Highs and Lows


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I look at these pictures and I actually have to laugh! They were taken maybe a full 2.5 months ago before my life got a bit scattered and I let it painfully take control of some of the things I hold dear… including this space, my blog and my digital property.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was pretty quiet there as well – only really posting when truly inspired, like my trip to Dubai or on Christmas with my family. I’m glad that I took sometime off to reflect rather than creating content just to fill some imaginary quota or goal. My path in blogging has been a bit unconventional and I’ve come to realize, that it will continue to be that way – I am only interested in pursuing this career if it’s 100% authentic and true to me, if it’s not then why bother? I could follow many different pursuits, where I am more likely to feel invisible, under appreciated and a flurry of other similar feelings.

On the other hand, I do recognize that with those various undesirable pursuits, showing up and giving 100% each and everyday is the bare minimum, mediocre if you will. Myleik Teele says “The way you do one thing, is the way you do everything.” And I am pursuing my commitment of consistency and greatness in ALL areas of my life – SimplyShantel.com included.

As much as people will agree/disagree on creating New Year resolutions.. I do like the idea of a fresh start and while I do agree that it could happen at anytime, nothing feels as good as a New Year! A solid chunk of time to really gather your thoughts and track REAL progress in your life with time to slip and slide and eventually get back on track.

So I guess in a way these pictures remind me of what was, what I failed to do and where I don’t want to go but also the progress I’ve made and being able to both hold myself accountable, re-route and move forward.

I apologize if this post is a bit scattered and riddled with grammatical errors – I was truly speaking from the heart + soul.

If you have any – What are your resolutions for 2017?