Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Years Resolutions 2016 + Looking Back at 2015 Goals, Successes, and Fails

How was 2015 for you? Despite the ups-and-downs, I can't help but be grateful looking back. It was a year of studying, writing, and learning. I accomplished last year's resolution of "summoning spirituality" by re-arranging my apartment using Feng Shui and used the full KonMari method twice. My space is much lighter and conductive to work, relaxing, and entertaining. I even took some esoteric certifications: flower essences and gem stone healing. I may sign up for Reiki next! I took a risk and transitioned to helping indie businesses with their web marketing/online shop set-up full-time and I love it!

2016 New Years Resolutions 

1. Make getting outside a HABIT + Take Pictures.

I need near-daily hikes, bike rides and explorations. I may make a series of his so it stays a habit.

2. Work SMARTER not HARDER. Focus on Profit. Execute ideas INSTANTLY and stop over-planning.

Three action steps in one, but these are all extremely essential habits I must develop for work!

3. Curate a new home and wardrobe. Develop a "Style".

Something to balance it all out and make things fun! Purging fired-up my inner curator, it helps you pick only what truly inspires you. Developing a new home and wardrobe is good design and styling practice, I'll be carrying the practice mode to my photos, too. My full-time occupation is currently styling other business owner's online shops and websites so I need to keep the skills sharp. This third resolution is also important to me as I figure out how to balance all the different modes I'm in writing and business wise.

Ongoing: School | Gym | Business Tasks | Healthy Habit Training (#1 to change is my poor sleep patterns)

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2015 Resolutions Follow-Up

1. Get Outside and Explore Nope, not enough. 

2. Summon Spirituality

3. Be Compassionate. Tackle a project bigger than "myself" that helps people.

4. Read! Nope, not enough, again.


6.  Finishing my master herbalism training, enjoying the hell out of it!  Done, and taking new courses!

7.  Starting my 100% natural body care line with my mom and boyfriend  Started, we're selling locally and working on the big online shop launch. 

8.  Upcycled line (art, clothes)  I did a mini line of upcycled shirts and sold them all. 

9. Reselling, smaller scale, only mid century modern or very unique items  I'll be listing more vintage and pop culture items from my personal collection I no longer want on eBay, Craigslist and Etsy next month

10. Secret upcoming projects for Thrift Core like eBooks, before/after projects and DIYs. I want Thrift Core to be a big main focus again! I adore creating content, researching, and writing like crazy. Did lots of DIYs this year and behind-the-scenes writing and research. I didn't get to do before/afters as desired, but will soon! :D

Thank you so much for reading along in 2015, running this blog is one of my favorite things to do and I love interacting with you! I'm excitedly planning the 2016 editorial calendar and I'm as always, open to suggestions. I want to interview lots of businesses and do home tours so please e-mail me if you want to collaborate or have any ideas for what you'd like to read next year. (Or, leave a comment.) Tomorrow is already New Years Eve! So exciting!

What are your new years resolutions for 2016? I need to drill #2 into my head for better productivity!
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  1. These are all great resolutions, Vanessa:) All the best for 2016. And your post just reminded me to do some cleaning up. I'm really interested in Marie Kondo's method.

    1. I showed the whole step-by-step from the first time here:

      It's crazy and painful but it wooorks, I adore it and am a huge advocate as a person who's naturally prone to disorganization. I'm going to help my mom do it for home soon. I hope you do it and love it.

      Happy new year! :D

  2. Nice list of resolutions! You've done so many so that is great. I don't think I've made any formal ones for the last few years. Just general sorts of dreams and wishes.

    1. I'm always making lists/goals but this year wanted just a few simple, specific ones so I can hit it!

  3. I love #3!!!!! For the home and closet! I read that Marie Kondo book and want to stick with the mantra of keeping only things that speak to me.

    1. Same, it's amazing to look around your own or open you closet and only see what you love. Never going back!

  4. All excellent progress, Van. A happy, healthy, and productive new year to you!
    ~Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

    1. Thank yee :) I've learned the hard way to take it slow and stop trying to ALL THE THINGS at once. Ur, am learning, anyway. Hope you have a happy, productive year!

  5. Happy New Year, Van! You are very inspiring and I wish you all the best in the coming year :)

  6. Happy New Year lovely. I'm always in awe how concise and drilled-down your goals and focuses are. Way to go. I have a word or theme if you like for 2016 it's CONNECTION, it means many things on a personal, blog and business levels. I'm pumped about this year.

    Oh and yes a collab would be great, I'd love to. Thank you.

    1. I couldn't find your e-mail on your blog. I'll look again but can you e-mail me at

      I have to drill down or my brain goes everywhere, I'm am always actively struggling against my ADD hard-to-focus creative mind! CONNECTION was a big one for me last year (or the year before?) that I failed on and something I have to work on every day, too.

  7. Yes! I can totally relate to your 2016 goals. I especially love #2. I am such an overthinker, and sometimes the projects I'm passionate about lose steam because I over plan them.

    Here's wishing you a Happy New Year and much success in 2016!

    1. Yep, I'm REALLY bad about overthinking and planning something out of execution. GOT to change it. Happy new year to you too :)

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