Hello and Welcome

Hello everyone and happy new year. Welcome to The Things She Likes, my newly branded blog child that I hope you love as much as I do. Much has changed but as you probably noticed, much will stay the same as well. You can still look forward to fashion and beauty inspiration and articles to help and inspire you in everyday life, but the direction and tone of these articles will be different. Here on The Things She Likes I want to continue talking about my passions and sharing a sense of wonder and freedom with you through my love of fashion, travel and living life to the fullest, but I want to share content of a higher standard that resonates with you and keeps me hungry to create new content that is inspiring and purposeful.

For this first post I want to welcome you and be a bit more personal and cozy about this transition for me and what I’m looking to accomplish in this new year.

First of all, I am well aware that today we are 9 days into the new year and for all intents and purposes this makes me a bit late to the party, but I wanted to make sure this post was an accurate and honest depiction of the creative struggle and bounce back I had earlier this year (complete with melt down), and expressed in a poignant and relatable way the new direction of the blog.

At the end of 2017 I was eager for the new year, 2017 was arguably the hardest and most emotionally challenging year of my life, and to start an entirely new book in 2018 seemed the reprieve from my own tumultuous thoughts I needed. Then the end of the year came and went… and the flood of inspiration and drive I was anticipating never showed up. I had a horrible case of writers block and felt scatter brained, anxious, and unbalanced.

As a planner this sudden and unexpected slam against a creative brick wall was hard on me emotionally. I want to inspire you, to excite you, and yes, even to impress you, dear reader, with my content created and shared here, and I had nothing. As I tried to write this very post in the tone I wanted this new blog to carry, I simply could not find the words and it overwhelmed me. I went into the other room and cried like a baby all the while knowing full well the reason for this creative impediment. The countless distractions, early mornings, and endless work involved with content creation had a pernicious influence on me that culminated all on this one day.

The bottom line was: I can’t create quality content if my tank is running on empty. I knew it had been too long since I had spent quiet time in self care and relaxation enjoying things only perceived by the senses. I knew in order to bring the kind of blog, the kind of content, to you I imagined, I had to forgive myself for the lack of enlightened productivity and take the time to take care of me.

I had to get away from the noise and from the high bar I sent for myself, so that night on the way home I picked up some artisan cheese, fresh raspberries, and a bottle of fruity pinot noir. I ran myself a bath with a bath bomb that fizzled as I relaxed in the warm water enjoying my treats. I turned on relaxing music and gave all my senses the love and attention they deserved.

I could feel the creative wall immediately start to crumble as the wine soaked Bellavitano melted in my mouth. Pink ribbons of deliciously smelling oils swirled around my body as I relaxed and decided that quality over quantity is in fact the best way, the only way, and taking this time to pamper and mull in my own company was the only way I could effectively serve my purpose as a creative person.

After this day of beguiling myself I was ready, and for the past 2 weeks I have been creating content I can say I am proud of and eager to share with you. To start I want to share my goals for 2018. I used to make massive lists of things I wanted to do and found I did little of them and got no where. This year I am breaking down my goals into daily, weekly, and monthly increments so I don’t end up biting off more than I can chew and wind up crying into my pillow. I also made sure the goals I set aligned with my top 5 priorities in life so I stayed true to myself and what’s important to me throughout the year. I do have a few quarterly and yearly goals but the ones I am paying closer attention to are the ones I can manage today, tomorrow and next week.

Daily

1- post daily to my social media accounts

2- check in a few times a day with Insta Stories

3- message someone I love every day

4- come up with a new post idea

5- eat something healthy that makes me feel good

Weekly

1- publish 1-3 articles I’m proud of and think will help or inspire others

2- submit to a personal care indulgence (or two..)

3- do something nice or thoughtful for someone

4- network and engage more with other creatives, readers, and clients

5- accomplish 3-5 things on my blog “to do” list

Monthly

1- spend quality time with a family member

2- finish reading 1 book

3- go on a date with Jesse

4- reach my monthly growth goals

5- send out my monthly newsletter

Quarterly/Yearly

1- travel someplace new or someplace old with new eyes

2- invest in a new camera

3- walk barefoot outside (have you guys heard of grounding? What do you think?)

4- make it to NYFW

5- treat myself to a luxury indulgence (facial, shopping spree, fine dining… any ideas?)

If you notice, I didn’t overwhelm each day, week, or month with more than 5 goals, and I did this because I know myself and I know how life works: never how you think it will. I have anxiety and am sometimes easily overwhelmed, combine that with any given day that can go from 0 to 60 in a flash and loading my days and weeks with mile long to do lists doesn’t serve me or you. I set an achievable list of goals of both personal and professional and thus sending me into the new year optimistic and not already feeling defeated. I encourage you to do the same!

I also just want to say THANK YOU to all of you who read and loved One Pot Slop. I hope you find it easy to love The Things She Likes by the honest and authentic content I bring you, and do me the honor of your support and readership. I love you all for sharing this common interest with me and I hope you are looking forward to sharing this blog together.

Lots of love,

XO

~Rach

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