It’s the start of a new year and a new blog series! I’m joining forces with Erika of Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans and Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag to bring you Glossies Made Me Do It, a year of our favorite magazines and what we learned from them. Books, beauty, food, you name it – it’s all fair game in our new series.
Since it’s January, I’ve been pouring over O, The Oprah Magazine and taking notes on the issue’s recommendations for the start of the new year. The article I kept coming back to is Oprah’s “This Land Was Made for You and Me”. Oprah has declared 2017 her Year of Adventure. She started off her adventures at the Grand Canyon and is encouraging others to find their adventurous spirit starting by visiting national parks.
I’m not really an outdoors person, but her article got me thinking about my theme for the year and how I can be more adventurous.
If last year was The Year of Small Wins, this is the year of simplifying my life and focusing on what’s truly important to me. (I’m still deciding on my word for the year. Simple? Minimalism? Focus?) I’m imagining 2017 as the year of decluttering and downsizing, of blogging less but putting more of myself into the posts I do publish. I want to spend my life in the real world and not behind a computer screen. I want to like the life I’m living and the clothes I’m wearing, and the things I’m doing.
But, back to adventure. The January issue of O shows that you don’t have to go far and away to find adventure. In fact it might be something as simple as trying a dip-powder manicure, making a new recipe for supper (like Oprah’s Turkey Lasagna Recipe), or picking up a book you wouldn’t normally read (like Novels, Tales, Journeys: The Complete Prose of Alexander Pushkin).
Here are a few things I want to do make my year adventurous:
♥ Embrace multiple products and try a Korean Skincare Routine
♥ Grow out my bangs (I’ve had them my entire life, and it’s time to give the no bang look a try)
♥ Blog less but put more thought into each post. Quality over quantity.
♥ Write an ebook
♥ Open an Etsy shop
♥ Travel to Chicago, Canada, and/or NYC
♥ Take a fitness class
♥ Make time for things I keep putting off (like learning calligraphy and how to make a pinhole camera)
♥ Make a short film
♥ Pay off at least one bill (#financialfreedom)
All this talk of adventure and trying new things has me craving comfort food, and nothing is better than starting off a wintry day with a hot bowl of oatmeal. This is one of my quick and easy go-to recipes, and it’s inspired by oatmeal cookies!
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2/3 cup water
- maple syrup
- almond milk
- In a bowl, combine oats and water. Add a couple spoonfuls of raisins and walnuts then sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Microwave 2 minutes.
- Give the oatmeal a stir. Add almond milk to taste. (I like my oatmeal drowning in almond milk.) Drizzle with maple syrup.
- Eat and enjoy!
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
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