30, 12, 2016

Two thousand seventeen

Year by year, I’ve found that preparing a list of new years resolutions just has never really worked out. Sure, I’ve stuck to a few of them for awhile, but then found myself quickly spiraling down a hole. Although 2016 wasn’t exactly the best year, it was still the first time in many years where I felt the most organized and the most creative when it came to my ideas and dreams.

A lot of the best things I’ve ever done in my life so far were through a mixture of trial and errors, taking a lot of risks, and making plenty of mistakes. While many people fear failure and do as much as they possibly can to avoid it, I see failure as a doorway into newer and better opportunities that are waiting for you to discover. In 2016, I learned a lot about myself, and to top it off, I managed to complete a lot of my goals. The secret? I wrote everything down.

Journaling away
After many years, and around March of 2016, I decided to pick up the pen again and start a journal. Writing down your feelings, how your day went, or reminiscing over some past adventures is very therapeutic. Whether you’re happy, sad, in love, frustrated – I believe your journal is your own safe space to let it all out and be as real as you want to be. Especially as adults, we sometimes forget about ourselves – who we once were – what made and still makes us happy. Once we get in touch with ourselves and accept our thoughts and feelings, a relationship of trust can be built strong again.

There always comes a time in our lives when we’ll have the tendency to filter, or sadly enough put certain ideas and dreams on hold – sometimes that hold becomes dead and forgotten. To prevent this from happening, you must write it down – and no, not typing it into your phone – write on actual paper! Writing down your goals on paper helps to remind you of your goals everyday and lets you know it can be made real. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild, and don’t ever let anyone discourage you. Whether your goals feel big-small, difficult-easy, impossible-possible – every one of them counts. I truly believe that when something is really important to you, you will always find a way to make it happen no matter what. Stop admiring others from afar and make yourself into the person you want to be.

Have a planner
Knowing your day to day schedule is key in having good organization. It helps you stick to goals and figure out what needs to be done for a productive day. For those who work from home, and even those who have a 9 to 5 job, can benefit from having a trusty planner. I usually pick up a standard planner from the Dollar Tree, but I plan on dreaming even bigger for 2017; so I decided to step up my game and I purchased a Passion Planner. I specifically choose this planner because it’s customizable, helps you manage your time, includes ‘monthly reflections’, inspirational quotes, and allows enough space for thoughts, creativity, and gratitude. Every creative or entrepreneur will appreciate this planner. Just find the right one for you and days will run a lot smoother!

I hope you all have a wonderful NYE & NY, and I wish you all the best in 2017!

20 responses to “Two thousand seventeen”

  1. Caetera Moda says:

    Oh boy you have a mermaid tail blanket ! So jealous !



  2. Julia says:

    This is so true, and your tips are definitely great. I so so love your perspective on taking risks and experiencing failures! I’m so glad that you have that outlook and that it has brought your success– that’s the sort of way of thinking that I’m trying to adopt. I also need to journal more, I used to be an avid journaler all through high school but I would get discouraged when recording a day that wasn’t so great. I’m definitely going to try to pick it up again in 2017 though. Lovely post, girl!
    Julia || juliainbluhm.blogspot.com

    • Stacey says:

      You will get there Julia! Everything in life takes time. We learn something from everything we do and do not do – it’s just our journey and along the way we figure it out. And I was exactly the same way as you when I had to journal about a bad day, and even until now I journal my bad days. It feels embarrassing but when you read it on a good day you realize that was just a bad day and that’s all it was. I really would love to know your thoughts on journaling if you do start it again!

  3. Mel says:

    Loving the idea of the planner! Hope you have a lovely year and I look forward to following your blog in 2017 🙂


  4. I need a 2017 planner aint even got one yet been slackin :/ ad the year only just started lol I love that blanket really wanted one for ages nt sure why I aint brought one yet lol. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Happy New Year to you and your family!! Dominica from http://www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

    • Stacey says:

      Happy new year Dominica!! It’s still early in the new year so there’s still time to get a planner and get on track! I didn’t know I wanted this blanket until my sister got me it for Christmas lol! It is really cute and warm so I recommend you get one 🙂

  5. fashionloveletters says:

    I am obsessed with that blanket! Also, I love that you journal! I feel like I really need to start doing that so much more often!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  6. So true that if one really believes in something, there is always a way! And that blanket looks adorable! Xx


  7. shireenplatt says:

    If you put your mind to it, you’ll definitely achieve what you set out to do. Happy New Year to you, beautiful!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

  9. yuka says:

    yes I love the mermaid blanket! and a planner is so key to a great year ahead!


  10. What an excellent post! I very much agree with all of these things; this is honestly very sound and sage advice. I started keeping a journal towards the end of 2014, and simply looking back on all of my posts has allowed me to see how much I have grown and evolved as a person. My dreams, thoughts and outlook is so different from when I was 18/19, to now (21). And I know that every day, I simply get older and wiser, and I look forward to watching my self go through that process in the future. Having a planner is something that I struggle with on and off– Buying cute planners usually gets me doing it though. I do need to purchase another one of them. Thanks for reminding me. Also– Is that a knitted mermaid tail? That is so unique! Ive never seen anything like it before!


    • Stacey says:

      I love that you keep a journal as well! I really wish I had started earlier because I would love to know myself again and my thoughts from when I was 19-24 years old. I think especially as we get older we put these things on hold but they are usually helpful for our health. And my new planner costed me like 30 bucks so that is enough motivation for me to use the planner daily LOL! My sister bought me this cute mermaid blanket for Christmas and I’m obsessedddddd! Thanks so much for your lovely comments 😀

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