Embracing Growth and the Color Green in 2017

Embracing Growth and the Color Green in 2017

Hello 2017!

After the craziness that were the holidays, I feel as though I'm now finally getting back into the swing of everyday life. And with that, comes more blog posts! Today, I'm excited to share photos from one of my recent shoots with Caitlyn Nikula Photography, in addition to some of my personal goals for the new year.

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I've always felt that emerald green is a timeless color. So when I was styling my new Alex Boyfriend Jeans from JAG Jeans, I immediately gravitated towards this Emerald Knit Tank from Moorea Seal. Since it was a standard brisk day in Seattle, I layered it with a high-neck tank from Forever 21 and closed-toed heels from Grey City Shoes. 

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This shoot may have been in 2016, but I'm bringing the lessons of green into 2017. Emerald green isn't the color of the year, actually in December Pantone announced the color of 2017 is Greenery, but the lessons behind the color remain.

The color green is said to represent balance, harmony and growth, while "creating equilibrium between head and heart." Doesn't that sound like exactly what we all need? In a time when it feels like no one is seeing eye-to-eye, it's time to put aside the negative emotions that can also be associated with green. Those like jealousy, envy and greed.  

Here are some of the things I'd like to accomplish this year:

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Stay informed

There's been a lot going on in our world lately, and I have a feeling it won't get boring anytime soon. To keep my head above the water and remain a conscious member of society, I will be working to stay informed on the issues in Seattle, throughout the nation, and around the world. I truly believe the internet is a gift and you're doing yourself a disservice if you're not continually using it to learn. 

Stay positive

One of the downsides of trying to stay informed is being made acutely aware of the world's sorrows. With Facebook turning into debate club and the future of our nation in the hands of a former reality-television star, I can think of a long list of things to worry about. And while I'm not saying those fears are invalid, I'm personally pushing to bring more positivity into 2017. After all, we're seeing an incredible rise in people fighting for civil rights, communities around the globe are opening up to welcome those in need and scientists are going rogue to ensure people know the deathly toll of climate change. 

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
— Wade Boggs
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Utilize journaling

Where are my fellow to-do listers at?! As a daydreaming Pisces, I used to struggle with productivity and memory. Once I started working a 9-to-5, I quickly discovered a new, productive me, just by writing down the things I needed to do in a day. This year, I'm going beyond lists by establishing a daily and ever-changing journal. But I'll go into more detail on that in another post....

Go above and beyond for those around me

How many times have you helped a friend or done something nice for your co-worker and rejected it afterward? Pretty much never. In 2016, I paid close attention to those around me who were quick to help, those who listened to me, and those who brightened my day just by sharing a warm smiling. In the coming year, I'm going to push myself to be better friend and person; to ask the ones I love real questions about their thoughts and experiences; and to share the positivtiy I mentioned above.