Using Your Instagram Feed to Achieve Your Goals

It’s never too late to set new goals for yourself. Whether it’s for a new year, the upcoming month, or just this week, writing down your goals is the always the first step you take towards achieving them. I always find it very useful in planning my goals to start by taking a look back at the year I’ve just completed. What were the highlights? What did I do that brought me so much joy that I need to plan to do more of in the future? And, probably even more importantly, what challenges did I overcome that made me stronger?

Social media (especially Instagram) is a great visual recorder of your own personal history. In looking back at your timeline, you get to relive those amazing memories and accomplishments from the last year. Here are some of my highlights.

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What I learned from doing this look-back and reliving the past year through photographs and status updates, is that time spent with my family and friends will always be the most rewarding investment. And what else am I planning on doing more of in the future? Traveling, seeing more live theatre, listening to great music, running and exercising more, and most importantly, continuing to use Stylaphile to connect with you, my fabulous readers, who bring me insane amounts of joy every time you comment, share a post, or contact me via email to ask a question about an outfit or article that I’ve posted here.

I encourage all of you to take a moment today to look back before you look forward. What will bring you the most joy in the future? Whatever it is, I truly hope you make plans to experience that joy. You deserve it.

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Why I Don’t Do Black Friday

I love to shop. I especially love to shop when I know I’ll be getting a great deal. But you won’t find me anywhere near a retail store this Friday (or this Thursday either…I think stores being open on Thanksgiving is appalling.)

So why is a shopping-obsessed bargain hunting fashionista like myself hibernating in her home on one of the biggest shopping days of the year? Because having spent many years in the past working in retail, I know first hand that Black Friday brings out the absolute worst in humanity. Hell, some of the people who shop on this day don’t behave anything like a human. They are more like rabid dogs. Rabid dogs suffering from a lack of sleep and ready to snap at the first fellow shopper or salesperson who dares to get in their way.

Every Black Friday, I see news reports showing idiotic people trampling other (idiotic) people just to be the first to lay hands on a heavily discounted flat screen television. I feel like I’m in Rome, watching an ancient bloodsport competition. What is wrong with people? Remember the woman who maced other shoppers at Walmart and calmly walked off with the discounted X-box?

Having to ask the question, “what is wrong with people” is also the reason I don’t go to movies anymore and would rather schedule a mouthful of root canals than step foot in a Walmart. Nobody has respect for other people anymore. People have forgotten how to be polite, how to be civil.

Another reason I wouldn’t get near a store on Black Friday is out of respect for the poor retail workers. It’s one last person they have to deal with. Working in retail is the absolute worst because you have to deal with assholes on a daily basis. (I’m actually writing a book about my years of working in retail because I have so many ridiculous “people behaving badly” stories.) I left retail for good several years ago when a woman complained to the store manager that I was being “racist” because we didn’t have the sunglasses she wanted in stock.

So while I do plan on shopping the hell out of Cyber Monday, this Friday I’ll be lounging around my house in a food coma, organizing my closet, and praying for all of my friends who work in retail this year.

If you happen to be brave enough to venture out on this dark day, just remember two very important things: be careful, and be kind.

Better yet, why not avoid the crowds all together and shop the Stylaphile 2015 Guide to Gift Giving? 100 hand-picked stylish items in all price ranges just a click away. It’s the easiest holiday shopping you’ll ever do.
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