2016 Commitments: New Year, New You!

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IMG_4263Do you feel like 2015 just flew by? I sure do! It’s hard to believe we just blew through the holidays and we are venturing into a new year. Generally this is a time for two things, 1. Reflection and 2. Resolutions. We reflect upon the past year with things we have done, memories we have made, and lessons we have learned. Many of us think about the things that we need to work on and set goals for the new year. Be more patient, be healthier, be more kind to others…just do better, am I right? Does this sound like you?
It’s important to reflect but not to dwell on the past. Take the good with the bad and move on. Like an old shirt, for example. It may have seemed like a good idea to buy it at the time, yet you find it in your closet with the tags still on it now thinking, why? Sadly, this happens to me often. You need to take a look at the reasons as to why the tags remain intact. Does it not fit, was it too trendy, was it impulsive, or do you simply have no clue how to style it? In many cases, it’s the styling of a piece that is the problem. But if it’s ugly, pitch it and pretend it never happened (I won’t tell!).

While you’re setting forth your goals and commitments (my husband and I prefer the term commitments- it’s more powerful), think of ways to not only “de-clutter” your mind and body, but how to “de-clutter” your life in general. You’ll have to work on aspirations and desires on your own but there is one department I can definitely help you with. As a blogger of fashion and style, I’m talking about starting with your closet! Get the clutter out. It’s a New Year, and New You. Out with the old, and in with the new!
Let’s take a look and see where you’re at…

Closet Classics
Black Pants
Dress Shirt (French cuff is classic and chic)
Black Pumps (Single Sole Heel)
Day Dress
Black Suit
Evening Dress (think LBD)
Dressy Jacket
Evening Clutch
Wrap or Scarf
Strappy Sandals

Fashion Staples
Leather Moto
Striped Shirt
White Sneakers
Diamond Studs
Basic White Tee
Jean Jacket
White jeans
Trench Coat
Chic Sunglasses
Ankle Boot
Leather Skirt
Over-the-knee Boots

Do you have any of these items in your closet? You don’t need to be into fashion or consider yourself stylish to own these key staple pieces. The first list I prepared (after careful research) is an essentials list. Every woman should have all 10 items on that list. If you don’t, let’s talk! The second list mixes classic and current. While some of the items have been more recently on trend, it’s not something going away anytime soon and definitely should be considered staple pieces in your wardrobe. Once you have narrowed down your closet to basic, timeless, and classic pieces, now it’s time to spice things up. I encourage you this year to think outside the box. Try something in the fashion world you haven’t before. You never know, you could start the newest trend!

Enough about fashion. While it certainly is an admiration of mine, it’s not my whole life, just part of it. I’ve been thinking a lot about what is important to me lately. Furthermore, what’s important to me as a wife and mother to provide for my family. My husband has already completed his 2016 Commitments and wrote them in the book. I’m working on mine still. Being healthy all around isn’t just an option for us, it’s a way a life and something we need to get a grip on. Our choices affect everyone and we need to make sure we are being the best role models for our children that we can be. Trying new things, and not being afraid to hold back is important. My oldest struggles with this. He is incredibly smart but gets very shy and nervous when it comes to sports or extra-curricular activities. I believe that if he doesn’t put himself out there and try new things, he’ll never know what he’s missing. I want to him to find his passion. We’ve talked about learning an instrument, taking cooking classes, and looking for wood-working classes. I am thrilled by his interests at just 8 years of age. I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store for him with the things he will not only learn, but what he will teach me this year.

The baby, well, that’s easy. He is 16 months now and an incredible ball of fire. His caregiver likes to refer to him as a tiny tornado. My wish for him is to not stop. As much as we need the peace and the calm sometimes added to the fact that I want him to stay a baby forever, I don’t want to discourage him from exploring and growing. The curiosity of a child is fascinating.  My daughter is six, turning 7 in April. Seems more like 13 going on 14 most days. She definitely gives us a run for our money. She has more attitude and sass than any child I know. But, she is also compassionate and strong. She is hilariously funny and someone you will not want to mess with all at the same time. My wish for her this year relies partially on me in that I need to understand that she is 6 and she needs me. I know that she can read and do her math and so does she, she just wants me to do it with her. I need to dedicate more time to her needs and find the patience within me before she grows up and doesn’t “need” mom for everything anymore. I need her to find her independence but in a way that doesn’t compromise her youth. That girl is going places, trust me.

I’m looking forward to 2016.  We have ideas, plans, wants, and needs we’ve been discussing and they all make me very excited.  On a personal note, I’m stoked to see what’s in store with my work for Sofi Stella and my blog.  Your support has made this successful for me and I appreciate you all so very much.

Thank you, and Always…Meg

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