While I don’t usually put a lot of emotional stock in “A New Year,” I’ll admit this year feels a little different, and I’m (mostly) excited about it. Some big (good) personal changes are slated for this Spring. (Details to come.) We have lots of travel planned this year. I’m feeling more focused and committed to a healthier lifestyle. I have bunches of ideas for the blog. (And I’m going to be asking for your input on what you’d be interested in seeing/reading).
It’s taken me a while to get my style footing again after making the decision to add more color to my wardrobe. Judging from some comments and my blog stats, I’ve lost some readers because of it. I included this favorite quote in yesterday’s Instagram post:
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.— Judy Garland
If there’s anything I’ve learned from blogging, it’s that you can’t please everyone. Not even close. As someone who was taught from an early age to be a people pleaser above all else, it’s been hard to let go of, especially in the context of this blog. But becoming a “first-rate version” of myself means connecting with what feels authentic, and moving through the process even when it’s uncomfortable.
And because this process has been and continues to be so transformative, I’ve made the decision to get color & style training to be able to work with clients one-on-one. I want to be able to help people feel more confident and better express themselves with style in a more comprehensive way. No, I’m not giving up blogging! I’m just hoping to add another dimension to it.
As I mentioned above, there’s a lot of travel on my calendar! In March, we’ll be going to Puerto Vallarta for a week to meet up with BIL and SIL who’ll be there on their boat. It’s been many, many years since I’ve been to a warm weather beach destination. (Am already mentally compiling my packing list…)
Not long after we return from Mexico, le Monsieur and I will be taking a road trip to Las Vegas for a few days to celebrate our 25th anniversary!
Then, in April I’ll be visiting London and Paris on my own for a few days. Mostly to catch up with some blogger friends, but also to do a little blog research.
And sometime next Autumn, we’ll be headed to Northern Italy for truffle season. Le Monsieur has always wanted to go out truffle hunting in the woods, plus we’d like to see more of Italy.
There may be a few shorter jaunts between Spring and Fall…we’re batting a few things around.
I’m really committed to improving my fitness, as well as getting my cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure numbers back down. I lapsed a little bit on the plant-based eating over the holidays; had a few eggs and some fish here and there. No meat, though. I figure if I eat plant-based 80% of the time, it’s doable and still much better for me than more meat-based eating.
I’ve continued with my weekly Pilates session, and have added one or two Iyengar yoga classes per week. Plus, I’m doing some of the poses/exercises at home in between.
I’m also trying to build in more walking to my daily routines. We have two grocery stores within walking distance, so I’ve invested in a “Nonna cart” 😂 to be able to do more of our food shopping on foot.
I’d Like To Hear From You…
Assuming you’re still reading along at this point, I’d love to know what topics or areas of interest you’d like to see more of in 2020. What are your goals and aspirations for the year?