Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Monthly Mantra: January 2016

While I'm not one to make resolutions for the new year, I do have a list of goals and plans that I want to set into action this year.  The main three being:  LEARN, BE, and INSPIRE.

I touched on my first goal in my last post about how I want to continue to learn as much as I can this year.  Last year was a great because I enrolled at Penn Foster to work towards a certificate in my field, started taking my sewing seriously by purchasing some online video courses, and began researching other courses that I could take to better my writing, photography and design.  This year I plan to do more of the same - learn as much as I can and make time to practice new skills.

My second goal for the year is hard to explain, but it's more about enjoying the moments, finding peace with myself and where I am in life, and not worrying so much about what I can't control.  It's been all too easy for me to get caught up with so-and-so's vacation, new house, party photos, etc. on social media that I end up feeling envious and waste my time scrolling through feeds of people who have no real impact on my life.  I want to stop comparing myself and my life to others and focus on what's really important to me so I can make more time to do what I love.

And lastly, which is a goal I've had in my mind for quite some time now, I'd like to inspire people.  I want to live my life truly and honestly, be kind to everyone, rise above the petty things, and make the world a better place.  I know, it sounds naive and pageant-y, but really, trying to be a better person and make the world a better place is something we should all want.  Simple acts of kindness, motivational posts (hello, monthly mantra!), creating things that spark inspiration in others, and being a teacher, not a preacher are ways that I'm trying to inspire others.  Even if I'm just inspiring myself to be even more awesome that I already feel I am, it's enough for me.

What are your goals for the new year?


  1. I've definitely felt that envious feeling when scrolling through people's Instas or Facebooks. Not so much with what people have... but with how they look and stuff like that. I agree with you... we need to stop comparing!

  2. it's incredibly liberating when you give zero fucks about anything outside of your life. i see all kinds of great pics of people/their homes/their outfits/their cars etc and nope, don't even care. i mean, it's great for them and all but eh, not for me; i have exactly what i need. i embrace what i have now and plan for what i want in the future and that's enough for me. i think i take after my dad who has always lived and preferred the simple things in life!

  3. I completely agree on not making resolutions but setting goals. And I definitely want to spend more of 2016 living in the moment and not spending so much time living behind my phone trying to snap the perfect pic or capture everything on camera. Great goals for 2016 girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. Love them all! Especially that you continue to work on improving yourself. Way to go!

  5. i think these are fabulous goals. i used to be really bad about comparing myself and i don't really do it anymore, i worked really hard in the last couple of years on myself and what went on in my head, and now i hardly compare at all. i'm not perfect, who is, but it can definitely be done. this is gonna sound cliche and corny, but getting to where i was happy with myself and everything in my life is what stopped me comparing because i didn't even think to compare, you know?


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