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As I get older, the reality of diminishing time becomes more and more apparent. Honestly, as soon as I reached my 20s, I felt like the years have been getting shorter and shorter. Needless to say, I am still in denial in the fact that it is now 2018. How did this happen? I wrote on Instagram a bit ago about how I did accomplish a lot of things such as graduating from college and adopting my first bun child, Mononoke. Yet, I feel like 2017 was not my best work.

Yes, I am treating 2017 as if it was some project, but it’s true! There are 365 days a year in which we wake up and either accomplish what we set out to do or we do not. I have this haunting feeling that I did not live up to my full potential this past year and laziness came into factor a lot more than it should have. But 2018 is going to be different. I have had a full mental shift and this is how I am going to make 2018 the year I thrive.

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Set Goals

I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe in setting realistic goals for yourself for the year ahead. Take some time to sit down and write down what you want to achieve this year and order them from greatest to least importance. Next, take this same list and expand it. Write down every actionable step you need to take to reach this certain goal. If you can, take these a step further by setting a date in which you want this to be done by. Add it to your planner, bullet journal, iPhone notes, or wherever else this information can be easily accessible to you.

Sometimes goals seem unattainable because they are lofty or you do not know how to go about it. This process eliminates this intimidation factor and leaves you with no excuses. Breaking down your 2018 goals step-by-step is a great way to attack things head on. For me, my biggest 2018 goals I am going to tackle: Expand my blog, improve my Korean and put more time into my relationships.

What are your 2018 goals? Share them in the comments below!

Dress the Part

Time and time again, you will find me stressing the importance of enclothed cognition or how your outfit has a psychological effect on your mood and feelings. What better way to start off 2018 feeling like a #girlboss than by getting an outfit that says so. December was all about gifting other people, so let’s make January about treating yourself. Go shopping and treat yourself to the latest piece to your capsule collection or invest in that top you have been eyeing the past couple of months. If it makes you feel good when you put it on, it is worth it.

One of my favorite companies I have been loving to browse through is Blue & Cream – a high-end contemporary retailer. They have an amazing selection of designer pieces and the warehouse sale selection is to die for! Here are some of the things I am eyeing:

Blue & Cream Fashion Picks

  1. Sea Relaxed Maxi Coat
  2. Elizabeth and James Gisella Sweater
  3. Frame Denim Le Skinny De Jeanne Jean

Get Your Finances in Check

On Reddit, I saw someone who did a $5 challenge throughout 2018. Essentially, they saved all the $5 bills they obtained and put them to the side. By the end of the year, they saved quite a hefty sum of money! Personally, this would not work for me because I do not carry cash that often, butI decided to tweak it to suit my lifestyle. I am making it a goal of 2018 to spend more wisely and save a portion of each paycheck for the future. Trust me, you’re going to thank yourself!

Love Yourself

If you have not evaluated your self-love and inner-confidence this past year, I highly suggest you do so. Fresh beginnings means it is time to embrace all your imperfections and to learn to love yourself like you have never before. Make it a goal to look into the mirror every morning and give yourself one compliment. Make it a goal to be more health conscious, to stick to a skincare routine and to do more of the things you take pride in and enjoy. You cannot thrive in 2018 if you are still wallowing in self-doubt.

Related: How Blogging has Helped My Self-Confidence

Let’s work together to maintain this mindset for all of 2018! If you want things to happen in your life, you need to take action. This year is going to be the year we collectively thrive, learn from each other and grow. I know we are all going to achieve great things. Let’s keep the conversation and motivation going by sharing all your thoughts with the hashtag, #2018cognition on Twitter! See you there!

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January 4, 2018


Great tips! You ar very insightful and have a great sense of confidence that seems to come naturally! Yay, you! I am almost 60, so I hear you about how time seems to move at warp speed as we age.
Happy 2018 ! May it be everything you wish for more!

Your finance goal resonates with me – I’m trying to be more mindful of what I spend money on. When I buy something, I’m essentially investing in that brand so I want my money to go somewhere that not only makes great products but whose values align with mine.

You couldn’t be more right, the way we dress absolutely changes the way we feel and how we feel about ourselves. I’ve always loved that affect that clothing and dressing has on us. It’s an amazing thing how a piece of clothing can transform you. Happy New Year beauty! Wishing you only the best.
Little Fashion Stylist

Happy New Year! I think I can relate with the previous year being a kind of project – parts of my 2017 were exactly that, and I think 2018 is when I need to take action in many parts of my life. Also, I need to do a better job saving haha. Anyways, wishing you a fantastic year!
xo Samantha

Hell yeah, babe! I had a similar feeling when 2017 was coming to a close, although feeling much more hopeful and excited about the new year. I also want to spend less (and in better pieces), spend more time with my loved ones and travel a bit more. Let’s kick 2018’s ass, shall we? Much love from Cambridge,

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