Deep Ideas from 2018


Final 12 months, I spent New Yr’s Eve doing a bunch of various and random issues.

I used to be nonetheless new to Los Angeles and didn’t have a gaggle of pals to hang around with, so I did issues that I believed may assist me really feel some sort of closure on 2017. I watched the sundown on the seashore. I went to church. I went to a home celebration of an acquaintance, pondering possibly it’d flip right into a friendship. I used to be making an attempt quite a lot of issues and hoping one thing labored. This 12 months was quite a lot of the identical–– making an attempt quite a lot of issues and seeing what labored. Narrowing my imaginative and prescient. Getting clear and eliminating what now not served.

This 12 months I booked a few of my most fun initiatives to this point. On the identical time, this 12 months was one of the troublesome years of my life. My calendar was full, however my tank was empty. I burned myself out, and found that stability was a lesson I desperately wanted to study. I used to be spinning so many plates that my well being suffered. I’m grateful for the chance to be simple and clear with you right here in regards to the highs and the lows.

Listed here are the truest issues I discovered this 12 months.


Okay, possibly not “simply” a dream (ummm hey, I LOVE DREAMS), however for those who set a giant purpose however don’t have any plans or habits to assist it, it’s unlikely that you’ll accomplish the purpose. You possibly can’t simply hope for the perfect, you must plan for it! This 12 months, I had quite a lot of targets, and I completed some huge ones. However others had been left hanging as a result of there was no precise plan to realize them. Transferring ahead, I’m setting deadlines for myself and breaking my targets down into small steps that make them extra achievable.


Your power has limits, and your creativity depends in your power, so guard it fastidiously! I used to be really blessed to have many alternatives come my approach this 12 months, and on the identical time, I didn’t say “no” sufficient. I attempted to do all of it, and by the tip of the 12 months, I used to be fried. I didn’t have the power to carry area for anybody else… one thing that’s usually a pleasure for me to do. I additionally didn’t have capability to have interaction locally points that I had beforehand prioritized. I ended up taking the previous couple of weeks of 2018 off from consumer work to maintain myself and my well being.


It’s arduous for me to jot down about this, however I believe it’s SO essential to speak about psychological well being. I’ve handled despair and anxiousness my entire life, however this 12 months was by far essentially the most difficult time I’ve had with each. There have been days after I merely couldn’t see how I’d bounce again. Once I was actually struggling, I wasn’t consuming nicely, I wasn’t exercising, I wasn’t going outdoors, I wasn’t seeing pals, I wasn’t doing something besides isolating myself and sinking deeper right into a gap of self doubt. I do know now that I have to prioritize remedy, train, nutritious meals, social life, and my religion. I do know that my points aren’t simply going to vanish altogether, so I want to determine find out how to dwell with them and never permit them to knock me off my middle. I discovered that I have to do the work to set myself up for achievement, even when I’m not feeling nice within the second.


Routine and behavior had a giant half in pulling me out of darkish instances this 12 months. I began getting up on the identical time day by day and going to yoga within the mornings. I began consuming the identical wholesome meals day by day. I began journaling day by day. I developed practices to anchor me and I made them non-negotiable so I wouldn’t sink again into the consolation of despair. So many extremely profitable individuals speak in regards to the significance of their morning routines, and it’s not a coincidence! Having a morning routine that you just do day by day actually helps to border your day (and your life) for achievement. Working towards wholesome habits constantly helps me to create a basis for a full and balanced life.


This could virtually be certainly one of my catch phrases, nevertheless it’s true… have a look at the 5 individuals you spend essentially the most time speaking to or participating with. You’re most likely a mix of them, right down to what you’re pursuits are, what you consider, the place you stand on points and the way a lot cash you make. As my life turns into busier and time appears to be rushing up increasingly, I’m studying the significance of being selective with the individuals I spend my time with and my power on. I don’t assume you must dramatically reduce individuals out of your life simply because they don’t have the healthiest habits–– we’re all a piece in progress. However simply take stock. Your circle must be reflective of the sort of particular person you need to be. Your mates must be cheering you on, pumping you up, and rooting for you even after they don’t get credit score for doing so. And you need to be doing the identical for them.


Holding grudges solely hurts you, not the opposite particular person. Studying to forgive is among the most essential issues we will study to do. This 12 months, I felt that I had been holding on to some grudges that had been clogging up my personal freedom and stopping me from trusting individuals. There have been painful conditions I used to be nonetheless carrying that I wanted to let go of. There are simply issues in life that aren’t value hanging on to–– resentment, desirous to be “proper,” feeling such as you’re owed an apology… generally it’s higher to forgive and let it go, with no huge announcement. Quiet and humble forgiveness is a profound reward.


I give this recommendation on a regular basis to aspiring photographers and entrepreneurs (severely, increase your hand if I’ve given you this recommendation!). This 12 months, it rang very true for me (!). A 12 months in the past, I made an inventory of dream shoppers, and this 12 months I crossed a number of of these firms/manufacturers off the listing… as a result of they approached me. If you do good work, constantly, for a very long time… while you discover your lane and run in it with every little thing you’ve obtained, individuals discover. Finally, you’re going to get an electronic mail that claims, “Hey, we love what you’re doing, and we need to be part of it.” From my Greece journey retreats to my work partnerships, the individuals and firms I used to be attracting by way of my model had been well-aligned and shared lots of my passions.


In case you love a very good character check as a lot as I do, you might know in regards to the Enneagram. I’m a Kind 3, “The Achiever,” and I relate a lot to this kind. I get a lot satisfaction and validation from the work that I do and the best way it’s perceived. I don’t love that that is my nature, however I can’t disguise from it. Together with all of the psychological well being challenges that got here up this 12 months, I used to be reminded that my profession is simply one half of what I do or who I’m. There are such a lot of different issues I care about, and so many different methods I need to spend my time, and I’ve been studying to set agency boundaries between work and non-work actions. A number of examples: This was the primary 12 months I truly allowed myself to look at Netflix… and never a documentary both. I went to occasions only for enjoyable, not for the unique function of networking. In an act of defiance in opposition to my achiever-ism, I’m prioritizing unstructured play and simply having fun with the second as a substitute.


There are some things I do know I’m good at. And naturally, there are another issues that I’m fully dismal at. There isn’t a very good motive for me to do the issues I suck at when these issues are little doubt another person’s ardour–– the issues they had been placed on this Earth to do. Going into subsequent 12 months, I’m filling my calendar with issues which might be in my zone, and saying no to issues that may very well be finished higher by another person. There’s no disgrace in issues simply not being a very good match. I consider that so as to use our items totally, we have to use them correctly too.


The older I get, the extra I study that I do know a b s o l u t e l y nothing :). Any time I obtained a tad overconfident this 12 months, I obtained smacked within the face with one thing I didn’t know, or an assumption I used to be toootally flawed about. I do know we had been imagined to study this in center college, however reality be advised, am nonetheless studying to by no means assume. I’m heading into the final 12 months of my 20’s with my palms up. God, world, individuals, what do you must train me?

At instances, this 12 months felt like nonstop punches. It was actually arduous. It was additionally actually, ridiculously stunning. I slept in a standard Chinese language tolou and wakened within the mountains. I noticed the Monarch butterfly migration in Mexico, spoke to creatives at some distinctive occasions, led 18 individuals throughout Greece to discover a brand new nation and themselves. I re-visited Australia and Kenya, and discovered first-hand about unimaginable cultures around the globe. There have been instances I needed to press pause simply to have an additional second to get pleasure from it.

All the issues that occurred this 12 months are turning me into the girl that I’m. And I’m proud of who I’m turning into. It’s taken lots for me to have the ability to say that. And every little thing that didn’t work out this 12 months, final 12 months or anytime earlier than that, was in my greatest curiosity.

If this 12 months was a tricky one for you, I would like you to know that you’re not alone–– you’re why I select to share issues so transparently. I actually hope this submit gives you some encouragement.

Trying ahead to 2019, I’m creating actionable and achievable targets for myself. They embrace writing extra right here, prioritizing my psychological and bodily well being, and exhibiting up for this group on different platforms (any guesses the place? 🙂 ). I do know that I’ll see constructive change by way of constant habits, wholesome decisions, and intentional choices in my enterprise and private life.

Penning this and reflecting on 2018 has jogged my memory to by no means lose my curiosity or my ardour for this world and the individuals in it. I hope you by no means lose yours both. Right here’s to vibrant days.



If you’re curious, listed here are my ideas from the previous couple of years: 2017, 2016, and 2015. Images by Ari-An Watkins and Tiffiny Costello.


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