SEVEN FOR '17

It's officially 2017 and most people can only think about thank goodness 2016 is over. I don't really blame them...it was a pretty shitty year on so many levels. But lets forget about all the negativity and think about the positives; it's Freakin' 20-17! 

This year I have a lot of wants and goals that I want to accomplish. It's not just about shedding the pounds and saving for the future, it's more about building towards my future and making sure that I'm as successful as I possibly can be. I've come up with 7 of my biggest motivations for 2017 that I will push to accomplish this year. 

1: LOOSE THE FUPA!

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Yes I am starting with the cliche, but honey you gotta start somewhere. Over the last 2 years I've gained 25lbs... and over the last 4 almost 40lbs! Now I'm not saying I don't love how my body looks now compared to when I first moved to New York (Cause I LOVE actually ADORE my curves), but I know that I can look and feel better than I currently do. So what does this mean for me...No potatoes? No pork? No alcohol? Well lets not go that far! I work in fashion remember, so every once in a while I'm gonna need a glass or two of a nice Cabernet or whiskey to get me through my day...and who really can say no to bottomless mimosas at brunch? 

Loosing weight is 1 part gym and 1 part diet. So, I've started out the year making a conscious effort to eat balanced meals and watch my intake. Instead of going out for lunch and grabbing 2 chili dogs or better yet getting a heaping scoop of mashed potatoes with my chicken and veggies, I'm MEAL Prepping! So far, I'm sticking with less carbs and more protein and vegetable heavy meals. I do salmon, shrimp, or even spicy Italian sausage pared with peppers, broccoli and carrots. The good thing about these veggies, is they are naturally delicious with just a little bit of pepper and a very small amount of salt (Less salt means less bloating--keep that in mind).

 Work Out OR Pay Out: I'm taking my gym membership seriously. And that's saying a lot for someone whose been paying for one for the last 2 years but hasn't necessarily used it to my full potential. One way to keep me on track with the gym is a rewards system (yes, I'm saying I bribe myself). For everyday that I miss the gym I have to put $5 into savings. So on top of having to pay my monthly subscription, I'll be "loosing" out on more money that I can work with throughout the month. Say I miss a full 30 days in the gym, that's $150 I'm missing out on fun in the city. Yes, it's not necessarily a bad thing but having almost $200 out of my account each month just because I didn't work out is not acceptable.

2:TRAVEL MORE

2016, I definitely lit my travel bug fire. From Dubai to Paris to Greece and Amsterdam, I got to experience the world with my girlfriends. And I plan to continue my great adventures even more in 2017. The countries on my bucket list include South Africa, Morocco, Thailand, Portugal, Croatia, Canada, and Cuba. Let see which one's I get to this year!

3: WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER

I absolutely love my job but, 2016 I would have to say was the most challenging year of my career. I was given the opportunity to handle more responsibility and have a stronger voice within the company, but what I didn't realize is that with more responsibility and power comes more stress and time. One thing that I took from 2016 work wise is that I may be able to handle everything, but that doesn't mean that I should. This year as a leader, I want to take the opportunity to delegate more and stress less. I have an awesome team that is smart and growing, so I should take advantage of it. I'm not a one-woman show and the only way that I will continue to grow and achieve great things is to understand my weaknesses and develop a team that best supports the goals that we plan on achieving. 

4: GET THOSE CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING

I can honestly say that my creative light was a little dim last year. And this year, I want to rekindle my love for all things creative. From DIY crafts to starting my own business, it's really important that I move forward with my ideas and not let laziness and fear distract me. I absolutely love writing and I now I haven't been 100% dedicated to my craft. I have so much new content coming up this month for my blog I can't wait! I'm also redeveloping my portfolio site to reflect my new ventures and experiences.

5: BOSS-IN UP

 Yep I'm gonna be a boss this year! It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally ready to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. Since high school, I've had ideas of designing and creating my own brand and it's now time to make those childhood dreams a reality. My goal is to have something tangible and up and running by the start of the summer and I know I can make that a reality this year.

6: FINIANCING RESPONSIBLY

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Yes I'm a shop-a-holic. My mother likes to remind me of this every single day of my life. So this year, I'm focused on my savings and establishing a financial goal that's bigger than what I've done in the past. I'm slowing down on unnecessary spending like buying a $20 salad for lunch or shopping on nakedwardrobe.com every time they post a weekend discount (they unfortunately get me all the time), and working towards the bigger and better. Because the less I spend on the things I definitely don't need, the more money I'll have for projects I'd really love to focus on for my future. 

7: ME, MYSELF, & FE

Last, but certainly not least, I plan on focusing more on me. I've always been an extremely selfless person, but that has not always been the best thing for me in a lot of areas in my life. I want to grow within my self not only to be happier but to truly know what I want and need to live an awesome life. The more I focus on me, the closer I'll be to reaching my goals!

So lets take 2017 by the reigns and make this year A-MAZ-BALLS!!! Just remember...