"17 days past due"
Every day, over the last 2 weeks, I've watched that number increase next to the to-do list item: "Write and schedule New Year's blog post". Of course the app I use makes anything past due red. It's a really condescending shade of red, too.
I started the post several times, but kept deleting everything I wrote. Then I would just stare at my computer screen blankly for 3-4 minutes before finally closing my laptop and deciding I was too hungry to think.
There's a lot of pressure on us to make and share our resolutions. And when I say pressure I mean: Well, everyone ELSE is doing it....so.....
We boldly proclaim that THIS year, we're finally going to get our shit together. We are finally going to lose that 10 pounds, eat cleaner, be more organized, travel more, spend less, wear pants more often (Imma tell you right now...not gonna happen for me), be better parents, etc etc etc. It's pretty exhausting thinking of all the ways we can be "better" people.
So why not trash the resolution list, huh? Screw it. Goals are definitely good! But not in the form of bashing yourself over all the things you aren't.
Instead, look back on 2015 and realize all the cool stuff you did. Realize how blessed you are. Realize that even if 2016 doesn't get ANY better than this, you've still got a pretty rad life.
IN 2015 I TRAVELED TO/SHOT IN...
Las Vegas, Erie, San Francisco, Monterrey, Midland, Galveston, Key West, Tulum, NYC.
IN 2015, THIS DARLING BUSINESS OF MINE...
...Had an 8 page feature in Philosophie Magazine
...Upgraded from "Click Chick Boudoir" to "Kara Marie Boudoir"
...Brought on a new and awesome studio assistant, Elaine
...Had it's BEST.YEAR.EVER
...Surpassed all quarterly goals
...Gave over 300 women a badass boudoir experience
...Was featured by over 40 international brands
...Donated over $10,000 in beauty/boudoir photo shoot experience credits to charity organizations
...And kicked my 2014 business' ass
It was an absolutely killer year, and of course, had it's downfalls too. I just choose not to dwell on them. Overall, I give 2015 a 9.9999 out of 10 (because there's always room for improvement.)
And because PHOTOS are my preferred method of communication, here is a whole crap ton of images that got the most love on Instagram in 2015 and sum up the year perfectly!
And in 2016, instead of willing yourself skinnier, funnier, happier, richer, or a completely different person....how about you just try to not be an asshole? Let's not create a list of 10341 things that make us inadequate and then feel supremely defeated looking at that list. Just narrow that right down to 1 goal: Don't be an asshole. Boom.
The rest, you can make up along the way.
Thank you all SO much for every single comment, follow, like, share, and shoot. I love y'all to pieces!
Cheers to 2016, dahhlings!