diary: winter 2018 recap + mood board + goals

Dang, talk about radio silence over here on TGS. I feel weird pretending I didn’t just disappear from everything for over a month (except Twitter and Instagram stories, if you’re following along), so I’ll catch y’all up a bit before I jump into my winter mood board and 2018 goals.

(remember this shot, from Paris?)


Have you ever tried to take a nap and somehow end up hibernating yourself into a new dimension? That’s exactly how my blog hiatus felt.

I work in a high traffic transit bar in Philadelphia, and the holiday season is probably the busiest time of the year with travelers. It also happens to cross over into what’s a super busy blog season. Despite having entries lined up, spreading myself too thin meant something was going to suffer (and as such, something had to give). Until my blog is bringing in as much as my bar job is, the choice was pretty much made for me. #womp

Stress from work, missing my posting schedule, slacking on autoimmune disease care, AND seasonal depression all kind of combined into a massive mess that made it harder and harder to jump back in. That said, I’m ready to make 2018 my most productive year. I’ve honestly been feeling amazing lately, and can’t wait to bring some rad content to TGS (speaking of, did you catch the new header?!).


• Statement earrings:

In the Fall, I was obsessed with delicate jewelry, so I bought myself a few dainty Meg Girard silver bands. This Winter, I’ve become obsessed with a good bold statement earring. I find that when it’s cold out, the best way to look like you kinda tried is with big earrings and a stand-out lip. You might’ve seen me share this funky pair on my insta-story ($8? that’s whassup), and I’m still on the lookout for more.

• Reading:

Y’all, I have the shortest attention span ever. Minimal short term memory (thanks Hashi!) combined with an inability to put my phone down means reading a book is almost impossible. Almost. My goal this winter is to read two books. One is ideal, but two would be a feat I’d be proud of. I’m currently putting together a big post highlighting books worth snuggling up to with this crappy weather we’ve been having, so keep an eye out for it.

• Icier blonde:

If you follow me on Pinterest, I’ve been saving icy blonde photos for a while now. I’ve finally got my goal hairstyle within reach (y’all, I’m pretttty dang blonde), so I’m hoping within the next month or so to really amp up the blonde. It’s kind of funny, because now that I’m paying for someone to do my hair, it seems to be growing at an astronomical rate. I mentioned peppermint shampoo making a difference, but my roots seem to get out of control really fast!

• New glasses:

So, I’m pretty ride-or-die for Warby Parker. Most of their glasses are $95, which includes not only the frames, but scratch-resistant lenses. (#notsponsored) I decided for the new year I wanted to switch it up a bit, so I snagged a sweet pair of clear frames. I think the combo of that with bold earrings will be a look, for sure. I’m considering also investing in some super thick black frames, but I’m not sure if that’ll be over the top. Thoughts? Are there any WP frames you’re obsessed with currently??

(Want more? You can catch my Fall mood board here.)


1. Put more focus on my health.

I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I have Hashimoto’s. It’s a thyroid autoimmune disease (hypo in my case), and while not the worst thing that could happen to me, it’s still a pain to deal with. I’m the worst about shutting down when I don’t see the lifestyle changes I work hard on (things like no dairy or avoiding gluten) having a positive effect, when I should just reassess and regroup.

My goal is to really work on finding a good “normal” and stop being lazy about the extra care I need to put into my body. Whether it’s finding better vitamins/adaptogens or working toward a vegan diet, something has to click, and I have to be willing to find that something.

2. Become a morning person.

I literally felt myself have a full-body cringe reaction writing this, but I need to make the switch to being a morning person. I’m very been-there-did-that about being immersed in the night scene here in Philadelphia, and ready to start my days earlier. Despite cutting back a ridiculous amount on going to events (read: basically never), it seems like my internal clock has adjusted so that I can’t fall asleep till 2 am (the time when clubs let out) and I’m hoping to change that.

I asked for suggestions on how to get up over in Lauryn Evart‘s FB group, and a few people suggested using the 5 second rule. I’ve yet to attempt implementing it, but here goes nothing! Any other advice for someone trying to become a reformed night owl??

3. Work out at least twice a week.

Originally I’d written “once a week”, but ya know what, I’m shooting for more in 2018. I’d like to make a habit of exercising at least twice a week. I joined Class Pass on their 5 Free Classes for 2 Weeks deal, and it’s been interesting trying out new studios. I just attended a Barre class last night and let me tell y’all: it was intense. There’s no way you won’t see results doing that twice a week.

If you have a fave exercise class you like to attend, please let me know in the comments below. Pilates? Spin? What should I try out! 2018 is definitely going to be a healthy me year, so any suggestions are appreciated.

4. Learn Lightroom.

This is something I’ve intended to do for a while now, particularly because I know it’ll be easier to batch edit posts, but also because it seems to be a big game changer for Instagram photos. I almost always edit with ACR or use VSCO, but it’s about dang time I invest in Lightroom education. I know I keep asking for suggestions, but I’d love to hear in comments how y’all learned. Youtube? Facebook groups? Trial and error? I get super lost every time I open this program and just give up for my OG Photoshop, but I’m going to try to put the work in.


I didn’t feel like putting together a huge post talking about my favorite posts from 2017, but it’s only appropriate to mention them! Here’s my top three blog posts that I keep looking back on in awe. Blogging isn’t always easy, but these three posts either made me fall in love with the photos I took, the formatting I put together (I seriously GEEK over how blog posts look), or the words I shared.

• Faking Confidence Till You Make It

• Law of Attraction

• Taking Your Own Blog Photos


How are your goals coming along?
Have you set yourself up for success??


  1. Sam | Away She Went January 10, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Focusing on your health is such an important goal. Honestly, that should be a goal for pretty much everyone. I definitely slacked off last year taking care of myself, so I’m really trying to get back in the groove and focus on my health more this year.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com
      January 11, 2018 / 1:27 am

      same! I super slacked off last year and definitely need to be better about everything in 2018 (and going forward!) x

  2. ladyandlaurakate January 10, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Love your goals for the new year! My mom had thyroid issues so I understand how frustrating they can be, definitely make it a priority to take care of yourself!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com
      January 11, 2018 / 1:24 am

      It’s such a pain, but I’m determined to get a handle on everything this year!! <3

  3. Life with Larissa January 11, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I have similar goals as you! I want to focus on my health as well – drink more water, eat more fruits & veggies, make it to the gym at least 3x a week. I also want to focus on my mental health by going to bed at a more consistent time, and allowing myself to have me time to de-stress. In addition, I also want to read more books throughout this year. So far, so good when it comes to these goals!

  4. Anna (@anna_thompson__) January 11, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I love your goals for the new year and really loving the whole icie blonde thing!! So pretty!!! This new year I’m always trying to get more exercise in. I’ve been taking baby steps with it.

  5. Courtney January 11, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I love how you did your mood board! I’ve fully dived back into Redding in the last few months and those hoops! I need!
    Courtney Buechle

  6. Sadiee January 16, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Such a fun list ! Become a morning person is something I struggle with too.

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