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Love It & List It

 My name’s Michela and I’m a listaholic. (Que chorus of “Hi, Michela.“) The fact that I just made up the word listaholic  doesn’t take away from the fact that I am utterly addicted to the process of making lists, checking things off lists, and collecting useful (and not-so useful) lists from around the interwebs.

And so dear readers, have I got a treat for you. Here are 10 glorious lists I’ve been collecting for the past while that are just begging to be shared. It’s a LIST OF LISTS!!

  1. An amazing guide for styling my new short ‘do: 4 DIY Hairstyles For Cropped Cuts
  2. I’m turning 25 in August of this year (what the whaaat?!) so I’m loving this list from Thought Catalog: 25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25
  3. Igniting my wanderlust for the year: 52 Places To Go In 2014
  4. I’ve seen a few of these already (and loved ’em) so I’m stoked to check out the rest of these: 25 Spectacular Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen
  5. Helpful tips for my goal of fluency en Français: 22 Tips For Learning A Foreign Language
  6. Buzzfeed made an amazing list about my favourite human of the year here: 51 Times In 2013 Jennifer Lawrence Proved She Was Master Of The Universe
  7. … and one that looks extremely promising for my goal of 52 books in 52 weeks: 16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year
  8. One for the guys: 24 Rules For Being A Gentleman in 2014
  9. I’m hoping this will be the year I finally get some permanent body art. Loving these tiny tatts: 74 Of The Tiniest, Most Tasteful Tattoos Ever
  10. Having just finished my Fashion Merchandising diploma from Blanche, I’m super eager to get started in the industry. I imagine I’ll be looking back to this list quite often: 40 Things To Remember When Fashion Gets Too Much
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Onward & Upward

Guys. It’s 2014. As my homegirl Liz Lemon would say, “What the what! I can’t believe how fast the last twelve months have gone by, and the amount of amazing things I was able to fit into them. Without a doubt, 2013 was one of my best.

This was the year I truly pursued my love of fashion, earning a diploma in Fashion Merchandising from Blanche Macdonald, completing a buying internship at Roden Grey and then landing a wholesaling internship at Skout Agency (where I’ll be until March.) I gained some retail experience working at J.Crew (challenging myself for 2 months when this coincided with full time classes, my twice-a-week internship at Roden, and a second job at Earls), and volunteered at Eco Fashion Week as well as the Project True Fundraiser.

Cramming all of these experiences into the last year was exciting and exhausting, but definitely worth it. I found that the more I had on my plate, the more motivated and efficient I became. The main thing I want to bring to the coming year is that same drive I felt every time things were just on the cusp of being overwhelming. With school done I’ll have hours more free time each week and I plan on making the most of those rather than letting myself slip into a coma of restaurant work and late nights.

While my ‘resolutions’ for 2013 were pretty basic (as I remember they involved more sleep, gym, water, reading, blogging, and trips), I’m setting loftier, more tangible goals for this year.

  1. Complete my first ever 10K run- I’m planning on the annual Vancouver Sun Run in April
  2. Become conversationally fluent in French- armed with Rosetta Stone and Duolingo, I’m hoping the combination of these tools plus some time in France will do the trick
  3. Save and save and save for Europe 2014- expected departure date set for October

In addition to these more concrete goals, I also want to focus on developing some HTML and photography skills and really invest some time and thought into this blog. It’s come a long way since January 2013 (totaling 52 posts!) and I’m so excited about what’s to come.

Happy New Year’s y’all, it’s gonna be a good one!

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Reflection

During my last semester of business at UVic, our Operations Behaviour professor assigned a project that had us delve into and examine our current state. In essence, a beefed-up self assessment that would cover our strengths, weaknesses, BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal), steps and strategies to reach said goal, and rewards for completing various milestones. As you do, I completed the project, got a decent grade and didn’t think too much more about the subject until I came across it a couple of weeks ago.

My BHAG has definitely evolved (I no longer want to own my own boutique), but the steps that I had outlined in order to reach a career in the fashion industry was what really caught my eye.

1. Become fluent in French
2. Gain retail experience
3. Complete a fashion-specific diploma or equivalent 

It would be so badass if I could confidently say ‘Check! Check! Check!’

But! While I’m not quite there, I’m definitely well on my way. In the past year I’ve started a fashion diploma program (at Blanche Macdonald), am currently gaining retail experience (my one love, J.Crew), and finally purchased Rosetta Stone for French (I’ve put off actually starting it, but with two jobs and full time school can you really blame me?). It was a strangely satisfying feeling to know that I was actually completing the sub-goals I had set out in order to have a career in the fashion industry.

Everyone’s heard about the Harvard study where the 3% of grads who had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them went on to earn ten times as much as the other 97% of grads combined. Staggering, but time and time again goal setting proves to be beneficial. When I worked on that project two years ago and set out those goals I didn’t have any immediate plans to begin working on them; I was more pre-occupied with earning some money and then travelling. It was during my adventure abroad where I realized that I really did want to pursue a fashion career, and went about researching, applying, and even interviewing with some top fashion schools.

Maybe I was subconsciously influenced by my written goals, maybe I wasn’t. But from now on I am a firm believer in setting them.

When was the last time you wrote out goals?

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