I have never been a firm believer in New Year’s Resolutions – I have goals, sure – but they’re not specific to when the clock strikes 12 on the last day of the year. Instead, I decided to stop thinking I would reach my goals ‘one day’, and made today ‘day one’. The last two years have been my ‘Progression Years’. These Progression Years included both gaining and losing close friends, experiencing heart-break and new love, understanding my position in this crazy world and what I am meant to do with my time here, growing into myself and becoming the person I wanted to be.
This was my time to make progress in my life, to evidently cross my own individual finish line and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of it all. Since crossing that hypothetical finish line, a lot of good has come – as it turns out, my ‘day one’ resolution was an utter success. It’s exciting to be the girl who wears my shoes (FYI: that’s me), with so many insane opportunities unravelling themselves by the day and constantly being open to new experiences.
An old, forgotten flame was sparked inside of me when I had a photo shoot for my most recent fashion blog, My Yellow Polka-Dot Odyssey. I suddenly realised I hadn’t been into modelling for a long, long time – and in that moment, I’d forgotten why I’d stopped. Before anyone knew it (not even myself, it all happened so fast), I’d booked another few shoots and entered a statewide modelling pageant. Being on set with Estella Photography & Styling is always the perfect place to find inspiration, get in touch with your creative side and invent the most perfect, unique outfits with the elements you already have – for me, this is my outlet for creativity and passion. The images Estella captured re-lit the fiery love I have for fashion, and I’m thankful to be teaching modelling classes with En Vogue Modelling Academy this year to pass on my ever-growing passion for the modelling industry.
I needed something that would push me that one step further, put myself to the ultimate test and ultimately cross off some big goals that constantly stare up at me from the pages. That little push I needed lies within the University of Tasmania. If you read back further enough on Sincerely, E, you will find a 17-year-old me arguing the principles and values of university education and what it stands for, believing that it was an over-the-top, unnecessary experience that wasn’t fit for someone like me (you can read that post here). This week, I commenced study in my Associate Degree in Applied Business, with the end goal of being able to run a business of my own, or being knowledgable enough to exceed under someone else’s wing. It’s definitely challenging and will test my strength and abilities, which is exactly what I wanted.
I signed up for a membership at my university’s gym and then spent a shit load of money on new active wear to celebrate – that’s allowed though, right? Treat yo’self for doing some good! It’s been unbelievably refreshing to wake up first thing in the morning and do my little workout to keep me fit and mostly healthy (you can’t take KFC nuggets away from this girl). Since Riley wakes up for work at 5am and I can never go back into my deep sleep, I needed something to pass the time before work rather than watch Netflix for 3 hours… not that I do that (much..).
I have enough of my ‘day one’ goals to keep me under the pump for a while still. There is so much I want to say, and so much I will say – but, all in good time.. there’s a lot of exciting things coming to Sincerely, E this year, and I can’t wait for you all to see it.
So, this is what 2018 looks like so far – imagine all the possibilities the rest of the year may hold for us all.
If you are going to take anything away from here, just remember – if you want to achieve something or reach one of those resolutions of yours, forget about ‘one day’, and make it happen today, on ‘day one’.