Happy New Year! I hope you all had a restful and relaxing break. For our part, we barely left our new home (namely, my favorite new spot in front of the fireplace, by the tree). Once we unpacked and my parents left for Northern California, the free days "out of office" gave me a lot of time to think and consider what I want in 2020—and what I was most grateful for in 2019.
Last year, in an effort to be more mindful of not only goal-setting but also recognizing all I have to be thankful for, I began writing a short list of three goals I have and three things I'm grateful for every Monday. The exercise takes no longer than five minutes but helps me to envision and prioritize the week ahead. In lieu of traditional resolutions this year, I wrote out a list of things I'm grateful happened last year and goals I have for this year which I shared on Instagram but have expanded on here, in the hopes they inspire you to do the same! x
The health of my friends and family, and, though it may sound strange, that I got to spend so much time with my grandmother at the end of her life last year. I miss her every day, but I am so thankful that I got to spend so many of her final days with her.
Selling our house and finding a perfect new home—and that Sloan has adapted so beautifully to the change.
All of the positive changes that have happened within our company this year, including finding our new office and restructuring teams to be able to continue growing in 2020.
The launch of our planners.
Taking our first international trip with Sloan, and opening up her world to a new culture (and more pasta).
Make myself a priority and not only listen to my body, but pay attention to things like if I've been saying "yes" to too many things, and change course accordingly.
Never assume the worst of anyone in a snap judgment. Though it's easy to immediately assume that someone who cuts you off in line or in traffic is a monster, my goal is to reframe my initial impression to first think, "Maybe they're in an important rush." or simply, "I have no idea what they're going through."
Tackle things instead of avoiding them, which can apply to everything from my to-do list at work, to chores for our new house, and unpacking groceries.
Explore new hikes near our new home.
Focus on positivity. When I walk into a room, comment on someone's post, or call up a friend, I always want to be a person who makes any situation brighter and happier. And I'm going to expect the same for those around me. For the times when it feels like I'm surrounded by negativity, either in person or online, to remember that it's not something I have to tolerate. It's an oddly freeing mentality and one that I should have adopted a long time ago.
Complete our first round of home renovations at the start of the year.
Cook more meals at home, but also try at least one new recipe per week to stay out of a rut (once our kitchen is available again).
When someone asks how I am, to not go immediately to the negative. Instead of saying "I'm stressed and busy," focus on the positive. I'm not sure why people do this, but I'm guilty of entering into the comparison game of who's more tired, who slept less, and who's having a harder time at work, but nobody wins in those competitions.
Find a facialist in my new neighborhood I can commit to in order to prioritize my skincare.
Launch our Jewelry Club—details coming soon!
Expand our social circle to include our new community in Studio City.