5.15.2017

My Post-Wedding Goals + New Video!

My Beautiful Bouquet (by My Flower Box Events), photo via Kirsten Smith Photography
Happy Monday loves! This post is a little different than my usual Monday content but I thought it would be sort of fun to get more personal. With the wedding over, a lot of my recently married friends and family told me that you go through sort of a post-wedding "slump." That sounds kind of horrible taken out of context but I think most brides just get so heavily involved and consumed by the planning and excitement leading up to the wedding and then in the blink of an eye it's over! My wedding was recent enough that I haven't experienced the "slump" yet but to be honest, the planning process was really stressful so I might be the minority in that I'm pretty happy it's over! It was such a beautiful day and totally worth all the anxiety and stress that went into it, but I truly am relieved that it happened, it went perfectly, and now it's over and we're married!

I have a ton of upcoming plans in my personal life and also for the blog now that I have a world of free time with wedding done! These are just a few:
1.) Travel--number one on the list is to travel more. It's going to be hard to do it in the next few months because I'm still recovering from taking so much leave for the wedding but once I start accruing my vacation hours back, we have some really fun trips planned in the next year! We are going to Cape Cod in July then are hoping to do our actual honeymoon in October or November (most likely Mexico or Napa--btw thank you for suggestions on my last post!) and then my best friend and I are in the process of planning a trip to London and Paris and maybe one other European destination early next Spring! 
2.) Career/Professional--As some of you might know, I currently work in Human Resources and I really do enjoy it but with blogging and also just through pursuing other hobbies, I have found a true passion for graphic design. I am signed up for a 4 week online design course starting in June and then we will see where that leads! Grad school is a possibility but I want to take it one step at a time and see how this upcoming course goes.
3.) Make more video content--one of my 2017 resolutions was to start making YouTube videos and I have made about 5 I think since the start of the year. I actually REALLY enjoy it so now that I have more time I'm hoping to do videos more often. Maybe once every 2 weeks to start then eventually once a week? We'll see! I actually do have a new video to share with y'all today on my 4 easy go-to hairstyles when I have dirty hair or am in a rush! Hope you enjoy it!
4.) Home Improvement--we moved into our house in the midst of all the wedding planning so we frantically furnished the house but haven't put a lot of effort into design and some home improvement projects as the wedding got closer. We plan to add backsplash to our kitchen and do a few other DIY projects soon! 
5.) Take on more collaborations--I'll be totally honest in saying that I ignored a lot of collaboration requests that were sent to me over the last year--some I definitely regret not responding to or saying no to! I just couldn't handle more stress on top of planning so I'm definitely looking forward to saying YES to more collaborations (that fit the Rosy Outlook brand) moving forward!
6.) Move blog to WordPress (MAYBE)--this is a topic I would LOVE advice on. Blogger is the platform I use for Rosy Outlook but I have read about so many business benefits to using Wordpress instead. What do you guys think?! It gives me so much anxiety because it looks like a difficult process and I have read that you can lose so much data/photos/etc. If any of you have actually gone through the transfer from Blogger to WordPress I would love to hear how it went.
7.) Play Tourist in our Hometown More--Sometimes we get so caught up in our routine that we forget we live 25 minutes from the Nation's Capitol. We also live so close to beautiful places like Annapolis, Georgetown, Baltimore, etc. and we definitely do not take enough advantage. We will definitely be doing more day trips on the weekends. With Steven graduating his doctoral program later this year, we don't know how much longer we have in this city so we have to take advantage! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this different sort of post. I just felt like having more of a "conversation" with you guys and sharing a little bit more of a personal side! It's been such a whirlwind the last few months and I feel like it definitely has inspired me to take my newfound free time and pursue more!
xoxo
[Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston]


20 comments :

  1. You know, I have always said you have some of the best hair in all of the blog land! I love that you did post wedding goals, it's funny how after you get married your priority shift a little bit. I love this! I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

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  2. Lovely blog post ! Your hair is just amazing girl !
    Have a great day !
    Nina
    xox
    www.thecrispylipstick.com

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  3. Literally you are hair goals! And I love that you did a post wedding goals! That is so cute and I love the hair video! Happy Monday!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm glad you're not experiencing the slump! Eddie and I actually skipped the big wedding and just had a very small and intimate service with our Pastor at the time, so I can't relate in having to plan so much, but I'm sure when you're so consumed with it for so long and then you no longer are, it can feel a bit weird. It looks like you have such great plans in mind and I hope you're able to achieve all of them, from traveling to establishing a career or side hustle in graphic design! Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  5. Traveling is the best plan! I just wish we didn't have to pay for them or save vacation time, right?! And PS - serious hair girls girl!! XO

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  6. That's so exciting you're going to take some graphic design classes! Let me know what you hear about switching to WP. I've heard a lot of mixed things but one of the major turnoffs for me is that it's so expensive to migrate and I see so many self-hosted WP sites crashing fairly regularly and that would stress me out!<3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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    1. I'm totally on the same page!! I just don't know if it's worth it!!

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  7. Loving all of your goals that you have set for yourself - I think it's awesome that you are going to be taking a graphic design class- I think you'll be great at it!! As for the blogger vs. wordpress thing - I have toyed with the idea of switching to WP, but haven't taken the plunge - might do it this year but we'll see! xo, Biana -BlovedBostona

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  8. I've actually grown to love the graphic design element of blogging too and photography, two things I would have never chosen for myself in the beginning. I love that you're considering pursuing it professionally! I run my blog on Wordpress and love it, but I also didn't make the switch. So, I don't have any input there, but I hope if you choose to do so it's a smooth transition for you!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  9. I really wish that I had more time to explore graphic design on the side! I feel like it truly helps you in EVER aspect of being a creative!

    The Adored Life

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  10. What a great goals list, Kelly! It's so true, we live close to so many fun cities and things to do, we need to take advantage of it too! I'm excited to hear about the graphic design classes! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  11. Sounds like you have lots of fun things ahead. No slump for you! I bet you will really enjoy your graphics class.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  12. I hope that you get to achieve all of your goals especially to travel more! Travelling gives me so much joy.

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  13. the Slump is so real and can start when you don't fill your time. It sounds like you're doing a lot of really exciting things! We moved to wordpress and love it. But do it sooner than later. Because it is a pain to move.
    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  14. Love all of these goals!!! Married life definitely settles down and all of these are perfect to start/continue... Collab can be overwhelming at times but also a lot of fun! Cant wait to see all your videos!!!

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  15. Yay loving all your goals! I switched to wordpress (myself and I have no computer background) and I love wordpress! The only negative is your traffic takes a dip but eventually will go back up!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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    1. So good to know!! I think I'm going to take the plunge!

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  16. Love your goals, lady- and how cool you are pursing graphic design! I love this + am so excited for you!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  17. Loving all your goals! I'm going to start making vids as well on Youtube.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

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  18. These are great goals! I especially love the idea of playing tourist in your own city.

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

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