5 New Years Goals for Twenty Nineteen

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The one thing I am a big believer for is that you don’t have to wait until a new year begins to start completing your goals or striving for them. I am always making goals based on where I am presently and where I want to go or where I need to be.

I wanted to share some goals and intentions I have for the new year and explain why they mean so much to me and our journey here for the #shikachicafam

1. Improving my wellness

This is something that I have talking about more and more openly on my Instagram as well as on the blog, wellness. Healthy mind, healthy body and you are able to achieve just about anything. I would like to go into the new year being more aware of my mental and physical health and being more proactive with it. I would love to meditate once a day for 10- 15 mins, workout 4 times a week to not only help my weight goal but also my endometriosis, and lastly I would like to eat more vegetables and lower my sugar ( this means fewer pops and juices and more water).

Now a goal needs to be measurable so you can be held accountable and also understand if I am on track. Here are how I will make it measurable:

  • I will workout 4 times a week for 40mins to an hour
  • I will have 2 liters of water a day
  • I will only have a pop once a week
  • I will meditate in the morning before I start my day so I am held accountable
  • I will talk to someone once a month about how I feel ( this can be in my support system)
  • I will have a vegetable with 2 out of 3 meals I have
  • I will lose 10-15 pounds in the next three months and maintain it through a healthy and balanced lifestyle

2. Save more

I think one of the biggest lessons I learned in the past year is that 60% of the stuff I do have I do not need. Going into the new year I want to save more money and/or spend it where it can bring my value in the long run. I would love to work towards a more minimalistic lifestyle. Here is how I will measurably succeed my goals:

  • I will remove my storage in 6 months, sell, keep or get rid of the stuff I own in storage
  • I will save 30% of what I make for emergencies and other investments
  • Get rid of 3 garbage bags of clothes every season
  • I will only go out with friends 3 times a month ( coffee or lunch)
  • I will make my lunch every day at home and have once¬† a week eat out
  • I will make a spending allowance per month ( I was thinking 100$ for things I don’t need but want per month)

 

3. Connect with my online tribe more

One of my biggest challenges and accomplishments I look forward to the new year and connecting with you all even further through different ways. I am so excited to launch various projects for this month to teach, connect and help the content creating community. Now I can not talk about the main project year however, I will tell you how I will do that with the things I can chat about it:

  • I want to help 30-50 people with my social media mentoring program
  • Help 200 people with the Instagram mentoring program
  • Successfully launch Spring 2019 BlogIt tour
  • Meet up with more of you in person
  • Make a traveler content creating meet and greet
  • Create different content daily to connect with you all

 

4. Try Something New

Human beginnings feel uncomfortable and usually do not like change. However, I think change is important for you to grow as an individual. So for the new year, I think to myself, what will I do that I have never done before that will help me grow as a person. Here are some measurable goals:

  • Learn how to be a good swimmer
  • Go to southeast Asia¬† for the first time and traveling there for at least a month
  • Travel to 3 different continents in 2019
  • Create content every single day
  • Road trip for a week somewhere
  • Go to a week spiritual and mediational retreat

 

5. Spend more time with important people in my life

I think one of the hardest things to balance is spending time with your loved ones in your life. I noticed there was so much going on last year and I loved every bit of it. I think what would make it better is trying to spend time with loved ones more. I would love to go for walks with my partner, turn off my phone for an hour and just enjoy someone’s company. I love social media however sometimes you can appreciate it, even more, when you take some time away from it every now and then. Here are my measurable goals on how I will achieve it:

  • Spend time with my partner 1 hour a day without being on my phone
  • See my family once a month
  • Message my closest friends at least 2 times a month

 

Hope these goals have inspired you and think about measurable goals while you get ready for another amazing chapter in your life, 2019. Happy new year!

 

 

“Don’t Need to be In Silence and Cross your Legs to Meditate”- How Travel is a Form of Meditation and Can Help You Find Your Own Meditation

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When people think of meditation they think of sitting in silence with their eyes closed and no sound. Meditation to me is relaxing consciously and subconsciously and being aware of your body and your mind. This can be done by sitting down doing nothing, listening to great music while drawing, spending time with family and friends and talking about how you are or dancing your heart ours.

My ways of meditation are laughing, dancing to Latin music, sitting in silence and being aware of my breathing to reduce my anxiety and have a time unplugged from social media. So ask your self what is your way of meditation?

Now you know your way of meditation, time to ad the action of traveling. One of the many reasons I love traveling beside meeting people from all over the world is the temporary detachment from reality, familiar environment, and people. People feel uncomfortable and most cannot take the change. However, I see it as an opportunity to reflect on yourself, grow, learn and feel uncomfortable.

With so many amazing exciting things such as a huge project launch, changing my career over the past 4 months from a part-time interest into my career, traveling from home 1-2 weeks of the month and working from home, it has been an overwhelming change that I didn’t notice until I decided to leave Canada for a month to be with family In St. Lucia I reflect, work on my projects, enjoy the sun and nature. I have cried, I have had anxiety attacks, I have felt depressed, I have laughed, I have smiled, I have exercised, I have worked, I have eaten amazing home cook meals and I have enjoyed the outdoors including sunsets. After all that, one heals, grow and becomes more grounded in them self.IMG_4311_Facetune_22-12-2018-14-48-42

Every time I travel I learn about the country, culture and myself. It is something that no one in school, work or your family can teach you but the world itself.

Traveling, my experiences and meeting so many people has allowed me to learn my way of meditation and respect the ways of meditation for others.

I wanted to share this with you guys hoping that you are able to find a type of meditation that feels like home for you and use it to keep you sane, inspired, collected, growing and be you. I would love to hear what your ways of meditation are and if there is one that is your favorite lately.

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Caramel Brown Vest Coat and a Touch of Lepard

I love wool staple pieces. Especially in this crazy weather. Sometimes I can just wear a wool sweater and a light jacket on some winter afternoon s and I feel just right. I decided to take a formal item out of the Shika Chica’s closet today and give it a casual day look feel.

I started off layering with this beautiful camel colored long wool vest from Melanie Lyn. I love the color! Like I mentioned before, I am really trying to redo my wardrobe first starting with the basic staples. I then added my classic Brand Melville cropped ribbed sweater. I wear this top all the time as you can dress it up and down easily., 

For the bottoms, I decided to wear my classic cut off Levis jeans that I adore. I love the snug fit at the waist and the slightly flared bottoms. It helps play down the caramel vest. Now for the shoes, I really wanted something simple, classic and ‘warm’, so I decided to add these Zara leather ankle booties. My motto is wear a heel with an outfit, and it can really give the final touch of classiness that you need to bring the outfit together.

Now we have texture, colour and a sheen we are miss a pattern. What better way to add a pattern then this lepard faux fur hat from my mom’s closet. I love how fun and warm it is. Without the hat, the look would not be completed. 

Orange Patterned Cardigan- OOTD

I have had this cardigan for quite some time now though I always seem to come back to this number once the fall comes back around. I bought this cardigan from Forever 21. I love the geometric patterns and the pop of orange that really stands out against the grey.

With such a crazy pattern you want to make the rest of the outfit simple. I added my fur vest to add texture to the outfit. Not only is it fashionable but really warm as well. I then added these mom jeans that I thrift way back as Vien Avec Moi made by Levis. They are so comfortable the cut hem gives it an edgy trendy twist to simple light wash jeans.

For shoes, I played it safe and added my closed toe Call it Spring shoes. I use these pairs of shoes for everything! Work, a special event or a girls night. It really gives enough height to be used for special occasions yet casual enough to wear during the day. 

Fall OOTD- Pumpkins, Cozy Sweaters and Plaid Scarfs

So I decided to take advantage or the fall weather, beautiful leaves and go to a pumpkin patch. Yes a pumpkin patch. What says fall more then that. I wanted o wear an outfit that was comfy and what says comfy more then this wool sweater I bought ages ago from Zara. Even though I bought it so long ago, it is one of my favorite sweaters in my closet. Year after year I go back to it and year after year it stay trendy and an amazing laying piece as well. 

I then added these simple dark wash skinny jeans from Zara. These are another on of my favourite beacuse they are one of the most comfortable jeans I own and they make my but look good if I do not say so myself.

For the shoes, I wanted to complement the oatmeal color sweater, so I added these high knee suede boots from Call if Spring. You all know I love this store. They always have amazing style for boots and you truly can not go wrong. 

Now to add some color, I added my Zara orange plaid oversize scarf. I honestly do not like orange 99.99% of the time but for some reason I love this scarf. Since Orange is not usually a popular color when it comes down to plaid over-sized scarf I thought why not. It will be different. 

Lastly for the bag , I added a leather vintage bag with a gold detailed buckle on the strap. Kept it simple.

This Trend Got Me with the “Cold Shoulders”

 

One of my favorite trends at the moment is the off the shoulder tops. They are a great staple for this spring and summer season. I decided to play with three trends in this look. First, the off shoulder giving feminism touch as well as the pink plaid pattern that is a common look on the runway this year. Plaid is also one of the most transitional patterns when in various seasons from fall to winter to spring. Lastly, the white distress pants give this whole look a relaxed yet clean finish to the full look as white denim is making a big comeback this season. To finished the look add some accessories such as a choker and cute flats or nude pump to give this outfit the “ouff it needs.

Top- H&M

Jeans- Zara

Shoes- black flats (H&M) and beige heals (Justfab)

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Photography by @pedrodecimus

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Photography by @pedrodecimus