9 January 2017

INTROSPECTION // PREFACE




"cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right
// oprah winfree 

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Happy New Year to all. I trust you fared well over the holiday season. Mine was delightful, having the pleasure to entertain family traveling to our part of the world (which happens very rarely, if ever). It was fun playing tourist with my American cousins, seeing my town in a different perspective while revisiting some old favourites I long ago abandoned. It also struck a cord within, a wanderlust of sorts and a yearning to explore my very own backyard.

When it comes to New Year resolutions they can be relentlessly fleeting. At times I wonder why we bother? But then again what better time to forge tangible change than during the dawn of a New Year. Right when motivational levels are at epic proportions; not just stirring within yourself but with those around you too.

Looking back 2016 was not a particularly eventful year which left a bitter taste in my mouth; one of unaccomplished concerns, irregardless of momentum and adventures gained at the peak of the year. Last year I resolved to part ways with resolutions, opting to embrace each and every day instead. In hindsight perhaps someone with the innate tendency to procrastinate and flounder should not have been given such freedoms, as I seemingly squandered valuable time away whist simultaneously breaking such pledges to remain present. So this year I made it a point to set myself goals and expectations, electing to be vigilant and rigorous because if I don't reign in those wayfaring ways then I'll find myself in a similar situation; aghast and utterly disappointed at the conclusion of another ineffective year.

So when it came time to ponder my resolutions for 2017 I allowed myself time to linger in thought, requiring each objective to be worth its weight in metaphoric gold. However I decided against dispensing them all here and rather share a subtle conspectus. The main point was to focus on writing followed by the usual intentions for general wellbeing in terms of health and skincare. And the great need to read more and not simply peruse a synopsis or four.

In terms of blogging and writing the battle in achieving balance needs to be attained. I was reading this interview with Camille from Camille over the Rainbow about her foray and struggles with the blogging world. While the article delved in various areas, what stuck most was a paragraph about creating. Creating as if someone you cared about was reading it.

Creating something you were 300% proud of.

The last few months I've pushed myself to create on a regular basis and attempted to regain and master my original posting schedule. One which worked well with my lifestyle two years ago however one which seemingly no longer served. I was determined and yet because of such persistence I ended up wearing myself thin and publishing content and words I wasn't truly gratified with. I don't want to continue down such a route. I want 2017 to be a year I focus on my words because it is a love like no other. I am determined to write more - even if no one will actually read it. I want to grow and push myself further in my writing both creatively and personally, starting with this very post.

On a final note, there was also a need to follow suit with last years intention to remain present. These days I find myself attached to technology excessively. A yearning to share and circulate my vision is becoming overbearing. Especially on my iPhone which has been struggling to safely support this obsession of mine, a grapple I'm experiencing for the first time ever in nearly a decade of iPhone ownership. Taking photos are an ideal method for recalling adventures and moments but at the same time what memories are we actually creating when we are solely present through a manmade screen? In a sense those images become soulless and mere formations of pigmentation. All you did was focus on capturing that perfect shot and nothing more. Who you were with and what they may have said, the sights and smells around you and whether or not the sun gently caressed your skin is omitted, both from memory and actual experience.

Because it's those crucial details that cease to exist without truly being present.
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46 comments

  1. back to catching up with bloggers and getting inspired with their style...
    kisses from dubai ❤️
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  2. Your words enchanting me
    Happy New Year dear

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  3. Such a thoughtful and inspiring post! I wish you the best for 2017 x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  4. Great post! I wish you all the best for this new year!

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  5. Happy New Year to you too Sonia, may the 2017 bring u lots of new fashion and inspired post as ever! Loving the new layout, utterly cool and pro! Hugs! xo

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  6. So inspiring!
    I wish you all the best Sonia!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  7. Sonia, I hope that you will reach your goals during the new year. And rest assured, I will be reading your posts ;) Personally I think that blogging should be fun and come easily. It shouldn't be a chore. So I wish you inspiration; may the ideas and words flow to you easily so that you can share them with us. As for taking pictures and being in the moment, I'm very aware of the possible conflict and therefore pay extra attention to being present. In a way, both can coexist and don't have to cancel each other out. Also, thank you for the nice comment you left on my last post earlier on. Very much appreciated. xo

    ANOUK

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  8. Happy 2017! I think staying present is definitely something I struggle with as well. Sounds like you have great goals for writing and staying True to yourself.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  9. such a fantastic post!

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    STYLEFORMANKIND.COM

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  10. I think being present is something we should all try harder to do! I'm noticing more and more the difference in moments when I'm just quickly responding to a text or making a call and not fully being present with the boys. It's such a marked difference that it's easy to give up my Instagram obsession and browse and use it less :)

    Good luck with your goals for this year. Hope you are having a great start to the week and 2017!

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  11. Amazing post, thanks for sharing :)

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Sonia, thank you for sharing that interview with Camille Over The Rainbow. Although I don't follow her, in that interview, she comes across as pretty genuine. TBH, I don't like the big-time bloggers that I used to follow anymore, as it seems they let the "internet fame" get to their head. Camille sounds really down-to-earth.
    And I'm one of those people who try to set goals every NY. Some I have accomplished but most fall along on the wayside. I love how you wrote about doing blog posts that mean more to you, and being more "present". We all need to that:)
    PS Thanks for letting me know about the dramas you've watched. I haven't seen any of them yet!

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  13. You did a super job of creating a thoughtful and inspiring post. I also stepped back a little from blogging and took a few days off when the inspiration wasn't there. I feel like I could give or do more, but want to do some in a thoughtful manner. TBH, I have a lot I need to work on this year and a lot of upcoming changes. But one thing at a time right?
    I will try to stick to my resolutions and be accountable as well. I suppose that's why we write them down and ask for support in keeping them. I know I want to keep persevering, learning, and staying active. I'm pretty sure I can attain those and will keep at it!

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  14. Love this! I also slacked in the last couple months of 2016 with not putting up content I was 100% happy with. But, from now on I'm only going to publish content I love.

    http://www.thinkingofmakeup.com

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  15. Great post! Happy 2017!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  16. This is beautiful. May 2017 be filled with nothing but productivity and creativity for you!

    Enclothed Cognition

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  17. This is amazing!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: WELCOME 2017!

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  18. What a great idea to focus more on writing and less on pushing content. I think that's honestly the biggest struggle for bloggers sometimes. I read this article by this dude, and he said something along these lines: "why would you want a post you worked so hard on to only be visible or 'live' for one or two days?" Basically saying that when you try to push too much content, the posts that you're really proud of and work hard on, are then only relevant for like 24 hours before you post something new, in which everyone comments on. It totally makes sense and really resonated with me! That's why I only write twice a week now (I do write like 1,000 words though), because I want those posts I am proud of to stay relevant and for people to read them and find them. It's like giving them time to marinade! Haha, anyway... That was a long, but I hope you are able to find your balance in 2017! :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  19. So beautifully said. I wish you Happy New Year and that all your plans and resolutions come to reality. I also hope to be more present and enjoy world around me more and spend less time on my phone.

    March and May

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  20. Hey!
    I saw your blog and I liked, I am following u now and I hope u can visit my blog and follow me back, great post.
    Kisses ^^

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  21. I couldn't agree more...I too have realized that I am way too attached to my phone, constantly taking pictures in order to capture the perfect moment but in the end I find myself missing out on the 'real life' moments. Blogging and the online world in general will take a couple of step back this year, I don't want to continue missing out on special moments because I'm too busy staring at the screen.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  22. Great post! I would also love for people to actually read the content of an article and not only look at the photos. But, they mostly look at photos now days.

    http://www.visiononfashion.ro

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  23. Happy New Year.. a wonderful post.
    I am not one for resolutions.. to me a year is a year.. we grow, we learn from our mistakes and try to live better, then make some more mistakes, learn and improve and so on so forth..

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  24. Happy new year to you babe! The start of a new year often leads to my introspection and it's very brace of you to our out all your thought and words here. Reaching that perfect balance when it comes to blogging seems to be that goal that is never quite attainable but we all still try to grasp at it. In the end it's just about putting the content you want to put out there when you can. I'm glad to hear you will be writing more because you have a unique voice which I happen to enjoy :)

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  25. great post!
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  26. I love your presentation and your words, so true to yourself and so well composed! Do something that makes you happy and you are proud of, always.

    xx Margaret
    www.maleemaleehong.com

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  27. I too will be focusing more on being present and in the moment this year.. too many experiences go by without really experiencing them these days!
    Wishing you all the best for 2017!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

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  28. Thanks a lot :D

    OMG you always have the best design posts. I wish all the best to you in this new year. Keep it up with this perfect work on blog <3

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  29. I totally agree, its all about the present :) xx

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  30. This is so beautiful!

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  31. Happy New Year, sometimes being a tourist is nice for a change !!
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog,

    New post - http://www.sapphireziva.com/2017/01/happy-2017.html

    would u like to follow each other on blog ??

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    xo
    Kanchan

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  32. Loved your words and thoughts on introspection. Said way more eloquently than I could have!!

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  33. Oh my best wishes to you in this new year
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  34. I hear you, girlfriend- you want to reach for the stars, but you want to realistic (and accountable), and you want to stay in the moment, too. Living for tomorrow is no way to live. I think we all struggle with this a bit!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  35. This post was so touching!! I love it. I think you're so right when you say that we have to live in the moment and that you focus more on writing. In the end, is all about what makes us happy!

    www.blossomikebana.com

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  36. Loved this post, hope 2017 is the best yet. Cheers to living in the present.

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  37. Girl I hear you, my intention is to use less my phone in my bedroom, I am attached to my phone like most of us, but trying to break this bad habit so I can relax and not always feel the need to answer a text or a social media comment etc
    Good luck xx
    MA

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  38. I love this post, as I like all yours. You write superbly and I'm always eager to read your articles. I totally agree with you about being proud of your blog. I used to post twice a week; now I'm very busy at work, so post twice a month, but I do my best to produce content of high quality.

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

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  39. Amazing post Sonia and Happy New Year to you too.
    kisses
    http://www.starsandbeautypage.com/

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  40. Such an inspirational post love, I wish you all the best for 2017 and cheers to no regrets :)!

    Erica
    www.eggcanvas.me

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  41. How beautifully written, dear. Happy 2017!

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  42. Love those kind of retrospection over the previous year !
    Hope 2017 will bring you nothing but good things, and your picture at the beginning is simply amazing !

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.co.uk/

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