7.07.2021

How Goal Setting Can Benefit Your Wedding and Life

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When it comes to having your dream wedding, and ensuring that yours and your fiancĂ©’s life together after the wedding is as blessed, beautiful, and fulfilling as possible, there are all sorts of different things to keep in mind.


While directly pragmatic concerns such as good financial management and planning and effective budgeting are important factors in ensuring that your dream wedding goes off without a hitch, and while the relationship between you and your partner is by far the most important thing, there’s also a good argument to be made that effective goal setting – in general – can be vitally important.


Here are just a few ways in which a good goal setting strategy can benefit both your wedding and your life, in a range of very positive ways.


By helping you to get a clear sense of what you really find meaningful


Whenever you are trying to plan for a significant event in your life, and to determine the best course forward, it’s extremely important to be able to identify what you really find meaningful, as opposed to just “nice” or “fun.”


In the context of your wedding, where you choose to allocate your resources and how you choose to structure the day will have a major influence on all sorts of things ranging from how well the experience serves to highlight and elevate your relationship with your significant other, to how fondly you look back on it in future.


It might be that having a wedding at a Landmark Wedding Venue is genuinely meaningful to you, or there might be other things that you would prefer to emphasize.


Either way, effective and intentional goal setting can help you to clarify and specify just what it is you find truly meaningful.


By helping you to develop your own authentic vision, rather than just adopting someone else’s


Many people feel uncomfortable trying to set goals, or actively pursue particular desired outcomes in life – partly due to feelings of insecurity in some cases, and partly due to a desire to just be easy-going and avoid creating fuss, in other cases.


The thing is, if you don’t develop your own authentic vision of what it is you want in life, and then take steps to proactively go after what you want, you will tend to have the course of your life determined by the decisions and preferences of other people, which won’t always be properly aligned with your values and hopes.


Taking up a focused and intentional goal setting practice can help you to develop your own authentic vision, rather than putting you in a position where you are simply adopting someone else’s vision – either knowingly or unknowingly.


It’s important to realise that having preferences and pursuing them isn’t an immoral thing to do, at least as long as the things you are pursuing are in alignment with your higher values.


Life can take many amazing twists and turns, and there are all sorts of great possibilities to tap into. Goal Setting can help you to do so in a way that draws out the best in you and maximises your potential, as opposed to just leaving things vaguely defined.


By helping you to maintain positive momentum in your life, in the right directions


As a general rule, many of the greatest and richest, most beautiful, and powerful moments of our lives tend to come about as a result of us proactively generating positive momentum and heading in a valued and desired direction, while at the same time being open to what our experiences have to show us.


On the contrary, when we fall into a state of inertia and passivity, we very often find ourselves feeling hopeless, apathetic, and caught in the kinds of negative spirals that it is difficult to properly escape from.


Unfortunately, it’s not hard to get caught in a slump and have years seemingly flash by in a heartbeat without us doing much, if anything, to pursue our dreams.


Setting yourself goals and pursuing them can really help you to generate and maintain positive momentum in your life, that points you in the right directions and helps to elevate you and magnify your potential, while safeguarding you against complacency, passivity, and all the rest.


By helping to make everyday life more exciting and fun


Let’s face it: virtually everyone wants their life to be fun, exciting, and adventurous, at least within reason.


A big part of the reason why people tend to be so drawn to films and their protagonists, is because they are naturally attracted to the idea of living life at a high intensity, with meaning, excitement, fun, and intrigue all thrown in together.


When you have some goals that you genuinely value and are actively pursuing, life inevitably becomes significantly more fun and exciting as a result. Instead of days seeming aimless, you always have particular things to work towards and pursue, and various ideals that can help to nudge you out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons in a positive and transformative way.


By helping you to keep the “bigger picture” in your awareness


Over the course of everyday life, it is – unfortunately – quite easy to get completely sidetracked and distracted by the relatively minor and ultimately quite insignificant concerns and frustrations that frequently arise as we are going about our business.


While it’ll always be necessary to do things like manage work deadlines and deal with domestic chores, however, it is also critically important to realise and remember that these things are not what life is ultimately about.


In order to live in a meaningful and rewarding way, it’s necessary to keep the “big picture” in your conscious awareness, so that you can refer to it constantly, and check that you are in line with your higher values and aspirations.


A good goal setting strategy can really help you to align yourself with these bigger picture considerations, and can also put you in a situation where you are far better able to adjust your focus and keep one eye on the bigger picture at any given time.


Of course, it certainly helps if your goal setting system includes regular reviews so that you can reflect on your goals and how far you have progressed towards them, at any given time.


And, it should go without saying that this is only likely to actually “work” if the goals you’re pursuing are things that you genuinely value and feel invested in, on a deep level.


By helping you to emphasise positivity and optimism in your life


Life always contains pain, frustration, setback, and disappointment – and if we allow ourselves to focus on these things excessively, there is a real risk that we can end up becoming despondent, nihilistic, resentful, and bitter.


At the same time, however, life also contains a vast amount of opportunity for positivity, joy, uplifting experience, and happiness.


By setting yourself goals and consistently pursuing them, you can help to keep yourself focused more on the positive things in life than on the negative, and you can help to put yourself in a mindset where you experience gratitude for the good things in your life, while simultaneously taking steps to make things better and brighter around you.


Of course, this is not to say that goal setting will solve all your problems, or anything like that. But there are always things that we can do to make a situation either better or worse, depending on the outlook we approach things with, and the actions we take.











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6.29.2021

What These 4 Current Style Trends Are Telling Us

Trends come and go and each one of them leaves a small imprint on us. We register certain looks in our minds, go back to them periodically and enjoy the process of rediscovering them. Each look or style trend has been born out of someone’s thinking. It hasn’t just emerged. Someone has put some thought into the kinds of things they want to wear, why they are better than other styles and why you should support that style too. This can be seen in every style magazine, every runway, every designer’s studio. It's interesting to know what is behind the trends we are seeing now because the more you understand about the thought process behind the looks and style, the more you’ll feel comfortable following the trend.







Headscarves?


Have you noticed more and more women wearing headscarves? This type of fashion grew in the 50s and 60s and it gave the wearer a sleek impression. It was really a practical piece of clothing because women back then would wear a headscarf while working. It was also worn while women had rollers in their hair to keep the shape of the base as they wanted. Now, however, it's being worn with t-shirts, denim jackets, and even in bikinis on the beach. 


The best thing about headscarves is, it's incredibly versatile. It can come in intricate patterns, floral motifs, bold block colors, letters, animal prints and more. This means it can be styled with literally any outfit that you would wear for a casual outing. Mix things up by wearing dangle earrings, while putting the headscarves in a loose knot or bow tie for that chic look. The classic headscarf look goes well with sunglasses and a necklace. It kind of completes the package look of a rebel, sweetheart and mystery in one.


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The yellow bag?


Why is the yellow bag returning? It's kind of strange because yellow was out for a long time but suddenly, we want it back like a long-lost puppy. The reason seems to be, bigger, bolder, brighter is just better. Due to the recent darkness of the world, we want a splash of vibrancy again and although wearing yellow might be a step too far for some women, a yellow handbag is not. 


A monochromatic practical accessory, it can be a timeless piece that you can wear in urban, suburban and rural areas without looking out of place. It's a good idea to offset the yellow with a darker color to give it that ‘it makes sense’ look. You don’t want to wear a purple dress with a yellow handbag do you? Light denim jeans, boots, white t-shirt, black jacket, a fedora, sunglasses, a golden chain shell necklace and a yellow handbag. That’s a look that is powerful, confident and bold.





Shaggy bright hair


Why is every other girl walking down the street, with shaggy, faded colored hair? It's something that has taken off and it seems like it goes well with a certain look this type of person likes. It's the unique trendsetter, someone who doesn’t read fashion magazines and doesn’t care for what a celebrity is wearing or even doing. This type of person just wants to be unique, they want to do what they feel looks best on them and expresses their personality. These are some of the colors that are popular right now.


  • Green. Who would have thought that green hair would be popular but it is, and it can be worn with black and white outfits superbly well.

  • Faded bleach. A white-beige color that has a faded look. The hair looks kind of dry but very light, and casual outfits like denim jeans, crop tops, jackets and shorts go well with this look.

  • Pink. as you might have seen at music concerts, artists, and trendy urban sorts, pink hair is coming back. It's kind of rebellious, girly and totally out of the blue. 


However, sometimes your plans for a bright color might go a bit south. If you find that your hair is too bright then you can use a color corrector. This is what many women are using to get the exact shade they want. This is what to expect from hair color correction. The hair can be made lighter, darker or faded. If you want your roots to be one shade but the ends to be another, using a color corrector is the best way to go about this. You have more control as well, so make your own look.


Shirt and jacket = ‘shacket’


The recent trend of shirt jackets has gone around the world. The design is that of a lumberjack shirt that has been made thicker and often out of wool or cotton. The real name is the brushed plaid ‘shacket’ which is a hybrid of the plaid shirt and a bomber jacket. The current trend can also use heavier flannel shirts that bulk up the jacket into a coat. This can be worn with just a t-shirt and some flared trousers. Along with some boots, and a handbag, it's the country girl in the city look. Since the cuffs are long and the jacket is heavier, maybe wearing jewelry with this look isn’t that effective.


Jeans would go well with this look, but mostly, we see women wearing joggers with this outfit. After all, it's laid back, casual, easy and designed for comfort. This is so important nowadays. Feeling comfortable in what you wear without having to worry about looking good, is the newest and best trend out there. 




These trends are telling us that it's okay to venture out into new territory without the need to impress anyone. Fashion and style are now focussing on items that make us feel good before we care about the look. Bright hair colors, shackets, boots, joggers and bold yellow handbags are just some of the things we have noticed. Let’s hope there’s more to come this year. 









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6.08.2021

Different Things To Change Up This Summer


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Summer is coming fast and it is something we are all looking forward to, there is excitement in the air and we are going to appreciate it so much more after last year. We weren’t able to have garden parties, meet up with friends and enjoy the little things. Some of us didn’t even see our family. So this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. We are going to laugh too much, spend time with our loved ones as much as possible and embrace everything that summer has to offer.


When we are thinking about changing things up in summer there are lots of different things you can try. The first thing you cannot try is to reduce meat consumption, now this doesn’t seem like a summer change, however, meat is consumed a lot more in the summer due to barbecues. There are more people than ever going vegan and vegetarian and it’s becoming a very popular diet. So why not embrace the change and give some meat alternatives a try. There are so many these days and there are even vegan butchers so there is something for everyone and then when you have barbecues everyone can be catered for.


One of the ways you look to do this summer is to embrace typical summer fashion. This doesn’t have to be the top trends that we are expecting to see, it can be the classic and out there patterned shirts. You can get some amazing Gitman vintage designs that will really make you stand out from the crowd. If you do want to look for the trends we seem to be cycling a lot of older fashion thinking very much of the friend's era. The fashion is a lot more basic but it’s more about quality over quantity.


Come away from the digital side of photos this Summer, go for good old-fashioned printed photos. We take so many photos and just leave them on our phones and never really do much with them again. They are our memories and our loved ones, they are the smiles and laughs you shared and something that makes your heart happy. So instead of just having them on your phone, get them printed, put them in frames or pin them to an empty space on the wall. Then whenever you go past them you will remember the amazing summer and feel the happiness you felt all over again.


The last thing you can look to do this summer is to look after yourself. So often we look after our other halves, our kids, our parents, and everyone else before we even think to look after ourselves. It is important to take time out to focus on yourself, practice self-care, have a pamper, focus on the positives in life and what you are grateful for. One of the other things you can do to really change things up is to buy yourself a gift. It is something we never do and something that we all should do.




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