A New Kind of Resolution for 2017


As the end of the year comes to a close, my mind begins to reflect on the events that the past year has brought and dream about what the year 2017 holds for me. I love to make New Year’s resolutions! They’re not the typical “Loose weight” or “Find my soulmate” resolutions, though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I like my New Year’s resolutions to be simple, yet also challenge me and cause me to grow as a human being; I always want to be changing into a better version of myself.

One year, my New Year’s resolution was to “Say yes to new things”, meaning try things that I’d maybe normally not do because they were a bit out of my comfort zone. I’d become quite accustomed to doing what was comfortable and I didn’t like it! Those next few years, I moved to London, started my Pebble & Pearl Instagram, then later my blog, I joined a Crossfit gym, camped on the beach for my birthday, started rock climbing, braved the world of online dating, went swing dancing, started drinking my whiskey neat, checked many things off of my bucket list, and lots of other adventures. Who says that you can’t use the same New Year’s resolution for a couple of years? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty adventurous person normally, but my resolution helped me make a conscious effort step out of my comfort zone.



This year, I felt that it was time to make another resolution. My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is that every day, I will verbally affirm a person that crosses my path or comes into my thoughts. It could either be a friend or a stranger, in person or via social media. Why did I decide to do this particular thing you might ask? Well, I tend to get tunnel vision when I’m going about my day. I stay focused on whatever task is at hand and forget about the people and world around me. I want to be better at being present in the moment and aware of what’s going on around me.



Words of affirmation are such a big deal to me. I don’t know if you have heard of the book “The Five Love Languages” (you should look it up). Words mean so much to me! I save birthday cards, notes, voicemails, and I remember kind words that friends and strangers said years ago. I love this quote by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It’s been proven true in my own life, so I know that others are sure to have experienced the same. I want to be part of bringing joy to someone’s day and encouraging others! I want to do my part to leave a positive mark on someone’s life and I’m choosing to do that through the words that I speak.



Thank you all for being part of this exciting journey I’m on. I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!

Happy New Year,

Meaghan xx


Jacket: Vintage via Old Gold

Top: Zara

Jeans: Zara

Boots: Forever 21

Neclace: c/o The Songbird Collection

Triangle Ring: c/o The Songbird Collection


  1. Toba Knopfler on January 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    i love your thoughts on your resolutions and i agree that people will never forget how you make them feel!
    happy 2017! xx toby http://www.poshandspicy.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Aww thanks dear! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you’re having a wonderful new year xx

  2. jennifer on January 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I completely agree! That is an amazing resolution to have!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I really try to think about resolutions that will be something long lasting in my life. I’m looking forward to keeping this one around. Happy new year xx

  3. Kristin Kruse on January 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Girl, this is SO GOOD! Words of Affirmation is my love language too so this definitely speaks to my heart. I really love the saying yes to new things too. You have it all figured out my dear! And you look fabulous by the way!!! <3


    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      You are so sweet, thanks Kristin! Words are so important to me, yet I’ve gotten really bad at giving them in return. I’m hoping this will help me get better at it again! Trying new things has definitely been a favorite, obviously, since I kept it around for so long (and will continue to). Happy New Year xx

  4. Zarrin Alam on January 4, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I really love how you have a positive look on 2017! I have the same problem with tunnel vision, but I think affirmation is such a good one to make someone else’s day

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      You are so sweet to say that! It’s so easy to get caught up in ourselves. It’s just a way for me to remind myself that it’s not all about me and to be vocal in letting people in my life know that I care about them. Thank you for reading xx

  5. Andi on January 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I love that Maya Angelou quote too, such a good one! Thanks for sharing this post, it’s so appropriate and perfect to get the new year off to a good start! xoxo!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Isn’t it a wonderful quote?! It just rings so true for me. It makes my heart happy to know that you took something from this post. Hope your New Year is off to a great start xx

  6. Evin Elizabeth on January 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I love your resolution! So many people resolve to do something for themselves, but I love that you’re spreading happiness to others!!

    Evin Elizabeth

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      I hadn’t even thought of it like that! Now that you say that, it’s true that most resolutions are self focused vs. outward focused. Thinking of myself a little less would be beneficial to everyone haha. Thank you taking the time to read xx

  7. Tanya on January 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    What an eventful 2016 you had!!! Sounds like so much fun. I have done that before (say yes to things I would say no to) and it really does help you grow as a person. I love that mantra!
    I am totally with you girl — I am a hoarder when it comes to cards or anything anyone writes for me, gives me, etc. I thought I was the only one who would say “I love words” lol! So glad we are on the same wave length. Love your resolution — so beautiful! I hope 2017 is everything you have imagined and more!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Yes, it’s been an eventful past few years! I’ve definitely seen growth in myself as a person and I love that, which is why I never stopped using it, I guess. I’m so happy I got to share the “words” thing with you! It is a real thing and makes so much sense once you know about it. You should definitely check out the book! Thanks for reading Tanya xx

  8. Ruthie Ridley on January 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I love your perspective on stepping out!! The best days lie ahead for you!! These images are perfection!!! XO

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Aww thanks, my friend! So happy to have you along on this life journey. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!! Xx

  9. Steph on January 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    You photos are beautiful and so are you! I have said the same thing and am saying yes to new things, things that scare me or I fear I will fail. This year is taking to new experiences and breaking out of my shell! 2017 is going to be amazing for you, I can feel it! There needs to be more people like you who make people feel good about themselves. Thats a beautiful thing to do for somebody else



    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      You are so kind, thank you! It’s probably my favorite resolution that I’ve made. What an exciting year ahead for you of breaking out of the “norm” and growing as a person! It always fuels me to keep at it when I look back and see the positive change and growth. Thank you for reading xx

  10. Alison on January 6, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I love this so much! It’s so true we all get so caught up in our day/lives its good to stop and think about our loved ones.

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      I’m so glad this resonates with you! I hope this coming year is a beautiful one for you Alison. Thank you for stopping by and reading xx

  11. Deb Dutta on January 8, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Saying YES is a very powerful step! Opens you up to opportunities you wouldn’t have known existed! Cheers to a bold and fabulous 2017! 🙂

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      It most definitely does!! Saying yes is such a powerful thing and ability to change so much about our lives. I’m excited to see where saying “yes” this year takes me! All the best to you in 2017 xx

  12. Debbie Savage on January 8, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for the inspiring words. You also look so pretty and I love the way you styled your outfit.
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks so much Debbie!! It’s such a fun outfit to wear for a cute and casual look. Have a lovely weekend xx

  13. Camille on January 9, 2017 at 1:52 am

    What a great resolution. Thank you for sharing! I love your blog by the way and the color depth of your photos.

    XO, Camille

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you so very much!! The awesome blog is all due to my brother who built my site for me : )

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