Happy New Year Everyone!
There’s something about January that gets me really excited. It’s a fresh start and it’s inspiring. I always take time to reflect on the year that has passed and where I want to go in the year ahead.
This past year, if I’m honest, I’ve really struggled with juggling to find a work/ mum life balance. I really fell behind in my work. I planned to have my new website launched before Christmas, which is still a work in progress. I said “no” to many fashion events and jobs, and took a little more time for my family and myself.
I really enjoyed simple things. Morning coffee run, grocery shopping, parklife, long walks, eating lots of home cooked meals, and bath time with bubba. I also allowed myself some personal time. I started working out 5 days a week and binge-watching my favourite shows from bed, usually snuggling with Hamilton assuming he was in the mood to sit still.
I also took time to learn some new skills. I took photography classes, went to computer school, and studied makeup artistry.
I also did small things to unplug and reconnect with loved ones. I checked emails and social media much less frequently and tried to be fully present.
This year my blog posts were less frequent and i wasn’t as inspired work wise as I usually am. I didn’t enjoy the process of getting dressed up, finding locations and shooting street style. I was stressing out about it, when it should really just be enjoyable. I gave myself a break in the back half of the year.
I just got back from a holiday in Hoi An Vietnam. It was a great time for me to think about blogging and what I want to do in 2018. I couldn’t have returned home more inspired and excited creatively. So hopefully my new website will not take too much longer to re-launch and my youtube channel will be live soon, and I can show you some of the concepts that I’ve been working on.
I can’t wait to be back on the blogging train and I hope you’ll all stick with me as I find my feet again. I feel reenergised and the creative juices are flowing. I am so excited about my blog this year and creating content that I hope you will love and enjoy. I love to hear from my readers, so please email with any comments, suggestions of products that you would like me to review, or simply just to say hello! I want RJMSTYLE.com to be an inspirational and interactive destination, a community of likeminded women with a lust for life.
I think this year my “blogging strategy” (is that a thing?) is to be a bit more relaxed about it. I’m not going to be a perfectionist on the photo quality. I’m going to try and take my camera out with me everywhere and document real life, the amazing places I am eating at, and the “cool” stuff that goes on in Hong Kong, including the amazing fashion events and shows. And of course MORE travel with my little family.
In the past I have used professional photographers to take some of my outfit photos, but I’m going to try my best at getting better quality images myself (with the help of photography school) and capturing more of my real life moments, what I am REALLY wearing and what I am getting unto in real time. Im bored by staged photos taken in advance.
And now we’re here…. 2018, and I feel good about it! I’m so excited to get back into it and feel completely refreshed and inspired. I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve celebration, and equally hope you enjoy the New Year!
Quote of 2018;
Appreciate life as it happens. Moments will soon pass and you will wish you had treasured them more.
In no particular order….. Here goes….
1) Spend more time outside. Enjoying nature, hiking more, paddling with my hubby, boat days, beach days and picnics.
2) Choose Gratitude Each Day. I want to start each day with a gratitude reflection. What am I grateful for? What makes me happy? Focusing on the good in order to start my day off in a great mood.
3) Start Foam Rolling. Learn the art of myofascial release and self-massage this year, via the use of foam rolling and massage balls every morning. Carrying around Hamilton, who is a big bubba, is definitely taking a toll on my back and shoulders.
4) Take more Epson salt baths. Relation to (3) looking after my muscles and self care.
5) Make More Time For Breakfast
6) Create a Bedtime Routine. Eat earlier. Bedtime tea. Try out silk pillow slips. Upgrade my bedding. Regularly use sleeping skin and hair masks. Try out a noise machine (if hubby is down :; ). Diffuse e snooze-inducing oils like lavender.
7) Learn new skills. This year I studied adobe Photoshop for 8 weeks, 4 hours per week, then continued on with adobe illustrator twice weekly. I loved it! I also took a photography course, and makeup artistry which I also really enjoyed.
This year I also want to Improve my Microsoft excel skills.
I also booked into a digital marketing course, which includes Search engine optimization (SEO), google analytics, wordpress and content management, and social media marketing. I get huge satisfaction of being able to do everything I need for my blog by myself. It’s particularly advantageous when I travel, and not relying on anyone for IT support is great.
10) Volunteer in my community.
I’m not sure what that is yet but, I am passionate about helping children in need. I will keep you updated when I align with an organization that I am inspired by.
11) Be more environmentally conscious.
No more plastic bottles. No more forgetting my own bags when I shop.
12) Live an organized life.
Bullet journaling. Planning outfits. Planning meals. Planning my workout schedule. Planning date nights. Playdates. Planning weekends so we enjoy them to the fullest.
Be it my phone, my computer, my wardrobe and my home. Since having baby Hamilton I have not left the nesting mode and want to create a tidy organized environment for him to enjoy.
13) Work work work
Also related to (12) planning everything from content for blog, youtube, taking on more freelance styling work. Collaborating with more brands I love. Networking more. Work harder and be smarter with my time this year.
14) Be more social.
Going out for girls nights and being more social. Letting my hair down and going to clubs every once in a while. Getting dressed up and going to fashion events/ shows and enjoying every minute without any mum guilt. Meeting new people. Collaborating more with inspiring creatives.
2018 Mantra. Start Now. The secret to getting ahead is getting started!
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