December 30, 2013


I've been thinking lately. In all the whirlwind of warm festivities, arduous assignments, the draining college search, and carefree fun with friends, I've been thinking. A fierce maelstrom of whirling thoughts, all beneath a quietly contemplative exterior.

Perhaps it's the crisp winter air, emanating the spirit of change to come. Perhaps it's the turn of the year, prompting deep reflection.

I've been thinking lately, and I have some goals for this year. Mind you, I'm not one to do New Year's resolutions--they carry about them a certain negative connotation. Why not just make resolutions as they come? Use your robust tenacity to propel yourself towards your goals, not the tenuous motivation of the start of a new year. I suppose it's because they're like Uggs--we loathe em, but they're too comfortable to resist. Some of us may not like New Year's resolutions, but what better time than the start of a new year? And in my case, the end of my high school years and the beginning of my college ones.

This year will bring change for me. I know already that college will drastically transform my life. So it's fitting that my first aspiration is to arrive at whichever college with a smile and determined attitude. It may not be where I had orginally hoped, but I won't let that damper my spirits. At the same time, I plan to finish high school with a bang. No senioritis for me! I'd like to graduate with nothing below an A-. If only my teachers would update semester grades so I know this is realistic...

As I mentioned in my previous post, my next ambition is to complete an official half marathon--in under two hours. As I regain my endurance from the off-season and fully recover from my injury, I plan to adjust the time goal to something more ambitious.

Finally, more of a fashion-related goal: I am going to chop off my hair and donate it (length and charity TBD). I promised my friend that I wouldn't cut my hair until after graduation because "everyone needs to experience long hair" haha. But I've always wanted a pixie cut and I'd like to try it out. If I decide that it's unflattering and I'll look like a man, I'll opt for another shorter hairstyle.

 I like lists, so here's a list version. I will...

  1. go to whichever college with a smile and my intense drive, regardless of whether it was where I had originally hoped
  2. finish high school with nothing below an A-
  3. complete an official half marathon in under two hours
  4. chop my hair off and donate it after graduation (length and charity TBD)
Hold me to it, friends! I'm sometimes afraid to share goals because I feel like it jinxes them, but it also makes you so much more accountable.

Also, expect some changes around this ol' blog sometime soon. I plan to rename "Burst of Color" to "Imperfect Idealist." We'll detail this in the next post though. In the meantime, happy new year!

Oh, and as for the post title, "effervescent" is my favorite word. It means vivacious and enthusiastic.

Sweater, grocery store (haha yeah, I know) | Skirt, sponsored by Persunmall ($11) | Necklace, sponsored by eFoxCity ($14) | Tights, Kohl's | Boots, Mom's

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  1. The skirt is just soo adorable!

  2. I can't wait to see how you revamp your blog. You're right---we shouldn't wait around for New year's to make new goals. I'm actually pretty excited to see you with a pixie cut, although I have to warn you (as someone who got a bob last year), it takes forever to grow out!


    Another Beautiful Thing

  3. I'm beyond obsessed with your outfit but ESPECIALLY that skirt! We will definitely hold you to your list but I'm sure you won't even need it girl. Happy New Year to you too !

  4. I love it when people make goals throughout the year. While the new year brings new motivation, I think it's good to keep goals active throughout the year. =D
    Love your look!

  5. Oh Lily! What a great cause to donate your hair! If my hair wasn't overly coloured and probably not too healthy I would do the same lol
    I want to thank you for your sweet and supportive words on my blog! You have accompanied me through my blogging experience and I feel like I have been there along with your college/school/boy/friends story too :)
    2014 is going to a brilliant year for you, just watch! You are going to rock the world!

  6. Love this post, such a gorgeous girl and outfit! Not only do I adore the super cute print on the skirt, I love the combo of the shirt and sweater, such great layering! Also, the necklace is the perfect touch on top :)

    Happy New Year lovely!

    xx Debbie

  7. You go girl! I'll be cheering you on in your goals this year, and I'm glad you shared them with us. It definitely builds accountability, huh? Aha, good luck to you this year!
    Also, I've been playing around with the idea of getting a short haircut'd be so scary though, because I've never had my hair that short! We'll see...perhaps you'll inspire me :)
    Anyway, I adore this print skirt you're wearing Lily, it's so cute like you!

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  8. you look great! love your skirt!
    it's on my wishlist i posted today :)
    following you via gfc and bloglovin now. hope you'll follow me, too!
    happy new year!

  9. Hi, Lily! I've got to say I liek your idea about changing the blog name, the "Imperfect idealist" sounds even cooler;)
    Those photographs are adorable, you look so so pretty as always;)!
    Wishing you the happiest New Year ever! May your dreams come true and let the coming up year be even more productive for you than this one.

  10. Hello! I just came across your blog, and I love it! I’ve decided to follow you! If you get a minute, I’d love to know what you think of my latest outfit post! While you’re visiting, follow along so we can keep in touch! :)

    p.s. love our blog name!

    xo, elle | Living in Color Style.

  11. hey, Lily! happy new year to you, dear! I hope 2014 is going to be everything you're wishing for in this list of yours :) by the way, I loved reading about that list and the fact it's a very realistic and important list. hehe I myself don't have a list but I hope it's going to be an awesome year anyway :)
    now, your outfit needs some attention too, of course! I really like the way you have layered the necklace with the collar and also those lovely boots. oh and I adore the last photo. such a gorgeous shot!

    ps. I'm already excited for your future haircut! super excited! ;)

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  12. You are suck a young, bright girl. I can't wait to see which college you go to!

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  13. I've had very short hair in the past--close to pixie length, actually that was just earlier this year! I actually love short hair, and I hope you will, too! The transition between high school and college is no joke...freshman year of college was one of the toughest years of my life, but it was worth it, and a lot of good came out of the tough times!

  14. Cute skirt. College is like that goody bag you get as a kid and you don't know what's inside; you can control classes and choose one based on size and teachers, but the social aspects are just an unpredictable roller coaster. :)

  15. I love that you want to cut and donate your hair! I did the same thing in my high school years and felt really grate about it--and I found that having a short hairstyle really made me feel more mature! And graduating with all A's is a wonderful goal. It was difficult to conquer senioritis for me last year, but I did, and I was very proud of my straight As!

    Xo, Hannah


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