A New Year: 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Okay....So I'm like almost 3 weeks late with this post, but who's even counting!? This past year has been such a change, and I'm not saying it's been a bad thing. Honestly, it's been great! The first half of 2018, I struggled to be present. I was constantly worrying about not only finding a career, but also finding a career in the same area as my bf. It seemed not matter how hard we tried, we both were having no luck. It didn't matter how many interviews we had, we just weren't getting that final offer. Little did I know though, that I would be presented with a couple different opportunities. Little did I know that I would be presented with a career in Minneapolis. And little did I know that I would be late for my very first day on the job, not even show up to the position, reject the job over the phone, and instead, accept an internship. If you would have told me all this, I would have told you, that is crazy. And maybe I was crazy, but what is life without craziness!? To be honest, it was entirely worth the risk. I got offered to stay at the position fulltime, and I honestly love it. I've always been decent at excel, but now I actually have a passion for it. In a weird way, it excites me to learn new functions. I would have never in my wildest dreams thought that I would LOVE pivot tables. There's not a day that goes by that I don't use them. Without taking this internship/job, I don't know if I would have discovered that, or even have challenged myself to this degree.

I wish I could go back in time, and tell myself that everything was going to work out this year : just STOP stressing! But then life would be no fun...right!? So yes, I graduated from college with my babe, we have our own place, we started our first adult jobs, and are just figuring this thing called adulthood. So a lot of you might be wondering how's the change? Honestly, it's not all that bad. Sure, it sucks to force yourself to wake up at 5am, even though your alarm went off at 4, but you get used to the early rising. Every once in a while you'll cook something that is just f*cking awful, but that's what fast food is for.  And those towels have been stacking up for days, maybe even weeks...but who's going to notice!?

Probably the biggest adjustment is time management. I know it sounds so basic, but it's incredibly challenging. By the time I get home and finish cooking, it's around 7-7:30. That leaves me around 2 hours to juggle my time between relaxing, doing the dishes, going on Instagram, or what ever non-sense has to be done. And this is why my blog has taken a toll. I just haven't found the perfect routine to squeeze in blog posts. I always plan on writing them over the weekend, but then grocery shopping and cleaning take over. Then I tell myself I'll write them after work, but then going to bed at 9pm, sounds a lot more relaxing. So now, you know where my struggle is coming from.

I want to get better at making my blog a commitment again. It brings me so much joy coming up with new content and receiving feedback. So I'm not sure how/where I'm going to squeeze into my schedule, but believe me, I will. I want to make it my goal to be posting 3 times a week. I know that's not going to happen, so I'm going to shoot for 2 times a week for now. You gals need to help me stay accountable.

I guess that brings me to my remaining goals of 2019, which oddly enough are the same goals that I had last year. I didn't intend for this to happen, but when I was reading through my post from last year I was like....man these sound awfully familiar. And that's because they the exact same "to a T". So I guess that means I can just copy & paste them....yippee for being lazy!

1. Skincare: I think I have a better understanding for what's been working with my skin, and what hasn't. So I'm hoping by sticking with this routine, cutting down on stress, NOT sleeping in my makeup, and not eating chocolate so much, I'm able to tackle this horrible thing called acne. So long fellas!
2. Organization: To be honest, I don't think I'm ever going to tackle this one. I've never been the most organized person....EVER! It's all about baby steps though. I've recently made it a goal of mine to save all documents and actually shut down my computer before I go home from work. I want to make a similar approach in other aspects. When I take something out, I want to put it back where it belongs. Instead of leaving my shoes everywhere, I want to put them by the front door. It's sounds so simple, but I just can't get in the habit of doing it. Going along with that, I have a bad habit of putting things off, and not intentionally. I'll think of something that needs to be done, and I'll tell myself I'll do it later. Instead I want to get off my lazy bum and just do it. 
3. Finances: This past summer, I started an expense sheet, mostly so I could keep track of what I owe my bf and vise versa. I also wanted to make a budget and stick to it. While I've been keeping up with jotting down my expenses, I haven't been the best at budgeting. I've set aside a planned amount on what I should spend on makeup & clothes for the month, but I also end up going wayyy over. So this year, I really want to stick to that set limit. And also, I want to get in the habit of updating my expense sheet weekly. Normally I put it off until the end of the month, and its just a hassel. 

4. Spiritual: This is something that I have put on the back burner for quite some time. I need to just take baby steps like reflect on my day or pray when I'm feeling anxious.

5. Fitness: Okay, I know what you're thinking....REALLY? I know everyone in their mother makes this resolution, but I'm not one of those people that is "I'm going to eat healthy." All I want to do is be consecutive at doing arm workouts. I used to "workout" with my boyfriend in the spring. And when I say workout, I mean we would do some pushups in his dorm room for like 15 minutes. So, if I could do a basic workout like that 4-5 times a week, that would be great! While I want to make complete this resolution, it's not one of my most important ones.

And there you have it, those are my goals for 2019, and a recap of 2018. Oh and how could I forget, this past year I worked as a social media coordinator for a fashion boutique. I had THE BEST time photographing and just being creative. I honestly miss my part time job. It made me realize how much I love Instagram. Which btw, you guys should definitely follow me (@katekoutures). I take pride in my work, and last year I  really focused on posting consistently in 2018. I can't believe I'm going to admit this, but I want to make it a goal of mine to hit 1000 followers on the app. To some that's nothing, but to me that's a lot.

Cheers to a great 2019!

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