HOW TO TURN YOUR RESOLUTIONS INTO HABITS

How to Turn Your Resolutions into Habits

Having been a content creator for a couple of years now, I’m fairly familiar with the inhibiting desire to constantly make myself more efficient, so as to be able to accomplish more “to-do’s” each day. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, wife or husband, parent or student, we all struggle with some combination of prioritization and time-management while going about our day to day lives.

Resolutions never seemed to be the solution for me. While the desire for self-improvement is endearing, more often than not it ends in disappointment. We become disappointed in ourselves because we get caught up in the excitement of a new year and set unattainable goals for our imperfect human selves and when we fail, we chastise ourselves for even trying in the first place.

So how can we make our good intentions for the new beginning last all year long??? Here’s my idea—instead of trying to tackle a big laundry list of improvements and lifestyle changes all at once, I’ll be taking it month by month. Beginning in January, I’ll incorporate at least two new goals/resolutions I want to put into practice each month. This is very customizable- you could do any combination of goals (fitness, nutrition, religious, personal, interpersonal, parenting, professional, whatever!) you want. What I like most about this approach is that it is cumulative. When you’re able to rope your resolutions into small actionable practices that are fairly easy to incorporate into your day, they’re more likely to become second-nature habits.

Here’s what I’ll be working on in January 2018;

  • Interpersonal – Call my Mom & Dad at least once/week
  • Blogging – Publish at least 2 new blog posts/week
  • Fitness – Practice yoga at home once/week

The whole point of this approach to resolutions is for it to be manageable. If you currently don’t work out at all, going to the gym 5 times/week might not be a sustainable habit for you early on, especially once you begin to add new habits every month. If you get a gym membership and start working out a few days per week and feel that you could go additional days, then by all means, do that. But instead of pushing yourself too far early on, leading to burnout and lack of motivation to want to work out at all, take it slowly and work together with your body and your (realistic) schedule. What do you think about this approach to tackling your New Year’s Resolutions? Comment below and tell me how you’ll turn your resolutions into habits!

2018-01-17T04:12:32+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Health & Wellness|2 Comments

EPICUREAN EMILY TURNS ONE!

I can’t believe I’m already saying this, but it’s Epicurean Emily’s first birthday! I began this crazy blogging journey with my first post one year ago today. The time has absolutely flown by, which I guess is a good thing because it means I’m still just as much in love with blogging as I was when I first started. A lot of people ask me what my purpose for starting a blog was and I know I’ve discussed my answer vaguely on EE before but in celebration of my blog-iversary, I’d like to re-iterate for any new readers and honestly just to remind myself why I work so hard to constantly create quality content.

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I’m not going to tell you my whole life story but you should know that I’ve always been a bit of an oddball.  In elementary school, I was a tomboy who would rather be drawing or playing outside with my dog than having sleepovers with my friends. I was terribly obsessed with the Jonas Brothers in HIGH-SCHOOL (middle school was about the oldest age where a boyband obsession was *somewhat* socially acceptable) and my senior quote in my yearbook is literally about having more JB t-shirts than days of the week to wear them. Because of all the quirky things that made me me, I was far from “popular” and never considered myself to be someone who people looked up to. But in recent years, I’ve discovered that there was one quality that people admired about me – my comfortability in being true to who I was (no matter how embarrassed my family and friends were for me at times). Growing up, I often wondered why I wasn’t like everyone else, but I realize now that being a little weird was truly the best blessing in disguise.

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This generation of young people weigh especially heavy on my heart because they feel the overwhelming pressure of today’s twisted society so strongly at such a crucial time of their lives. With the advance of the internet and the skyrocketing of social media, teens today are constantly told who they should be, what they should do, what they should buy, and what they should wear. A large part of my mission here at Epicurean Emily is to encourage young people to fully accept who they are and to always be true to themselves in a world that is telling them the exact opposite. Embracing your weirdness and knowing what makes you unique can be the key to success. Beyond the comprehension of your own identity, I also encourage the constant pursuit of the best version of yourself. The minute you lose the desire to learn is the minute in which you will fail. Be passionate in your pursuance of knowledge – about anything at all that you’re interested in. I love photography. I love fashion. I love travel. I love food. Every opportunity I have to shoot, I’m trying new techniques and camera settings to learn how I can improve my images. I’m constantly looking for new editing programs and watching Photoshop tutorials on YouTube to learn new things and/or re-learn old things I’ve forgotten. I consider buying one fashion magazine per month a necessity because it’s a fresh source of all kinds of inspiration. I keep up with several fashion bloggers so regularly that I consider many of them to be old friends (See my favorites here). I feed my never-ending wanderlust by looking at Pinterest and travel blogs and planning itineraries for my future adventures. I’m always excited when a new restaurant opens in town and I research ways to improve my own cooking techniques at home and find new recipes through food publications and blogs.

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I am a strong believer in the power of the internet. It’s an endless source of inspiration and education for everyone in our modern world. It has catapulted careers for people who are doing what I’m doing – sharing themselves online in hopes of inspiring someone. But all of us know that while the internet has many great perks, it is also one of the biggest platforms for the spread of negativity. Social media provides a barrier that makes it easy for people who are hurting to inflict emotional pain on others and no one knows that to be true more than today’s teens. I think a big reason for the rise of bloggers is because they are almost a light in the dark tunnel of the internet – a real person you can trust in a galaxy of companies competing for your constant attention. I love YOU (my readers) so much and all I want to do is create quality, wholesome content that elevates your life. While there are a few bad apples in the world of blogging, I think ultimately that’s what most of us are passionate about – helping you feel like the best version of yourself when you read our new post, see our photo on your Instagram feed, or view our far from perfect lives documented on Snapchat.

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I began Epicurean Emily for a lot of reasons. It was one of the only creative venues where I could collectively combine everything that I was passionate about. I don’t just want to be a photographer. I don’t just want to be a fashion designer or stylist. I don’t just want to be travel agent. I don’t just want to be a food critic. I want to be all of these things and more. I want to be an inspiration for my high-school self – the girl who is passionately creative and consequently deemed an outcast. I want to encourage the introverted and shy that sometimes feel as if they don’t have a voice to speak up and let them know that the world is in desperate need of their unique perspective. I want to encourage people that it’s never too late to discover what makes them feel beautiful. I wore blue eyeshadow and “sensitive” mascara in high school, but I wanted to learn how to apply make-up correctly (Out of all the things my mother taught me, make-up application was not one of them – Still love you though, mom) so I watched beauty tutorials religiously and learned everything I know about make-up through bloggers (Thank you makeupbytiffanyd, pixiwoo, xsparkage, and kandeejohnson!). I want to show the fashion-obsessed college girls that it’s ok if you don’t want to wear yoga pants to class every day. Yeah, you may get some weird looks when you show up to class in stilettos, but if heels give you the confidence you need to ace your test or kill your presentation, then click-clock your way across campus. If you’re a girly girl who looks forward to doing your hair and make-up and wearing the perfect outfit every day, then allow yourself the time to get dolled up and pick out the perfect pair of shoes.  If you’re the sporty opposite of girly and are perfectly happy going au naturel and wearing workout gear and trainers, then do that – lucky for you, athleisure is very IN right now! I created Epicurean Emily to be a judgement-free platform and source of inspiration for everyone (regardless of race, gender, religion, or social status) to come together to find new ways to invest in themselves. Whether you read my blog to get outfit inspiration, for my photography tips, to hear about my travels, or to see if the new restaurant in town is worth all the hype, from the bottom of my heart I truly appreciate every one of you who has and continues to make Epicurean Emily a success. I’m so thankful for the platform the world wide web has provided me to create my own community of Epicureans who celebrate each others’ weirdness! Cheers to many more blogging years!

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2018-01-17T04:12:39+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

FIVE FAVORITE BLOGGERS

Growing up as the “artistic” type, I did – and still do, highly value inspiration. Anyone who makes art will agree that there is NOTHING worse than a creative block. I’ve found inspiration much easier to come by with the age of social media. If I’m bored with my daily makeup routine, I can go to Youtube and find tutorials from a thousand different beauty bloggers, each with their own version of an “everyday makeup look”. Maybe I got a scarf for Christmas and since I’m not an accessory person, I don’t know the first thing about how to wear a scarf. There is a Youtube tutorial AND a blog post AND an info-graph for that. With the rise of social media stardom there are hundreds, realistically thousands, of Instagram accounts and blogs to inspire all of us. I wanted to share a few of my favorites because after years of endless inspiration, I have them to thank for encouraging me to start my own in hopes that I, too, can inspire others.

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CHIARA FERRAGNI | THE BLONDE SALAD

I have been following Chiara on Instagram for about 2 years now and I still look forward to her posts every day. Her sense of style is so unique and she truly pairs things like no one else. My favorite aspect of fashion is the ability to be a chameleon and to experiment with my look and personal style. Chiara inspires me and many others to do just that – to be who you want to be and to wear what you want to wear, regardless of what people will think or say. She was a pioneer of the now over-saturated blogging industry, posting pictures of her outfits online while she was in undergrad to prepare for law school. She now manages a team of over 10 people who help her keep her site, The Blonde Salad, afloat while she travels around the world to attend events, fashion weeks in various countries, and to manage her Chiara Ferragni Collection of shoes and bags designed by the blogger boss herself. She made herself into a social media star and made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2015, with an estimated income of $8 million just last year. If I had to name just one person who inspired me to create Epicurean Emily, it would be Chiara.

IG: chiaraferragni | Website: The Blonde Salad

NICOLE WARNE | GARY PEPPER GIRL

I love Nicole’s classic style and her travel photos are wanderlust-inducing. A native Aussie, Nicole’s claim to fame all started from her e-Bay store, Gary Pepper Vintage, where she sold quirky vintage pieces. As the store became a success, so did the blog and she decided to pursue blogging full time and is now a creative director, model, digital influencer, and a Net-a-Porter.com ambassador as well as a founding member of their prestigious Style Council. Her fiancé is a well-renowned surf photographer and when they travel together, photographic magic happens.

IG: garypeppergirl | Website: Gary Pepper Girl

JULIA ENGEL | GAL MEETS GLAM

I was first drawn to Julia’s Instagram because of the exceptional photography. I later found out that her and her husband are self-taught photographers who have been figuring it out along the way since she began her blog in 2011. I have a crazy amount of respect for both of them and their passion for each other and for Gal Meets Glam. There aren’t any “filler” posts and even if it’s a sponsored post, it is still beautifully and thoughtfully photographed. I am a total sucker for Julia’s style, but I must admit my favorite posts are their travel posts. They have an authentic way of telling a story between their sequence of photographs and the raw way that Julia writes that makes you feel like she’s your best friend filling you in on her latest getaway. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from Gal Meets Glam, it’s that passion makes all things possible.

IG: juliahengel | Website: Gal Meets Glam

KEIKO GROVES | KEIKO LYNN

Anyone who knows me will tell you that three of my favorite things are Disney, sunglasses, and bright lipstick and that, in a nutshell, is Keiko’s Instagram feed which I found via Modcloth. I recognized her from Pinterest as well (she’s also a beauty blogger who often swatches and reviews new products, and posts makeup and hair pictorials). I love Keiko’s retro, lady-like style and her eye for color and composition. Scrolling through her feed makes my design-craving heart happy. Bonus, she features her adorable pup, Miku, quite often.

IG: keikolynn | Website: Keiko Lynn

WENDY NGUYEN | WENDY’S LOOKBOOK

So remember when I mentioned watching a Youtube video to learn how to wear a scarf??? That was my first introduction to Wendy’s Lookbook almost 4 years ago. She is the first fashion blogger that I ever followed and her styling and how-to videos were a nice transition into something different from my nightly make-up tutorial binge-watching (don’t judge – we’ve all done it). Her content has an elegance and consistency that I truly admire- the photographs are always crisp, clean, and beautifully lit, and her videos are cinematographic masterpieces.

IG: wendyslookbook | Website: Wendy’s Lookbook

“Five Favorite Bloggers” photos are not my own and were found on the websites linked below their feature.

2018-01-17T04:12:40+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments