3 Thoughtful Decisions to Make For Yourself This Year

Aline Chaprazian and Lyman Estate Greenhouse

Aline Chaprazian and Lyman Estate Greenhouse

Aline Chaprazian and Lyman Estate Greenhouse

Happy New Year! I was a little overwhelmed and exhausted by the holiday season and took some time to regroup. It felt nice to make a conscious decision not to do anything but focus on my goals. I’ve been making small strides to achieve these goals and wanted to share what I’ve been doing to make thoughtful decisions for myself.

I am not perfect nor do I always follow my guidance — but here are the three things that I’m working on and maybe they’ll help you:

1. Spend Money Wisely and Save What You Can 

I am guilty of not being financially savvy. I do like to treat myself without limitation because I’m worth it — obviously. This month I’m participating in No Shop Feb with several Boston Bloggers, and I’m very excited! The goals I have for myself this year align with what No Shop Feb is all about. I’m working to spend less money on items I don’t need. I’m taking the time to audit my life and work on creating a realistic financial budget. There are a ton of things I do spend money on like food, gas, clothes, but instead of not spending any money at all — I’m being thoughtful about when I spend my money. For example, I do need to buy myself food, but instead of eating out three times I week I’m allowing myself to do so once and opting to buy my groceries instead. When it comes to saving, I’m not always the best either, but this year I’ve decided I’m going to take out a small amount of the money from every paycheck I receive and put it away. You don’t have to participate in something like No Shop Feb to spend less and save more, but try to put together a plan that works for your life.

2. Stay Motivated, Stay Passionate

Motivation is another area that I struggle with, and I’m very conscious of that. Motivation is what drives results and productivity. So how do people find the drive to be motivated? I think it’s passion. If you are looking to make a change find ways to achieve it. If that change doesn’t work, keep trying. Try not to get bogged down by all the obstacles and don’t let anyone dim your flame. I feel like I’m preaching a little bit, but it’s true, and I’m writing this as a reminder to myself. I’ve been experiencing some negativity this year, and I am making it a priority to move away from that and make a positive change. I tend to wait until the last minute to feel motivated, and instead of that, I’ve decided once I feel the spark to do something like being consistent at the gym, meal prep every week, write more blog posts — I’m going to do it.

3. Take Time For You

Relax. Breathe. Take it easy. You’re only human. All the phrases I hate hearing, but it’s all true. Destressing is needed and while working hard and staying motivated is essential, it’s also important to take a break. Giving yourself a break when you’re overwhelmed is okay, and it has taken me a long time to realize this. Again I am not perfect but I think it’s beneficial to recuperate and it can be done in many ways. Something I do want to mention is that I’ve noticed there has been a theme in the message of self-care. That self-care means to treat yourself by buying a facemask or bath bomb, and all your problems go away. That’s not the case. Treat yourself as often as you want, I like to get my nails done to relax too, but I think self-care means to address your problems on your own time (stress management) and realize, for the sake of your health, that some things are out of your control.

So, that’s what I have to say. I also want to share my outfit details! You can check those out below. I didn’t do any additional shopping to create this look, and I’m proud of that!

Outfit Details: striped crop top, Current Air; denim, Miss Selfridge; white bodysuit, Amazon; shoes, ASOS; Jacket, Raspberry Beret Cambridge; beret, Lord and Taylor; bag, GODAVI from my mom’s closet.

Photography by Nancy Ho. View her work here!

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xoxo Aline Chaprazian

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