I know it’s been a hot minute since i’ve posted here on the blog (apologies) but i’ve been having a really hard time finding my groove again with blogging. Lately, I’ve been getting slammed with hours at work and I’m thankful because that’s the job that pays the bills BUT it does make pursing my creative endeavors a bit more difficult. Nevertheless, I’m back today to share with you all a few of my 2019 Resolutions.
Now I know you’re probably thinking, “Becca, it’s almost March - what are you doing sharing your resolutions? Also we don’t care.” And you’re not wrong! But honestly, I wanted to take a step back from all the beauty and fashion and wedding posts and just get a little personal today since I feel like I haven’t done that in a while. When I sat down to make my goals for the year I wanted to make new resolutions - not just keep the same ones from last year that I failed (although I did add some of those on, too. I wanted to share my reasoning for some of these goals as well as hopefully inspire you guys to do that same! So - let’s start.
Less Fast Fashion
Since joining the fashion/ beauty blogging game I've discovered what a beast the fashion and beauty industry is. There is a staggering amount of waste in the clothing industry. As a blogger, you’re expected to keep up with so many trends it can get expensive and wasteful and I decided that was one thing I was not going to partake in. So, I decided to start thrifting, supporting more ethically made and locally sourced clothing, and supporting smaller businesses.
Don’t get me wrong - I still buy a few things from fast fashion brands but I have cut back quite a bit. Don’t knock out thrifting until you’ve tried it! I didn’t really get into thrifting until I watched a few YouTubers such as AlexaSunshine83 and Carrie Dayton. They showed me that it’s possible to get today’s trends second hand plus thrifting is FUN! There’s nothing quite like finding a $200 Free People Suede Camel Jacket at Plato’s Closet for $35. True story. So I urge you - try less fast fashion and more second hand.
2. Be More Environmentally Conscious
Ok, so I’m definitely not one of those people that has always been like “Save the Planet!” I mean, of course I always throw away my trash and I try to clean up waste when I see it but for some reason this year I really wanted to be more environmentally conscious. I don’t know if it’s because I see on social media all the waste that the United States in particular produces but it’s scary to look at. This is part of the reason I started to thrift more, honestly. I think the older I get the more I realize that this is the world I have to live in and if there’s something I can do to make it better, I’m going to do it.
On it’s own this resolution is way too broad to actually accomplish so let me explain a few things I’m doing to help become more environmentally conscious.
Using reusable water bottles & not plastic water bottles.
Not Requesting Straws at Restaurants
Bringing my own Reusable bags while shopping
Buying Second Hand items before buying into Fast Fashion
I’m still not the best at sorting through my recycling which is sad but it’s hard living in a house with so many people that have different lifestyles. I do what I can on my own. I think my biggest tip for you if you’re going to start becoming more environmentally conscious is to just do what you can. Don’t feel like you have to go all or nothing! It’s a major lifestyle change that takes time so just do what you can.
3. Start a Side Hustle
I’ve been wanting to start a side business for a really long time. I’ve started and stopped a few last year and it was my own fault I started and stopped so many times. Starting a profitable side hustle is no joke! It’s a full-time job if you want it to be productive. I started an illustration business, a photography business, a marketing and consultation business… nothing really seemed to stick or call to me. I mean, I wanted blogging to be my side gig BUT it takes a pretty long time to make blogging a career or even see any money from it. It can be discouraging but this year I have finally decided on a side hustle (which you guys will see soon!).
I like to consider myself a creative individual and I think most people would agree. Having a creative outlet - or multiple - is important for me, my mental health, and my overall happiness because it is what I love to do. There is no greater feeling to me that creating something with my own two hands and feel proud of it. If you want to start a side hustle or you’ve been thinking about it and don’t know how, my best advice is to just DO THE DAMN THING ! The last thing you want to do is to wait years to pursue a passion and look back on all the time you wasted.
4. Say “Yes” More
Believe it or not, I think this is the hardest resolution for me. When I was little, if I would ask my dad to go do something like going to the movies, he would always say “no” before he would say “yes” and I think that habit has passed onto me. I will almost always say “no” to something outside of my comfort zone initially before finally agreeing to do it. And I HATE it. Part of me thinks it’s because I’m a homebody. I like being cozy in bed and playing my video games or working on creative projects or giving myself some TLC.
But I’ve come to the realization I can’t do that all the time. I wouldn’t have any crazy adventures or stories to tell or memories to look back on when I'm old and that made me so sad! So, I try to push myself to say “yes” more - especially to things that scare me. Luckily, Edwin pushes me and while I might fight him in the moment I always end up having a good time. So - say “yes” to new opportunities this year!
5. Practice More Self-Love and Care
While all of these resolutions are important to me, none top this one. As I get older, I realize how important it is to take care of myself mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. For those of you that have been long time readers of my blog you will have known that I struggled heavily with anxiety in the past two years. I can confidently say that I’m nowhere near as bad as I was two years ago, but I still have my moments every now and again. I let myself go physically with a poor diet, I didn’t take care of my hair or nails as much as I would’ve liked too, I mentally abused myself, I put myself down, I didn’t let myself pursue risks out of fear… I still struggle with a lot of this.
This year I wanted to put myself first. I’m about to get married next year and start a family soon after that and the last thing I want is for my marriage to suffer from my self-doubt or my children to see that their mother doesn’t love herself. It really hit me that I needed to really build a strong foundation of self-love for myself. That meant looking inside, realizing who I was with all of my flaws and qualities, loving that person, and moving forward in a positive direction.
I hope these inspired you guys with your goals for the year and I hope you enjoyed more of a personal post. I miss being a little bit more personal and vulnerable on here! Let me know in the comments below what resolutions you guys have and i’ll see you in the next one!
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