If 2011 is any indication of how 2012 is going to be… this is going to be one heck of a year! Lots of changes will be taking place. I mean, for starters, I’m graduating this year. Saying that I was the graduating class of 2012 seemed like so far into the future. (I’m talking the future in terms of Zenon here!) But, what do you know… we’re here.
(The background behind this resolution was that some guy once described me as the “girl who sat in the front of class with a ponytail.” Not a fan.)
3) No more television…. Sort of. I didn’t watch television at all first semester. I started watching TV again over the summer, and I watched shows on Netflix this semester. I did cut down significantly though overall.
4) Read more…. 100% met!
For the record, I will be continuing with these goals! They aren’t limited to 365 days 🙂
Additional goals for this year are:
Be more impulsive.
In a good way though. I had a long talk with a friend the other day about how I don’t do anything impulsive. Even shopping for me is calculated… I go in with a list, a plan, and a budget. While being extremely thoughtful, and even cautious, is a good thing… it’s only good to a certain extent. I need to do more things on a whim.
Have an open heart.
This has to do in terms of romance, but I really don’t discuss that on here 😉 You’ll just have to trust me on this one!
Biography Page Theory
Oh, you must know by now how much I love a goodtheory. Well this one is about how I present myself at any given moment. Basically, I pretend that everyone I meet (from a professor to the cashier in the grocery store) is in charge of writing a page of my biography. What would they say about me? What legacy, however small, am I leaving behind in the eyes of those who come in contact with me? Am I friendly and outgoing? Am I driven and hardworking? I remind myself of this on days when I’m feeling particularly grumpy or sad… If I am snippy with the cashier of the grocery store, what would she write in her one page?
I have this horrible tendency to not celebrate accomplishments. The minute something happens, I’ll maybe tweet it and then start thinking, “Okay, Carly… what’s next?” I had some pretty amazing things happen in 2011… like, designing a valentine for Kate Spade, meeting 501 fantastic individuals, launching a magazine, incorporating a company, writing for Today.com, etc… Yet, I never take the time to really celebrate.
📌 Save this post! Can’t get over the MAGIC that is @backtonature.nj’s Christmas Market during the holidays! 🎄🌟🎅🏻🧣The decor this year is on a new level. If you need to get into the holiday spirit (or pick up speciality gifts or more decorations for your home), 100% recommend making the drive! It’s worth it ❄️
When you don’t actually feel cute but then kind of end up feeling cute because you put a bow in your hair, slipped into a dress that fits, and swiped on your favorite red lipstick 💋 @hillhouse @annmashburn 🎥 by @carterfish, maybe I’ll post the video without music so you can hear her hyping me up, because you can’t imagine the crowd the bore witness to the making of this Reel
And then there were three ❤️❄️🎄🌟⛸️ Needlepoint stockings are a huge undertaking… they take hours (and hours and hours) of stitching. The final results are more than worth the effort though. These will hang on our mantle every Christmas and I can’t think of anything more special than that. I finished Mike’s stocking at the end of the summer after stitching almost every night for seven months. I am taking a little break and then I’ll start on the baby’s stocking for next Christmas!!
This tree feels extra special this year. 🎄💫⛸️❤️🕯️ Jack is fully embracing the magic of Christmas (“kiss miss”) and his enthusiasm is downright contagious!
Not one of my best qualities, but I typically feel immense pressure trying to make things feel extra special and perfect and then I get disappointed when the reality doesn’t live up to my (unrealistic) expectations. I wish I could blame social media for this.... but I know the call is coming from inside the house.
This tree seems perfect to me, though, just the way it is. It was a true group effort getting it here. Another one of my not-so-great qualities is that I’m terrible at asking for help when I need it.... this year, I can’t ignore it though. I needed help, and a lot of it. Mike got every holiday storage box up from the basement (no small feat) and hoisted the into the house and got it up in the stand within minutes (then redid it twice to get the angle of the tree just so); my mom and I took multiple trips to the hardware store and drug store for the “right” colored lights (in case you’re wondering, “bright white” is warm yellow and “warm white” is actually bright white... make it make sense); my mom wrapped the tree in lights a second time when we learned the hard way that when the box says you can’t plug in more than five strands together they mean it; and Jack was there to help and hype us all up to say how “boo-full” the tree and lights are– and keeping us in line by scolding and reminding us that we aren’t allowed to touch the ornaments 🤭
I feel a little pang of sadness that we aren’t celebrating a first Christmas with a baby who was supposed to be here, while also struggling through a third trimester (just feeling physically tired and exhausted), while also cherishing our last Christmas as a family of three, while also getting excited knowing our baby will be here before we know it. Sure, it’s a lot of pressure to put on one single tree, yet here I am. ⭐️
Spent the weekend decking the halls 🎄 the garland is up, the tree is up, the wreaths are up! Fueled by three peppermint mochas, one bag of Milanos peppermint slices, one batch of chocolate chip cookies, and one loaf of zucchini bread… my mom and I got it done 🙏🏻
These boots are TOTALLY made for walking! Taking a spin in @stuartweitzman’s iconic 5050 Bold Boot and feeling like an it girl, who happens to value both fashion and comfort! ⭐️ Take advantage of #StuartWeitzman’s Black Friday sale with an extra 25% off full-price and sale styles with code FORYOU25! (Select exclusions apply; through 11/27) This *rarely* happens!! I’ve linked this exact pair of 5050 Bold Boots in the @shop.ltk app! You can shop the boots and a couple of my other sale picks here #liketkit https://liketk.it/4oWbB #fallfashion #swpartner