New Years/New Things

I have been utterly terrible at blogging lately. I’m one of those people that are dramatically affected by seasonal affective disorder and I swear one day once I’m established enough and financially able to I’m going to start making a late November/early December vacation a regular staple of my year because it is just awful trying to get anything done when you’re mind is bogging you down – at the busiest time of the year, no less!

Fortunately the fashion world as well as my day-job shut down over the holidays and into the new year, so relief is fast approaching and I’m hanging on to that. Four more days until a much needed break.

In the meantime, I thought I’d spend some time today considering what’s all in store for the new year.

I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really the type to make New Years resolutions per say, rather, I make new goals throughout the year in an effort to always be improving some aspect of my life, even if its at a snails pace.

2018 is sure to be a busy one with the wedding now just under 7 months away and much to be done in the spring-months leading up to. These days I’m trying to decide on what invitations to go with and determining the best colour scheme for the bridesmaids dresses. It wont be long after that that we’ll be choosing cake and decorations and other fun things, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it all starts to come together! Definitely one of the bigger focuses of 2018 for me, and I know it’ll fly by once we get into the thick of it.

On Saturday Matt & I held a party at the apartment with our friends and siblings. Took all day yesterday to recover, but it was a lot of fun! Subsequently it reinforced that one of my goals for 2018 is to try and spend more quality time with all the people that I love and frankly don’t get to see as often as I’d like. It’s always tough, especially when you’re working multiple jobs and desperately trying to save money, but a year just goes by so quickly and before you know it you haven’t seen any of the people you said you would! So I’m going to make an effort to change that.

Speaking of money, that’s another big goal of mine for the new year. I’d really like to eliminate my credit card debt as it just causes so much unnecessary stress. The holidays, of course, don’t help that, and I understand this year more than ever how frustrating it can be to work on your financial goals while still partaking in all the festivities. Matt and I are really hoping to move into a new place in the new year as well to have more space for us and for Dakota, so we’re putting a plan in place to try and make that happen hopefully by the fall.

We’ll also be kicking up the Live Like Wolves apparel up a notch with some new items coming to the store in the new year, which I’m really excited to show off!

Other goals? My continuing Slim by Spring transformation challenge took a bit of a backseat during my bout of S.A.D so I just need to refocus, recharge and get back to it. Depression is an ugly beast but I won’t let it deter my health goals. I can’t.

I am also planning on using a good amount of time over my holiday break to work on the novels. I’m hoping for a spring release for the Alonquin park mystery novel as it would feel quite fitting to have it out just as camping season gets underway again.

Finally, one of my less-heavy new years goals is to get better with my Canon camera. I’ve been slowly learning new techniques but I think if I dedicate an hour or two a week at playing around with it and taking more photos I’ll get a lot better in no time.

I think the most important part about seeing New Years Resolutions is not to set a hard time frame on anything, as it is way too easy to get discouraged if you don’t meet your own goal. Life happens, and it’s better to keep creeping forward (like at a snails pace!) than not moving at all.

That’s all for today! Off to go find some stocking stuffers and some candy for the company Gingerbread competition we’re having this afternoon. Fingers crossed that my team wins!