New Year, New Mantras

New Year, New Mantras

Just like that 2016 is behind us and 2017 is in front of us. I love to take this time of the year to reflect back on all that I’ve learned and accomplished. There is something so inspiring about taking that pause to be completely present.

2016 was the year of creating my own independence and re-gaining my confidence.

As I was going through my photos month by month, I couldn’t believe how much I did in just one year:

  • Launched Style Collective in February 2016 and have been able to be apart of the most incredible movement in the female influencer space. I am SO, SO incredibly grateful for this AMAZING community of women who SUPPORT and LOVE each other.
  • Traveled a lot! I visited Jamaica, Raleigh, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Montreal, went to NYFW and had the privilege of meeting some INCREDIBLE women all over the country who are part of Style Collective.
  • Healed my thyroid and am no longer on prescription medication. I have also accepted that my body is very happy with being fit and curvy instead of very thin and tiny. I have my health and I cannot ask for more.
  • Worked with a lot of fun brands, really got to learn the influencer space and was able to be really real with you guys on this blog. I love sharing my life with you all and sharing my knowledge.
  • Launched my first product!! The cell phone cases were SO MUCH FUN to design and create. I’m working on more product ideas for the new year.

While I am very excited for 2017, the theme of the year is going to be patience.

I have been working on Style Collective’s website relaunch and the media kit since October. Both are coming very soon and I am trying to be patient through all of the roadblocks that we’ve encountered with these two projects.

Style Collective is growing and I am extremely grateful that I am able to do what I love and help women all over the world. I am learning to be patient with growing and scaling a business that is self-funded. 🙂

I need to continue to have patience with my health: my thyroid has healed, but my hormones are still very far from healing. My body went through so much trauma after the emotional abuse at my corporate job and I need to stay focused on healing my body.

Patience with wanting to do it ALL and have it ALL. Our now-generation is very challenging for me. I also fall into the trap of seeing other’s success: wanting what they have, traveling to where they travel, and wanting to do more than I am able to do. Patience. It is worth having when you have truly EARNED it.

Other goals for 2017:

  • Meditate daily.
  • Read for one hour a day.
  • Delegate more and make space/time for myself.
  • Speak at a conference.
  • Work on PR and media for SC.
  • Practice gratitude and journal daily.
  • Be a minimalist. If something is complicated, ask how can I make this simple?
  • Be present and mindful. Enjoy the now.
  • Meet more SC women. I have this crazy idea of doing a city tour and meeting women from all over the country – just flying from city to city over like a week. I’d love to do something super girly like a dry-bar party with cocktails? Or a shopping date together? Do you think this would be fun?

Okay enough about me! I’d love to hear: what are your goals for 2017?

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  • Nataly Kimball

    Sounds like you had a great 2016! Wishing you all the best in 2017!

    • Thanks Nataly!! Wishing you much success for 2017!!

  • Marguerite Dunigan

    What a beautiful year of memories! And congrats on starting your own business 🙂 I have loved being part of Style Collective!
    Cheers to 2017! xoxo

    • Thank you Meg!! Happy 2017 & lots of happiness and success to you! xx

  • Amber Marie Werner

    I have loved coming across your blog in 2016 and am soo grateful for Style Collective. Thanks so much for all you do. YOU are amazing!

    Xoxo Amber

    • Amber – so happy we are connected!! Happy 2017! xx

  • I LOVE THIS!! I love the collage (you should get that framed AMAZING) and I just love how one year has completely changed your life! You are SO driven and I am so INSPIRED by you ALWAYS! 2017 will be an even better year I can’t wait to see this list get checked off and follow you along the way! Love you ! xx CC

    • That’s such a good idea! I should look into that. Can’t wait to see you again this year!! xx

  • ahhh yes annie! dry bar and shopping sounds totally my speed. Maybe we can do our next New York meetups something more like that instead of another brunch. We can test drive it:) xx

    • That is a good idea!! Might be tough during NYFW but I will definitely include NYC for my trip! xx

  • Amanda Maxwell

    Great list! If you come to Denver (my soon to be new home) would love to do some girly fun things! I am also working on patience… as it is a something that requires great skill to accomplish and I just dont seem to have that skill yet! Ha.

    • Ahh I am dying to get back to Colorado! I am def adding it to the list. Patience is a virtue. You got this!! xx

  • Thank you for starting SC . . .seriously been a game changer for me and it was so nice meeting you last week here in NYC!

    Life is just Rosie

    • Aw Rosie!! Love you girl, so happy to know you. Only the best is coming for 2017!! xx

  • Annie, you are amazing! What??? You launched Style Collective in early 2016! And, you are on fire! I am so proud of you. I am sorry to hear about your thyroid issues. Please, be gentle on yourself and give yourself the time each day to pause. I love reading too — kinda hard for me with time so I listen to podcasts or media on my cell phone. I am coming to terms with my softness on my body — exercising is a stress relief. Nourishing my body the best with proper nutrition and rest is a goal for me this year. Being “soft” makes me a super cuddly person — that is what my kids and hubs say! LOL!
    xo Debbie |

    • Yes, I did! It’s my baby. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words, I am so happy to know you! Glad you understand my issues and it’s all good! Here’s to an amazing 2017! xx

  • Kait Elizabeth

    You are so inspiring!!! I love all your goals for 2017 and am so excited to be following along on the Style Collective journey! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait – so happy to know you and so grateful for your words of wisdom every Monday! Here’s to you! xo

  • ANNIE–hey girl!! i love that we are in the second month of the year and i’m reading something you posted from JAN. forgive me life has been nuts, as i am sure you understand. andddd i don’t even have children, goodness idk how moms do it. cheers to 2017, and SC turning ONE YEAR OLD. amazing feat and i can only imagine what this year has in store for you and SC. this year you’re going to land your first speaking gig!! i know it, it HAS TO HAPPEN! i love all the goals you have listed for 2017, totally achievable and good goals for the soul and overall well being. hope your health is lifting and chat soon. PS–VISIT AUSTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo,

    janna |