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Oscar de la Renta

I absolutely adore this man. In my heart, I believe he designs most of his clothes with the wealthy version of me in mind... If your reading this Ossie, send me that pink dress I posted a picture of two years ago. I know that's as good as trash in your world by now, but it would completely change mine. Thanks.

Spring 2009 Womenswear
(Pictures from this site)

Sigh... I would so wear all of those outfits tomorrow. Even if I had nowhere to go. I would just put one on, walk around, put another on, walk around, put another on, walk around, etc. until I fell asleep in one (then probably freak out once I wake up b/c it got wrinkled).

Plus, isn't that such a beautiful signature? I can't wait until this label is on my clothes instead of plain old Made in Taiwan, Machine wash cold.
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Smart Goals for 2009

Despite the fact that I'm very goal-oriented, I've never created new year's resolutions for myself. Why, you might ask... because my experience and observation has been that people make new year's resolutions all the time that they constantly fail to accomplish. But in thinking about it lately, I realize its because they aren't smart goals. I say smart because of a new accronym I've recently learned. It's something that is discussed at my job when we are creating our annual performance goals, and I've come accross it in the description of my next Girls Just Wanna Have Funds meetup event.

So, what do I mean by smart? The definition of a S.M.A.R.T. goal is as follows (I've shortened the descriptions and changed some of the examples to my liking):

WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organize, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build etc.

Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. How will you see when you reach your goal? For instance, deciding to get through three sections in the GMAT book by March.

A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you. For instance, setting a goal to loose 1lb and when you've achieved that, aiming to lose a further 1lb.

For instance, it may be more realistic to set a goal of eating a piece of fruit each day instead of one sweet item. Don't make your goal too difficult because you set the stage for failure, and if its too low it sends the message that you aren't very capable.

Set a time frame for the goal: for next week, in three months... An end point gives you a clear target to work towards and without a time limit there's no urgency to start taking action now. Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.

With that said, I have decided that I want to create goals for myself this year. I am always throwing around things in my head that I really want to accomplish, however I have not truly taken the time to establish how and why I intend to accomplish some of them. I figure that this excercise will require me to really reflect on which goals are most important to me right now and what changes I need to make in order to achieve them. Here goes...
  1. Buy a home
  2. Begin preparing myself for graduate school
  3. Begin taking better care of my natural hair
  4. Begin taking better care of my skin
  5. Learn to cook
  6. Make excercise a part of my life
  7. Take advantage of opportunities to improve my language skills
  8. Do something new every month with the beau
  9. Get more involved in community service activities related to building the self-esteem of girls and young women - (a passion of mine, remember this previous post?)
  10. Not take my goals or life too seriously!
Number ten is most important because I am my biggest critic, and the thought of failure can depress me sometimes. I just need to remind myself that in the process of achieving goals and developing new lifestyle habits I will need to have fun and allow for mistakes. Easier said than done of course.

I will write follow-up posts for most of these goals that allow me to take the time to think about how I intend to achieve these goals - basically, making them S.M.A.R.T.. This way I have a constant reminder and motivator when I find myself slipping. Hopefully at the end of the year, I can report some impressive progress toward each of these goals!
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