There’s an immense and, in my opinion, unnecessary pressure that tends to creep up as we inch closer to January 1. Resolutions? Oh those! You know, the quit smoking, don’t text your ex, hit the gym, cut out carbs, increase your credit score, get engaged, renovate the bathroom… shall I continue? I really love the notion of wiping a clean slate, I do. Truthfully, that’s what entices me about moving overseas half the time. Nevertheless, it seems a bit silly waiting for the stroke of midnight to put these ‘life improvements’ into place, don’t you think? I’ve let the concept of resolutions take a back seat in 2018 and am focusing my attention more on how I hope the next 365 days will unfold. A broader picture, a lifestyle I hope to achieve with the balance I so desperately long for. And while I have plenty of goals to keep me focused, read daily to-do list, I’m keeping my eye on the prize this year: to live more fearlessly. Cliche?
I can honestly tell you that for the past 30 years of my life, I have, for the most part, lived according to the ‘shoulds’ in this world. What I thought was expected of me by my family, society and even more so, the expectations I placed on myself. It’s an exhausting state to live in, these so-called ‘shoulds’, and so I have decided to redefine them into ‘coulds’. I have a choice and a say in every. decision. that concerns me and my life. And for the very first time, I am not concerned nor afraid of how that might not follow the expected ‘norms’. I have dreamt of splitting my time between two continents for years and years and 2018 will be the year I make it happen.
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Take more risks, make mistakes, say hello to that stranger, don’t wait for tomorrow, stay out too late, eat the croissant, travel to more places, don’t wait for a partner to make you happy, buy yourself flowers, create a budget and be smart, take care of your body, accept the job, be vulnerable. Enjoying life doesn’t have to be synonymous with being frivolous or irresponsible. Create a game plan and put your heart, energy and soul into it. Breathe it. Become it.
And so, in 2018 I hope we all live a bit more fearlessly because life is just too damn short and we really only have one shot at this. Let that sink in, please. NoMad Luxuries has always been an extension of me, and as I continue to grow, to evolve, as will this blog. I’m so grateful for all of you and hope that I may continue to inspire, always. Happy New Year and cheers to 2018!
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