2018: One Word Resolution

I know this is late, but January got off to a running start for me, and it took me a bit to figure out what One Word I wanted for 2018. It also took me longer to post my year-in-review 2017 over at A Nudge in the Right Direction. Go check that out if you want to see how last year turned out.

My Insta Best 9 for 2017.

Background: for the last few years, I’ve picked one word to be my touchstone for the year to come. The word is less specific than individual New Year’s resolutions, but I like having something broad to guide and center me as I work through 2018.

My word for 2018 is:

GO

My word last year was Rest because of how thin I’d felt going into 2017. Getting rest and self-care is still a priority for me this year (I think ‘tired’ is my new normal), but I also want to pursue things with more passion. Besides, in the past 2 years when I’ve tried to be more focused on resting, I’ve actually found myself feeling both restless and doing more. Playing opposites seems like a common trend in my life.

So I’m resolving to go with the flow. I’ll still practice self-care, but I want to put time and attention to the things I really care about and to going after the things I want. When it comes to the Hamilton-Burr dichotomy as portrayed in the musical, I’ve always been more like Burr – cautious, tight-lipped, and willing to wait for it – but sometimes, you really just have to be Hamilton & take the shot.

This year, I want to be healthier, kinder, stronger, more daring, and more creative.

Like last year, I’ve created a Pinterest board for my word. Hope it inspires you as much as it does me!

What’s your Word for the Year? What goals have you set?

Supplement:
(Music) How Far I'll Go | Moana OST
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In a Galaxy far, far away

Episode 8: Star Wars The Last Jedi was one of my most anticipated films of 2017. I couldn’t wait to see my new favorites and the continuation of their journeys. Since December hit, I’d been buzzing with excitement.

So you can imagine my epic freak out when on the evening before Star Wars World Premiere weekend, the Sister’s friend texted her & casually asked if we’d like to join her for the red carpet premiere on Saturday night. There was screaming and furious texting of “ARE YOU SERIOUS?!” and more flailing. We were too afraid to hope though because we had to wait for our invites, and those didn’t come through until Saturday afternoon. And then it was a huge scramble to get ready.

We weren’t sure what to wear – like it’s a red carpet but it didn’t really matter what we looked like, but we wanted to look nice. A few days before I had literally passed over buying a sparkly dress (that ironically reminded me of Kylo Ren’s mask) because (and I quote) I have nothing to wear this to. Joke was on me; the universe has a funny sense of humor. But our outfits worked out, and I did the fastest and most half-assed hair-curling job of my life, leaving the house feeling like my hair was huge. So thank you to everyone who complimented me on it. Seriously.

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Shout-out to these companies for geektastic fashion: ShadowplayNYC (galaxy dress), Her Universe (Loki cape-blazer), and SparklingRampage (rebel starbird & AT-AT necklaces).

Anyway, we arrived at the premiere, and because it was Disney-run, it was one of the most welcoming and amazing experiences ever. The staff working the event were super nice, telling us to enjoy ourselves and offering to take our pictures. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so special, and I was just a random guest. And yes, being at a Hollywood premiere as a guest is as surreal as you’d imagine. Being at a Star Wars premiere is even stranger. Continue reading

Looking Glass: Outside the Comfort Zone

This blog has been a little bit about my coming into my sense of self in the last few years. Getting older has helped with that (you just care less what people think), and being more involved in my geekdom has also played a role. Particularly the enthusiastic and welcoming support of other geeks (especially women) has allowed me to take more fashion risks than I have in the past, especially as I’ve never thought of myself as particularly fashionable (I’ve always said that’s my sister).

But after discovering fun, nerdy clothes and completing a few Nerdvember fashion challenges, I’ve become more comfortable in my own styling skills and more keen to try new things, even if I think I might look ridiculous! That’s why I love the idea behind Dia&Co‘s Try-Day Friday initiative because it’s about getting out of fashion comfort zones. Dia&Co is a personalized clothing subscription box exclusively for plus sizes, and while I’m not plus-sized, I love that they’re about encouraging women to find and embrace their personal style. So in the spirit of choosing an unusual outfit over a “safe” one, I’m sharing this Try-Day outfit with you.

Culotte Overalls

Not gonna lie, I was hesitant about going for this double-risk of trying the culottes and overalls trends at the same time, but that’s what I already had in my closet, still unworn by me. So it seemed like the time to just go for it.

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Adulting: Money Saving Challenge

This post is a little unusual for the blog, but I think it goes well with my 2017 One Word Resolution and 30 Before 35 goals. Plus, because the country seems constantly in peril these days, it seemed like a good time to talk about personal finances – a.k.a. saving money for both adventure! and rainy days (or unforeseen catastrophe).

Making time for creative work, geekery, and traveling is so worthwhile to me, but that also takes money. And yes, I do work a day job and save when and how I can. What I would really like to do though is have a clearer view of my funds and where they’re going.

So for that, I checked out Earnest’s Money Saving Challenge for 2017. They have this neat year-long chart with recommendations on an easy way you can save money for each month, as well as interesting money stats (like the average amount of money people spend on Christmas gifts).

Here’s what my first quarter looks like with my personal goal in March to spend less on treats. This mostly means books because I buy way too many, but it also means like random geeky things like T-shirts and toys. Do I really need another Star Wars shirt…?

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  • Review my financials – map it out.
  • Set up an emergency fund.
  • Set up a Big Expenses fund (for travel or more Hamilton tickets)

 

 

At the start of this post, I said this paired well with my other goal posts, and it does because dealing with your money is like a foundation of Adulting – and it’s really one I’d like to work at. I’m also aware that a lot of what I can do is possible because of my personal circumstances- one of the big ones being I didn’t have to take out student loans for college. So I at least don’t have that debt to worry about, but I know it is a very common thing for most people.

Setting up small but achievable saving goals like this can help with that, and there are other options – like Earnest’s student loan refinancing. Personally, I’m just trying to be better about knowing where my money is going and keeping to more consistent saving habits. And besides, better saving does also mean more cash in the future for the really fun stuff – like going to Comic Con or booking that flight to New Zealand for the most epic of LOTR sightseeing trips.

If you’re interested in making your own Money Saving Challenge sheet, here’s the full sheet. March, June, September, and December are for you to make your own!

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2017: One Word Resolution

Just like last year, I’m discussing my One Word Resolution here instead of at A Nudge in the Right Direction. But my year-in-review/Bye 2016 is over there if you want to see all the shenanigans that happened last year! (Spoiler: it was a lot. I did 3 out-of-state trips!)

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Best 9 on my Insta for 2016

Some background: for the last few years, I’ve picked a one word to be my touchstone for the year to come. The word is less specific than individual New Year’s resolutions, but I like having something broad to guide and center me as I work through 2017.

I knew what word I wanted before December was over, but I’ve found Susannah Conway’s free workbook useful in the past, especially if you have no idea or several ideas you’re trying to narrow down.

My word for 2017 is:

REST

It’s funny because in reviewing my 2016 One Word post, I see I picked last year’s word, Intent, because I wanted to save more of my energy while remaining focused. I see now that I really should’ve prioritized the energy-saving part.

Thanks to the dramatic ups and downs of last year, I’m feeling even more stretched thin this January than I did at the start of 2016. And while I know moving forward, there’s only going to be a greater need for vigilance and resistance (I’m American and understandably concerned about the state of my nation), I know I won’t be useful if I’m burnt out. I want to make a stronger effort to protect my “me” time this year.

I don’t regret any of the things I committed to last year, but I know going into this one that I have to set better boundaries when I know I’m running on fumes. Rest is important for health, creativity, and building rebellions. 😉 When I looked to the tarot for guidance, it pretty much told me I needed to rest to truly enjoy things and that I should self-reflect more, look deeper to see what I need.

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Like last year, I’ve created a Pinterest board for my word. Maybe it’ll help remind you to take a break too.

But don’t worry! That doesn’t mean an end to adventures. It just means I will hopefully be managing my time better.

What’s your Word for the Year?

 

Supplement:
(Music) Take a Break | Hamilton OST