Resolutions are hard, but I have some for the blog and some for myself in the future. If resolutions aren’t your thing, or you’ve already given up, challenge yourself to learn new things. If you don’t want to learn something new, try and improve on a skill you already have. The next six months are my last of avoiding adulthood. Admittedly, a year of graduate school isn’t delaying adulthood for long, but I’ll take everything I can get. I want to teach myself some basic (and not so basic) things in the next few months when I do have time on my hands. I start working in the beginning of busy season for my industry, so I want to learn somethings for fun and some to simplify my life A lot of these things I can do while continuing to do the things I love, like listen to podcasts or watch TV.
Some of these things are pretty basic. I need to learn how to blow dry my hair, so it looks beautiful and voluminous. I have wavy/curly hair, so it’s frustrating leaving the house with wet hair because I have no idea how it’ll turn out. This really shouldn’t be this difficult, but I never learned how to do it. I, also, want to learn more about skincare products and create a routine that works for me. I have extremely oily skin. As it’s starting to warm up again here in Texas, I want to keep oiliness at bay. Lastly, I’ve had a DSLR for about two years now, so I really want to develop my photography skills further. I’ve done all the research and know what I need to know, but I just need to go out and shoot.
Cooking and Baking
I want to learn some specific technical skills for the new year. I really want to improve my cooking and baking skills technically. Within cooking, I want to be able to make a “fancy” food that is to be determined. I want to have a signature dish that everyone wants me to make all the time. Also, I want to try my hand at making more regional cuisines. I had a Lithuanian professor two consecutive semesters and started baking Lithuanian treats. I want to take countries and really break them down and make local foods. Baking-wise, I want to be able to make a swiss roll. I made and absolutely tragic Swiss roll with Karina about a month ago. I really want to try more technically difficult breads. I’ve perfected my focaccia and want to work on Challah next. The Challah plait is beautiful, and I want to make a few before Passover.
What do you want to learn in 2018?
My one and only blog goal for this year is to build a community.
If you’ve read this blog at any point in the past three years, you know we do not post regularly. However, still, the blog is just something that I can’t let go or leave behind. I’ve met some amazing people through this blogging in the past couple of years. In 2016, I met Gabby, Tiffani (and Thomas), and Kayla (and Ryan). It’s weird meeting people you only interact with on Twitter in real life. They are all not only amazing bloggers but also great people. This is one of my biggest reason’s to build a community.
In the past few months, I focused on two platforms a bit more. Through October and November, I focused on Instagram and truly found joy in curating a feed that I think is #aesthetic. I also found joy in posting whatever I want because I though it was beautiful. In December, I enjoyed being on Twitter and being unapologetically myself and connecting with people on a person to person basis. Nothing starts a friendship like the same sense of (dry and slightly self-deprecating) humor. Not only that, I’ve connected with people in Austin that I can’t wait to become IRL friends with once I return to Austin.
I re-found my love for blogging with #Blogmas. Admittedly, I only posted 9 out of 12 days of Blogmas, but I challenged myself to put something up. I created content that I loved about topics I cared about along with some content just to put stuff up. It varied in quality, but it was enough for me to prove to myself that I can be consistent. For Blogmas, I would take any small amount of time and put it into writing a post. I used study breaks and tv time with my friends mainly and was mainly just proud of myself. I hope to continue that consistency in the new year.
As I said before, my only blog goal is to build a community, but I want to do that in many different ways. I want to continue creating content that I love and care about that may not be “on brand” or “on theme.” I want to have a definite “paper + flame” image out there that reflects Kaylee and I as people. Obviously, I want to consistently create content on all platforms. I just want to do the things that make me love blogging even if that includes some of the admin stuff. To start off, in January, I want to post every three days. I’ve broken it down weekly to not overwhelm myself. I’m hoping to start bullet journaling to replace my collection of sticky notes I carry around that dictate my life.
I want to meet other bloggers in person. I want to specifically make and effort to reach out to people in Texas and meet up for coffee or a drink. In January, I’ve already lined up a few bloggers to meet with and I am excited. I’m not an introverted person by any means, but I still get nervous meeting new people. I’m focusing on people I have a good genuine connection with regardless of their popularity. The blogging community is mainly why I don’t want to stop blogging even if I’m not the best blogger. People here are just great people.
Lastly, I want support more bloggers. Whether that’s commenting on a post or retweeting a tweet, I want to be there for my fellow bloggers in the same way I am there for my friends. I want to support every business venture and personal venture they undertake to the best of my ability. I want to enter ever giveaway and support people. I really love one-on-one connections as I have mentioned, and I really want to create and develop new ones this way. This is a big part of the “building a community” goal.
This was a kind of weird post to write because, to someone who doesn’t know me, could sound like absolute and utter fluffy bullshit. I honestly am excited to give back and love the blogging community the way they have to me.
What are your blog goals? What’s your favorite part of the blogging community?
Packing for break is actually the worst thing ever. You’re usually leaving the day after your last final. You’re physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. Your friends convinced you to start drinking right after you final ended, even if its noon. I alway get overwhelmed while packing and then end up forgetting stuff. I’ve slowly figured out how to pack. This is mostly sarcasm, but this is my real packing style.
First make lists. Make hella lists to not only procrastinate but also clear out your brain. This might be the most important step.
It’s all about the order. First, start off with your room. Strip your bed of your sheets and wash them. You will always appreciate coming back to an immaculately made bed with clean sheets. Pack your important outfits. Make sure you have everything you need for Christmas and New York Eve complete with appropriate undergarments, lipstick, accessories, and shoes. Next, pack undergarments and socks. I somehow always forget to pack one of the three, and I’m screwed. Next, you might need to do laundry, so run that while you do everything else. Start cleaning your room. Don’t be a lazy POS. Move your packed suitcase into any space that isn’t your room. Lastly, vacuum your room.
Next, move on to your bathroom. First, spray every possible surface with cleaner then start packing. Next, pack your skincare and makeup. Make sure to overpack both items and pretend that you aren’t going to sit make up free in your pajamas all break. Definitely don’t forget your tooth brush. Lastly, clean up every surface in your bathroom.
First, clean out your fridge. Get rid of those weird niche vegetables you bought when you were “on your health kick.” If you’re anything like my roommate and I, you’ll discover you have about 17 bottles of ranch. Wipe down the fridge shelves. Next, do the dishes. Lastly, empty out the trash cans.
Load your car or bags up and remember the christmas presents you bought. Lastly, don’t stress too much because you can always repurchase everything.
When are y’all going to be home for Christmas? Are you already home? Enjoy you holiday season and check out the rest of the BlogMas posts.
This time of the year people feel grateful for eveyrthing they have. Everyone wants to give back, but we just wanted to make it easier by compling a list of charities to donate your time and money. We wanted to highlight meaningful causes to us and their impact.
Hey guys! I know we’re a little late, but wow, January is over. We are 1/12th of the way through 2016. This month has been an absolute nightmare health wise, but I’m recovering! The month of January has been crazy! I’ve been recruiting for a public accounting internship. It’s been a great (but stressful) time getting to meet some amazing people from some amazing firms. Being an accounting student, this is the climax of your college career, so I’m super excited.
We haven’t really delved into beauty products on this blog, but Kaylee and I are huge fans.
I picked this up when I was in London in December and it honestly is the best dry shampoo I’ve used. Having dark black hair, the last thing I want is that weird whitish grayish residue in my hair. This amazing product leaves no residue at all and has a great smell. I picked this one (and five more) up for at 2.5 pounds or about $3.50. It helps me prolong the time between hair washes and has helped me train my hair to be less oily. Next time, I want to try out the volumizing version!
This is has become my end all be all for palettes. I use this for an eyeshadow palette as well. When traveling, I easily can grab this, liner, mascara, foundation, and a powder, and I’m good for whatever I have to face.
- Post 5 times this month
- Tweet daily
- Pin all posts
- Engage in Facebook groups
- We wrote two posts, and this will be the second post in February! It can only go up!
- I use Revive Old Post to post at least one post from the archives on a daily basis!
- I’ve pinned all (two) posts we put up this months!
- I’ve posted on Facebook groups and hosted a twitter chat with Blogging College!
- One post every 5 days
- Instagram at least once a week
- Pin all posts (continuing this because I want to use it more often)
- Make friends with people on Twitter
- Spend at least two hours a week reading blogs
What were your January favorites? What are your goals for February?
Why make resolutions?
Why do resolutions fail?
- Most people don’t know what is a reasonable goal. Remember your resolutions are for the year of 2016. It doesn’t mean they need to be accomplished today! It means that it is something you need accomplish by the end of the year.
- Also, people don’t know how long it’ll take to achieve that goal. Going from a couch potato to a regular runner isn’t going to happen in running every other day for two weeks. It’s probably something you’ll struggle with for a month or two.
How do you keep resolutions?
- Break down your goals! If you’ve read my blog goals, I’ve broken them down monthly! I want to get to a place in the end where I’m a regular blogger who posts actively on social media. Realistically, if I force myself to do everything right now, then I will get blogger burn out and abandon the plan once I get back to school.
- Write your goals down! Make sure you see your goals on a daily basis! Make it your phone background, and put them on a sticky note on your mirror. Make them your laptop background and shout them to the world. When everyone knows your goals, it’ll make you feel more responsible.