12 Resolutions I Want to Keep in 2017



2017 is here! And I am so good at resolutions. In fact, I can come up with pretty epic resolutions for myself, and just about anyone who I've talked to for 5 minutes. The hardest part about resolving to do something new is doing it. We all know that. But I'm going to try a new format to my resolution-setting this year, and I plan to do it month by month. Usually, I write 30 things down a legal pad like it's spelling homework from third grade, and not only do I forget half of them, I lose the sheet. 

So there are 12 things I want to accomplish this year; some goals are spiritual, others are personal, a few are business related, and the rest are completely creative. My intention of making each resolution enacted month to month, is that by the end of 2017 I will have 12 new skills, experiences, or creations to be proud of. These are in no particular order (yet). 

1. Be intentional with free time. Because it's so easy to just fall down the rabbit hole that is social media. 

2. Get back to doing yoga 3 times a week. Because it relaxes me and makes me feel strong. 

3. Go on a silent weekend retreat. Because it's alone time + meditation + unplugging for an entire weekend. 

4. Substitute a favorite podcast for audio books. Because there are too many books I've been meaning to read / hear / absorb. 

5. Spend a long weekend at the beach. Because sand and waves are nature's reset button. 

6. Launch one of the many product ideas that are bouncing around my head, keeping me up at night. Because I want to share my passions and ideas with you guys! 

7. Travel to a new international city. Because cultural immersion is one of the fastest tracks to inspiration and gratitude. 

8. Spend less on little things to save for the big things. Because the little things help pass the time, but the big things are gamechangers.

9. Be present to the people I care about by being available. Because there is nothing better than a quickly returned text, call, or note in the mailbox from someone that gets you to strengthen a relationship and make you feel loved. 

10. Let failure motivate, not disintegrate. Because no matter how scary failure is, the act of humbly starting up again is the real victory. 

11. Banish clutter: in my home, in my head, and in my inbox. Because a cleared space allows more creativity, productivity, and peace. 

12. Be unapologetically true to myself. Because trying to please everyone is exhausting. 

Now I can shake off the frustration I was feeling about my lack of resolutions (read: lack of making time to make resolutions) and map out how I want to start integrating these goals into my 12 months ahead. I plan to write them at the top of my planner, pen them into my weekly agenda, and stick them to my fridge, so I literally cannot forget to make time for them. I truly believe this is going to keep me from burnout and overwhelm come the end of this month, because it is really tempting to tackle all of these at once if you're like me. With my deepest wishes for a wonderful year, I hope we can all achieve our goals together (and keep each other accountable!). 


Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.