Friday, January 29, 2016

Keeping My Resolutions

Going along with the fun giveaway I am hosting this week (click here to enter!), I thought it would be fun to share some of the items that I'm loving and that I have on my wishlist to keep my own 2016 resolutions on track.  My goals all pretty much have to do with improving and feeling better about myself, and you can see my full post of resolutions here.

Clockwise from the top:

Eat healthier: I cannot wait to get this KitchenAid Spiralizer.  I've been looking for a spiralizer for a long time, and now that there's an attachment for the KitchenAid, I know this is the one I want.  In addition to carbs, one of my biggest weaknesses is snacking.  I love me a good mid-afternoon or late night snack.  I found Graze subscription box, which is only $12 for 8 healthy snacks.  I cannot wait to try it!

Run. Run. Run: I've worn Nike Dual Fusion sneakers for at least 5 years, and I have the Run 2 model in pink and black right now.  I love these sneakers: they fit my feet so well and last forever.  I'm thinking my next pair will be those gray and lavender Run 3s.  Inside those shoes, I'm all about compression socks.  I have about 10 pairs of these Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Socks.  If you don't like these heavier socks, they have tons of other lighter models, too. As for clothes, I'm a sports bra junkie.  VS Sport has come out with some fantastic styles in the last few months, and I love them all: LightweightAngel, and Incredible.

Wear makeup everyday: Somehow I've actually accomplished this so far this year.  These three products are always on my face, in addition to the occasional eyeliner or lip gloss: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Covergirl Instant Cheekbones, and Maybelline's The Rocket.

Better blog photography: So far, I am loving my Canon - EF 50 mm prime lens.  It's been so much fun to play around with, and understanding aperture, shutter speed, and film speed is so much easier without the added variable of zoom.  Next, I'm trying to decide between the Canon - EF 35 mm prime lens or the far less expensive Canon - EF-S 24 mm prime lens.  For my T1i, these are virtually the same lens because of the 1.6 crop factor of EF-S lenses, but if I ever purchased a full-frame 5D or 6D, the 24 mm would not be compatible.  After that, it's about finding an image stabilizing zoom lens to replace mine that came from an old film Canon and was pre-image stabilization.

Listen more: I can't exactly say what physical things are helping me listen better, but Mike and I are doing this whole photography thing together, so we have been working on communication as we learn there!
  • How are you doing with your resolutions this year?
  • What's helping you stay on track?

22 comments:

Jenn said...

These are all great resolutions. Altho, don't kill yourself to wear makeup everyday. You're beautiful even without it! :)
Did you see Amanda's post over at Meet at the Barre yesterday with photo tips?

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Wishing you all the best with your goals for 2016, Meg! You've got a great list of resolutions ...although I think you'd be just as lovely if you happen to miss a day of makeup. ;) Much love to ya and wishes for a wonderful upcoming weekend!

Macy V said...

We just bought a new camera and I am so excited to learn how to use it! That KitchenAid spirializer looks amazing!

Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five} said...

The nifty fifty lens is the best & that Kitchen Aid spiralizer looks like so much fun :) Hope you have a great weekend!

Emily said...

Why have I never looked at VS workout stuff before?! Those sports bras are way cute.

Carly Blogs Here said...

omg! The dual fusion are my running shoes of choice and I've been looking for a new pair for the past few months but haven't found any (in colors) that I like, I didn't even think to check Amazon. I'm also with you on blog photography... I was going through some of my old posts when I actually used a camera (not my phone) and it made me want to put more effort into my pictures again.

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Yay for wearing makeup everyday! But I have to admit I love the weekends when my skin is let free! ;)

Jillian said...

i just bought that concealer! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

I really want a 35mm lens! I love your list of goals (also very similar to mine!)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I really need to step up my blog photography game, but I'm super overwhelmed by all the camera and lens choices. And yessss to the Kitchen Aid spiralizer attachment, I definitely need one of those bad boys! Happy Friday gurlie <3
Green Fashionista

BLovedBoston said...

I love all the workout gear that you've picked out - it's so motivating!! Happy Friday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Lauren Honeycutt said...

You're really stickin' to it! Get it, girl! What's been helping the most is using my planner more--I feel like if I write down my workout then I HAVE to do it. It works like 85% of the time ;)

Rebecca Jo said...

So glad you are loving your new lens & you all are learning so much more about your cameras... that makes my photographer's heart sing :)

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

Listening is definitely on my list! You're going to rock this year!! Xo

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

Great resolutions!! I'm interested to see how you like your spiralizer!
Kelsey
www.thepeacockroost.com

Emily said...

The VS sports bras look so comfortable! I will have to check them out . Great job keeping up with your resolutions.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

We just bought a spiralizer at the beginning of the month to help us stay on the healthy track, and we've loved it so much! Plus there are so many great recipes out there! Great job on keeping up with your resolutions so far!

Kari said...

I need to get in on the KitchenAid attachment thing! I've had a Kitchenaid for awhile and have yet to buy an attachment. And there are so many neat ones!

LHWinstead said...

I always love getting new workout gear- definitely motivates me!! I have finally gotten back to going to the gym regularly this month and I just feel SO much better overall!! It is amazing what a little running/ weights can do to lift your mood in the winter!

Liz Jo said...

Yes yes yes to all of this! Part of my own personal goals are to be in shape and maintain that through the year. I was very fit and healthy prior to Sophie and since she's come into the picture I've really just slid off the wagon and picked up bad habits. I'm checking to that spiralizer, we have a kitchen aid mixer too, I need to put it to more use! I bake a lot but not as much as I did.

I'm sure you don't need makeup everyday, you look gorgeous inside and out :) Remember that.

liz @ j for joiner

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I have a handheld spiralizer that is so much work! I think I need to use some wedding gift cards to Macy's and snag the KitchenAid attachment! I had no idea they made them!!

Emily Ballard said...

The 50 is such a good go to lens!! My next one is a sigma art 35. Beauty!

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