doubt,


in 2015 I resolve to live bold. Along with that broad statement, I plan to focus on a few other key things over time. Some of which include: keeping a memory jar, increasing my training for sailing, and fulfilling my love for travel. And of course, I have a few other resolutions, but my friend, those should not surface the world-wide-webz.

What do you wanna make of this year? I listen with open ears!

Keeping Your Closet Perfect

One of my New Year Resolutions was to keep my closet organized. So far, it has been quite well. My closet is on the smaller side so maximizing the space is key. Here, I am sharing my favorite tips for keeping my closet perfectly organized. Also, stay tuned for a fun DIY in the near future (another one of my goals). 

Keep on Sailing,
1- Hangers are my savior. I love the look of having all my hangers the same- these are my favorite.
2- If something is out of place, I feel as if my closet looks messy. Baskets and bins are great for keeping everything in a spot.
3- Shoes take over my tiny space. I created a shelving area for my shoes.
4- Spice up your closet with a colorful rug and fun trays. Gives it a boutique feel.
5- Every month, clean out your closet. I use the Poshmark app to sell my old clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. 

Little Treasures

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are having a lovely vacation wherever you are.

2013 is coming very fast, and I decided to share my resolutions with you. Not the, I'll workout more or I'll go to sleep earlier (which is still a goal for me!). Instead, I'm focusing more on the things that I've always wanted to achieve or learn how to do. Leave a comment, telling me your goals for the new year!

1: Become Camera Savvy
I can use a camera just fine, but I would love to be able to use the different settings, and know about shadows and proper lighting. I would also love to use a "vintage" type camera. They seem so fun and they develop such unique pictures.

2: To Take a Cooking Class
I love to bake and cook whenever I can. To learn new recipes and such, a cooking class would be perfect! Have you ever done a cooking class?

3: To Become more Crafty
In this day in age, there are so many interesting and fun DIY projects! Some of my favorites that I am dying to try are from here {my favorite DIY blog, Stripes & Sequins}. I'm a little DIY challenged, so it will be interesting on how my projects turn out in the end.

4: Keep My Closet Organized
I will always be a little messy when it comes to my closet. I just can't help it! I'm going to start small ; pick up my clothes from the floor, fold sweaters nicely, etc. My closet is not that bad, but could always be better.

Keep on Sailing,