Thursday, January 1, 2015

Resolutions & Wrap-Ups


Happy New Year!  I normally feature a blogger Q&A interview post on the first of the month, but since today marks the beginning of a brand new year, I wanted to share some of my 2015 resolutions with you.  I've found that it really helps me to write down my goals by hand and then display them; I know some people have enough will-power to keep them in mind all the time, but I need a good visual component.  And speaking of visuals... I know I recently did a seasonal round-up of outfits from this past autumn, but I wanted to include a small sampling of my favorite outfits from the last 365 days -- just to remind myself that although this was a tough year, it was filled with a lot of great ensembles!

new year's resolutions

I came up with a goal chart earlier in the year, at a time when I was feeling very lost and in limbo.  I found it helpful to divide my goals into different categories, so I decided to continue with that for my resolutions list.  For instance, my health goals include sticking to my Weight Watchers tracking, implementing more exercise into my day, a specific weight loss goal, and to focus my attention on my skincare routine.  My financial goals are to limit and keep better track of my spending, and my career resolutions include finishing my professional website, finding a new (or second) day job, and putting definitive plans in motion to move.  My blogging resolutions are to continue to expand my readership, improve my photography and establish sponsorship with brands.  I also wanted to make sure to include some other resolutions that are focused on my well-being, like getting a car of my own, seeing friends more often, getting a massage, reading more, and making an effort to keep a clean and organized personal space for myself.


There are times when coming up with resolutions makes me focus too much on what I didn't achieve during the previous year.  Because I don't want to discount all of the good things that happened in 2014, I made a little list of what I achieved from my other goal chart.  These accomplishments included getting my driver's license, being cast in some new and exciting projects, surpassing my blog readership goals, and taking some much-needed time to focus on myself.

But my last (and favorite) resolution is to keep dressing in ways that make me happy!  It was hard to pick just one outfit per month from 2014, but here are my favorite 12 outfits from the past year -- all of which brought me a lot of joy:

2014 outfits

January  //  February  //  March  //  April  //  May  //  June
July  //  August  //  September  //  October  //  November  //  December 

Thank you all for spending 2014 with me (and sticking with me through these past 12 months)! Although it's been a bit of a tough year, it's been a very valuable one, too.  I'm eager to see what the next 12 months will bring.

So tell me: if you make resolutions, what are some of your goals for 2015?

Have a great start to your year!
xox Sammi


  1. That's the approach I like to ideally take, too. There's nothing wrong with giving some thought to the things you'd didn't achieve or that didn't go to plan, but lamenting them for long periods really doesn't get one too far usually. Upwards and onwards, with plenty of time celebrating those that were achieved is a far better approach, if you ask me, and I love that you're doing just that. I think you did awesomely last year and must say congrats again on getting your license!

    Here's the prospect of all that 2015 has in the store and the many things you'll accomplish this year, too!

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Great to see your outfit recap, and to hear about your goals for the coming year. I tend to set goals, but not really resolutions. I haven't thought about my goals yet, I might have a think about that now over a glass of red wine! Good luck with achieving all of yours! x

  3. What a wonderful list of goals, and I love that you also included a list of your accomplishments! Thinking about the positive things you have already accomplished is a good what to have momentum in the New Year!

    Happy New Year, lovely!

  4. All your outfits are so beautiful!I hope you have a lovely new year! xx

  5. love your outfits and your accomplishments :)
    lets follow eachother! just let me know and I will follow back :)


  6. Happy New Year, Sammi! I love the way you do your resolutions; I really like having visual, handwritten aids, too. I tend to get things done if I write it out by hand! My top goal this year is to be healthier overall. I've always been pretty sedentary, especially, and I really want to make exercise a habit, especially in the coming year. I'd love to be able to go on hikes with my husband and not get winded halfway through the hike!
    You have some great goals for this year; I hope that this year is going to be wonderful for you!

  7. I put my goals into categories too (though probably way to many categories and goals. Yours seems much more manageable), and agree- a visual is so helpful. I need to do the same.

    Good luck with the new year coming! Hope 2015 is a fantastic one for you after the last year, especially.

  8. Happy New Year, Sammi!!! Alex

  9. Happy New Year, I hope you are able to focus on those new goals :)

  10. I definitely make resolutions ~ and I love ticking them off if I achieve them! I think it's always good to look back a realize when you have achieved something worth while. It's helpful to celebrate those things, no matter how small they might seem. So yay for 2014 achievements! :D ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  11. Oooo I have that mint hell bunny dress! Love your resolutions - dressing to feel happy is super important and often underrated. :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark


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