Welcome to 2017 + Goals

Happy 2017! Even though I always know it's coming, it never ceases that I'm shocked when the new year arrives. The older I get, the more time it takes to adjust to the change of a new calendar year. I'm still recovering from an awesome holiday season and getting back into the swing of things over the next few days still but I'm so excited to plug myself back in after a couple weeks of disconnected living. A break is always the right thing to get me excited to create again.

I'm not a new year, new me girl, but I've recently made some really big changes and I feel as if 2016 was a true period of self discovery. I'm grateful for having been exposed to the industry I get to call home, an unmitigated kick in the pants I didn't know I needed to shake things up and suss out my goals, a newfound sense of self and purpose spurred by the outcome of a crazy election year and so many things that were revealed to me throughout 2016. I'm lucky to have a healthy, beautiful, supportive family that was able learn a lot with me this year. Without dwelling too much on what's in the past, I'm looking to the upcoming seasons with excitement and fervor. I can't wait to dive into 2017 with a few new (and old) goals to guide my way. Here are my continuing goals for the new year:

continue to reconfigure lle // You might have noticed a decline in content over the past year and it had come as a direct symptom of confusion. I've been unsure of this blog's direction for a while and am just starting to figure it all out. I've no desire to trudge out and craft posed 'outfit of the day' posts or roundup a ton of products every week. The content I take pride in has shifted. I have no plans to let go of this space but I want to use this blog to chronicle creative undertakings, open up discussion about current events, empower women and cultivate beauty. I have been dreaming up (and teasing) a new series for a few months and I am finally making steps to its inception. What this all means is that LLE will continue to change in 2017. I hope you'll continue to follow along as things get a little more free-form and introspective. I hope we can deepen our connection but still share a love of beautiful things in the coming year.

spend more time consuming culture // I have a sneaking feeling that if I really broke down and accounted for all of my hours in the last year I would have spent most of them doing things that do not feed my soul. Trivial people and pursuits dominated my time in 2016 and I want to spend this year consuming more art, literature, fresh air and less energy zapping people and activities.

self care // This is something that I didn't prioritize until the end of 2016. I have always had a hard time putting myself first and it's no surprise to me that I haven't been taking care of myself as well as I should have. I spent a lot of 2016 stressed, busy, preoccupied and probably dehydrated. This year I hope to really reconcile that self care is not selfish.

While I definitely have a long list of smaller goals, these are four major themes of 2017. Hopefully I can navigate this coming year with grace and an open mind. I look forward to going deeper with you and continuing to share the things that inspire me and light a fire in my belly. I am so thankful that you've chosen to spend time here with me (no matter how much) and can't wait to create some wonderful things in 2017. Thank you for your support!