Hi, my name is Amanda and I'm the blogger behind Derby City Darling. You may remember me from such posts as Five Tips for a Successful Photo Shoot, Meet Me at the Hop (in Red, White and Blue), and 25 Thoughts I Had While Shopping the Sephora VIB Sale. Just figured I'd remind you since it's been 99 days since I last shared anything on this little nook of the Internet. All jokes aside, it's a brand new year and with that comes a new set of goals and aspirations. I already bought myself a new bag, because new year equals new bag, am I right or am I right? With Marc on my shoulder I'll pretty much be able to conquer anything.
Toward the end of last year I let myself slip into a dark hole, and to be perfectly honest I am still climbing my way out. I'm definitely getting there, though. I don't know if it's the promise of a fresh start or the fact that an old chapter in my life has come to a close, but I'm motivated more than ever to unleash my creative side again. I knew it was back when I was washing my hair and thinking of how I would write this first post since my little break. There were so many witty thoughts running through my head as I lathered and rinsed that I knew I needed to get this out tonight, at 10:38 PM before bed. I've got other projects on the horizon too, including re-opening my Etsy shop, that I can't wait to get going.
I got the idea for The Year of You from a YouTuber that I follow, Marissa Lace. We both had similar experiences in 2015 as mentioned in paragraph two, and so I was really able to relate to her in this video. I decided as soon as I watched it that I wanted to make 2016 the Year of Me. I'm going to focus on things that I want to do, things that I enjoy, and spend time nurturing myself. I've always made a list of new year's resolutions in my head, but this year I wanted to document them here on the blog. If you know me then you know I love lists, and more importantly checking things off of said list, and so what more important list to have than one of goals for a new year. These are the things that I'm going to do for myself this year.
Listen to more podcasts (hi, Straight Up With Stassi)
Read more books
Re-open my Etsy shop
Exercise 3+ times a week
Drink enough water every day
Save more money
Cook more often
Keep my bedroom clean
Use my planner to its full potential
Keep a consistent blog schedule
Take more staycations
Whether you had a tough 2015 and welcome a blank slate or had an amazing 2015 and want to keep on rolling into 2016, I hope that you are able to reach your goals and dreams and make it The Year of You. I'd love to know what your resolutions for the year are, and if you have any recommendations for other podcasts, feel free to send them my way.