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How to set your goals for 2018 #motivationmonday

How to set your goals for 2018 #motivationmonday


Photo above: my NYE in Nice, France



Personally, 2017 was a year of BIG endings and BIG beginnings. I graduated from university, I moved to London, started this podcast, travelled A TON, made an incredible number of new friends...

To summarize, it was a very full-on year.  I knew what I wanted to a specific degree, which resulted in a lot of worry -- I wanted everything to go according to plan. While I accomplished most of my intentions for the year, I struggled to embrace the moments when things didn't work on the first try. 

At the beginning of 2017, I made a very long list of goals. Writing down around 20 intentions for the year,  I soon realized that I needed to focus on about half of them -- if I wanted to actually make some lasting changes. Once I made my focus smaller, I was able to relax, adapt my goals to changing circumstances, and actually feel like I kicked ass! 

This year, I'm going to start with that strategy (which I figured out the hard way) and just do 8 goals.  If each intention is backed by a purpose and a simple means to get there, I'll have no excuse to not follow through. 

In the spirit of accountability, here are my 8 intentions for 2018. In reading mine, I hope I inspire you to set some of your own. If you do, I would love to hear yours in the comments or on Instagram @fashionoriginatorspodcast! 

My 8 intentions: 

1      Incorporate more art creation into my life

Why: I was really obsessed with art as a kid, mostly because it helps me chill out yet feel accomplished. For 2018, I want to create art more regularly. 


-       Pick a specific day I go to drawing class, and not break the commitment

-       Frame my best drawings, so I can watch how I’ve improved week by week.

-       Label a box of polaroid film for every month of the year and go through a package per month.


2      Skype with my grandparents once a month


Why: My grandparents on both sides of the family are getting quite old. Since I live in London, I don't get to see them or speak to them that often. Through Skyping with them, I think it will have a grounding impact on my mind and my work (and just make us all happier, really). 

How: Make sure one of my cousins teaches them how to use Skype properly! Schedule in times into my calendar -- especially since the time difference is usually around 8 hours. 


3      Plan trip with bestie to Japan

Why: My best friend and I have been talking about going to Tokyo for far too long. PLUS she's an angel of a human who I never see. 

How: Book tickets and everything well in advance so we can actually afford it. Even if the trip happens in 2019, the actual booking of the trip is KEY. 

4      Learn more about topics external to fashion

Why: I absolutely LOVE fashion, but I feel like my knowledge of other topics isn't really at the level I'd like it to be (architecture, philosophy, photography, politics). 

How: Subscribe to NPR again, sign up for the Frank Gehry Masterclass and re-crack open my copy of The Crooked Timber of Humanity. 

5      Do reformer pilates once a week!

Why: I hurt my back last year, and I have learned so much from the few pilates classes I've taken recently. 

How: Quit my current gym and go to a cheaper one so I can afford pilates classes on the side. Pre-book them far in advance. 


6      Do two speaking engagements

Why: I did a speaking engagement last year to 50 high school students about fashion internships. Honestly, knowing that my internship trials and advice helped so many kids meant the world. This year, I want to do one in London and one at my old university!

How: Reach out to the contacts I have at my university and various London fashion schools. Prepare a talk that young people will enjoy, schedule in the time. 


7      Start regularly contributing to two publications that aren’t my own

Why: While writing can be quite time-consuming, I think it's a satisfying intellectual endeavour that keeps your brain sharp. As well, I want to continue to learn from other people within the journalism space (and to assert my expertise on the luxury fashion business). 

How: I have already been contributing to Pepper Your Talk, and I have a few other projects in the works as I write this! 

8      Start taking classes at Central Saint Martins!

Why: It's the #1 fashion school in the world, and I've heard nothing but amazing things. PLUS their short courses look really interesting, and I have always felt like I 'missed out' on fashion school (since I did a traditional academic degree). As well, it's a great way to meet like-minded fashion nerds!

How: Sign up for a Saturday course! This way, I can actually enjoy myself without having to worry about the course conflicting with my job. 

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you all enjoyed this week's #motivationmonday ! Be sure to send me a message about your intentions for the year, and see you next Friday. 



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