2016 year in review

2016 year in review

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Already the end of another year! How time flies, right? Like pretty much everyone else on the planet, I like to take the time to look back at the year that’s ending so I can make plans for the new one. I don’t really like the word “resolutions,” but I do like to set goals for the new year. Last year, my goal for 2016 was to “live my best life today” and stop waiting for the perfect moment that’s never coming. I can’t say I always took the leap, but I think I did live my best life this year, the life that I really want, more than in any other year thus far.

Here are some good things from 2016:

  • Visited California for the first time (and ended up going twice!)
  • Visited Disneyland for the first time
  • Started this blog & recommitted myself to blogging
  • Took concrete action to improve my mental health
  • Got a new tattoo
  • Took on new & exciting projects at work
  • Entered my first pinup contest (I didn’t end up getting to compete due to illness but…that’s partway there!)
  • Saw Flight of the Conchords live, which I didn’t think would ever happen
  • Cast my vote for a female presidential candidate
  • Joined my first in-person D&D campaign
  • Made new friends

Here are some things I want to do in 2017:

  • Continue to improve my blog
  • Read more books
  • Travel to somewhere new
  • Get a new couch
  • Advance in my career
  • Make more new friends
  • More tattoos (sorry Mom)
  • Upgrade my hairstyling game
  • Write (and complete) a piece of fiction
  • Do my first photoshoot

But more than anything, I want to keep saying yes to new things. I want to keep taking chances, striving to be my best self, and working to be braver, stronger, and smarter every day. I’ve come really far in the past few years, and I want to keep moving forward.

However you’re celebrating the New Year this weekend, I hope it’s safe and happy – I’m sure there will be some shenanigans in my Instagram stories, so make sure to give me a follow if you want to see what I’m up to.

Happy New Year, lovelies! xoxo

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thankful

thankful

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope that wherever you’re riding your giant turkey to today is full of love and lots of good food.

I shared on Instagram that I just had my one year “purpleversary” this past weekend, and it definitely had me thinking about the past year and feeling really thankful. It was then that I really decided to dedicate myself to not just dabbling in pinup fashion, but becoming part of the community. And it’s such a powerful, supportive community of amazing women that I’m so grateful that I have in my life now. I’m inspired and encouraged by all the lovely gals in my Instagram and Facebook feeds every day, and I’m so happy to be able to be part of it. Especially as things in the world get darker, it’s important to be mindful of all the good things in your life. I’m definitely someone who can get bogged down in anxiety and frustration, so I’m taking advantage of this day to remind myself (and you, by proxy) to remember to practice gratitude in every day life.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go get a huge scoop of my grandma’s cran-raspberry Jell-O mold. Be safe, and be thankful ❤️

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practicing self care

I’ve actually been thinking about self care a lot lately, even before all of…this. But because I know that lots of my friends and other people in my community are probably going to need it now more than ever, I decided to go ahead and share.

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Art by Nyathan. Purchase here.

You can’t fight the world if you don’t take care of your self. Whether you’re preparing to go into battle for justice or quashing your own inner demons, practicing self care is crucial to maintaining your mental health. The items on this list are things that I personally find useful for self care. Some of them are serious, some are frivolous. You need a little of both, in my opinion. I hope a few might inspire you.

  • Painting my nails
  • Yoga (I’m a big fan of Yoga with Adriene)
  • Fuzzy blankets
  • Fancy bath/spa stuff
  • Sending mail
  • Embroidery
  • Organizing something
  • Long hot showers
  • Listening to podcasts with my eyes closed
  • Special sweets
  • Guided Visualization/Meditation
  • Rain sounds
  • Playing with makeup
  • Tattoos
  • Donating to causes I care about
  • Overdramatic singing
  • Untangling knots
  • Peppermints
  • New lipstick
  • Therapy
  • Wearing a corset
  • Trying a new recipe
  • Talking to a friend
  • Soothing Youtube videos (I know a lot of people like ASMR but I have a weird weakness for planner videos)
  • Taking a walk

No matter what’s going on, please take good care of yourself.

And to come full circle with the image above:

Be good to yourselves, darlings. ❤️❤️