New Year, New Elle

2015 is here!  This weekend, I had a few friends over for a vision board party. (You chicks left all your fatty foods and wine for me to eat!  Don’t worry-I’ll find something to do with it!)  I didn’t finish my board as I was making sure my guests had a great time.  Instead of just going through magazines and cutting out pictures and quotes that I liked in previous years, I know EXACTLY what I want to include as I know the goals that I want to accomplish this year.

Over the past few weeks, different things have been shared with me to make me reflect on things and to help me establish what goals (I don’t do resolutions) I want to accomplish in the new year.  My main goal is to focus on me-spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically.  On the spiritual aspect, I’ve joined a local church (FINALLY!) that I love!  I missed my church during the two Sundays I was in SC for the Christmas holiday and thoroughly enjoyed the NYE service.  I can’t wait until they start Wednesday Bible study again in a few weeks.  In the spirit of being transparent, I’ve thought about seeing a professional, specifically in dealing with the death of Southern Mom.  I know that it is something that I will have to endure for the rest of my life, but I want to make sure that I am taking care of me first.  I’ve started working with a financial planner, and even though I feel like he has put limitations on what I can do (although he really hasn’t-I just hate budgeting), I know that his assistance will benefit me in the long run.  Lastly, I need to take care of my body-point blank and the period.  I need to eat better.  I need to start working out.  Not to sound vain, but I think I’m a cute girl.  And I feel that I can be even cuter once I start taking care of myself.  In short, I don’t want to just survive-I want to live.

I hope that in the next 360 days, I become a person that I am proud to be and that is better than the person I am today.

So what are your goals for 2015?

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

Goodbye, 2013! Hello, 2014!

To say that 2013 has been an interesting year is an understatement.  I’ve had some amazing things happen this year- the centennial celebration of my beloved sorority and the 10 year anniversary of my initiation into my sorority, I met my Godson for the first time during Easter weekend and his Christening, vacation and time well spent with family, my crowning as Ms. District of Columbia Exquisite and being 1st Runner-Up in the Exquisite International Pageant, becoming an official journalist, and most importantly, having my health, a job, and a roof over my head.  I have also been witness to the awesome things that have happened in the lives of my family and friends-entering graduate programs, weddings, births, and engagements (seriously, like at least 10 people that I know have gotten engaged  within the last 2 weeks).  God has truly blessed those around me.  There have also been some things that I would like to forget, so I won’t mention them. 🙂

As you know, I don’t do resolutions; I do goals for the new year.  Five years ago next month (well, really tomorrow) I set a goal for myself to move to Washington, DC by the end of the year.  By the end of the following month, Southern Mom and I were driving to Washington, DC so I could start my new job.  I have done a lot of growing and searching during my time in our nation’s capital-probably more than I could have done in Florida, or anywhere else for that matter.  The time has come for me to make some tough decisions regarding the next steps I want to take with my life.  And because I’m trying to work on my procrastination, I have already started.   I am so excited to see what 2014 has in store for me.  And for some fantastical things happen for me and those around me.

In short, I wish you all an amazing new year.  If you go out tonight, be safe!  And remember that God has some wonderful things in store for you.  Until next time (and year), I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!


Elle’s 2011 Goals

Happy 2011! I trust you all had a great celebration last night!  I did- I cooked with my friend American Girl in DC aka @AGinDC on Twitter, then we went to my friend’s house to ring in the new year.  Sadly, in the midst of celebrating, I’ve lost my voice. 😦  Even in the midst of this, I still want to share with you my goals, not resolutions, for 2011.

1. Freelance writing- If you know me personally, and read the “Hire Elle” page, you know I really want to work on becoming my own boss and freelancing…and get paid doing it! 🙂  I can say that I am well on my way.  I have written for “For Harriet” online magazine, and HerExchange, which is another online magazine.  I actually have a recurring post each week with HerExchange.  I also have an upcoming article in “Fearless” magazine, which should be out in next month’s issue.

2. Become healthier- I need to eat better and exercise more.  Not only will I feel better (having more energy), but it will help my hair grow, too! 🙂  Yes, I’m being slightly vain, but I’m just being honest.  And if I can’t be honest with you guys, then with whom can I be honest?!?

3. Financial freedom- I’m happy to say that I am taking my finances into my own hands.  I’m paying things off and am able to have a little bit saved over.  As long as I continue my goal setting and meeting those goals, then the sky’s the limit for me, and my bank account!

4. Date more- I’m happy to say I’ve worked on this a little in 2010, and I hope that I can continue on this journey into 2011.  Based on the experience I had a The Baltimore Social, where I had no expectations but just had fun, I realized that I took myself, and dating, WAY too seriously.  Now, of course I still want to get married and have babies, but I’m not going to go into every situation expecting to meet my husband.

That’s just for starters, and I’m sure as we progress into the year, more things will be put on my list.  So what are your goals for 2011?  And how did you ring in the new year?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!