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Y’all, we are 1/3 of the way through December. Meaning, ‘new years resolutions’ are just around the corner! I know some people swear by new years resolutions and some people don’t go for them at all. No matter where you fall on that spectrum though, I think it’s so important to take time to reflect on the previous year before entering into the next, or before you start making goals for the next year.

To be honest, when 2019 rolled around I had a 7 week old baby and couldn’t think straight enough to begin “making goals” for 2019. I was barely surviving with a newborn and figuring out how to be a mom! I kept saying “oh I’ll work on my goals next week. I’ll do that tomorrow,” and now here we are, end of the year, and I never did it! So instead of arriving on Jan 1 2020 and feeling all of this pressure to list out your perfectly planned out goals…let’s start the process now. And before we start “goal setting” for 2020…let’s give 2019 a moment.

Most of you guys know I’ve been pretty sick for the past week or so. The blessing in disguise of this sickness is, it’s given me a lot of time to reflect on the past year, and think about things I might want to do differently next year. It’s been a really therapeutic process for me these past few days, so I just wanted to encourage you guys to do the same, sometime over the next few weeks!

Set aside 30 minutes of your day, pull out a journal. Pour a cup of coffee. And just brain dump anything and everything that comes to mind about the past year. Special memories, things you did well, heartache, challenges, etc. What did you love about 2019? What was hard for you? What goals did you achieve? What parts of your life need some improvement? What brought you joy? Don’t worry about how messy or pretty the page looks or if everything makes perfect sense. Just let your brain go crazy with reflecting on the previous year.

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I spent about an hour doing this this past weekend and y’all…IT GAVE ME SO MUCH LIFE. I can’t wait to share more with you guys about what thoughts and ideas began to crystalize during this process. After spending time reflecting on last year, thanking God for it, realizing what was hard for me, what areas need to change…I started being flooded with dreams and ideas and goals for 2020. I think the reflection process is crucial in order to get us to “goal setting” and dreaming.

So, while we still have a few weeks left of 2019, take time to reflect on your year and write everything down. I’m hoping here in a few weeks to have another post for you guys about goal setting and dreaming for the new year, but let’s pause and reflect on 2019 first!

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I shot this look this past weekend in Denver with my photographer and was SO excited to share it with y’all. You guys know how obsessed I am with Everlane and this coat is one of my fall time favorite pieces from them. It’s one of those coats you can dress up with slacks + heels for the office, but can just as easily pair it with jeans and sneakers like I did here! Recently I’ve also been loving mixing different neutrals in an outfit. Grey sweater, camel coat, white sneakers. I love the softness of an all neutral look and think this is so perfect and chic for everyday winter life! Everlane has so many amazing sweaters right now that would also be perfect for gifting this holiday season!

I’ve been really thankful for these last few restful days at home with my little family. Taking time to reflect on this previous year – the good, the bad, and the ugly, and let the Lord speak truth to me over that and allow me to dream big for the new year! Encouraging you guys to take the time to do the same…and then let’s regroup and talk about dreams for 2020 soon!

This post was created in collaboration with Everlane. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

xo Lauren

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