Reflections on 2018 + Setting Intentions for 2019

2018 was a such a good year for me. It was a crazy year of growth. I had many big life changes, accomplished major goals, but as everyone does, I also made mistakes along the way and had to learn from them.

A look back at 2018…

January – I started my last semester of college.

February – April – pretty much everything from the beginning of my semester through April was just studying and hustling incredibly hard.

May – Graduated with my degree! After working full time and going to school full time (at a school an 1+ hours away from where I lived), to say I was happy I was done is an understatement.

June – The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup and I just about died from happiness. Also, Donnie got the opportunity to transfer down to Wilmington, NC for his job and you wouldn’t believe how fast we jumped on it!

July – We looked for and got a place to live in Wilmington.

August- We officially moved to Wilmington! Side Note: When we moved, I kept my job in Virginia and transformed it into a telework position. So much adjusting has been happening in that aspect of my life since.

September – Hurricane Florence hit only 2 weeks after moving and we were forced to evacuate our new home and hoped for the best when we returned. (We were incredibly lucky!)

October- Decided to finally start the blog I’ve wanted to start since I was in high school.

November – December – Still trying to adjust to our new life, teleworking, figuring out how to run a blog and also having the busiest season of work yet. I also bought a new car.

So many amazing things have happened in 2018. I learned, accomplished, grew, gained and kept moving forward no matter what. In 2019, I want to continue to grow in every aspect in my life.

Going forward in 2019…

Setting goals and resolutions for a new year is the #1 thing people do. This year I’ve decided instead of setting just goals or resolutions, I’m going to set INTENTIONS and goals.

So, what is the difference between goals and intentions? Goals are WHAT you want to achieve in the future, while intentioned are HOW you will act in the present to achieve your goals.

Intentions for 2019:

1. Believe – I will believe in myself and believe I will reach my goals because I believe in myself.

2. Balance – I will consciously create balance in between my work and personal life.

3. Be Present – I will spend less time look at screens and more time being present to everything around me.

4. Get Active – I will create a weekly plan and get moving 5 days of the week.

5. Track – I will update my intentions monthly throughout 2019 so I don’t loose track of where I am and where I want to be.

6. Speak – Say what I feel needs to be said. Speak up for myself and for others.

Goals for 2019:

1. Make significant growth in my work life.

2. Work towards living a healthier lifestyle by getting active 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes a day and feeding my body to heal instead of to harm.

3. Save for a house and actually SAVE MONEY for this specific goal.

4. Step out of my comfort zone when occasions arise my own mind is holding me back from.


 So, while setting goals is important to move you forward, setting intentions are even more important. Intentions are the cause to the effect. Intentions are what make us feel full upon reaching a goal.

What intentions will you be setting for 2019?

“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”

 

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3 Ingredient, No Bake Oreo Snowballs

These Oreo snowballs are ALWAYS a big hit with everyone who tastes them and the best thing is you don’t have to bake anything!!


Ingredients:

1 pack of Oreos

1 8oz tub of cream cheese

12-18 oz of melting chocolate

Instructions:

1. Crush your pack of Oreos. You can use a food processor, blender or place them in a plastic baggy and pound until crushed. (Obvi food processor or blender are most efficient)

2. Pour your crushed Oreos into a large bowl. Mix in your softened cream cheese until you cannot see any cream cheese.

3. Place in your freezer or refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

4. Melt your chocolate as directed on packaging then take your Oreo balls out and dip them in your chocolate until completely covered. (Add sprinkles or other festive fun at this time).

5. Place your, now chocolate-covered Oreo balls, in a container or cover with plastic wrap and store in your fridge.


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Cyber Monday Fashion Picks

Cyber Monday is upon us and if you still have money left in your bank account after Black Friday, here are some of my top fashion picks for today!


Fashion Picks:

1. Me&Hz Layered Tassel Earrings – $11.99

2. Nike Cropped Hoodie -$45.00

3. Free People Jeans – $46.80

4. Style & Co Chenille Sweater – $17.99

5. Nike Sportswear Dad Hat – $10.80

6. Jessica Simpson Connie Sweater – $24.99

7. New Directions Fur Hood Anorak Jacket – $49.99

8. Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace – $48.75

9. Hunter Original Short Rain Boots – $89.90

10. Casion Aiden Wedge Sneakers – $47.98

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Shop My Style: The Perfect Jeans for the Season

These Free People jeans are the bomb.com. They are a bit pricey but totally worth it! If I can find them on sale I will be sure to update this post with the sale ones!

Happy shopping!!

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The “Cup of Cheer” mug is from Target’s dollar zone and came from a mug gift set, but I couldn’t find the set on line

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I couldn’t find the same rug, since it is last season, but here is a similar one!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Here is the second of many gift guides!! This is my gift guide for different types

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For the Girl Who’s Always Cold:

    
                               

For the Girl Who Loves Wine:

   

For the Fit Girl:

 

           

For the Girl Who Loves Essential Oils:

  

For the Coffee/Tea Lover:
 

For the Adventurer:

                                   

For Every Girl:

             

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If you have any other gift guides you would like to see, please comment on this post or head over to my Instagram and DM me!

Other gift guides to check out on the blog:

Beauty Gift Sets

OOTD: Shop My Style

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Halloween Make-Up: Glam Skull

Day 3 of Halloween week on the blog and I’m sharing with you my FAVORITE halloween make-up look!! This glam skull look is SO easy to do and all you really need is black eyeshadow and eyeliner!

THE LOOK: GLAM SKULL

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Tarte Shape Tape

W7 Colour Me Buff and In the Buff Lightly Toasted Eye Shadow Pallette

ELF Black Liquid Eyeliner

Ardell Magnetic Lashes

Urban Decay 24/7 Black Eyeliner

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder

White Hair Spray

How to Get this Look:

Step 1: Apply “Onyx” from the “In the Buff” eyeshadow palette all over the lid. (Note: Apply lightly and in layers! You want it to be dark, but black eyeshadow is a dangerous game!!) You can apply this pretty messy and BLEND BLEND BLEND into your crease, inside corner and up past your inner brow.

Step 2: Apply “Up in Smoke” over the matte black just applied to give it little shimmer – Apply this to ONLY the LID and crease!

Step 3: Apply “Dawn” from the inner corner to about 3/4 of the way before your outer corner.

Step 4: Apply black liner all around your eye from inner to outer corner on upper and lower waterline.

Step 5: Take black liquid liner and trace along your upper lash line from about half-way to the outer corner and create a small wing.

Step 6: Apply and blend out concealer under your eyes, and cover your lips as well. Apply a white or very pale powder foundation over your entire face.

Step 7: Take black liquid liner and create a slightly-upward horizontal line from each corner of your  mouth and draw short lines from end to end crossing the long black line.

Step 8: With the black eyeliner trace a teardrop shape with a rigged top on the tip of your nose and fill in with with black liquid liner.

Step 9: Apply the false magnetic lashes and apply black mascara to your bottom lash line.

Step 10: (Optional) Curl your hair and spray white colored hairspray all throughout your hair to complete the look!

Feel free to ask me any questions via this post or DM me and send me pictures if you try these looks out on my Instagram!

Stay spooky!

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