Wednesday, January 3, 2018

5 Ways to Stay Focused and Fearless in the New Year

an inspirational guide to stay focused in the new year

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Happy New Year Friends!

I hope you had an amazing holiday season, and that you are feeling inspired with all you want to accomplish this year! January is the month for optimists. It's time when everyone makes resolutions to become a better version of themselves. The headlines "A New Year,  A New You" are everywhere, and sometimes driving us nuts! 

Resolutions are so easy to make, and of course so much harder to keep!  So, I am not making any ha ha! I do resolve to keep working towards my goals. My words for this year are "fearless and focused."  The past year I let fear, negative thoughts, and a lack of clear direction derail me from accomplishing everything.

an inspirational guide for staying focused in the new year

I think in everything we do, wellness should be our guiding light.  Wellness involves mental and physical diligence, and our ability to endure hardships.

From a style point of view: it's much easier!  Choose clothes and lifestyle experiences, that move with you no matter how far or fast you move- and most of all , ones that make you smile!  I wanted to start the New year by sharing inspiration to help you look and feel fabulous in midlife, or at any age!

Inspirational guide to staying focused and fearless

1) Find Clothes That Suit You

Finding a style that suits you just right, is like finding a friend! In midlife our bodies are constantly changing, hat an understatement, ha!  Embrace your size ,body shape, and celebrate your uniqueness. The key is finding clothes to flatter your best features. Leopard as always, is my go to. It always makes me feel like a million bucks! Thanks to Chico's Boutiques , for gifting me with this lovely wrap for Christmas. It was a pleasure working with them this past year.

2) Don't Dress for Other People

Of course we all like to impress with our dress.  It's important to feel approved by others, but it's more important to accept yourself for who you are. Dress to please yourself, and what makes you feel the most comfortable, and confident!

3) Celebrate Your Natural Features

I have my daddy's big blue eyes, and love it or not- I inherited the little bump he had on his nose. I used to have a huge complex over it, but decided to let that go and embrace the features I have. Learning to accept and celebrate your unique features is not always an easy place to arrive at. Keep believing in yourself, and you will get there!

4) Maintain an Attitude of Thanks and Gratitude

" I would maintain that Thanks are the highest form of thought; and that Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton.  This is one of my favorite quotes.  I hope it inspires you as much as it has me!

5) Awaken your Spirit of Wanderlust

All in all, it was a great year and I have much to be grateful for! I was able to travel more the past year, then I ever have. In addition, I attended several fashion events and explored lots in the Seattle area. Travel is so good for the soul, and helps you experience life in ways you never imagined!
  • In January, I visited my home city of Vancouver and spent time with an elementary school pal
  • In February I attended a fashion trade show in Las Vegas
  • In May I went to Pullman, & attended mom's weekend & fashion with my daughter at WSU
  • In June our family visited my mother in Calgary, Alberta for her 87th bday
  • In June, I also visited Banff National Park, and soaked in the mountain hot springs, amazing!
  • In July I traveled to L.A to my first blogging event, with stops in Monterey, Sacramento, San Jose, and Santa Cruz
  • In October back to Vegas I went, for an amazing girl's weekend for my bestie's 53rd birthday 
  • After Christmas, we spent 2 nights downtown Seattle, first time for that!

I have the summers off which allows for more time to travel. I do always travel on a budget, and look hard to find the deals. In the next few months, I hope to share a post with tips to help you travel more, with out breaking the bank!

An inspirational guide to stay focused in the new yewar

This is a collage of photos I shared on Instagram- called the "best nine." The app automatically selects them for you. All these moments were a blessing, and I hope you had many blessed experiences as well. Thanks for being part of my community here on Maple Leopard, I wish you all the best for 2018!  One of my goals is to make it to Europe this year.

What is goal you are hoping to accomplish this year? Perhaps it's more travel, or a fitness goal: whatever it is, I would love to hear it!




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  1. Happy New Year Val!! Best to you in 2018. First I love your outfit, what a wonderful wrap on you. Ive been wanting to wear mine too. Great tips for the new year. I love appreciating and being grateful for what you have, dressing for yourself.. and espcecially hearing about your travel plans. THis year i'll turn 50 and we are planning to go to Italy. I have not been to Europe.

    looking beautiful my friend!
    jess xx

    1. Thanks Jess can’t wait to see yours!!! Wow congrats on your milestone I’m on to 53 soon and hoping for Europe this summer !!

  2. Valerie, I love your words of the year! So appropriate and motivating and inspiring! And I adore your outfit. Leopard and red are one of my favorite combinations. You look fabulous! Thanks so much for joining my #SpreadTheKindness Link Up. Wishing you a very blessed new year!


    1. Awe thank you Shelbed you are always so sweet ! I wish you the moon in 2018 !!!

  3. What a great way to start the year, because it's true how our clothes can make us feel better about ourselves!!!

  4. Happy new year! I definitely agree with dressing for yourself and not for others!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

  5. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing this great post with Vis Monday! xo


  6. I love all your amazing tips! Always dress for yourself, and not for others! That is so important!

  7. I love your leopard print wrap with the red jumper and boots! Great advice, especially dressing for yourself! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx