My New Year’s Resolutions

Every year I start January off with the mindset of “I’m not going to make a resolution this year because I won’t stick to it”, then I end up making some stupid resolution anyway and just like I predicted, I get bored or tired of it, or just all around don’t care after 2 weeks.

This year I decided I would make a few practical resolutions, but also some spiritual/self-reflecting ones. If there’s one thing I am constantly striving for it is a better me, I truly believe that there is always room for improvement, especially within myself. So without further ado, here are my 2016 resolutions:

  1. Read all of the books on my “Books to Read” list.

Yes, I have a “Books to Read” list, and no, I am not ashamed. What I am ashamed of is the fact that I never make time for reading anymore! It seems the only reading I do is for school or on Facebook… If you even consider that reading.

So far these are the books on my list:

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • The Republic by Plato
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Very prestigious list, I know.

2. Come out of my shell!

I am a Hermit! With a capital “H”. I love just spending my Fridays and Saturdays indoors, watching Netflix or doing things around the house that have no sense of urgency but still need to get done. I have the bad habit of being stand-offish towards people, not because I don’t like people, but because I think people won’t like me. It’s a terrible thing to think and I need to stop it and just be myself around people, and if they don’t like me then that’s okay. It would be naive of me to think that there will never be a person to dislike me.

3. Begin my Youtube Beauty Vlog with my sisters

My sisters and I have been trying to start this Youtube Vlog for what seems like FOREVER. We basically have everything we need except for the most important piece of equipment, a camera.

4. Save Save Save

I am your typical girl, I love to shop! It’s my stress release and I think a lot of women out there can relate. 2016 is an important year for me because after the fall semester I plan on transferring to a university, and who wants to be a broke college student? Not I! So no more shopping for me after January 1st *sad face emoji*.

5. Build my faith

I won’t go too in depth, but along with character changes comes some sort of faith, faith in something, whether it be the god you worship or maybe just family members believing in you. When changing the way you view yourself and others, 9 times out of 10 you have something or someone supporting you along the way.

To be a little more specific for the sake of my resolution, I am a Christian, and throughout the years of me “finding” myself, I never leaned on my God, and once I stopped trying to do things on my own and started trusting and believing in him, things just began to fall into place.

To be even more specific I’d like to read my bible more, and I want to show people my faith through my actions. I want to help others.

So there you have it, my 2016 resolutions. What are yours?

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Christmas 2015

Ending this Christmas weekend with a joyful spirit. It seems the older I get the more I enjoy Christmas not because of the gifts, but because of time spent with loved ones, and of course time celebrating the true reason for the season: the birth of Jesus. 

Christmas Eve my family and I went to the 7:30 pm service at our church, New Life, and it was great to say the least, the pastor and the worship leaders never cease to amaze me.

 

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Before leaving for the Christmas Eve service (from left to right) My mom, Lydia, myself, and Leah. 

 

After the service we went home and put on our Christmas pajamas and drank hot chocolate with a ridiculous amount of marshmallows. My mom, Leah, Lydia, and myself all had matching pajama pants, and my mom’s boyfriend, Sam, and his 3 boys all had Christmas shirts with comical quotes on them. It was pretty cute.

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My delicious hot chocolate with a TON of marshmallows.

 

Christmas day was busy for me, I had 5 houses to visit! My mom’s, my best friend’s, Derrod’s, my other best friend’s, and my aunt’s. Although it was crazy, and mid-day I did get a little grumpy (I needed a nap), it was still great to be able to see all of my loved ones.

Here are some pictures of my siblings and I with our cousin Courtney.

Pictures with the family. Leah is in the red blazer, Lydia is in the burgundy skirt, my brother Japheth is in the middle, my cousin Courtney is in the gray sweater, and I am in the silver dress.

 

My sisters and I ended our weekend with shopping! We spent all of our giftcards at the mall. I will be posting about all of the great things I picked up sometime this week, but for now I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday as much as I did. Have a great week and try not to be too bummed out about going back to work on Monday. I love you all!

Xoxo

Top 5 Holiday Festivities in the DMV

1.) ZooLights at the National Zoo in Washington DC. 

Once night falls the National Zoo lights up into a magical Christmas kingdom, fun and enjoyable for all ages.

Not only is this festive activity fun for the family, it is also FREE!

The ZooLights run from November 27th-January 2nd between 5-9PM, with the exception of December 24th, 25th, and 31st.

You can find more information on ZooLights here.

ZooLights at the National Zoo 

 

2.) Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating

What says holidays more than ice skating? Nothing, obviously.

The great thing about Pentagon Row is it is right next to a multitude of shops and restaurants, including the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

Although this activity is not free, it is affordable and fun for the family, romantic dates, or even just an outing with friends. You can view admission and rental pricing here, along with hours and location.

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Outdoor ice skating rink at Pentagon Row 

 

3.) Washington D.C’s National Gallery of Art Ice Rink

If you don’t want to travel all the way to Virginia for ice skating, have no fear, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. also offers an outdoor skating rink.

Located in the Sculpture Garden, this activity is not free of charge but again, it is great for families, dates, or just hanging with friends and enjoying all that the city has to offer.

And while you’re there you might as well check out the art and grab a bite to eat at their cafe, I recommend the gelato.

You can find more information on rates, hours, and location here.

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Outdoor ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

 

4.) Maryland’s National Harbor

The National Harbor is a great place to go if you want to feel the holiday spirit. Between holiday performances on the plaza, their humongous Christmas tree, and the ferris wheel lit up in Christmas colors, you are almost guaranteed a great time.

There are plenty of events every weekend, too.

Gaylord National’s ICE, the Holiday Market, and every Saturday there is a Harbor Holiday Movie that plays out on the big screen right in front of the Peeps store.

You can find the calendar of events for the National Harbor here.

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Christmas tree at the National Harbor

 

5.) Old Town, Alexandria

Listed as one of the Top 10 Christmas Towns by HGTV, Old Town Alexandria offers something unique that cannot be found just anywhere. This historic town will get you and your loved ones in the spirit with their Holiday Market, Candlelight Tours, and Holiday Dining.

You can find a full list of events here.

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Christmas lights in Historic Old Town, Alexandria

 

So whether you are looking for an affordable activity, or simply just looking to have a good time with friends and family, the DMV has some of the perfect places to celebrate the holidays!

 

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these photographs.