Keeping Goals & Resolutions || Monochrome Outfit

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Now that we are more than half way through January I thought it only appropriate to share 3 ways keeping goals and/or resolutions. I have practiced these things; I’m still practicing them today–and I find them helpful and effective. I hope you also find them helpful!

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WRITE THEM DOWN

I always ALWAYS write down my goals. I find that this not only affirms my goals, but the act of writing them down makes it more real. By writing them down, I also get to see my goals and be reminded of what my goals are. After writing down my goals, I place them somewhere I can see them. I usually put them in more than one place–but I definitely recommend putting them somewhere you will look everyday–on a wall, on a desk, in a planner, or even in a phone.

BREAK DOWN THE GOALS

Having a goal or a resolution is great. However, it’s the small steps you take that are vital into actually achieving that goal. After I write down a goal, I go straight into breaking it into steps on how I’m going to achieve that goal.READ MORE

Starting Another Chapter || 5 New Year Resolutions

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I know we’re almost half way through January already, but I still wanted to share with you some of my resolutions for the year. Here’s 5 things I learned from last year (if you haven’t read it yet).

These resolutions were made based on where I was and where I want to go. I make short-term and long-term goals regularly but making new year resolutions is another way I reflect and improve. So, here are my five:

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READ MORE
I enjoy reading. I just haven’t done much of it last year, especially the second half of last year. I end up buying books that collect dust because I don’t make time for them. Hence, I’ve made a commitment to read a little everyday. I don’t have a specific number of books I want to complete, but making time to read is implemented into my daily routine. In the mornings I read a devotional book (I’m almost finish with it so after that I’m starting my Scripture reading). At night, I’m reading Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis.

WRITE MORE
I write a lot. I graduated college as a writing major, and I actually really do enjoy writing. I have some completed work and some incomplete–but I want to start submitting them to journals and magazines. I also want to complete my incomplete works. My goal is to finish two pieces of work and submit it every month. If you have any favorite literary journal/magazine, let me know!!

TRAVEL MORE
Last year I made a ton of road trips. I hate driving but those road trips were worth it. I loved the green summer hills and the orange autumn scenery. For this coming year, I want to travel more. I don’t have a specific destination, but I do have a few places in mind. I just want to see new sites and try new things, get inspired and recharged.

BE MORE INTENTIONAL
I want to be more intentional in every aspect of my life. I want to live more sustainably and be more intentional in my relationships. For living more sustainably, I know it’s going to be challenging, but I believe that making small changes can have huge differences–so I’ll start small. For being more intentional in my relationships, I want to make time to talk to friends and family, see how they’re doing, pray with/for them.

SAY YES TO OPPORTUNITIES
I started doing this near the end of last year, and I want to continue doing it this year. Of course this is not to say that I will say ‘yes’ to everything. But this is to challenge me to say ‘yes’ to opportunities I may have said ‘no’ to before, or to opportunities I’ve always wanted to try but never did.

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Those are brief summaries to 5 of my resolutions for the new year. Next week I’ll be writing a post on how to keep/start your resolutions (or goals in general) so come back for that! Let me know what are some of your goals!
Thank you for reading. And have a blessed day =)

-mainou




5 Lessons From 2015

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2015 has come to an end, and 2016 has begun. I’ve spent the last few days reflecting back on this past year. I can definitely say it was a year of challenges, failures, and successes. I feel like I’ve grown as a person in ways I can’t even explain.

I’ve also learned a lot about life and about myself. With that said, I want to share 5 lessons from my experiences in 2015. I will continue to apply these to my life; I also hope these will inspire you.

PRAY OFTEN
Praying has always been a part of my life but last year it became a huge part of my everyday routine. I started my morning with prayer. There were days when my prayer were full of thanks and praise, then there were days when my prayers were full of questions and sorrow. But through it all, God revealed his faithfulness and reminded me of His grace. Through prayer, I learned to be in moment and to trust in God. Through prayer, I also learned to listen and meditate–which has helped me tremendously emotionally and mentally. Even if praying may not be your cup of tea, I highly recommend meditation.

BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN DECISIONS
This doesn’t mean disregard people’s opinions or critiques. If there is a person who genuinely cares and supports you, then listen. But to me, believing in my decisions mean I won’t blame anyone, but myself, if I fail. It also means that I trust myself, and what I decide will be the best decision. I learned to stand on my own two feet and trust in my decisions. There are people who just likes to talk (and don’t have my best interest in their minds), and their opinions shouldn’t discourage me from making decisions that will help me reach my goals.

DON’T INVEST TOO MUCH TIME IN THINGS/PEOPLE THAT WANTS YOU TO FAIL
Often times I find myself questioning my worth and my abilities. At those moments, I also find the courage to tell myself that I am worth it and my abilities can always be strengthened. Of course, I can’t ignore people who wants to see me fail so I learn to ignore their unsolicited opinions and/or use them to motivate me to do better. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but if the opinions are not from a genuine place then I don’t think those opinions or people should acquire too much of my time. With that said, I aspire to be someone who inspires and encourages, and I hope you do too.

BE POSITIVE
Last year I started my grateful journey and that has influenced me to be more positive and more optimistic. I also complained less which benefits everyone. Being positive also meant having a positive attitude. To me, that meant looking at my life as half full and not half empty, having a can-do attitude, and being present. I challenge you to find ways to be more positive or to be more optimistic.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF SUCCESS
People always say don’t be afraid to fail, but for the longest time I was actually afraid of success. Why? Because I wasn’t sure how success was going to effect me as a person. But last year, after much prayer and meditation, I realized how foolish that was. My fear was limiting me from inspiring people and using my gifts. My fear was stopping me from allowing God to use me. Whatever success means to you, don’t be afraid of reaching for it. Just remember where you came from and remember to give back. With that said, don’t be afraid of failure too.

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And those are my 5 lessons from 2015. These are obviously not all of them, but these have played a huge role in the recent changes to my life. Come back next week for my new year resolutions/goals!! Also, let me know what are some things you have learned and/or look forward to this coming year =)

Thank you for reading.
As always, I wish you the best =)

-mc

2015 in Review || Outfits & Travels

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2015 has been a wonderful year. I’m grateful for everything that happened. Even though for most of us, this new year feels just like another day, I still think it’s important to reflect and renew. I’m reminded of C.S.Lewis’s quote, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.”

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I’ll be doing a short post about what I’ve learned and a few of my new goals for the year, but for today–I wanted to give you a glimpse back. I launched my blog with my own domain in February of 2015, and my blog journey continues to grow.

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As my first official post of the new year, I wanted to share a project that I’ve been a huge part of for a couple years. That is–I have a YouTube Channel. I am a part of The Haute Project on YouTube. We have weekly videos which consists of fashion lookbooks, outfit ideas, and styling tips. We also do makeup and skincare reviews along with home and fashion DIY. Make sure to go SUBSCRIBE !!

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I would also like to take this time to invite you to join me on INSTAGRAM @daysbymc & FACEBOOK! And, if you haven’t already, join my mailing list!

(You can sign up at the right side bar). I won’t bombard you with useless emails, just fashion and daily inspirations along shopping deals.

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I’m excite for this new year. There are a lot of unknowns, but the ambiguity develops and strengthens my courage, my faith, and my determination. I continue to seek and pray.

There’s a season for everything. Every season is different, but different isn’t always bad, just like how change isn’t always bad. Self-development & self-improvement is a form change. 2015 has definitely been a year of changes. Of course, it’s all for the better. Thank you for taking your time to read my blog. I wish you all a wonderful and blessed new year.

-mc
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