HELLO 2017!

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Happy 2017 StyleLeeders!!!

& just like that…another year is out the door just as soon as I was finally getting the hang of it. I think I started 2016 off with a bang but after a few months I hit quite a few road blocks. I got married in 2016 so it must have been an awesome year for me right? Wrong! Though my marriage means the world and more to me, unfortunately the year 2016 was nowhere near easy for me! I had so many little hiccups along the way and I was unable to cope well with the many changes taking place in my life. One was being apart from Manny for longer periods than expected. Another was becoming a realtor and not being able to hit even half of my goal due to a stagnant market. I lost loved ones and I think I went through minor bounds of depression. The year 2016 truly had my emotions running wild but despite several frightening moments faced, I’m still grateful for my blessings of life and love. So I can’t help but to foresee an amazing 2017!

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For 2017 I’m ready to make some pretty big changes and I’m taking you all along with me on my journey! My mind is racing at this very moment as I write this post because a part of me is not ready for more changes while another part of me is pushing me to embrace it. I’ve chosen the latter!

I told myself in 2016 I would try my best to push myself past my fears and I’m starting 2017 by telling myself this over and over again. Anyone else gets that anxious, freaking out feeling when you’re about to embark on a new journey and have no clue what to expect? Well that’s how I felt for the majority of 2016 and I have a feeling 2017 will be no different.

I set several goals last year, most of which I half-assed! So I’m pretty much still sticking to my goals of 2016 and I’m adding a few more. I think I set my bar a tad bit too high last year which made them unachievable (& laughable), so this year I am trying to be more realistic. So cheers to 2017 — and cheers to learning so many lessons in 2016. Hopefully I can apply these new lessons this year…

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1. Make StylishLee BIGGER & Better!

I think StylishLee will forever be a work in progress but for 2017 I want to get more personal by sharing more travel and lifestyle related posts with you.

2. Embark on a Fitness Journey (& actually stick to it)

I think anything related to fitness pretty much tops everyones New Years resolutions list and it has topped my list every single year for as long as I can remember. At the beginning of 2016 I set out to get back in shape, which I did. But looking back now, I really only did it because I knew I was getting married and I wanted to look my absolute best in my dress (& in our photos). So for 3 months I was working out 4-5 days a week and after I said ‘I Do’, I said ‘I Don’t’ to working out.
My motivator last year to get in shape was my wedding but this year rather than focusing on an event to get in shape I’m doing this for myself, for my body, for my health and my overall well being. I’m ready again to kickstart my fitness journey for 2017 and this time I plan to stick to it.

3. Step Outside My Comfort Zone

I mean this is every way possible. Stepping outside of my style comfort zone, my work comfort zone and my play comfort zone.

4. Spend more time being present and less time with technology

I know this one will be a little tricky for me and it’s also pretty contradicting for me too. But I’ve realized how lost I occasionally get online and I think I need to take a break from technology every now and then.

5. Travel more

Even if it means to take more day trips or weekend trips! We don’t always need to plan an extravagant 2 week vacation to have a grand time. I think it’s just as enjoyable to spend a weekend to recharge and make lasting lifelong memories. For 2017 I’m on a quest for fresh experiences. Even if that means spending a weekend at the beach alone or with friends. I want to see the world and I have tons of countries and cities I hope to visit but until then I’ll be starting small and enjoying my weekends to the fullest.

6. Focus less on me and more on others

[especially my husband]

For 2017 I want to turn my focus outward. After experiencing so much loss and heartache I’ve realised I’ve spent so much time solely on myself. You really can’t help others when you aren’t in the state to do so but I feel as though I’ve been a bit selfish with my time. So I want to strike a balance between doing things for myself while also doing the same for others. Whether it’s helping out family, spending more time with friends, giving back to a cause or being present for my husband, I plan on shifting my focus a bit away from me and more on others.

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There are 365 days in a year and every single year on Day 365 we suddenly get this huge wake up call to make improvements in our life…jeeesh, I really need to work on that & you probably do too! I know some of my resolutions may not be relevant to you but these are a few of my main goals and I hope you get some sort of motivation from even one of them. It’s onwards and upwards from here! So here’s to a better year and to being a much better person.

I would love you to share one of your new years resolutions with me in the comments too. Wishing you all a prosperous, peaceful and positive 2017! Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥

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10 Comments

  1. Kevin Arap Korir
    January 1, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Being a keen follower of this blog I can identify with everything. It’s like speaking face-to-face. Happy New Year. Be blessed to give us more of the style tidbits.

    • January 1, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you Kevin. I hope you too have an amazing 2017 filled with love, success and happiness.

  2. Marshi
    January 1, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Oh, my Natasha you are so honest. To share such a personal part of your Life with us. Just know you are awesome and stepping into Greatness for 2017. A Healthy Happy Peaceful Successful and Love-filled New Year to you and your loved ones. Bisous

    • January 5, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Hey Hey Hey! Happy New Year! Thank you so much and I too wish you a healthy, happy and successful New Year!

  3. Anja
    January 2, 2017 / 3:06 am

    The difference between this post and others was that this one was so personal, it didn’t have to do with your hair or style or makeup or skin or Alikay Naturals (don’t get me wrong, I love them all) but I’m really glad to hear that you’re going to be doing more of these, also a very active reader of your blog, it’d be nice to know what’s happening in the beautiful, bubbly, positive Natasha’s world. You’re truly inspirational and this was a lovely read, Happy New Year 🎆🎉

    • January 5, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Awwww jeeeez! Thank you so much. It means so much to me to know that you enjoying coming to this blog and actually taking the time out to spend time here. I definitely plan on sharing more with you this year. Happy New Year!

  4. n.k
    January 2, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Been an amazing year of good content from you and i agree that this post felt like its so personal and i cant get this in any other blog out there. forever and a day the best for me . i mean you’re so perfect! happy new year and sorry for your loss, God give you and your family strength in this difficult time.

    • January 5, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s always so difficult for me to express my gratitude because I don’t think a mere thank you does enough justice. But I do appreciate your kind and supportive words. Happy New Year!

  5. camille (afrochickcc)
    January 4, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Natasha I wanted to wish you nothing but the best for this new year, more life, more love, more blessings. I lost love ones in the previous year and have also battled and continue to battle moments of depression. Never mind that cause we are blessed and there is nothing we cannot overcome. Stay strong, positive and motivated you provide so much inspiration to others I only hope that our comments give you as much as you give to us. Happy New Year!!!!

    • January 5, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      Hi Camille! Thank you so much and I also wish you many many blessings for 2017! I always enjoy reading your comments. So pure and genuine! Much love Camille and all the best for the NEW YEAR!