So I didn't actually intend to take almost two weeks off from blogging. To be honest, the time just really flew by. It all started with the holidays...
I stayed with my big sis and thus got to spend my time with my two favorite tiny people- my niece and nephew.
They think I am super cool right now and although I know they are right ;) I also know it likely won't last forever. So I went into my visit having already made the decision not to waste the holidays telling them I was busy or that I would play with them when I got a blog post done.
Then taking time off became an absolute must when that adorable tiny girl you see above gave me one of the worst viruses of my whole life for Christmas. And while I barely had it in me to stand upright, I had to get ready for the CMH New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, which featured our collection from Highball.
This is a little pre-event shot. Our models were SO wonderful! They posed on pedestals, which is basically like having to do public yoga for 3 hours. Not to mention the unfortunate souls linked together all night- I can't thank them enough! I could never do it, as I'm proving in so many ways in this photo (I'd be the one on the far right that appears to be 7' tall with a stump arm- Tyra would boot me so fast).
So yeah, the time flew by and now I'm fully rested, actually able to eat food again (rejoice!), and am officially back to blogging. I haven't really started my resolution yet, but what I've been thinking about the most is time management. Many of you can probably relate to this, but I feel busy ALL the time. When Zach is off work, he comes home and eats dinner and relaxes while I work on the computer or on a project pretty much every hour of every day. It never ends. And being constantly busy or behind all the time is nothing to feel proud of- he hates it and so do I.
My first step in the great time-management overhaul of 2015 is to switch my routine around from working all-nighters to becoming an early morning person. As a working creative, it's hard not to feel the pull of working in the wonderful solitude of the wee hours- it just seems like that's what artists do, right? But I've been reading about how this is not as effective as we think and that first thing in the morning is actually the best time for thinking creatively. Seeing as how I can currently sleep face down on my phone while the alarm is going off and not even flinch (true story), converting is not going to be an easy task. But once I nail this, I think a lot of other resolutions I have on the back burners will be so much easier to tackle.
And what about you? Maybe you want to tackle some goals this year but don't really know where to start? Or maybe you're just having trouble implementing change in your life that actually sticks? If any of this is ringing true, hopefully some of these ideas will help make your resolutions work for you this year!
1. For Your Blog
Bloggers love a good goal sheet, am I right? And nothing gets a resolution off on the right foot like writing it down with specific numbers and timelines. This free blogging printable from The Nectar Collective will help you put your past year in perspective and bring the growth you want for 2015.
2. For Your Bod
If your goals are fitness related, ClassPass is a really fun way to start implementing new workouts into your life. For $79, you have access to up to 3 classes at any partner studio, so you can try something new every single day if you want and to see what clicks with you before making the commitment. Zach and I will be trying out a few of the participating classes in Columbus this month- wish us luck! :)
3. For Your Wardrobe
Even though we all know how much better you feel when you look good, it can still be so easy to get in a style rut. If you could use a little help in this area, this subscription service from Stitch Fix is pretty brilliant. You take a personal style quiz and then professional stylists mail you pieces each month based on your best matches, and you only have to pay for what you keep. Bonus: The longer you do it, the more likely they are to predict what you will like. I can see this working well for so many busy working moms.
4. For Your Creative Side
If you haven't given Skillshare a try yet, I definitely recommend it. You can access free classes or get an $8/mo. membership to learn everything from hand-lettering to starting a fashion label. Resolving to take better pictures? Want to finally master a perfectly roasted chicken? Whatever it is, Skillshare can probably help.
5. For Anything Else: Give it 100
I love this site, which is based on the simple idea of doing something- from a push-up challenge to showing your loved ones you care- for 100 days straight. If you love social media you'll be fueled by the opportunity to watch the progress of others and share your own journey. Plus, the all-knowing "they" say it takes 30 days to make something a habit, so by the time you're at 100, I'd have to imagine it's pretty much a way of life.
6. Or Go Ahead and Give it the Full 365
If you are constantly trying to improve upon production/creativity/life in general, that Enjoy It by Elise Blaha is a great blog to bookmark. This calendar is not only such a cute design, but will help you stick to any resolution this year. It's based on the idea that one day at a time can add up to big change. So awesome!
Have you used any of these services/tools? Let's talk what works, what doesn't, and what you're working on this year in the comments!