Happy New Year! 2013 has come and gone… It’s crazy how quickly time flies and what an amazing year it was! This Instagram that I posted last New Year’s eve established my mantra for 2013 and, as I always do, I kicked off year by writing down all of my goals. It was a loooong list. In the past when I reflect back on the year prior, I’m usually faced with the disappointing realization that I accomplished very little and am left wondering where all that time went but as I look back on 2013 I am so proud of what I accomplished. From building a career that I’m passionate about and reaching my goal weight to finally hanging up a gallery of artwork that had been sitting in a corner and many smaller things in between, I tackled a majority of the personal and professional goals that I set for myself. I also made a big life change last January that eliminated a ton of stress and negative energy from my life and opened up a whole new world of opportunities. It’s a testament to the fact that although change can be scary, it can also be exciting and incredibly rewarding – especially when you believe in yourself and are passionate about what you are doing. That’s not to say my year was completely void of challenges, but it was challenging in a good way and my accomplishments far outweighed any of the bumps in the road. So as I look forward to this New Year, I’ve never felt more excited, energized and committed. I’ve already outlined my goals for 2014 and while I won’t bore you with my laundry list, I will share a few of the overarching themes which are: 1. To surround myself with exceptional people and glean as much insight and inspiration from them as I can; 2. Take my career to new heights;  3. To create new and unique content for this blog that continuously inspires you; and 4. Enjoy life while doing all of the above. I have a feeling 2013 will be my best year yet and I hope that it’s YOUR best year yet too. Thank you so much for reading and for being a part of my journey. Cheers to an incredible year ahead! And with that, I leave you with this short Instagram video highlighting my top 5 moments on Instagram in 2013. Fittingly, it also happens to capture a few of my best personal and professional moments too. (Click the play button to watch) xoxo Nicole

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