I didn’t necessarily start out dubbing 2016 as the year I was going to “do more”. I made the decision back in October to just start doing the things I’ve been wanting to do. Take the little trips I’ve been thinking about for years. Just book the ticket, just get in the car, just go and experience. It just so happens that the first thing I was able to get on the books was in January. Thus begins, “2016: Year of Jet Set.” And so far so good. I was in Sun Valley, Idaho visiting my dad when the clock struck midnight on Jan 1st, I’m currently on an airplane with my sister en route to Austin, Texas, and when we get home I’ll be back for 4 days and then I’m off to LA.
I’ve always had something against New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really made any because just a date on a calendar never felt like a beginning. And I tend to resist that we humans are always waiting to start something. “I’ll start eating better on Monday.” “I want to take that trip, but I'll wait until someone has time to go with me.” “I’ll finally get a personal trainer in the New Year.” But really, every minute of your life is a chance to start something new.
I get it. We wait because we want to keep enjoying the indulgence of the moment and things feel more attainable if we don’t have to do them right now. But I’d like to break that habit. In reality, nothing really ever gets done unless we do it right now.
So, if you want to start that diet on Monday, order a salad at lunch today. If you didn't go to the gym this morning, go to the gym after work because it feels really good to go to bed after a good sweat (and then a shower). Book that plane ticket to the state you've always wanted to see, but haven't visited yet because no one can go with you. Go by yourself, it might be just what you need.
A year ago I had no blog posts, I had never been to Germany, I had never skied in Sun Valley, I didn't have a YouTube channel, I didn't have a feature in Seattle Met, I had never broken a bone, and so many other things that I had so much fun doing. (Ok, I could've done without the broken bone).
None of this happened because I resolved to do it on January 1st. I’m not saying no one should make resolutions. I think they’re actually a really good way to bring everything into focus and bring to your attention what you want out of your life for the next year. I’m just saying, if there’s something you want to do, do it now. Stop waiting for the perfect moment, because it won’t come. Now is perfect.
My few of my favorite blog posts from this past year:
My first photoshoot ever with Talitha Bullock:
My first outfit shoot with Michelle Dorman:
My 28th birthday. (photos by Michelle Dorman):
This journey so far has led me to some amazing people and allowed me to be creative in all the ways I wanted. I can't wait to see who crosses my path this coming year and to continue creating.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here. A blog needs readers, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that you take time out of your day to read mine. It really means the world.
Happy New Year.