Happy Monday, hope you all had a great weekend! I always try to see Mondays in a positive way, as a fresh start to get as much accomplished as possible during the week. Every Monday morning I write down a list of big and small goals & tasks to work on each day. I've done this for years now and I find having it all written down somewhere really helps structure my week and focus my mind. I was at the Dublin Tech Summit last week and as you can imagine, there was so much information to take in that it was a little intense at times, but an incredibly interesting and educational couple of days! I got to see Gary Vaynerchuk give a really motivating (and bluntly honest as always) keynote talk which was a highlight for me as I've been following his career for awhile now and watch his vlogs every day. I definitely took a lot of tips and different ways of thinking away from the summit that I'll be applying to my own work.
Today I'm sharing one of my favourite outfit posts so far, shot on such a beautiful day in NYC last month! Looking back on all my photos from New York fills me with such happiness, I still can't believe I got to work with such amazing creative people and do what I love in my all time favourite city. It felt a little surreal at the time, standing in the middle of the road at a red light in front of numerous yellow taxis, taking photos with an insane view of NYC streets as the backdrop. These photographs are sort of becoming a reminder to me that anything is possible if you work hard and take a chance by reaching out to other people! It's definitely so daunting at the time sending an email or contacting someone you don't know but this year I've stopped dwelling on that point as much and just decided to go for it, you never know what could happen if you don't at least try after all! I've pretty much decided that a trip back over in the summer needs to happen....
I'm sharing another outfit post from NYC today, shot on an incredibly sunny day in the city! Now that I've been home for a couple weeks I'm already back in New York daydream mode, trying to plan when I can get back over again this year (ASAP, basically). I've been in a pretty bad creative slump this week which is so frustrating, but I find that sometimes trying to push it when you already feel like this is even worse! My weekend plans are to chill out and try recharge myself for a hopefully busy & creative week ahead. I'm going to start working on a short NY travel video so that I stay sort of productive this weekend, should hopefully have that up soon! I'm heading to the Dublin Tech Summit next week which I'm super excited about, that should help on the inspiration side of things at least. Wishing you all a great weekend!
I'm only back from New York a couple of days and already I'm missing the city so much! I don't know exactly what it is about New York, but it's my favourite place to be and somewhere that feels like pretty much anything is possible. The atmosphere in the city is so electric and fast-paced that I'm constantly inspired there! I was so lucky to get to work with a lot of talented photographers while in the city and I can't wait to share the photographs. I'm sharing one of my first outfit shoots of the trip today, shot on 72nd St & Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side. Hope you like it!
We got so lucky with the weather on this day. The previous day was an absolute wash out so to see sun that morning was amazing, felt like such a perfect spring day! One of my goals this year was to shoot for the blog in New York and achieving that was just as surreal and exciting as I had imagined.
Happy Saturday! At the moment I'm really quickly trying to pack for my trip to New York tomorrow (last minute as always) and sorting out what outfits to shoot over there. I'm so beyond excited to go back and visit my favourite city, it's been far too long!
Before I go, I wanted to share a quick outfit post from a couple weeks ago. Slowly but surely trying to get out of my all-black wardrobe comfort zone (at least every once in awhile), hope you like it!
I know that I'm pretty late to be posting about my goals and plans for 2017, but I purposely took the time out to have a serious think about what I want to achieve over the next 12 months. At the start of every year I tend to write a ridiculously long list of goals only to become a bit overwhelmed by it all and as a result I don't get a lot of it done. I love making lists of both short and long term goals, and to this day I still need to physically write things down on paper in order to make them real and unavoidable. This year I've decided to simplify my goals for 2017 down to the most important personal ones - focusing more on bettering myself, leaving silly insecurities behind and getting out of my comfort zone. Of course I also have career and travel goals for 2017, two of which I'm ticking off at the end of the month with a trip back to my favourite city, New York! It's been far too long since I've visited and I really wanted to make sure I got back over at some stage this year. I'm also shooting some really exciting content for the blog over there so look out for that in February! Some other places I would love to visit (some unfortunately aren't as realistic as others) this year are:
- San Francisco
While I did manage to tick some amazing things off my 2016 goals list like visiting Japan and eventually starting my blog (only about 2 years later than intended!), it was definitely a tough year and I'm really happy to see the back of it. Going forward into this year, I want 2017 to simply be a year of doing with no excuses. For as long as I can remember I've always been such a worrier, even about the smallest things and I've let that stop me from putting myself out there and doing things that I deep down really wanted to go for. This year, I want to say yes to opportunities and not let my shyness or worries get in the way, travel a lot more and grow creatively by pushing myself every single week. A few creative goals this year are - carry my film camera around with me and get back into photography, pick up my guitar every week and try to learn a new song, learn a new recipe every week and of course put my all into making the best content possible for the blog. Starting a blog was and still definitely is a scary, nerve wrecking process but I can't wait to write and share more personal posts here. It won't be easy but it's a step forward in getting out of my very comfy comfort zone!
Health and wellbeing have a big part to play this year for me. While I'm already quite a physically active person and enjoy exercising and eating healthily, my main health focus this year is on my mental health and overall happiness. Like I said, I get in my head a lot with stupid worries that often bother me for weeks (...months, really) even though I kinda know deep down that I'm being ridiculous. A big one last year was getting caught up in my plans for the future and being a 'successful' person, but now I'm happy to take things slow and try my hardest to leave the negative weight behind, devoting that time to bettering myself every day instead. Fellow over-worriers will know how hard this can be but it was never going to come easy!
So to sum up, I want to be happy, healthy and get creative in 2017.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I wish you the very best for 2017!
Earlier this month I got to tick an amazing city off my travel bucket list, what's even better is I got to go with some of my best friends! Only a 45 minute flight away, I can't believe I hadn't visited Edinburgh sooner as I've been meaning to for so long. Of course it didn't disappoint at all and going around Christmas time just added more charm to an already magical and breathtaking city. I'm already thinking about my next trip back!