Ringing in the New Year

Happy New Year!! (insert party + champagne clink emojis)

I’m not huge on resolutions, but I do love to reflect over the past year! This year was an amazing one, and I’m so happy and thankful for everything that has happened in it. It can be hard to reflect on a year because I don’t think in years, I think in memories, feelings and events. But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the year, it’s to just do your own thing. In typical fashion, here’s a quote and the most important thing I’ve learned over this last year.

“What messes us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.”

To me, one of the most overwhelming aspects of life is the pressure to live a million different kinds of lives. By that I mean one person can’t do everything, especially not at once. There are societal pressures put on by outside sources like movies, books, the internet of things you should be doing and accomplishing. And there are pressures put on by friends or family of things they think you should be doing. I think one of the biggest factors of stress for so many people is trying to live a life that everyone else can be proud of. But if you try to do that you will probably feel exhausted and confused. Because like I said, you can’t live a million different lives, you just live your own.

If there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it is to do my thing or at least try my hardest to. I’ve always done my own thing, this is the girl who wore a long, poofy, vintage 40’s dress to a homecoming dance in 10th grade amid a sea of bodycon. But I truly have learned the value of appreciating the things that make me happy and devoting my time to that. Nobody was given an instruction manual in life, everyone is just trying their best to do what makes them and the people they love happy. And that’s a beautiful thing. So, for my new years resolution, my goal is to remember that the key to being happy is to just do your own thing. Because at the end of the day, you are who you are and the person who can make you happiest is yourself.

So, I celebrated the New Year the best way I knew how. A beautiful dinner with my family, and then at home in my pj’s, with Dave. We watched Nick Offerman drink whiskey, How I Met Your Mother and talked about which celebrity deaths of the year made us most sad (Princess Leia and Severus Snape for me).

I do have a few other goals for the new year, I sometimes scoff at the idea of resolutions, but it can be a good way to list your goals. One of my biggest goals is that I want to keep developing my blog and always be improving it. I am so incredibly happy that I decided to start this back up again this past summer. This is the best creative outlet, and something I have always found fun, and I love reading everyone’s blogs as well. Thank you all for reading!

Cheers to a great new year! 🙂



  1. January 1, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I loved your thoughts here, Francesca! The pressure to be and do a million things at once is so real. I especially feel it while I’m abroad–I feel as if I have to take advantage of all the iconic European destinations but also maintain my studies, of course. But in the end, the most meaningful things for me aren’t checking things off a list. The most resonant moments won’t be visiting the Eiffel Tower, or seeing the London Bridge–they’ll be the friends I make and the moments I take to truly soak things in. That’s why I spent NYE in too, despite being in London–I really just wanted to take some time for myself.

    Wishing you the very best this year! Let’s keep chasing what makes us happy 🙂

    imperfect idealist

    • January 2, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Totally agree Lily! As long as we’re happy that’s all that matters! Happy New Year!

  2. January 2, 2017 / 6:33 am

    happy new year, Francesca! I like what you’re saying in this post. I sometimes think about it and try to follow the same ideas as much as possible. sometimes it works but sometimes not because there are things bigger than us, things we can’t change by ourselves. we can only do our best in every situation that comes in our way and enjoy the things that make us happy. and of course work on stuff that troubles us, as much as we can. let’s hope 2017 will bring us happiness, wishes coming true, travelling, discovering and more blogging too!

    • January 2, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Very true! Thanks for your thoughtful comment, happy new year!

  3. Gabrielle
    January 2, 2017 / 10:31 am

    What a lovely post and such an honest one. Your choice of quote is absolutely spot on and one we should all keep in mind (I certainly will be!). Great idea to create goals rather than resolutions by the way, I do the same 🙂 Happy 2017!


    • January 2, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you I’m glad you liked it! Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Gretch
    January 3, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Oh wow, you are so gorgeous!

    I also do not often make resolutions because they tend to just be forgotten anyway. I have few goals though and I decided to plan carefully to accomplish them.

    Good luck with your resolutions! I love how they are motivational and simple. Happy New Year!

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

  5. January 3, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Happy new year to you!
    I enjoyed reading your post!
    I never make resolutions myself, but I wish you all the good luck for the year!



  6. January 4, 2017 / 9:03 am

    You are adorable. And like you, I don’t have a resolution as well. I do have goals and I like to focus on that rather than come up with a resolution which I couldn’t commit to. And I don’t want to do it just because it’s new year and it’s a trend.


    • January 4, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks Alyssa, and I totally agree on goals rather than resolutions!

  7. January 9, 2017 / 5:30 am

    Loving your quote babe. Really puts things into perspective for a new year. Sometimes we can over expect and plan and let ourselves down. It’s important to be realistic with our goals or resolutions. Cheers to 2017! May it be another great year for you!

    xoxo Rina Samantha

    • January 11, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks Rina I’m glad you liked it! Happy New Year!

  8. February 2, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Happy new year chessa!! I LOVE your new years crown shot! you always have the nicest natural ootds! i bookmarked this entry cos it speaks about what i am going through lately. and it makes me feel trapped and unsure of myself.

    “What messes us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” <3

    glad to read somany posts this january! your blog has always been one of my all time faves so im excited to see more posts, beautiful photos, and oots in the next coming months. keep on doing creative things your inspirational to me 🙂

  9. February 22, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    This site is like a clsrosaom, except I don’t hate it. lol

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