Monday, February 1, 2016

February editorial letter

Happy first day of February! We have somehow misplaced January (seriously, the time has been flying by so fast in 2016!), but as I explained yesterday, I'm not really sad to see it go. And I'm so excited for this leap month! I have a whole slew of amazing things I'm looking forward to in February - and no, none of them is related to the Valentine's day (this year, I'm skipping the V-day stuff altogether).

Most of all, I'm looking forward to celebrating my Dad's birthday - the gift we got him with mom is seriously amazing, if I do say so myself - and I'm kind of wishing I could keep it for myself :) I'm excited to be adding new healthy habits to my daily routine, to working out daily, to reading more amazing books (hint: this month, my reading list will be centered all around Provence), eating healthy, but delicious food, seeing Best of Broadway show with my mom, and tying up a bunch of loose ends in my apartment.

A propos, my apartment. After much thinking and planning, it finally feels like I have my stuff together, and I'm ready to share the whole renovation process with you. Stay tuned for the second half of this month, when I'll be sharing all the good, the bad and the ugly, the before & after pictures and all the lessons I learned along the way.

In February, I'll also be sharing a whole slew of things that make me excited and hopeful for 2016: things I want to learn and focus on, healthy habits I want to develop, home resolutions I want to keep up with, or books that will hopefully inspire me to become a better version of myself. I'll be sharing my fail-proof tips to beat the winter blues and what to do when you feel completely overwhelmed with your life. Believe me, I'm myself no stranger to this feeling, and I would also love to hear your perspective.

When I was thinking about the words that should define my February, this quote kept running through my mind: "stop wishing, start doing". There are so many things I've been talking about doing for ages (like sharing my apartment story, or blogging daily, or starting my own business, or writing more...and the list goes on). But wishing and talking about those things without actually doing them is absolutely pointless. So this month, I'm committing to showing up, and doing the work every single day. And if that means waking up earlier to take advantage of my most productive hours, then be it. Who else is with me?

xo Ivana

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