You know what I’m going to do in January? I’m going to relax, breathe and have fun. The past few days have been filled with introspection and being grateful. Grateful to be alive, grateful for family and grateful for wonderful friends.
January offers a new start, a chance to push that reset button and get back in touch with yourself. This is exactly what I have been doing for the last four days, and I’m loving it.
Last night, I laid in bed awake just happy to be. Usually, I’m lying awake in the pitch blackness worrying about deadlines, wondering if my clothes are stylish enough and if I should be writing more or less, etc. The blog has taken over my life, and while I love it, it’s time to just you know…relax!
Style Domination has become a creative outlet for me that has given me a sense of confidence I didn’t think I could achieve. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no shrinking violet, but I had never really felt like an expert in something or really, truly confident in my abilities.
Over the past three years, I’ve managed to build a community of loyal followers – those who support me no matter what. To get emails from readers wondering “if everything is ok” if I haven’t blogged in a few days makes me feel wonderful. I often get messages from you guys when you’re out shopping and you need an opinion on a piece of clothing or lipstick shade. A quick check-in to see if I like Gucci’s new perfume or if Byredo’s Gypsy Water is “worth it” makes me feel really valued.
This year, I have vowed to slow down a little. There are some things on my list of resolutions that I have chosen not to share with you guys just yet. I’m not being sneaky or secretive. I’ll be sure to do so when I feel the time is right. Don’t worry – I’m not doing anything drastic, but this will be the year that I cross some things off my life list that I have been thinking about for a long time now.
One thing that I will share is that I will be taking some more “me-time”. 2017 was the year where I invested a lot of time and energy into growing Style Domination. Now that I’ve seen the fruits of my labour, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy it.
Allowing myself to relish in this past year’s successes is something I feel I don’t allow myself to do too often. Maybe it’s my annoying self-deprecation or focus on reaching the next goal. All I know is that I feel like maybe life was passing me by a little.
This year, I want to spend more time with my Dad, whose health is getting more stable and strong by the day. I want to further my education and have looked into signing up for some part-time studies. I want to go to Toronto and actually see the city. New York is calling my name too. I have to answer her!!
As I read the news and cringe, I constantly remind myself that I need to enjoy the present, block out the negative (while still being informed) and live my best life. Any of you feel this way? With all of us so glued to our phones, I miss real, human interaction pre-iPhone. I want to get that back!
One resolution I’m making and I guarantee you I’ll stick to? Walking with my head up, taking in the surroundings and not bumping into things while scrolling through Instagram.