I know this is undoubtedly the trillionth New Years post you’ve read, but would it really be 2017 without one?
Every year, come the end of the year, I always have the same feeling of nostalgia and simultaneous relief by the time it’s over. I admit– I’m guilty of feeling everything too deeply, and when I think back on the things that both upset and overjoyed me, I can’t help but be overcome with a random assortment of strange emotions. In this case, 2016 was one of the best and worst years of my life (for a multitude of specifics I won’t get into).
But all I can say is: Hello 2017. I’m ready for you, I’ve been waiting, I’m eager to see what you have in store, and I’m pumped for something new. I want all of it– the emotions and happiness and sadness and memories that have yet to be made. I want to see what the rest of my life holds, and taking it one year at a time sounds like a pretty good first step to me.
I figured in honor of the new year, instead of bullshitting everyone I know by saying that I’m ready to “…become a whole new me!”, I wanted to introduce a brand new blog design instead… minus the crappy resolutions and self-affirming mantras.
Check it out below!
While there was nothing really wrong with my design before, I figured that it was best to toss the old and welcome some new. A theme redesign really helped reinvigorate my love for blogging and I know from past experience, whenever I changed a theme on my Tumblr, I always got jazzed about my blog again.
Also I felt that the colors and all the blacks were a bit busy and visually overwhelming. I was happy to welcome a more minimalist design.
I mean, just look how pretty and simple everything looks… and the best part is that I didn’t even have to buy a new theme to do a complete overhaul of my design. Bless Pipdig and their wonderfully customizable and functional themes.
I also figured I’d make a post detailing my personal highlights of 2016! In order of most prominent to least, these are some of the best things to happen to me this year:
1. My Trip To Germany
One of the best things to happen to me this year was my visit to Germany to see a girl I once hosted as an exchange student in high school. She is a girl who is now more a sister to me than a friend. Lilian, I know you’ll inevitably read this, so I just wanted to say that while I’m horrible at responding to messages and calls at times– I LOVE YOU. You are my other half and I will always remember the fun we had and mischief we got up to.
While I was in Germany we attended a 3 day music festival, roadtripped from Frankfurt to Berlin to Dresden to Munich and back around again, got lost in France and commiserated over past and present heartbreak and love. I’ll never forget anything about that trip, and I will always have a fondness for all the places we went and people we met.
2. All Our Summertime Shenanigans
I won’t lie… I come alive in the summertime, and when I’m not slaving away over an espresso machine, my friends and I like to get up to some fun (and entirely reckless) adventures. I like to think I’m in my happy place when I’m in Maine for the summer, where the living is easy and the heat is actually bearable. There’s just something about my hometown that makes me so weak in the knees, and when I think about all the memories, I can’t help but love it even more.
3. Choosing to Invest in an Actual Camera
I know this seems like such a frivolous and superficial highlight, but I’ve really thrown myself into photography this year and it has been the best form of therapy I’ve ever chosen to cultivate. My heart feels happy when I’m behind the lens as opposed to in front of it, and after taking the time to really sit down and teach myself how to use a digital camera to its fullest capacity, I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do.
I can’t wait to see the ways my artistic style evolves over the coming year and the amazing people I’ll finally get the opportunity to collaborate with.
4. Having the Best Friends of my Entire Life
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this year has been positively amazing in terms of my social circle. My freshman year in college wasn’t too great on account of being unable to find other like minded people at a university where pretentiousness is practically a prerequisite.
However, this year I feel like I’ve really come into my own and I can’t even keep count of all the amazing people I am lucky enough to call my friends. If you’re reading this, you know who you are. I would go to the ends of the Earth for you! I have never met so many selfless, kind, funny, creative, and talented people in one year than I have in 2016.
5. That I’m Lucky Enough to Do and Study What I Love
So I can safely say that I love all of my current jobs and I am able to study a subject that will eventually bring me personal satisfaction and a steady income. I feel lucky that I have the time to pursue my interests and hobbies outside of school, and that even the work I do is fun. I feel so very thankful, and so very fortunate, for the life I am currently living and the trajectory I am currently heading. I’m hopeful that 2017 is only up from here.
I’ll start off by saying that for the most part, I don’t believe in resolutions. I don’t believe that there should be one day a year you decide to change yourself for the better, seeing as that should be happening on an everyday basis, every single time one chooses to self reflect. However, these are more of goals for myself that I hope to achieve instead of vague resolutions.
♡ P e r s o n a l ♡
- Read more – I need to stop skimping and making excuses as to why I can’t. I need to be like Nike and jus’ do it.
- Eat & sleep more regularly – As a college student I’ve found this is easier said than done, and I’m at a point in my life where I shouldn’t be falling into these bad habits so early on.
- Procrastinate Less – My grades are not thanking me for this bad habit right now and I realize that I need to be more proactive about studying while I still have the time to turn my GPA around. It’s not horrible by any means, but it’s not great either.
- Forgive Myself – There are some things I can’t get over and some things that, for whatever reason, I cannot let go of. Here’s to hoping 2017 will help me move on once and for all.
- Take some “me” time – I’ve sworn off men for a while… soo, BRB currently raising a glass to me.
- Self-Recovery – We all have things that eat away at us, and my vices are just as bad as any other. I need pay more diligent attention to when my mental health is in a fragile state and work towards righting it instead of allowing it to devour my life.
♡ B l o g ♡
- Work towards monetization – reach out to brands and potential sponsors
- Bloglovin – 1,000 followers
- Twitter – 5,000 followers
- Instagram – 5,000 followers
- Pinterest – 200 followers
- Stick to a steady posting schedule – I honestly think this will be my most difficult blog goal of the year. I hate feeling restrained, and the thought of sticking to a schedule makes sense, but also makes me feel slightly smothered as well. In the past I’ve done well at publishing posts when I feel inspired, but it’s not always been the most efficient use of my time and energy.
- Realize that comparison really is the thief of joy – Last but not least, every blogger knows the feeling of inadequacy well. “Am I doing it right?” “That person is making so much more than me…” “Why do they have sponsors and I don’t?” These are all things we think about, but we need to realize good things take time, work, and dedication. Just because you’re not there yet doesn’t mean you never will be.
So there you have it– a little rundown, a little recap, a little glance at my past year thus far.
♡ Questions for Y-O-U ♡
What are your new year resolutions? Do you believe in them or scoff and turn your head instead? Let me know in the comments below! I love hearing from you all… and it is officially 11 PM at night! I’m off! Wishing you all the best and a happy new year!