Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the holiday! Christmas has always been my favorite time of year and I don’t mean to be the grinch or anything, but this year was a little bit different. Toward the end of the year I like to reflect on what I’ve accomplished and what my goals will be in the new year. 2016 presented me with a bunch of challenges, some I put upon myself and some that seemed to come out of nowhere. I passed on my Miss Hawaii title, moved clear across the country to New York City, Holden and I have been working on keeping our relationship strong 6,000 miles apart, I will graduate with my Master’s next year and need to decide in what city and what industry I’d like to relaunch my career in, and a few other personal issues I won’t get into right this moment.
As Christmas approached this year, I realized that the true things I wanted for Christmas weren’t things at all. I’ve always thought this from time to time, but with each passing year I mean it a little more. Don’t get me wrong — I love shoes and bags as much as the next person (Exhibit A: my blog!) but I’d give it all up in a heartbeat for the things that I truly want:
Connection — It’s 2016 and I’m certain that times has never been more hectic than today. I actually read recently that the human attention span is shorter than a goldfish! With so many things to be distracted by, it feels more important than ever to connect and reconnect with the people that matter most to me. Quality over quantity.
Positivity — I think that getting caught up in negativity is a vicious cycle, and sometimes it’s far easier to be negative than positive. Sometimes we knock celebrities or frenemies in conversation or on social media just to feel better about our own lives. Sometimes we read articles bashing others, their bodies, their lives, and their choices. Why? The variety of people in this world is what makes it interesting and beautiful, even if they choose not to live life the same way that we do. In the new year, I hope to distance myself from negativity in every form and focus on the beautiful things in life. There are so many.
Gratitude — There are certain moments in life that stop me in my tracks. An unreal sunset, witnessing someone do something completely selfless, one of those moments where something so funny happens you can’t help but laugh out loud for 2 minutes straight….I want to be grateful for those moments. They’re rare and should be cherished.
Belief — This next year, I never want to let fear of not being good enough dictate my life or any part of it. To accomplish anything of substance requires bravery, so I hope to free myself of that nagging feeling of self-doubt.
Patience — If there is one thing I know for sure it’s that the universe works on its own schedule. Our actions help move our plans along, but we must also learn to surrender to the things that we cannot change. When it comes to matters big or small, I hope to practice patience in the new year.
I know that this isn’t my usual street style post where I talk about how this is the perfect holiday top (even though it totally is), but I always want to be 100% honest on my blog and this is just how I’ve been feeling lately. If you want one or all of these things too, know that I’m wishing it for you in 2017. Cheers to keeping it real!
Photography by Lydia Hudgens