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Relax, Breathe And Have Fun: 2018 Sentiments

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.

What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun!

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.

What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun!

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.

What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun! What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun! DETAILS

Lolë Packable Jacket – available in store | Diapason Top – Aritzia | Jamie Jeans – Topshop |  Viki Boots – Ugg Australia | Hat – Joe Fresh

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.

What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun!

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!!

What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun!
What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun!

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.

What I'm doing in 2018? I'm taking the time to relax, breathe and have fun!
Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. January 5, 2018 / 7:23 am

    Excellent post, Dom and way to go on the savouring of life and acknowledgement of how far you’be come. I believe it’s as important to celebrate as it is to create; in fact the former fuels the latter in my world.
    I’m also making time to be quiet, to plug into what is calling me to pursue…..so thrilled to have so much inspiration all around us, when we’re available to notice it, right.
    Wishing you boundless blessings in 2018.

    • Dominique
      January 5, 2018 / 10:52 am

      Hey Kathie!! Happy New Year!! Thank you so much for taking the time to swing by! I’m so thrilled that someone as open-hearted and open-minded agrees with my little post (there goes that self-deprecation again).

      I have taken to giving my phone to my husband when we are watching movies and tv, as I could no longer focus when literally “left to my own devices”. Also, I used to go for long, mind-clearing walks in the summer and stopped doing that because I felt like I no longer had the time. I want to get back to that!

      Anywhoo – wishing you a warm and loving 2018 and hope to see you soon! Keep me posted if you are hosting anymore workshops!!



  2. Vanessa
    January 5, 2018 / 9:47 am

    What a great intention for 2018, love this! I see some long, phone-free Canal walks in our future 🙂

    • Dominique
      January 5, 2018 / 9:59 am

      OMG. YES! Thanks for commenting, Vanessa! I love seeing your name in my notifications! LOL! Imagine how great those canal walks will be *this* particular summer? *woof*

  3. Jessie
    January 5, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    I agree – this post has such good advice for intentions. I really want to also try to slow down and enjoy the present. I’m always too busy planning for the future instead of enjoying what is….. my goal is to take a few minutes each day to reflect and be grateful.

    • Dominique
      June 20, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      Yes. Completely!! Thank you for reading the post. Means a lot!

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