I took a disposable to Germany and here's what came of it.
1. Find a routine where I can focus on both blogging and creating content for YouTube.
In 2016, I really wanted to grow my channel on YouTube. I devoted a lot of my time in 2015 on my blog and it was truly so fun but I knew YouTube was something I always wanted to do. I decided to really put myself out there during the year of 2016 and I'm so proud of what my channel has become. I got over 1000 subscribers in a year and that was an incredible accomplishment. But, I really brushed my blog aside and I'm ready to take on the challenge of managing both. To start out, I'm going to post at least once a week on both platforms and see where that can take me.
2. Push myself to Bullet Journal.
I love the concept of Bullet Journaling. When I learned about it, it sounded like the exact thing I needed. I spend hours at the beginning of each year researching the best planners. Does this one have enough pages for lists? Can I plan out my weekends with this small amount of space? Why are there so many quotes in this one? Are these the colors I want to be looking at all year? I found planners I enjoyed using, like my Plum Paper Planner, but the idea of making my journal completely personalized really caught my attention. The dot grid helps keep things structured and is much easier on the eyes than standard grid paper. I just really want to find a set up I like and stick to it, and hopefully I can perfect it for 2018.
3. Save more money.
It's settling in a little that I'm a 20 year old adult. The fact that I have $500 in my savings account isn't going to cut it anymore. I need to start building a real savings for when I start doing real adult things. Like getting my own apartment or... other things adults are supposed to do. I'll know more when I get to that point but the point of all this is that I need to be more responsible with my money. Realistically speaking, my unhealthy shopping sprees and online shopping addiction aren't going to stop over night or in the near future for that matter, but I need to start setting aside more money for my savings account rather than making all of it disposable. I worked so much over winter break and I have nothing to show for it. Hopefully 2017 can be the year I finally start getting smarter with my paychecks.
4. Reach 2000 subscribers on YouTube.
I was able to get 1000 subscribers in 2016, so I'm going to try and get another 1000 for 2017. I think that's doable if I continue to create regular and quality content.
5. Incorporate more artistic and creative activities into my daily life.
I believe I have artistic talent harnessed somewhere inside of me and I'd like to start expressing that side of me more. I love getting creative with different crafts and projects. I used to love making tiny polymer clay trinkets and I always felt really good about myself when I saw my finished product. It used to be such a fun activity for me. As a more sophisticated pastime, I'd like to get into calligraphy and watercolor painting. I think it would be fun for me and it's something I can make my own.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
Home for a month for winter break? Things can get a little boring after the holidays have settled down. That's why I put together a list of five TV Shows on Netflix that I have really enjoyed lately or in the past. You can start a new series to pastime, or start watching it with your friends and family as a way to spend time together.
Looking for a quick watch? Master of None, Aziz Ansari's new Netflix Original is a super funny and related show. The episodes are short and there are currently only 10 episodes so you can easily watch this in just a few days, or one day if you're really committed. Master of None is definitely not a show that will hook you in, but it is an easy and enjoyable show to pastime to. Aziz is one of my favorite comedians and his standup is hilarious. You can check out his standup on Netflix too if you are looking for a good laugh.
Looking for crime and suspense? Lately I have been loving The Following with Kevin Bacon. This show is so intense. Kevin Bacon plays an FBI agent who becomes obsessed with this case about a serial killer with a large cult following. The episodes are a little over 40 minutes each and there are 15 episodes in each of the 2 seasons Netflix has, so it will take you a little longer to finish this series. Netflix currently only has 2/3 seasons which is a bummer. I heard this show goes a little downhill, but I am halfway through the second season and I still love it. Another great show is Dexter. Dexter is a little more popular so you might have already seen it before, but if you haven't definitely go ahead and check it out. Both The Following and Dexter will have you hooked after the first episode.
Looking for a dramatic comedy? Jane the Virgin is so good that I can't even explain it in words. I was super against watching the show because I thought it would be stupid, but it isn't at all. It is funny, has tons of love triangles, dramatic, has some crime mixed in, and has cute boys. I am #TeamMichael, for the record. Watching Jane the Virgin will definitely put you in a good mood and it is a great show to watch with your friends and family.
Looking for something scary? The Walking Dead obviously gets my vote in this department. Even if you are not into the zombie craze I think you would still like this show because of the actual characters. You begin rooting for them and wanting to watch their survival. If you have already seen the show, try reading the comics. The Walking Dead is based off comics, if you did not know that already and you can buy them from book stores or download them online. The comics are really good, better than the show in my opinion. If the Walking Dead isn't for you, I recommend American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Coven. These two seasons of American Horror Story are my favorite, and you don't need to watch the other seasons to know what is going on. Each season is like a whole new story.
Actually, a little more than five options I gave, but I wanted to share TV Shows that don't get enough credit or ones that I really love. Obviously, there are tons of other great TV Shows like Gossip Girl, The Office, Friends and Parks and Rec, but you've most likely seen those already and I wanted to give you different options for your winter break. I hope you take my recommendations and start watching some of the shows I mentioned above. Comment and let me know if you do!
Yesterday I went to the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC. The Southern Christmas Show is an event where tons of vendors from all over sell winter themed decor, clothing, and gifts. Many of the items are handmade and one of a kind. There was also super yummy food and some short skits that were performed. Also, tree decorating contests and miniature doll house displays (my favorite). Here are some of the pictures I took at the Southern Christmas Show:
The detail in this miniature scene is so incredible!
This delicious cupcake is from Comfort Food on Wheels. It was called the Gingerbread Remix. Also, they SELL ONLINE! Check them out at Comfort Food on Wheels.
Adorable miniature dinner scene.
Look at that miniature fairy hut. SO CUTE!
I had lots of fun looking at all the cute things at the Southern Christmas show and I even picked up a few gifts for the holidays. Today is the last day of the event, but if you are in the area next year I definitely recommend going!