Hello readers! Shocking topic for today, right? I know this is what everyone is talking about at the moment, but it is for a good reason! Setting goals is essential, for me at least. Without that written down visual of what I want to achieve, the subject probably wouldn't even cross my mind. I have to see it and be reminded of it on the daily. I usually only set one or two goals for a year, so that I can really focus on them. Once I've thought it through, what I want to accomplish, I layout a plan for said resolution. This year, I've decided to look past physical and concrete goals. I don't care about losing weight or earning a certain amount of money. Happiness, for me, isn't something you can see or touch. Of course, I love things. However, those things are just little additions to the much larger picture of my life. To me, happiness is just living life and enjoying it. I know it's cheesy, but the truth often is. That's why my resolution for 2016 is to live authentic. Starting a blog and putting my life out there has caused me to really look at it closely. In doing that, I realized that I love my life. Even the stressful things, like shooting a post last minute or dividing my time between this space and my family, I can appreciate. Challenges that bring stress end up making me more content. Planning birthday parties and gifts for the holidays bring a delight that overpowers the scariness of it all. It's the excitement of the concept that takes over any anxiety I could have. I want to convey that in my life, work, and to you. I don't want the fake and staged. I don't think anyone else does either. So here's to absolute realness and staying authentic! Happy New Year everyone!