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My 2018 Goals + Resolutions

Hey guys. 2018 is here (finally). Besides the fact that it's extremely cliche, I really don't like when people say "new year, new me" because it's not a new you. I think that instead we should be saying "new year, better me". No matter who you are, there's always room for improvement, and the new year symbolizes a fresh start. A chance to break bad habits and start some good ones. I made a list of all the things I want to change (that I have control over) in my life. Figured I'd share them and provide a little inspo for anyone who just has no clue where to begin.

P.S. I feel like when it comes to what the actual goal itself is, you should be less specific. For example, Instead of saying "lose 30 pounds", say "eat healthier". It's better to focus on a lifestyle change rather than reaching a goal weight. Just because you lost 30 lbs. doesn't exactly mean you're healthy. At the same time, keep in mind that it helps if you're very specific with describing your goals. For example, instead of just saying "eat healthier", you should specify what you want to cut out of your diet and what you think you should eat more of, designate certain times of the day you should be eating, etc.

 
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(This is the first picture I've taken in 2018, and it's a little bit different than the pictures I usually post. I'm home, in sweats, haven't showered, my hair is crazy, no make up. It's natural, real + unplanned and that's what exactly how I want this year to be.)

Things I want to stop doing:

BEING NEGATIVE - Even though I usually have a very "anything is possible" mindset, I tend to be very hard on myself and get extremely discouraged when things go wrong. I need to work on that. I'm slowly starting to realize when I'm being negative, and I'm starting to stop myself, take a deep breath and try to calm down, so I can think clearly. 

TAKING NAPS - I take a nap, then I'm up for the entire night, groggy all day + then my sleep schedule is all messed up for days/weeks. It severely affects my focus + overall performance during the day. I gotta cut the naps.

PUTTING OFF TAKING CARE OF MYSELF - I'm a big procrastinator when it comes to taking care of myself. I've been putting off going to the doctor for much much too long and excusing it with "I've been so busy". Health, both mental and physical, is extremely important + I need to start getting things taken care of as soon as I notice something is wrong. I tend to have an "it'll go away on it's own eventually" view on illnesses + that definitely has to change.

Things I want to start doing:

EAT HEALTHIER - Try to cut out sugar and greasy/fast foods as much as possible. Eat more vegetables and home-cooked meals. Eat smaller portions 5-6 times a day + don't eat anything less than 2 hours before going to sleep.

HUSTLE HARDER - Don't get me wrong, I work my ass off, but I feel like I could be doing just a little more. There's always a few more emails I could be sending before the day is done, or a few more minutes I could spend reading articles and researching current events. In 2018, I'd like to gain more knowledge about my industry by reading more books, watching more documentaries, and going on more informational interviews with people in the industry that I look up to.

POST AT LEAST ONE BLOG PER WEEK - Because I've been so busy with my internship, new job and moving around, I've really put my blog on the back burner. So this year, I'd like to stop making excuses and start making a very conscious effort to post here at least once per week. 

STOP OVERTHINKING - This includes, but is not limited to what I'm going to upload on Instagram today. But seriously, I tend to get way too deep into my thoughts and overthink until I drive myself crazy. I need to just accept that things are happening as they should, and as long as I'm working hard and doing the absolute best I can, the right opportunities and the right people will fall into place. 

 

So those are my 2018 resolutions. Feel free to comment below any New Years resolutions that you've made for this year and would like to share. Also, feel free to message me on Instagram once in a while and remind me to eat a vegetable. 

 

 

Apartment Inspo

If you live in an apartment in the city, you know that that apartment is your sanctuary. It's a place to get away from the wonderful craziness of outside, order Chinese, drink a glass of wine (or five) and just relax. If this is the place that you come to relax than you have to be completely content with every aspect of it, right? The atmosphere, the way it looks, the way it smells, everything about it has to feel right. So, I've put together this decorating guide to give you all the right feels.

1. Concrete Jungle 

Plants can transform a room and bring so much life to a dull space. To me, an apartment just doesn't feel complete without them. Living in a city, everywhere you turn is brick and mortar, plants add balance and bring a little bit of outside, inside. 

You can find great deals on some lovely plants at places like Lowes, Home Depot, Ikea, etc. Also, if you're like me and can't keep a plant alive to save your life, then definitely check out Artificial Plants, they have a great selection of things you can't kill, yay!

Also take a look at your local supermarkets, farmer's markets or, if you're feeling adventurous and thrifty, it's always an option to grow them yourself! I got a beautiful bouquet of Baby's Breath from Trader Joe's for only $5!

 

2. Brick By Brick

A brick wall is not a necessity, depending on what kind of vibe you're going for, but it definitely does add a lot of character and can be a nice contrast to a crisp & cleanly decorated room.

If your apartment doesn't have a brick wall and you'd like to add one, definitely check with your landlord first but, it's totally doable! At Home Depot, brick prices range from about 35 ¢ per brick to $4.99. Mortar ranges from approximately $7 to $65 (ridiculous, just get the cheaper one, it's nice when it looks kind of messy and beat up anyway). It can become a very expensive, very time consuming project but, the outcome will be so worth it! & if you really want that rustic touch but don't want to spend a fortune, brick wallpaper is always an option!

 

3. Creative Space

Making space in a 300 square foot apartment can get tricky, so get creative with your storage! Build verically more often than horizontally. For example, a crate can only hold so much but, maybe you turn that crate on it's side and stack a few on top of each other and stick it in the corner. Not only have you just created so much more floor space, but you've created much more shelving/storage space in general and it looks awesome! 

Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are great places to get cute storage gadgets but they can get a little pricey at times. Etsy is usually more on the expensive side, but it's possible to find some cute, affordable items. Never forget to check eBay, Craigslist and Amazon but, when it comes to storage definitely check out Target, Walmart, Kmart, Ross (seriously, check out Ross, I've gotten some awesome stuff there for super cheap!) Marshall's, TJ Maxx, etc.

 

4. Sloppily Elegant

The key is, you want it to look like you just threw a bunch of crap all over the place and, it haphazardly seemed to land at the perfect angle, in the perfect spot, with the perfect lighting. I like the walls to be covered (not cluttered), a home with a bunch of junk on the walls, is a happy home. Something that looks effortless but, at the same time, so well put together.

I like to have a looot of candles, eventhough I don't burn them too often because they're just so pretty. I just like to have the perfect amount of "stuff" everywhere. Urban & Anthro are amazing for home decor and, even Free People now has a home section! H&M, Zara Home and West Elm are also some great places to check out when decorating a space! One place I love to go is Goodwill. It can seem a little frightening at first with such an overwhelming selection, but it is actually so much fun!  

Another great site to check out is Etsy, most of the merchandise is handmade, unique & not mass produced, which is awesome. One Etsy shop I really love for dream catchers, wall hangings & other little trinkets is called Tripsy. Her work is just so astounding and she hand-makes everything herself, she's crazy talented.  Along with those you can check out any local flea markets in your area, they usually have some incredible home decor that is reasonably priced.  

 

5. Comfy, Cozy & Rustic

I like anything I'm sitting/laying on to be as comfortable as possible. I like a very soft, plush sofa, armchair, bed...the only exception I'll make is for a bar stool or a nice wooden or metal accent chair (even then I'll probably throw a blanket or a pillow on it). I think the best way to make something look extremely comfortable is by adding layers. The more throw blankets & pillows of different sizes and textures you add, the more it starts to resemble a cloud, & honestly who doesn't wanna sleep on a cloud? A sofa can look comfortable on it's own but the second you add two pillows and a throw, you can suddenly see yourself there for the next 48 hours, no movement whatsoever, just soaking in all the fluff. 

For my bed, I got my twin sized mattress, frame and box spring all on Amazon for a little under $400 total. I also purchased this Mattress Pad for about $40 and it was SO WORTH IT. It makes it so hard to get out of bed in the morning but, still, very worth it. I bought a down comforter from Bed, Bath & Beyond, but you can get one much cheaper at Target. I got a few throws & pillows from Target and Urban

I know it's dangerous, but I love white. White sofa, white walls, white blankets, white pillows, sometimes a white-washed hardwood floor even works. I like a very crisp, clean, cozy look with subtle pops of color here and there, nothing too bright. Tables, wood furniture, shelving, wood chairs, etc. can also be white but I prefer them to have a very rustic look. I love colored furniture, but I love it to look like it went through hell. It's strange how we like furniture that looks like it lost a fight but for some reason it just looks so good. 

More sites you can look at for apartment inspiration: Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Decoist, All ModernPinterest of course, and if you look in the right areas you can even find some inspiration by looking through Airbnb

 

Monterrey, Mexico

Did you know burritos, like, aren't a thing in Mexico? "Fun" fact.

In July of last year I visited Monterrey, Mexico for about three weeks, and it was an amazing experience to say the least. It was my first time out of the country, so that was exciting. A little terrifying at the airport though (never travel to or from a country where you don't speak their language alone, no bueno). Monterrey is HOT, and it is nowhere near the beach, so don't go expecting any kind of "spring break" experience. Although it isn't very resort-like, it is still such a beautiful city completely surrounded by even more beautiful mountains.

I wish I kept better track of the places we went, and I'll be sure to provide a much more in-depth guide of my travels from here on out. For now though, I can tell you that hiking at Chipinque is a must,