Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Year of ME

Hello lovelies!

It's a foggy Wednesday and I am sitting at home, with my favorite candle lit and 'Gossip Girl' playing on the TV in the background. I didn't go to work today because well-- I still feel like crap! I called the doctor back yesterday and told them I was having the worst ear pain/pressure EVER so they called me in some antibiotics to take. PTL! After giving it much thought (because I hate missing work), I decided to stay home and rest up so I can (hopefully) go back to work on Thursday feeling like a new woman! ;) I hope you all are ready for a monstrous blog post today! Whoops!

In my last post, I said I was going to blog at least twice a week. Although this still is my goal, I've decided I'm going to blog as much as I can/want from here on out. (I'm thinking daily, woo!) Lately, I've been putting so much time in to other people and so much effort in to insignificant things that I've totally lost focus on myself. I'm changing this. Today! I'm going to focus on ME. The good, the bad and everything in between.

Yesterday, I did something that some may call "drastic" or just straight up "dramatic". I have zero cares, honestly! (..which may surprise people who know me well..I tend to care TOO much..but we will come back to that in a minute!) Anyways, I deleted my social media accounts. (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) ALL of it. I know, I know.. What am I going to do with my life right? Ha! It's been a long time coming. There's quite a few reasons why I chose to delete these accounts but I had one main reason in mind: I. Have. Goals. What does having goals have to do with deleting my social media you ask? I have literally spent countless hours scrolling through people's drama, politics and whining, that I could have probably already made some of my goals a reality. Now, I'm not saying all social media is bad. Heck, I will more than likely create another Instagram at some point just so I can stay connected with the people I care about. However, I'm over it for now.

This year, I am setting goals for myself and I will accomplish them. This blog being one of them! I've told myself for years that this is something I want to do and I'm sticking to it. This is MY outlet and I plan on taking full advantage of it. (Even if no one really knows it exists.. heh.)

A few more of my goals this year are as follows: 

  1. I'm going to read one book per month! Hold up. Whhaaaaat? But Charity, you haven't read a book since high school!? As embarrassing as that is, it's something I'm ready to change. I actually picked up two books yesterday. "You are a Badass" and "The Little Paris Bookshop". (Sorry mom if you see this, just overlook that first title haha) But--I've already read the first few chapters and I'm actually really enjoying it.
  2. I'm really going to buckle down on my health and fitness! Although I've already lost 30 pounds and have made huge improvements, I want to take it to the next level. Starting in March, I'm going to start a huge cut and I plan on losing 10-15 pounds before vacation. (Yay for bathing suits right? Ha!)
  3. Concerts galore. I plan on going to as many concerts as I can this year! I really enjoy live music, probably more than I should! haha I already have John Mayer and Chris Stapleton in the books and I'm about to add Lady Antebellum, along with Kelsea Ballerini. :)
  4. TRAVEL. Now, this is a sensitive subject for me at times. I love love love going to new places but my husband is more of a homebody. However, I am currently working out a master plan on how to do as much traveling as possible. More details on that later! ;) 
  5. Photography Skilllllz. So, I have a SUPER fancy camera that is just sitting in the other room--not being touched! I absolutely love photography and really want to start putting some focus on my interest in it. I'm going to try and take a photography class this summer and I am SO excited about it! 
  6. Get a puppy! YEP. I said it! One of my main goals this year is to get a little fur creature! Not only am I ready for the responsibility, but I am looking forward to having a little buddy to snuggle with at night! <3
  7. So this last goal is kinda of cheesy/embarrassing/stupid.... BUT, I'm going to stop listening to "sad" music. I don't know why but I've always been drawn to depressing styles of music. haha One of my best friends at work has finally talked some sense in to me. I'll be sitting at work listening to something and my mood will change in an instant. He tells me "CHARITY, just stop listening to it already! What the heck woman!?" And he's totally right. Why am I putting myself through that? I want positivity and joy in my life and music is a huge influence for me! 
I hope this blog post hasn't come across as "rude" or "snappy"-- that really isn't my intention. However, (back to my earlier statement on me caring too much), I have cared about what other people think about me or what other people think is best for me for far too long. I have lived in a small bubble my entire life, afraid to take chances...afraid to find my OWN happiness. I intend on focusing on the things most important to me from here on out. 

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful day! I'll insert a picture of my super cute books that I'm reading! ;) 

Love always,

'You are worth finding, worth knowing, worth loving. You and all your one million layers. Always hold that close."

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