Zen and Polka Dots

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Ten days later, and I’m finally writing my New Year’s post.  I had intentions of doing this long ago (like 10 days ago for instance), but I got busy with family and traveling and now here we are.

Like every other blogger on the internet, I’m here to tell you all about my New Year’s resolutions, or rather, my version of New Year’s resolutions.  Instead of writing out a whole list of things that I’m going to do in order to “improve” myself, I’ve decided to pick out one word that I will focus on, and work toward integrating that word into my life as much as possible.  The word is a goal, but it is also a type of lifestyle that I would like to work toward.

And while my word (at the moment) should *probably* be procrastination, I’m actually choosing the word “zen”.  Zen is thrown around a lot on the internet to the point that it has become slang more than anything.  There are also a million and one definitions for “zen” online, meaning I have a lot to work on.  However, my favorite definition is the Sanskrit version, which means “to see, to observe, to look”.  To me, this means simply living in the moment, observing my surroundings, and not worrying about things that I cannot change.

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I personally could use some zen in my life, for multiple reasons, but mostly for the vast changes that will occur this year—and also because I have anxiety issues that could be worked on.  While I know that I cannot change the inner workings of my brain and make myself not anxious, I know that I can do my very best to manage.  For me, this begins with living in the now, leaving the past in the past, and not worrying about inevitable changes in the future.

To help create more zen in my life, I plan on singing more, playing piano more, drawing, painting, writing down my goals, making more pour overs, and taking time for myself whether that be a day trip to Tahoe with my friends or writing a new song.  So far, my year has included looking for a new job that aligns with my current goals, changing my hair, and listening to Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey on repeat.

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My hope is that by choosing a word to focus on, I will not limit myself to one or five or ten goals, but let myself have limitless goals that will help better myself as a person and make me overall happier.  The method seems more foolproof and affects my life more than specific goals.

If we’re being honest, I’m getting pretty anxious talking about the changes taking place in my life right now, but I’m also very excited for what these changes will bring.  Right now, my goal is to not worry about these changes, but embrace them.  So far this year has been truly amazing; I know that it will get more difficult, that there will be ups and downs, that I will have to adjust and change and grow, but I look forward to what is to come.

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A real candid that actually looks plan-did.
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Fun Fact: I secretly love Willie Nelson.  I was pretty stoked when I found this album for $3!

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Dress: Thrifted (originally Forever 21)  Tights: Old  Shoes: Lucky Brand  Purse:  Taurus

Feel free to tell me your goals, thoughts, words to live by, aspirations…

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Thanks to Zia Records and my brother, Garrett, for the pictures.

*Song of the Day: Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison*

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Floral Layers

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Good things so far about the new year:

1. I ate ice cream twice today.

2. I learned what ‘fleek’ means.

3. FRIENDS IS ON NETFLIX (goodbye social life. goodbye productivity)

4. I learned the lyrics to “Breezeblocks” by Alt-J.

Things that could use some improving:

1. My grammar is progressively getting worse post by post.  (I promise I know how to use commas and periods and spelling correctly.  I’m just lazy and like to pretend I’m blogging on twitter apparently).

2. I’m housesitting for a friend and while I was getting her mail today I dropped the mail key into the bushes in front of the mail box and the key disappeared into the snow and I still have yet to find it.  Do you know how not fun it is to dig around in the snow on your hands and knees for 15 minutes in the dark before accepting defeat.  DO YOU?!

Anyways, hopefully a good magnet taped to a wooden spoon will help in the morning.

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Anyways, yesterday night my brother and I went to my cousin’s house for dinner.  We arrived about 15 minutes early, so we decided to take some pictures outside before we went in.  (Mostly I just really liked my outfit).

The pictures are way too bright since it was a weird time of day, but I think they do the job.

This dress is one of my favorites, and a perfect example of how to make a summer dress into a winter outfit.  I always wear it with leggings (because it’s really short!) but add a sweater, boots, and a jacket and it becomes a winter outfit!

And it makes me very very happy!

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Dress: Forever 21 Leggings: Forever 21 Sweater: Old Jacket: Burton Shoes: Minnetonka Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Anyways, my brother left this morning so I’ve been a little sad today.  Living alone (or with two roommates in college) gets a little lonely so I always have a little time of mourning after somebody goes home.  But I practiced piano, watched The Help, and had a nice solo dinner so it wasn’t the worst day.  Plus, my brother will be back soon!  Another thing to add to my list of good this year!

What are some good things about your new year so far?

XO Sara

Song of the Day: Breezeblocks–Alt-J