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Friday, January 18, 2019

How to Choose A Word for 2019 + My Word for the Year

We are more than half-way through the first month of 2019 and I that means that everyone is in the swing of the new year and getting settled back into a routine after the holidays. The first few weeks of the year are always an adjustment after a long break, and so now is the time to really hit the ground running for 2019 and setting your goals!

Last year, I decided that I wanted my 'word' or intention to be timing. As a second semester senior in college, it was hard not to worry and compare myself all the time with how quickly I was making progress on my "real-world" journey. It was important to keep in mind that everyone was moving at different paces, and I didn't need to jump at the first job or make any major decisions just because I wanted to keep up with my peers. I really tried to trust in the timing of the year, and it worked out because I ended up with a super cool work opportunity that I would not have found otherwise.

Last year was amazing, and I knew going into 2019 that it was bound to be a year full of progress and eventfulness. I was in a happy place in my life but I only wanted to grow and make this happiness even better! When I thought about my overarching goals for 2019, I kept coming back to the word invest. I am really looking forward to investing in...
+ my career path and finding the best job ever
+ growing my blog by adding resources and committing my time
+ relationships with friends and family, and making more plans
+ personal development through reading, self-care, and ongoing education

via Pinterest
The process of deciding my Word for 2019 was actually much simpler than I thought it would be. Here's what I did when reflecting on the previous year and determining my new goals.

1. I started by thinking back on the past year, recalling my previous word and judging how well that word served me in 2018. I was pretty happy with the word that I picked and thought that I made lots of great progress in that department during 2018, so that was great! I made note of things that I did well and things that I needed improvement on so that I could use those to fuel my 2019 intention.

2. I spent a few days thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2019. I struggled a little bit at first since 2018 had been wonderful and I wasn't looking to make any major changes. But, I managed to come up with things that I wanted to pursue, such as the blog growth and commitment to making plans that I mentioned above. 

3. I brainstormed words that related to these topics and wrote them all down in a note on my phone. Some of my initial words included rise, reach, and manifest.

4. I wrote out a list of how each of my potential words could be used in a variety of contexts. With the word reach, for example, I wrote things like reach out, reach for the stars, and reach new heights.

5. Based on these lists, I was able to determine which word most closely aligned with the goals that I wanted to accomplish from Step 2. 

I hope this helps you if you are still thinking of your word or intention for 2019 -- there is never a wrong time to start making progress on your goals! Let me know your word for 2019 in the comments below :)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

My Five-Minute Makeup Routine for Work

Happy Wednesday! Today's post is all about the fastest makeup routine you've ever seen -- how I get ready for work quickly in the mornings and have easy, fresh-faced makeup in literally five minutes. I try super hard to make sure that I have things like my outfit picked out the night before, and in order to spend as many precious minutes in my bed as possible, I have my routine nailed down pretty well. While I would love to be the kind of person who wakes up at 5 AM to read and drink tea before even thinking about getting ready in the morning, that just isn't my reality right now so this will have to do.

1. Prime my entire face with the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in the green shade, which reduces redness. I've used this for a long time and don't have quite as much redness any more as when I started using this product so I might switch to the normal version once I run out.

2. I use two different concealers, one to reduce the appearance of dark circles and one to match my skin tone. I apply the NYX corrector first and then use the Maybelline Fit Me concealer on top. This has been another reliable favorite for years and I go back and forth between the shades 10 and 20 depending on the season.

3. I set everything with a translucent powder that I apply with a dry Beauty Blender. This powder has worked well for me for years and I recently have been trying the Beauty Blender method instead of using a brush, which I like! It's very easy.

4. Curl my lashes and then apply mascara on the top and bottom. I have been using the Lash Paradise mascara I have on hand but I actually prefer the Voluminous Million Lashes from L'Oreal.

5. Use my fingers to apply the tiniest bit of Cloud Paint on my cheeks. I wear Beam the most and find that it best blends into my skin.

6. Apply some Burt's Bees chapstick (my #1 go-to). I also always carry this in my bag to reapply throughout the day.

Extras: If I have extra time I might...
+ Apply Boy Brow to darken and accentuate my eyebrows
+ Add a light eyeshadow to my lids such as Rose Bronze from the Lorac Pro 3 Palette
+ Wear a lipstick instead of chapstick or lip balm
Monday, January 14, 2019

5 Books to Help You Grow in 2019

This past weekend was such a great one! 2019 is really starting with a bang, but unfortunately, I was wrapped up in all the fun this weekend and didn't plan a ton of time for writing blog posts. Fear not -- today I'm coming at you with 5 book suggestions that will help make your 2019 fabulous. I read all of these books last year and really enjoyed them, so I wanted to share them with you today if you are looking for some non-fiction reads that will inspire you.

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer
This book was the basis of my independent study in my final semester of college, and I really enjoyed it! I thought that it was really interesting and different from some of the other leadership theory books out there, so if you like this kind of stuff, I highly recommend checking it out for something new. It has great tips that help you become a more conscious person in your personal life as well as your professional career. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
This book is a leadership theory classic but I only read it for the first time over the summer. I really loved what Covey had to say as well and think that if you are just getting started in personal development and leadership theory, this one is a must read!

Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan
This is one of the books that I picked up as I started reading and learning more about sustainable fashion and style this year, and I really liked how Eagan structures her principles. Reading this book inspired lots of posts on the blog such as this, this and this.

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
This book was part girl power and part scientific theory, which was the perfect thing for me! I feel like I learned a lot about the science of confidence while simultaneously feeling empowered by the authors. I know this was also on a few other blogger reading lists from 2018, so it is definitely worth checking out.

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri 
It was really wonderful to read this book and memoir from Jen Palmieri about her time working on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. I found her advice relatable for any workplace, but think that it will especially resonate with anyone interested in entering a political field. 

BONUS: Read a biography of one of your favorite people! While this might not be considered 'personal development' per se, I feel like I grew immensely this year from reading biographies of people whose work is truly inspiring. I began 2018 by reading a biography of Leonard Cohen and the history of his famous song, Hallelujah, while I was choreographing a piece to the song and looking to understand the lyrics better, and was blown away by the complexities that make this song so special to so many people. I also read biographies of Billy Joel and Jacqueline Novogratz, both of which I loved. Some of my biography reads lined up for 2019 include Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Nicks, and Mr. Rogers.
Friday, January 11, 2019

My Year-Long Project for 2019

Happy Friday! This week felt like the longest ever. On Tuesday morning, I was mentally at 4 PM when it was only 11:30 in the morning, and I guess that's what it's like being back at work after the holidays!

On Wednesday, I shared the project that I set out to complete in 2018, which is something that I'm incredibly proud of! It was a total challenge but in the end, I feel like it really paid off and has given me a new perspective to head into 2019 strong. Because I enjoyed doing this year-long project so much, I knew that I wanted to do something again in 2019.

I have seen SO many people talk about the 1 Second A Day app, and I thought about implementing it last year but it was too late. So I have known since last year that in 2019, I would make a 1 Second A Day video that captures my whole year. I already love the app and wish that I had used it to document my college experience as well -- that would have been such a fond memory to look back on!

The hardest part so far about this app is that a lot of my days are spent at work, and there's not much different from day to day. That could change in the future, but for now, I'm trying to capture a little bit of everything. I already have some plans with friends and I'm excited for them to be included in my video as well. Here's to a great year in 2019! I can't wait to watch the final video back at the end of the year and see all that I accomplished.

Are you completing a year-long project in 2019? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What I Learned from My Year-Long Project in 2018

Last year was the first time that I decided I wanted to have a project or goal that lasted all year long. I only made a few resolutions for 2018 and instead wanted to commit to something that would really challenge me for the full 365 days. I didn't share anything about it when I made the decision and I barely mentioned it to family and friends either, but during 2018 I decided to read the Bible in full using the She Reads Truth app.

I honestly don't remember what prompted the decision, but now that I have completed the challenge, I feel like I really accomplished something big and am proud to have a little bit deeper of an understanding of the Bible. This project was definitely not easy to get through, as there were a few months that I skipped or forgot altogether and then had to seriously catch up during November and December. It pushed my knowledge and there were even a few books where I barely made it through because they were either repetitive or confusing, but it was a really great experience.

I have never been particularly religious, but have always appreciated faith and feel strongly that believing in something (or anything) is really good for the soul. Sometimes, we have no way to know what lies ahead, and in those instances, I have found comfort in accepting a higher power. As I enter 2019, which I know will be a year of change and growth, my experience reading the Bible in full has been valuable in helping me place my trust in knowing that the right things will come along at the right time.

In the end, I am SO glad that I decided to take on the goal of reading the entire Bible in 2018! I crossed off a tremendous bucket list item by reading one of the most important texts, and I would highly recommend challenging yourself to do the same if you are looking for a meaningful project for this year. On Friday, I'll be sharing the new year-long project that I decided to tackle for 2019.

Below are some of my favorite passages that I had saved during the past year: 

Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:22)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. (Isaiah 35:3)

A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. (Ecclesiastes 3:2)

In much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain. (Ecclesiastes 1:18)

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs. (Proverbs 19:2) 

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3)