New Year, New Dreams... 2016 Dreamer's Notebook

Happy New Year!  Time for resolutions, right?  You may remember that I am not a huge fan of resolutions (here).  I'm not opposed to them, I just don't think they are specific enough to make a difference in someone's life.  Now I AM a huge fan of having dreams and setting goals that move you toward achieving those dreams!  It may seem cheesy, but the new year brings with it a new energy.  It's impossible to ignore the sense of renewal that permeates the air.  With so many people looking to the new year to provide them the restart we all need, the new year inevitably causes people to assess the previous year, and set new goals for the upcoming year.

I am no different.  There are a few goals that I set last year and I achieved most of them, but 2015 is in the past and instead of dwelling on those moments, I prefer to look ahead and reset my goals for 2016.  In comes the most perfect notebook/planner/journal that a woman could ask for.  I found this planner on Etsy, while browsing the 2016 day planners/calendar offerings. After coming across thousands, I knew this one was the one for me.

I love that this is written in plain, accessible, relatable language. Sometimes, in our efforts to be "enlightened", the message can become lost in the use of words and concepts that don't play a part in our everyday lives.  This book allows you to "get it" at a very base level.

Who hasn't made this mistake? It's hard to develop new goals for a new year without reflecting on the goals you achieved, and didn't achieve, the year prior. This planner helps you to think ahead, but also allows for reflection of the things that were not useful to you in the previous year. Those things we want to "leave behind".

I usually have three journals - one for my finances, one for Girls of Plenty, and one for the rest of the things I have going on!  This planner integrates them all into one.  Life is not compartmentalized, and neither should your dreams and goals be.  The planner is set-up to force you to work on your financial goals and your work goals, but also to work on your passion.
After purchasing the planner and doing some digging around, I found the creator of this "Dreamer's Notebook", and her website (here).  Just reading her story about her journey to actually create this planner was so inspirational to me, I have decided to buy more planners for my friends.  I am so happy to be able to support this sister, Arionne Alyssa Nettles, in her endeavors, and I am too excited about the work I have to do to achieve my dreams this year. This planner serves as a stand-in for that one friend that tells it to you like it is!  Who doesn't need that, even if you don't want it?

In purchasing this planner, I am already one-step closer to achieving some my 2016  goals: 
  1. patronize more Black entrepreneurs; 
  2. buy from women; 
  3. shop small;
  4. use Girls of Plenty as a platform to showcase inspirational women 
In order to get your planner, go to the Etsy Site and get yours.  You will love it.  Now get to achieving!


Be seen...

Every woman wants to be noticed.  Every woman wants to be desired. Every woman wants to be loved. But we have to love ourselves first. Being a big woman my entire life, I decided as a teenager never to apologize for my size. That meant loving myself, despite my weight. That meant, never allowing people to treat me as a second-class citizen. That meant, never allowing stereotypes of fat people to define my existence. That meant, finally, never allowing myself to fade into the background.  Whether that be having the crudest, foulest, loudest mouth in the room, asserting my intelligence and acknowledging my smart, or allowing my sexy to show itself subtly, I am not afraid to be noticed.  Again, as I move closer and closer to 40, my don't give a damn attitude seems to be showcasing herself even more.  I never thought that I could be more confident, self-assured, conceited (lol), and assertive than I have been in the past, but I am truly feeling myself.  And no... I won't apologize for that.


Black thought...

The outfits in this post symbolize how I have been feeling as of late.  I have been in "transition" as I truly begin to think about my purpose, and my passion.  As the big 4-0 approaches, I feel so clear now, and I welcome my forties.  This is truly the best time of my life.  I feel both regal and in control, but playful and flirty at the same time.  This dress is perhaps the most perfect item in my closet right now.  It's sleek, simple, comfy, and versatile. Without a lot of fuss, it is still a standout.  Like me...


Think Pink...

Lime Crime Velvetine in Utopia

NARS Funny Face

MAC Girl About Town

MAC Scandalicious (Limited Edition *sold out)

MAC All Fired Up

Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady

Sephora Luster Matte in Magenta
So, everyone is talking about wine-colored lips and nails, turtlenecks, and boots and tights, and I'm still fighting almost ninety degree weather here.  Now, I love Autumn as much as the next person, but honestly, if you are spotted wearing suede patchwork culottes with a leather moto jacket in this heat and humidity, you will garner strange looks. While I am looking forward to the clothing that cooler temperatures usher in, I am a realist.  So I'm still thinking pink.  Pink is the perfect transitional color for September. It acts like the innocent little sister of Red, and is the sweetheart stepdaughter to naughty stepmom, Wine. And it looks good on everyone. Everyone. Anddddddddd, these pictures allow you to see what these colors look like on dark-skin. Not Frieda Pinto dark (magazines always use her as their "dark" model), but MY DARK. You're welcome my darker-hued sisters. 

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