2018 - Begin With The End In Mind

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Hello, 2018! So, let me tell you...

I actually planned to post this on the 31st but I started cleaning my kitchen and the rest is sudsy history. I wanted to spend the last few days of 2017 getting my life into order, reflecting and planning to enter into a new year. However, my plan was slightly altered after getting sick and catching the flu a couple days before Christmas. My brain felt like pharmaceutical mush. Nevertheless, the time that I was forced to spend sleeping and resting my body was needed even if it did come with the price tag of being sick. Yet, now that I'm finally feeling better and we're on the 6th day of the new year, no more excuses.

 What I'm Wearing: Shein trench, Target scarf, Unknown sandsls

What I'm Wearing: Shein trench, Target scarf, Unknown sandsls

As the years have gone by I've placed less emphasis on creating "new years resolutions". It's so easy to get caught up in the hype of all the "newness", like – new year, who dis? Though, I do set goals that I'd like to accomplish throughout the year. It's quite thrilling to go back and look at goals that you've set for yourself and be able to check them off. When I started writing down this year's goals, I decided to take a slightly different approach. I titled my list, "My Plan for 2018". My mom often likes to remind me to begin with the end in mind. With that, I believe that sometimes this idea makes me want to put the cart before the horse, but when I manage it correctly, that theory really helps. If you know where you want to go or what you want to do, you can create a plan to get there. This way, it's easier to assess progress and make tweaks if you're not on track to hitting your mark. So, instead of setting out to write this massive list of goals like I do every year, (with no exact plan on how to a fulfill them in a timely fashion) I kept it short and more intentional. Writing down a few personal goals, business goals, and financial goals to boot.

Last year started off pretty rocky for me. Continuing to deal with 2016's leftovers, I went through an emotional rollercoaster in 2017. I was still trying to get over my breakup with my ex of almost 8 years. It was tough. But it wasn't until about the last quarter-ish of last year did I feel like I was finally becoming myself again. I increased my personal development as well as made some home improvements, and now I feel like "Stella's got her groove back"! 

 What I'm Wearing: H&M jean dress (worn as jacket), H&M shirt, Topshop skirt, BCBGeneration heels

What I'm Wearing: H&M jean dress (worn as jacket), H&M shirt, Topshop skirt, BCBGeneration heels

Despite the bumps of 2017, I ended last year feeling happy, eager, and appreciative. My end goal for this year is to finish 2018 feeling the same way, plus a few more positive adjectives. Overall, last year was a humongous blessing, I booked some big commercials, as well as a role on Grey's Anatomy (ahhh!!) and had the opportunity to work with some pretty cool people and new brands. Per usual, with the successes came quite a few lessons and realizations about areas in my life that I still have work on. Also, I felt like Honey In My Heels took a bit of a back seat because I was so busy with auditions and acting projects in general. So this year, I have to figure out a way to balance both. I want to do so much in my life and with this platform, but it can only be accomplished one step at a time. So instead of me telling you all the ways that this year will be different on the blog (like I've done before), I hope to just show you by following my plan for the year. However, I will say this, I started using Insta Stories and I'm kind of loving it. If you aren't already, make sure you're following me on Instagram to get more of an inside look at my day to day life and to see a bit more personality other than what I can express through writing. 

 What I'm Wearing: Forever 21 bodysuit, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Forever 21 heels

What I'm Wearing: Forever 21 bodysuit, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Forever 21 heels

Thank you again for sticking with me. I hope that this year is remarkable for both you and I. Let's live and let live and agree to show up and show out. I have a really good feeling about 2018. I pray I'm right. Happy New Year!  

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