My One Little Word: A Reflection on 2016 and Goals for 2017

In 2016, I focused on being nimble.¬†Nimble was the perfect word for me this last year, and it’s a word I am nowhere near being done with.

Nimble was all about a mindset shift and learning how to bend without breaking. Nimble was about how I react and deal with the circumstances around me.

Being nimble meant embracing, rather than fighting against, the different seasons I was in throughout the year. There were seasons in which I focused almost exclusively on my health. There were seasons in which I prioritized my work. And there were seasons that focused on relationships and the people in my life.

Being nimble also challenged me on a daily basis. I tend to be rigid and stubborn when I think things should be a certain way. Reminding myself to be nimble helped get rid of the “shoulds” and alleviate the anxiety I felt in those situations without feeling as though I was giving up. It helped me focus on the bigger picture and recognize what was most important.

Learning to be nimble in my approach is by no means a simple process. It’s something that I hope to continue building upon this year. In fact, I’m certain that I will be working on being more nimble for the rest of my life.

This is my third year picking a guiding word to live out the next 12 months by. The first two years, my words seemed to pick me. They popped into my head sometime in the fall and felt like just what I needed in my life at that time. This year, there was no magic moment where my word came to me. Instead, I had to get a lot more intentional about picking my word based on the feelings I want to cultivate.


Nimble pushed me more than I expected, and I am grateful for that, but this year I want to settle in. I want to let go. I want to not put so much pressure on myself and my current situation, whatever that may be.

While the word “enough” could feel like pulling back, I see it as an active word that will build on my intentions throughout 2016. I still want to make big things happen in this new year, but I want to approach those things from a place of enough.

I want to let go of the frantic hustle and have grace with the realities of my day-to-day life. While I want to work hard towards my goals and am starting out this year with a very full plate, I want to do so from a place of contentment. I want to grow and change while knowing that this, right here, is enough.

This year, I have three primary intentions for how I want “enough” to show up in my life:

  • I have enough. I have enough time for the things that are important. I have enough money to make changes in my life. I have enough stuff – more than enough.
  • I am enough. The person I am right now is exactly who I need to be. I can still grow and change, but do so knowing that I am enough just as I am.
  • This, right here, is enough. No more setting unrealistic expectations. I want to focus on being content with and appreciative of the moment I am in. I want to let go of the “shoulds” and just work on the things I want to achieve.

Along with that, a few of my more concrete goals are:

  • Moving more and making a habit of clean eating.
  • Creating and documenting more. Specifically, I want to complete my #create52 challenge (more on that later), get into the habit of daily journaling, and document the year with a combination of Project Life and Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class (which you can see in the images throughout this post).
  • Spend less. This year, I want to finish paying off my car loan and build up an emergency fund.

I’m so excited to find out what enough looks like for me this year.

Do you pick a word for the year? I’d love to know what words or goals are guiding you in 2017.

How to Create Your Own Style Uniform: College Edition

If there’s one thing college taught me about fashion, it was the importance of having a personal uniform of go-to outfits you can throw on in the morning with zero effort and without resorting to wearing sweatpants.

While I still loved pulling together the perfect outfit to wear to class or out with friends, I learned that having a go-to outfit is essential for those mornings where you really just want to hit that snooze button one more time. Throughout my time on campus, I built a repertoire of pieces I could mix and match to create a stylish outfit in less time than it takes me to brush my teeth.

Even though I’ve been out of school for over a year now, some of these combinations have continued to be staples for the office and the concept of having a style uniform has helped me transition into a new work wardrobe with ease.

Read on for some of my go-to on-campus (and now weekend) looks.

Field Jacket + Button Down + Ponte Pants

Ponte pants are the perfect base to any comfortable yet stylish look. Pair them with a utilitarian jacket, a chambray shirt, and a patterned scarf for a layered look that will get you through the day of shifting temperatures. Add a warm coat if it’s extra chilly out, then shed layers in a warm classroom.

Cardigan + Ponte Pants + Boots

I don’t think I could live without my cozy cardigans. They are my favorite pieces to wrap up in and can be warm enough to wear without a coat over top. The geometric print and pop of teal make add some fun and trendy touches to this ultra-comfy look.

Oversized Sweater + Scarf

A last-minute outfit doesn’t get any easier than comfy leggings, an oversized sweater, and a cute scarf. Switching up the sweater and scarf make for endless options with the same basic formula.

Here’s a breakdown of my college uniform essentials:

  • Ponte skinnies. Because they’re made with a ponte knit fabric, these feel just like a pair of comfy leggings, but function and look like a pair of pants. The best part? The super-thick material prevents the wardrobe malfunctions that are common with leggings that are too thin and too sheer.
  • Chambray shirt. I wear mine all the time with different scarves layered on top. It’s the perfect unassuming layer – no one will notice if you wear it constantly!
  • Oversized sweater. This is so easy to toss on with a pair of ponte paints or jeggings, and there are so many different styles out there that you’re bound to find the perfect one (or three!) for you. I like to buy sweaters a couple of sizes too big to make sure they’re perfectly slouchy.
  • Cozy cardigan. These cardigans can basically double as blankets and are the coziest thing you can wear during a long day on campus.
  • Infinity scarf. Nothing adds instant style and comfort like looping an infinity scarf around your neck. Just vary the color, pattern, or texture of your scarf and the same old outfit will feel new again.
  • Loose-fitting tee or tank. This is perfect for layering under one of those chunky cardigans without losing out on any of the coziness. You can also wear it under an unbuttoned chambray shirt for a different look.
  • Accessories. Make your go-to outfit a little more special by adding your favorite pair of boots, a colorful watch, or a fun headwrap.

By switching around these pieces within a few basic combinations, I had a seemingly endless number of outfits to pull from, even when working within a capsule wardrobe.

Stay tuned for my updated office style uniforms!

This post originally appeared on College Fashion.

In the Mood for Fall

It’s definitely starting to feel like the beginning of fall here in Portland. Mornings have gotten chillier, leaves are starting to turn color and everything just has that crisp feeling in the air. Putting together this fall mood board has me so excited for the upcoming season. I’m ready to finish swapping out summer clothes for my fall capsule wardrobe, sew up some autumn products for the shop, and plan out my fall bucket list.

I especially can’t wait for cozy knits and pretty plaids — be sure to expect lots of those heading to the shop soon!


Photo sources: top left from Hello Fashion, bottom right from Southern Curls & Pearls.

What’s inspiring you this fall?

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