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We’ve reached that time of year again where we can take a step back and reflect on everything that has happened this past year, and look forward to the next with new goals, perspective, and motivation (Stay tuned for a full post on 2017 goals). As I think about everything that 2016 was made up of, what really stands out to me is the relationships I have built and the amazing people I have met. What it comes down to is the people you surround yourself with, grow from and be inspired by that truly make a year memorable as opposed to the job you had (or lost) and the things you bought with the money you made.

The saying goes something like, you become who you spend the most time with. Which means choose wisely who you choose to surround yourself with. This past year I have met some truly inspiring people pushing towards their goals with a contagious passion and drive. I collaborated with the talented Evan from Whiskey Weekend and lovely local blogger Andrea of Bad Peace Fashion, to come up with a bad ass #BossLady graphic sweater. After brainstorming ideas, we stuck on what makes someone an empowering and inspiring individual.

TAKING RISKS means putting yourself, your passion, or your work out on the table. Taking that leap forward without knowing if you’re going to make it to the other side. HEART BREAKERS know that you can’t make everyone happy. #HatersGonnaHate and there is nothing you can do about it except do what you do best. GAME CHANGERS take the average and make it extraordinary; thinking outside of the box and changing people’s perspectives.

I can think of so many people that fit into all those categories and fully emulate all three; people that I look up to and have been motivated by to reach my own goals, like the two lovely ladies I collaborated with. As I look towards the New Year and think about everything I want to achieve in 2017, my real goal is to take those words to heart and become a risk taker, heart breaker and game changer. 

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Grab yours here: Whiskey Weekend 

Photos by Cameron Eng | Check out his instagram

xx Ray  

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