Happy 2016, dear readers! Welcome to a new year and a new look for Solo Lisa. The blog was long overdue for a design refresh and I couldn't be happier with how it's turned out. The updated, fully responsive template looks much better on tablet and mobile, while the topmost navigation menus and slider widget let you view highlighted posts and browse by popular categories. It's a breath of fresh air, and frankly after the 2015 I've had, I welcome any chance at positive vibes, good karma, and new beginnings.
Looking back at 2015
2015 was a challenging year, to say the least. The boy's burnout and postponing the wedding put a strain on our relationship; fall and winter were one long, hard slog through work and school; and my mom was hospitalized. This was a year in which I really had to learn how to be gentle with myself; I was often sad, tired, frustrated, or some combination of the three. I scaled back a lot on my commitments to give myself time and space to deal with all the personal stuff happening.
That being said, 2015 had its amazing moments too. The boy and I went on an incredible trip to Washington, DC and Virginia; I was a bridesmaid for one of my oldest friends this summer; I made a renewed commitment to my own health and fitness via the Bar Method; and I really enjoyed learning Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop this fall.
I'll always think of 2015 as a pivotal "reset" year in which I learned a lot and restructured my life for the better. I shifted the blog's content from regular outfit posts to more beauty and was a lot happier for it. I streamlined my life using the KonMari method and got rid of half my closet as well as books and old rubbish. I said no instead of yes more often. These changes don't sound like much, but they added up to a lot more breathing room in my life.
Looking foward to 2016
"A simpler life with more room for what I love." That's my overarching goal for 2016 and beyond. What this means is:
Keep giving myself breathing room. As I've said before, my #1 luxury is unstructured time to do whatever I feel like—no work, no to-do lists, no chores, no errands, no obligations. I'm all about a simpler life these days. This may mean stepping away from the blog or saying no sometimes, but it's worth it for my overall sense of well-being.
Exercise more. Salsa dancing once a week, Bar Method 2-3 times a week. I just feel so much better with a bit of physical activity in my everyday routine.
Plan the wedding. It's happening in 2016! But we're going to try our best to not let the planning stuff get out of control and stress us out.
What's coming to the blog this month
January always carries with it a sense of energy and renewal, and with that spirit in mind I've got a lot of great content lined up for this month: drugstore beauty products for those trying to save money after the holiday season; exciting new launches; and a few posts to make 2016 the best year ever. It all starts tomorrow!