6 New Year’s Resolutions You Will Actually Keep + A Look Back at 2014 Outfits

I never really believed in New Year’s resolutions.

In fact, in this year’s resolution post, I refer to them as long-term goals. Funny enough, two of my goals for 2015 are similar to this year’s—which I didn’t revisit until writing the below list. Weird, but clearly I still have work to do in those areas. 

Since my college days, every December I make a point to purchase a brand spankin’ new daily planner to start the year with (this year I have my eye on this Kate Spade one - shop more of my favorites at the end). In it, I always write a list of resolutions—things I’d like to do better in the coming year. 

You know, the usual: drink more water, exercise more, clean more often, get organized (this is actually a life resolution of mine)… I mean, you get the idea. 

For this year, I made a list of 6 resolutions—ones that are too easy to not keep—that are more realistic, and will ultimately make a better me (and you!). I've also rounded up my favorite outfits of the year. Enjoy! 

1. Sleep Less, Live More: With my hectic schedule—from working a full-time job in fashion (aka long hours), to maintaining a blog (another full-time job), after-work events, trying to stay somewhat fit, and trying to have a social life (what even is that?), oh, and dating (ha!)—I get pretty tired. 

So tired, that sometimes I forget to  l i v e  i n   t h e  m o m e n t—something that I preach so heavily to my sister, friends, and those around me. And, because I’m so tired, I snooze when I can. Like, a lot. You ever sleep past noon on a Sunday, and wake up feeling like WTF did I do with my life today? Story of my life. 

2. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: If you haven’t read the book, do it now. You must. It’s so good (and a short read!), that I pull it from my shelf every now and again to remind myself: don’t sweat it, girl. 

Co-worker getting on your nerves? Someone cut you off in traffic? Did your roommate "forget" to do the dishes again? 

Ain’t no thing.  L E T  I T  G O. 

This year, I plan on practicing this in real life. Which brings me to my next resolution...

3. Be Patient: I don’t know if it’s the New Yorker in me, or what, but I need to learn how to be patient—in every way. Be patient with life (see no. 1 – live in the moment). Be patient with others. Be patient with myself. 

Just. Be. Patient. 

It’s so easy to get caught up in this fast-paced city life that’s all work, no play, and it’s just like go-go-go all the time. Oh, and time? Time is money. 

And, before you know it, another year has passed you by and you still haven’t accomplished X-Y-Z because you were too busy rushing life, and starting every week by counting down to the weekend. Be patient. 

And, it’s so easy to give up on relationships—because let’s be honest, you don’t have time to deal with other people’s BS. Patience

And, it’s easy to give up at work when you don’t get that promotion you were counting on or to settle in a role you’re not happy with because you’re tired of looking and not finding the next best thing. Say it with me: patience

Be patient, girl. 

4. Dress the Part: I always say (though I don’t always practice), that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Funny enough, I touched on this subject in my last resolutions post in the beginning of this year. 

Looking back at this year's outfits, I can finally say that I've found my true style. I know what I like, don't like, what looks good on me, what doesn't... I rebuilt my entire wardrobe starting with the basics, while investing in staple pieces (most of which are repeat offenders in these photos—ahem, my Zara leather skirts).

Perhaps the most important lesson I learned this year, though, is to dress for myself. When you're confident in your own skin and what you wear, nothing can stop you. 

5. Write/Read Often: This goes without saying, but knowledge is power. And, to gain knowledge, my friends, reading is vital. This year, I vow to read more and stay informed on what's going on in the world.

Since I don't watch TV (that's another story, though I still do the occasional Netflix marathon), reading for me is the only way to get information—along with the Internet of course. But more than that, I want to make time to read books about subjects that interest me.

Writing on a regular basis is just as important to me. After all, it is my first love (and what I went to school for).   There's something so freeing about taking pen to paper and just writing anything that comes to mind. 

6. Save Some Moola: This one also goes without saying, but save some mo-ney! It’s the adult thing to do, you know. It didn’t hit me until I moved back home earlier this year and like 50 Cent raps, literally, “watched my money pile up.” And, I know what you’re thinking… Well, that’s easy when you don’t pay rent and have next-to-no bills, but hear me out. 

When you live paycheck to paycheck, or perhaps you have a few hundred bucks left over after all is said and done, it’s hard not to reward yourself when you have some extra cash lying around. You worked hard, you deserve that pair of shoes! Right? Wrong. 

Nothing is more rewarding than watching your hard-earned moola grow, and grow. Look ma, I’m an adult! 

Next time you get paid, do yourself a favor and pay your (future) self. Now, that’s what you deserve!

I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store. Here's to an even more magical (and fashionable!) year ahead. Cheers!

SHOP // 

StyleRose Chevalier