2021, my year to Simplify

Every year I choose a word that sets the tone for my year. A word in which I can refer back to and ponder over; to use in my decision making and goal setting.

As much as 2020 was the cause of a lot of heartache, I learned that I could survive with less. I learned that buying a tee shirt or a sweater just becuase it was on sale only filled me with joy for a few minutes. I learned that makeup is only as good as the skin it goes on top of. I learned that my mental health was just as important as my physical health – if not more so. I learned that some relationships are toxic and necessary to let go of. I learned that once I go down social media rabbit holes, it leads to a lot of comparing and wanting more. And more is not always better.

“Sometimes more is just more.”

– Sabrina, the movie

I’ve always been a shopper. I love clothes, shoes, and bags. I also love to look put together when I go out. Being a fashion style “influencer” has been fun this last year; but there’s a lot of pressure to be the best, the most on-trend, have the best content, be in the spotlight of everything and everyone and on top of always spending money on things that are really unnecessary to wear for one photo – its exhausting!

I did a hard look at my beautiful closet and there were so many items that still had tags on them – things I would probably never wear. When I reviewed what I actually wore on a daily basis, I was drawn to the same things – just styled differently. I thought of most of my girlfriends. They laugh about all they wear are the same black leggings and tunic sweater or sweatshirt everyday, because most are work-from-home moms or stay-at-home moms. My other friends who work outside from home are usually in their same pencil skirts, work trousers, and pretty blouses. So what am I doing trying to showcase EVERY SINGLE THING out there? That’s not reality. And it’s not fun anymore.

I asked my girlfriend and professional stylist, Rachel Williams, to help me curate a capsule wardrobe for the coming year and instead of adding a ton of trendy items every month, I would select two or three investment pieces for each season and share with my followers and readers how to do the same. For instance, this month I want to share how I style one of my favorite additions to any outfit – a high quality black faux leather (or real leather) moto jacket. I purchased it about four years ago and it still looks brand new and elevates every single outfit I top it with. Each month will be a different piece and will be showcased in a variety of ways.

Does this mean that I’m going to stop sharing sales and fun finds? NO. I will still be sharing those items – but I no longer want to feel obligated to BUY anything from them. Unfortunately I am one of those marketing saps that fall prey to a good sale graphic or ad every single time.

I also want to focus more on building my email list of readers and blogging more. I turn to this space and Instagram to share my voice and in 2020 I neglected my blog. I miss it. My goal is to get 10,000 email subscribers this year. I know I can. If you are reading this, have you signed up to get on my email list? All it means is that on Sundays you will get a recap of any new posts. Nothing crazy, I promise.

Stay tuned for some more of my simplifying objectives in the coming weeks. Of course, skincare, fitness, and diet is included in that. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you! What’s your word for this year?

Cheers to 2021, my friends.

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