Happy New Year! I love that January is a time of reflection and plans. It’s both an ending and a beginning and is so full of possibilities it feels like any dream could come true. I really like this annual post from Modern Mrs. Darcy, so today I’m stealing a page out of her book and am sharing a few things that worked for me in 2016…
What Worked for Me in 2016
1. Coursera Classes
I believe in continuing education, and Coursera offers tons of university courses online for free or at low cost. They even offer scholarships! I’ve taken several classes over the last few years from art history to literature and creative writing. Because I want to be a better writer, I’ve been focusing on creative writing classes this year, and the feedback has been so helpful. This may make me the biggest dork ever, but I think everyone should try MOOC (massive open online course) learning.
Over the last year or so, podcasts have become part of my mornings. They are great to listen to when I’m doing my morning stretches or getting ready for the day, and they are excellent for car trips. These are a few of my current favorites:
3. My Morning Routine
I am not a morning person. I have no desire to become a morning person. Yet, mornings are an unavoidable part of my life. To help myself ease into the day, I’ve created a morning routine where I stay snuggled up in my bed for about an hour as I tackle a simple to-do list: Read a devotion, practice my French (which I am nowhere near fluent in, so it’s more like brain exercises), check email and social media to see of anything important happened while I slept (the answer is usually no), and write my morning pages. Eventually, I am awake enough to crawl out of bed and officially start my day.
4. Madison Reed At Home Hair Color
Dyeing my hair is a rather expensive vice, and since I’m a professional starving artist, I’m always looking for ways to cut costs. Madison Reed is an affordable at home hair color with professional results and safer ingredients than most dyes currently available. I’ve reviewed it here, here, and here, so you know I’m a fan.
5. Paper Planner
We may live in a digital world, but I’m still a paper girl. If I want to remember something, I need to write it down, so a paper planner is a must for me. I’ve used Moleskine, Erin Condren, and I just bought this planner for 2017. I, also, wrote a very important post about why you need a paper planner.
6. The Honest Company Face & Body Lotion
I don’t know why but a lot of body lotions break me out, so I tend to not use them. However, this year I discovered The Honest Company Face & Body Lotion, and it is amazing! Not only does it not break me out, it’s, also, moisturizing and free of harsh chemicals.
7. Investing in My Blog
Last year was the first time I ever purchased a theme for my blog. It was a nightmare to install, but it felt so good to start putting some extra TLC into this blog. I even participated in a cash giveaway with a group of awesome bloggers and purchased my first ad. I’m such a cheapskate when it comes to my blog, but I’m realizing that if I want this space to grow, I need to invest a little money along the way.
What worked for you in 2016?
P.S. Dara interviewed me for her Blogger Starshine series!
P.P.S. Don’t miss my most popular posts from 2016!
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