January 2, 2018

happy new year!

[ Coat: ASOS | Sweater: J.Crew | Jeans: Levi's | Booties: Hinge | Bag: Henri Bendel | Earrings: J.Crew | Lips: Kat Von D 'Lolita II' ]

Photos taken in the West Loop by my girl Ali Stone

Happy 2018!  I hope you had a great NYE!
Below are my resolutions for the new year.  You can visit past resolutions here and here.  What are yours?

L I S T E N.  Man have I gotten bad at this basic human instinct!  I need to do a better job of putting my phone down/turning off the TV and truly listening to what the people around me are saying.

P R A C T I C E  P A T I E N C E.  Training a puppy has been no easy feat and has tested my patience more than I ever would have imagined.  This year I strive to acknowledge when I'm getting frustrated, take a deep breath and be more patient.

A V O I D  N E G A T I V I T Y.  With all the sad things happening in the world, right now couldn't be a better time to focus on the positives in my life, surround myself with positive people and avoid the negativity.

T A K E  T H E  T R I P !  Patrick and I have a constant itch to travel but we're always discouraged by how much it costs (seriously, to the people that are traveling all the time - tell us your tricks!?).  However, we need to practice the YOLO mentality more and just take the damn trip.  We have some great travel plans on the horizon (Mexico in Feb, France in April and California in August) and hope to keep planning more.

S T O P  C O M P A R I N G.  Thanks to perfectly curated Instagram feeds and far-from-reality reality TV, I find myself constantly focusing on my short comings rather than all I have to be grateful for (health! a roof over my head! my amazing husband, family and friends!).

xo, Annelise

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