Merrick's Art | Leather and Leopard
Merrick's Art | Field Jacket, Windowpane Print, Leather Leggings
Merrick's Art Leather Leggings
Merrick's Art Maternity Style
Merrick's Art | Coach Leopard Sneakers
Merrick's Art | Leather Leggings

One of my favorite parts of a new year is starting fresh with my goals. I like to look back and see what I’ve done during the previous year and what I’ve accomplished. I sat down last week and listed out all of my goals, and although I won’t share all of them with you, here are a few I’ll be working on this year.

Weekly DIY Friday. I started DIY Friday last year and consistently shared weekly tutorials for more than half of the year. But with my pregnancy and the launch of Modern Girls and the holidays, things got so busy that this weekly feature got neglected. So I’m back on the wagon and weekly tutorials will start again this Friday — get excited!

In bed by midnight every night. Maybe if I make this goal every year it will eventually happen. I’m the worst about going to bed on time, so I’m trying again this year to take better care of myself and get more sleep.

Go to New York Fashion Week. It’s been a goal of mine for a few years, but I just haven’t been able to make it happen. But this year, it’s happening.

Redesign my office. I’ve arranged and re-arranged 100 times, but my tiny office space is just really hard to work with and I can’t figure out how to best utilize the space. But this year I’m making it happen, and I’ll be sure to share the process here on the blog!

Set aside non-work time for myself every week. When my sister was in town this past weekend, we were talking about our hobbies. Both of our blogs revolve around our hobbies, which makes working really fun and awesome, but also makes it hard to ever get away from work. So I’m challenging myself to at least an hour of non-work me-time every week, whether it’s giving myself a manicure, reading a book, hanging out with friends, or watching a TV show.

I have lots more goals, but now I want to hear yours! What are you hoping to accomplish this year?



  1. Kimberly says:

    Totally with you on the bedtime thing – it’s so hard for me but I always feel better with a full night’s sleep! Love those leopard sneakers too!!

  2. Natali says:

    Such a great sneakers and bag! I like this daytime chic maternity outfit very much!

  3. Lindsay Erin says:

    You’re adorable. I’m expecting #2 – how do you wear non-maternity clothes with a bump?

    • Dawn Jolena says:

      I know, right? It took me several photos down to realize! You just know she will be one of the lucky ones who bounces back within 2-3 weeks lol

  4. Elisabeth Gringeri says:

    these are awesome – I second the perks/difficulties of blogging about a hobby and love this idea of non-work me time. my real wonder is how you manage to function with so little sleep! life basically falls apart over here if I’m not in bed by ten, at least during this last first trimester. Happy New Year!

  5. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    Oh I totally need to get on board with the bed before midnight things. I’ve been out of control with that the last few months!


  6. Sarah H. says:

    Yay for bedtime! But midnight? Holy crap. I want to be in bed by 10:30 and I don’t even have kids!

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

  7. Dawn Jolena says:

    LOVE ❤️❤️❤️ Those leopard print tennis shoes! What a cute way to be comfortable!
    Dawn from

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