Well hello there, 2019! How did that happen?! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and it brought you some love, light, and happiness.
I’m back from a longer than expected, but much needed, holiday break. It was sort of planned but didn’t happen as I wanted in terms of “signing off” for 2018. I had all intention of writing a little farewell to 2018 post but one thing after another kept delaying me and then it was the weekend of Christmas. And I’m sure you know how that goes. By then, my brain was slowly shutting down. And instead of pushing through, I took it as a sign to go off the grid so-to-speak. Even as I write this, I haven’t opened any social media…not even Instagram since before Christmas. And I’m pretty certain, I really didn’t miss anything. I think it’s important to take time to disconnect from our screens especially as we become increasingly tied to our digital leashes. Personally, I need that time away at the end of the year. I don’t think my phone went below 90% battery life this entire time - that’s how much I didn’t use it. Felt good; really good.
So what did I do with all this “free” time. Well I took some time to relax, sleep in, get some of those things done around the house that I’ve been putting off, spent some time exploring some new restaurants with the husband, met up with friends, baked and fed my sweet tooth. And I’ll be paying for those treats at the gym.
Additionally, I did take care of many important SMT related things. I got organized and planned for 2019. So much to do and so little time but I’m excited…more about that in a bit.
I don’t think I can ever say it’s been a bad year. While there have been things that royally sucked (that’s putting it mildly), with losing a close friend and our fur baby, overall I still try to find things to be grateful and thankful for. We have one life to live and I intend not to waste it. Last year, I was so thankful to be asked to be part of NRA TV’s Love At First Shot, interviewed by TIME Magazine for their Guns in America article, spoke publicly for the first time at a rally to support our 2nd amendment, launched a podcast, and that’s just to name a few. Additionally, the Style Me Shop launched and our first product sold out. I mean, seriously you guys are the best. I wasn’t expecting that and have been completely humbled and floored by your support. So yeah, while I had some personal struggles and dark days to deal with as we all do, life goes on and we must move forward one foot in front of the other the best we can.
With the 2019 plans and goals in mind, it’s shaping up to be another busy year. SMT takes up a huge chunk of my time and I almost always put SMT before my personal needs. Often foregoing something (like sleep LOL) I’d like to do personally for the sake of time or money that could be spent on SMT. While I don’t regret doing that, this year I don’t want to push those things aside. Feeding and nourishing my body, mind, and soul can only benefit the other aspects of my life. So I’ll try to fit in those personal things while managing my day job and I realize I’ll definitely need to be a little more strategic with my time for SMT.
There are so many great things coming. This is the thing, I have a list of so many things I want to do in regards to SMT and the content I bring you but honestly there are just not enough hours in the day. With that said, there is going to be more items dropping in the Style Me Shop (fingers crossed for Spring); items I hope you’ll love because I love them too. I’m going to bring you more video content, more blog content, and I have a few other projects I’m working on. And let’s not forget about the podcast. Not Your Average Gun Girls is currently on a break until the end of January. We’ve got more episodes with great guests and we’ve got something big in the planning stages for the end of 2019.
In order for me to make all this happen, I’ll be striving for progress over perfection this year. That’s not to say I plan to do things half-ass. That’s never been my style but I need to work on letting go of the mentality that it has to be perfect. So instead of it being 100% perfect, I’ll settle for 90% (LOL) in order to make great progress on my goals.
Make It Happen
Each year I like to live by a saying that can be part of my daily mindset. And this year I’ve settled on Make It Happen. While the husband and I were at dinner on New Year’s Eve we were talking about some of the things we wanted to do this year. While he brought up ideas, I brought the reasons we should hold-off and his response was simply, we will just “Make It Happen.” In that moment it sounded so simple and now I realize it really is. If there is something we want to do, see, change, are unhappy with, or be a part of we just need to make it happen. No excuses, no over-analyzing. We need to find a way and do it. I plan to use this mindset to initiate the action I need to take.
What about you? Are you going to make it happen this year? What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading, subscribing, watching, liking, commenting, DM’ing, emailing, listening, you name it. I honestly can’t thank you guys enough for all your support. As always, if you have questions or want to see anything specific on the blog, please don’t hesitate to reach out (contact here). I love hearing from you and connecting with you.
I wish you a year of beautiful moments, treasured memories, good health, and blessings. Be safe and stay vigilant. Cheers to 2019.