First, I want to say Happy New Year! The month of January has a special place in my heart, and rightfully so…
I started Happily Dressed two years ago, on January 20th, 2014. It was my freshman year in college, and I wanted to start a blog all about living your best life through the attitude you carry along with the clothes you wear. Boy, has it been a journey. As we approach the two-year mark, I can’t help but feel sentimental.
Happily Dressed has opened so many doors for me. Some, I didn’t even know I wanted. From developing partnerships to great conversations, starting this blog was the best thing I’ve done so far in my life. Want to know why?
This blog has not only helped me create a platform where positivity can transcend continental boundaries, but has also allowed me to understand this passion I feel so deeply. Whenever I speak of acceptance, confidence, and the will that burns bright inside all of us, I feel… I feel… WHOLE. I get a feeling that words can’t describe. They get close, but don’t quite fully translate how I feel.
If I’m being honest, I use to suppress my emotions. I thought they would only hinder me. I’m happy to admit that I was wrong. They’ve paved the way for a truer way of living.
Mastering my emotions.
These last two years I’ve embraced my emotions. Not only that, but I’ve let them foster a new sense of communication. I believe being one with your emotions enables you to have control over your life.
If something makes you angry, understand exactly what act made way for that emotional response. Once that is figured out, translate your feelings and try to find an equal understanding. If one can’t be found, move on.
If something makes you happy, do it more. Enjoy that feeling of joy. Don’t spoil it by thinking it won’t last. Live every day in the moment, with high hopes for a brighter future.
If something makes you sad, be sad. It’s okay. We all deserve a time-out from Life sometimes. In sadness is where we find perspective and understanding. It is needed.
My hopes for 2017.
All my life, I’ve wanted to create. No matter the medium, I’ve always found a way to channel my passions into a creative outlet. Last year, I focused a lot on photography. This year will be no different.
Additionally, I want to get back into graphic design, my first love. Before I had a camera, I had a computer. The joy I feel capturing beautiful images with my camera is the same joy I first felt creating logos for myself back in middle school. I want to explore that more.
Lastly, I have two key themes for 2017.
Honesty & Adventure.
In everything I set out to do I want to be honest. There’s no better way to live than being true to yourself. I want to practice what I preach and go through life organically. My feelings will neither be suppressed nor forced.
Additionally, I’d like to adventure more. In this month alone, I get to travel to Philadelphia, New York City, and maybe even the state of Connecticut. This blows my mind. This is my first time traveling up North, and I’d love for it to happen more. Maybe even visit the West Coast?
Ultimately, I’m writing this post to document the path I’m traveling and to show that, though, I know the destination is a sweet one, I’m really enjoying the journey.