I have to be honest. I initially had an entirely different post planned today, photo wise.
I just got this bright pink “Up Beat” graphic tee on super sale from J.Crew. And I was going to pair it with this long cardigan I just got and it was going to be today’s outfit to go with the theme of staying positive.
Well, Monday morning rolled around, which was when I planned to take these photos and it was so windy and cold. I usually deal with it and am able to get a few shots in. But, the lighting was dark, I was frozen and couldn’t feel my hands and my cardigan and hair were flying everywhere. It was kinda hysterical looking back on the film. On top of that, my camera is like 5 years old so it’s not working as well as it used to and it was shutting down on me.
It was a mess and I threw in the towel. So instead of an outfit to go with today’s post, I found this quote that I really love and think matches what I’m trying to say perfectly.
We’re two weeks into the new year and the holidays are definitely over. Even those of you who procrastinate on taking the tree and decorations down, more than likely have finally threw the towel in and cleaned up.
I always find myself in a post holiday blues kind of mood in January. It’s cold and dreary and at this point, I just want it to be spring already.
And I know I can’t be the only one, so today I rounded up a few of my tips on how we can all stay positive & motivated after the holidays.
HOW TO STAY POSITIVE & MOTIVATED
HOW DID YOU FEEL ON NEW YEAR’S?
Did you look back on the year and feel accomplished? Or did you look back and just feel bored? Or even worse, did you look back and feel disappointed?
Personally, when everyone took to Instagram stories to put all of their wins for the year up, I kinda felt like I didn’t match up.
Sure, I had some good moments, my Vietnam trip was definitely a highlight, but besides that I just didn’t feel like I did a lot of amazing and memorable things last year. Not that it was a bad year filled with lows, it was just kind of mediocre. I didn’t really chase anything.
So I want to make sure when we get ready to ring in 2019, I’m not looking back on the year again and thinking “eh, it was okay.” So that’s what motivates and helps me stay positive. I want to do more and accomplish more this year. I’ve started planning a trip, working on content that makes me happy and taking steps to further my brand.
However you felt on New Year’s, let that motivate you. So if you looked back and felt accomplished and felt good, well make sure you’re taking steps so you can feel that again. And if you’re like me, get your butt off that couch and take steps to make sure that this year is a damn good one.
STAY POSITIVE – REMEMBER YOUR NEW YEAR’S GOALS
I used to always review my goals at the end of the year, when I’m making new ones.
Last year, I started to do a mid-year check up halfway through the year to see where I was and if I was on the right track.But, honestly, it’s never too early to do a check in.
We’re two weeks in, so where are you with your goals? If you wanted to go to the gym, have you been going? If you wanted to travel more, have you started looking into flights or saving money for a vacation?
Even if it’s the smallest thing like googling a city guide, just make sure you’re doing something!!
STAY POSITIVE – START PLANNING FOR THE NEXT SEASON
I can’t be the only one that has already started looking at warmer weather clothes and accessories. I saw at least ten different straw bags on Revolve that have my name written all over them.
I find that when I feel a little down and am completely over a season (winter, please exit stage right) I start to plan for the next one. Whether that be, clothes I want to buy, posts I want to work on or trips I want to take, I find myself getting excited and feeling motivated planning for a new season.
A new year doesn’t have to be the only fresh start we have. We can have a fresh start at the beginning of each season.
STAY POSITIVE – THINK ABOUT YOUR TICKLER (OR START ONE!)
If you read Monday’s post, then you know what a tickler is already. If not, give it a read here!
I think at the end of the day we control our happiness.
That’s why I love this quote so much because so often we blame our bad moods on our surroundings. I know I’m guilty of it.
For example, the train and the morning commute puts me in a bad mood or when my coworkers are cranky it has an impact on me. We can blame a million different things on why we’re upset, but it’s up to us to bring our own positive energy into every situation.
So find the silver lining of each day, write it in your tickler and reference it for those days where you need a little pick me up.
Believe me, I’m the first to complain, the first to get down on myself and throw myself a pity party for one, but there is a lot that I and you have to be grateful for and we just have to remember that.
I hope you’re feeling just as inspired as I am to stay positive and motivated. Thank you so much for reading!