Thursday, December 31, 2015

Life Chats: Goodbye 2015

Another year has passed and I honestly can't believe that 2015 came and went so soon.  Just like every year, this one brought me a mixture of so many things including happiness, sadness, success and struggles.  I feel like this year taught me so much about myself.  I pushed my limits in many ways, took some risks, reconnected with a part of me that I lost several years ago and learned to believe in myself so much more.  For my last Life Chats of 2015, I wanted to reflect back on some of the highlights, some of the lessons and some of the most memorable moments that I will cherish for a lifetime. 

I remember struggling towards the beginning of the year and I just felt kind of lost.  There was so much in my life that I was not truly content with and I kept searching for something without really knowing what it was that I was looking for.  I had this conflict within myself and I hated it.  It was weighing me down and I did my best to never let it show.  I remember contemplating on moving out to LA temporarily and wanting to take the blog in a new direction.  I was questioning so much about my life and myself.  Where was I headed?  What was I doing?  Little by little, I got through it though.    Creating this series was one of the best decisions that I made.  It's allowed me to open up and show so much more of whom I am.  It's given this blog more substance and in many ways, it's even been somewhat therapeutic.  I'm excited to continue this series in 2016 and hope you keep coming back to read these posts. 

This year my big sister got married and got pregnant!  I gained a brother-in-law and any day now I will gain a niece.  It's still so crazy to me how it all happened, but that's just the way life is.  It's going to give you unexpected surprises, whether you are ready for them or not.  I am going to be an aunt and that's just one of the best things that 2015 has given me.  There's been something missing in our family for so long and I just know that this little girl is going to fill many of the voids that we have felt. I'm looking forward to this new chapter in our lives. 

Another highlight for me was signing with a management company back in the summer and getting an assistant this fall.  I never talk about those things, but felt the need to bring it up here because it really gave me the support that I needed.  One of the reasons I struggled so much with this blog was because I felt as though I had to do it all alone.  For so long, I handled everything by myself and just like any other job, it got very overwhelming.  I needed to figure out my worth and what I really deserved.  Having management has helped me in many ways and opened my eyes much more in this industry.  It's taught me some lessons too and given me a better understanding of things.  It's pushed me to work harder.  This year was the first time I truly felt confident in knowing that this blog has become my career.  I'm thankful for that.  I never expected to be able to do something that I love for a living, especially since I know what it's like to work at a job that makes me miserable.  I'm looking forward to some big changes on here in 2016 and can't wait to share that with you guys!

Travel has become something that I am truly passionate about and I've got big plans for the New Year. In 2015, I went to Austin, Texas for the first time and went back to Miami.  These were quick work trips, but they both gave me amazing experiences and I'm thankful for those opportunities.  My first solo trip to Ireland was most definitely the highlight of the year and probably of my entire life.  In those 10 days, I was able to find what I had been searching for all year!  I finally found my freedom and was able to dig deep within myself and connect with the parts that I lost five years ago.  That is the kind of experience that I will always carry around in my heart.  Doing all of that by myself made me realize that I can do anything in life.  Living outside of my comfort zone is where I want to stay.  I know I've talked about this trip so much already, but I definitely needed to include it in this post.  That trip inspired me to enroll in online school to get my TEFL so that I can teach English in any part of the world.  It's made me want to go on volunteer trips and to just do what I can to really make a difference.  There is a whole world out there and little by little I plan to see it all.  I'm so excited to see where I end up in 2016.  My heart and my mind are open and ready for any and all opportunities.  

I got back into a healthier lifestyle this year and that made such a huge difference on me both physically and mentally.  21-Day Fix worked some serious magic for me.  I admit that these last few months I indulged a lot with travel and the holidays, but I'm happy to say that I got back into this program a couple of days ago and I am ready to work it out.  I'm so determined to have the body that I want in 2016.  It's all about consistency!  I plan to share my results and do more fitness posts in the New Year.  This is something that I really wanted to do and I just never did it.  That is going to change though.

I turned 32 this year.  Eek!  I think that's another reason why I was struggling so much internally.  Knowing that I am now really in my 30s was just a scary thought.  I know I touched on this when I did my birthday post, but for so long I felt like I needed to live up to certain expectations and an unrealistic timeline.  Things happen at different times for different people.  I've learned to understand this and to accept it.  I've learned to have more patience and trust the fact that this journey I'm on is exactly where I am supposed to be right now.  In so many ways I feel like my life has just begun!  Whatever I don't have right now will come to me whenever it's supposed to.  People always told me that your 30s are the best years of your life and they were not lying.  I'm embracing it and enjoying every minute. 

I met so many incredible people this year and made new friends.  I cut off all my hair! I went through some very challenging times and had some extreme lows.  I also had some major highs too. [the natural kind]  There is so much more that I could say about 2015, but overall it was one of my favorite years for so many different reasons.  I don't really believe in resolutions anymore because we never tend to stick to them.  I do believe though that every day is our opportunity to make a change and to get things right. So if I had to choose a resolution, it would be this:  
Live every single day like it's your last.  Do more of what makes you happy.  Continue to live outside of your comfort zone and always keep an open mind. Believe in yourself and trust your struggle. 

May the New Year bring you everything that you are searching for.  Cheers to new beginnings, love, health, happiness, success and cheers to your darkest days because that's when you really have the ability to rebuild yourself, just like I did.  Happy New Year my loves!!!!! See you in 2016. <3

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Festive Plaid

I guess this is my last outfit post for 2015! Tomorrow is going to be my last Life Chats as a sum up and reflection of the year.  Can't wait to share that with you guys, but for now I hope you enjoy this look!

What I'm Wearing
Poncho: [similar style] | Shirt: Sosie | Jeans: TopShop | Shoes: Sosie
Hat: [similar style

I always say that my favorite part about blogging and social media is connecting with all of you and it's true.  I had been in contact with this girl Camila via instagram, email and Facebook for a little bit and I could instantly see how sweet and genuine she was.  She truly touched my heart this Christmas by sending me a beautiful card and several gifts that made her think of me.  Words can't even express how much her thoughtfulness and generosity meant.  She really brightened up this holiday season.  I'm wearing two of the gifts that she sent me, this plaid poncho and floppy hat.  She knows me well, huh?! I could not wait to style these two pieces together.  Thank you again, Camila! <3

I actually wore this poncho and top on Christmas Eve in the city when it was 70 degrees!  I did not get a chance to take many photos in it though so I decided to switch up the look a little and do a blog post.  I'm wearing my absolute favorite jeans that my sister got me for Christmas.  They're very similar to the black ones that I have, but this pair fits me PERFECTLY in length.  If you're petite like me then you know how difficult it can be to find the right pair of denim.  Since I never get anything hemmed, I am constantly cuffing or tucking under the bottom of my jeans.  I finally have a pair that comes right to my ankle.  Woohoo!  I wanted to make sure that I got in at least one more festive outfit and these colors definitely scream holiday season. ;)

Enjoy these last two days of 2016!!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sweater Dress + OTK Boots

It's the last week of 2015 and I honestly can't believe that we are already here.  It's pretty crazy how quickly this year passed by, more so over these last several months.  I swear that the fall season is always gone in the blink of an eye.  I wanted to get up a few more style posts before 2016 since these will be my last ones of the year! 

What I'm Wearing: 
Sweater: Forever21 | Boots: Stuart Weitzman [similar style] | Clutch: Clare V 
Necklace: Prima Donna [love this one]

 As much as I wanted to do some NYE inspired looks, I am not sure if that will happen.  To be honest I haven't even thought of NYE yet in terms of my plans or what I will be wearing. I am sort of winging it and doing things last minute.  Most likely I will end up back in the city with friends.  As fabulous as it is to get super fancy, not everyone wants to get all decked out to celebrate.  If you are looking to get dressed up while still being toned down, then maybe you should try a cozy oversized sweater dress with a pair of OTK books and then just accessorize! 

Here's a little secret.  This sweater is not meant to be a dress, but since I am so short it totally fit me like one.  Benefits of being petite, am I right?  I love that I could wear this both ways. As a little tip if you are looking for this type of fit, make sure to go up a size or even two. My mom is so cute and got me this for Christmas.  I am not much of a green fan, but I am definitely into this olive shade.  As soon as I tried it on I envisioned pairing it with my OTK boots.  Seriously guys, I have already worn these things over a dozen times.  I'm not complaining though because I plan on keeping them around for a very long time.  The look seemed too simple, so I added in my leopard clutch [obviously always my go-to] and my favorite gold chain necklace.  It was probably one of the most comfiest and coziest outfits that I have worn recently and luckily it's still warm enough to get away with wearing it now. 

I hope this last week of the year is an amazing one for you all!