2016 Reflections & 2017 Intentions


With a new year, comes new possibilities, new opportunities, new outlooks, new improvements and new adventures! With 2017 right around the corner, I have all the feels.... all the exciting feels I am sure you all have.

I wanted to reflect on the past year and look ahead to a bright new one! At the beginning of 2016 we had an unfortunate health scare with my husband Kris and it took us awhile to get back on our feet... mentally and emotionally more than anything. One day, we will share our story, and the lessons we learned, but believe it or not, almost a year later, it still feels like yesterday. We are an amazing team, have overcome a sh*t ton and more importantly, Kris is 100% healthy and golden today. This experience alone really stopped us dead in our tracks and we had the ability to see our entire life from a birds eye view. Everything we (personally and as a couple) thought was important, changed in the matter of a week. I now see this as a blessing.

My intentions and goals are pretty simple stepping into the new year.

Here are 3 goals to a more meaningful new year.

1. I LOVE YOU.

Your family and friends are everything. Everything. Call your parents right now and tell them you love them. Hug your kids. Call you friends just because. Write your loved one a letter and hide it so they can find it unexpectedly... better yet, if you are married, take a moment to read out loud to each other the vows you wrote the day you got married. There is truly nothing more powerful than LOVE. No accomplishment. No job. No adventure. No dream is as important as the people who are standing there supporting you through it all. Remember that.

2. LIVE WITH "WELLNESS" AT YOUR CENTER.

If you do not have health, you do not have anything. It's been about baby steps and a lot of learning and growth this year. There has been such a MAJOR buzz about "wellness" the past couple years and it's been so inspiring to sit back and watch. It has always been in my nature to be a health conscious individual, however my career makes it almost impossible to be consistent. What I have learned is the importance of not being too hard on yourself. The way you were raised, the friends you hang out with, your career and your home and social environments effect so much of who you are. These naturally change over time. Humans evolve and it's so beautiful to watch yourself grow. Take time to be more in the moment and conscious of your growth.

"Wellness" by definition, means you are working at your highest capacity towards positive health and striving for the best quality of life. When you are actively working towards a more successful life, whether it be mentally, physically, socially, environmentally, medically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, intellectually... (I mean the list could go on) you are being an active participant and cheerleader in the well being of your personal health. I am so excited about my personal wellness journey and am even more excited to share what I have learned this year, i.e. how jade rollers and sheet masks are EVERYTHING and how listening to wellness podcasts on the subway have become my favorite thing to do while traveling through the city. There are so many different layers to your health, some practices and products may work extremely well for you and your lifestyle, while others may not. It's all about being a good wellness student and listening to your body.

3. KEEP SHOWING UP, WORK HARD & TRUST YOURSELF.

It's common as a creative to be hard on yourself. I am my worse critic and I know I am not alone. "That project could have been better!" "I should have done that faster or better." "If I were to turn back the hands of time, I would have done it this way instead." All of that is pure noise. When you trust yourself and surround yourself with a powerful, real and honest team, you are already half way there. I get it though, slumps are hard, sometimes crippling. Sometimes I'll have 100 amazing things happening in my life and they can instantly be clouded by one minor negative. Big no no! The plus for me is that I don't dwell, which is huge. This hasn't always been the case and it's taken practive over the years. Make it a priority to move on and handle downer situations like a boss.

If you are ever in a creative rut, bookmark this Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert and watch it... over, and over and over again. It's powerful. It's important. Here is one of my favorite quotes from her talk.

"Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then ‘Olé!’. And if not, do your dance anyhow, and ‘Olé!’ to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. ‘Olé!’ to you, nonetheless just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.” - Elizabeth Gilbert"

Here is to a beautiful, prosperous 2017! One filled with LOVE, GOOD HEALTH & NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

XX, VERONICA