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New Year's resolutions, Michelle Madsen blog, Bloch dance shoes


New Year's resolutions, Michelle Madsen blog, Bloch dance shoes

Over three years ago when I started Take Aim, I did so in response to a deep desire to create a space where I could express myself and be immersed in the fashion industry. The name “Take Aim” was as much to remind myself, as to inspire others, to define my dreams and actually go after them… no matter my lack of confidence.
Lately, I’ve been feeling a strong pull to pick up an old teenage passion again: dance. Dance is a beautiful form of expression and something that I can’t keep from thinking about almost any time I’m listening to music. Here and there, over the past few years I’ve picked up classes in jazz, contemporary, ballet and tap again, but I think I want to take on dance with more passion. I got these dance shoes from Bloch recently and it seemed like perfect timing and a push in the right direction to make this happen. Especially with the new year in view, I think my newest aim will be committing to dance again. Just like I did three years ago, I’m going to jump in and immerse myself and hopefully I’ll have something dance-related to share with you guys soon. Wish me luck!
Beyond dance classes, I have a few other resolutions that I came to after meeting with my husband, my friends and spending some time alone in my thoughts. Here’s what I plan to focus on this year:
1. Reading more. I’m going to aim for one new book a month but more practically, to read 30 minutes in the morning and evening before bed. Kind of a first and last of each day.
2. Planning ahead. I’m a bit of a procrastinator if I know I can get away with it so this year I’m going to put myself in more of a routine so I can avoid stress and avoid that feeling of always being behind. My goal is to have my posts ready the night before, if not the week before. I want to be thinking 2-3 weeks ahead about projects that I’m working on. Lastly, I want to intentionally spend specific days of my week focusing on different parts of my business so I’m more effective, whether it be creating, organizing, running errands or doing computer work.
3. Prioritizing heath and fitness. While I’ve always cared about both, I’m partnering with my good friend Lisa Dengler to plan workouts together doing things like barre class, yoga or some personal training sessions. We’re also both going to learn how to cook more healthy meals and eat out less.
4. Creating a home. I’ve lived in a warehouse space for the last four years and it’s about time to start updating, well, just about everything. My style has changed a lot in the last few years so I’m excited to pick a few things each month to work on, with the end result being a home that I love.
Those are my main goals and resolutions. I’m such a planner that it’s actually been really enjoyable for me to reflect back on the year and also look ahead towards all the new beginnings. I’m so ready for you, 2016!
What goals and resolutions do you guys have?

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Photos by Benjamin Ewing


  • Patricia
    Posted at 02:32h, 05 January Reply

    I did ballet all my childhood and youth and then picked it up again after quite a few years of break just like you did. I’m not as stretched and strong anymore but I still love it so much <3

    • michelle
      Posted at 22:33h, 06 January Reply

      Yeah it’s a real struggle getting your body back into it but I’m going to try!

  • Brittany Xavier
    Posted at 07:13h, 05 January Reply

    Everything sounds amazing, these are awesome goals!

  • Thuy
    Posted at 07:47h, 05 January Reply

    I’m excited for you to start an old passion again! Hope you write about it. I am pulled by music and I nurture this love by jamming out to tunes, playing the piano when I can (preferably on a grand piano), attending classical concerts with a friend that shares my love for it, musicals etc.

    I also totally relate to your “procrastinate when I can get away with it” lmao it happens. I try to combat this by scheduling as much as I can ahead of time in my Google Calendar – just for structure.

    • michelle
      Posted at 22:32h, 06 January Reply

      Thanks Thuy! I used to play the piano too – love that. Best wishes on your New Year!

  • Thelma
    Posted at 14:56h, 05 January Reply

    I think that’s awesome resolution to have! Thanks for sharing. Mine is to get into reading a lot more self help books this year!

    • michelle
      Posted at 22:30h, 06 January Reply

      I love New Years Resolutions! What books are you looking at?

  • Delaney Farley
    Posted at 22:44h, 05 January Reply

    These are such great resolutions; especially the reading!

  • Kristin Orosco
    Posted at 06:35h, 06 January Reply

    Save money :(… Not too much fun… But trying to be creative!! I could get an electric car to save on gas! So that is kinda cool! … Ps let paint soon!!!

    • michelle
      Posted at 22:26h, 06 January Reply

      That’s a great idea! You should do it… and yes, paint asap!

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  • Jenelle
    Posted at 15:04h, 31 January Reply

    Yes! Going back to dancing if you loved it and it made you happy is a great idea. I think anything that takes you out of the computer space and gives you something rewarding to do will only fuel your work anyway.
    Good luck with the goal list!
    xx Jenelle

  • Aurelie | Surface85
    Posted at 21:59h, 11 February Reply

    Great post! I love your goals. My main goal this year is to grow my online platform as much as I can. I have some projects in mind too. Personally, I think my biggest goal is to be kind to myself. I mean I have very high expectations for myself so I’m always pushing myself which is good but sometimes it creates too much stress in my life. For me it’s very hard to find a balance between being content with myself for what I’ve achieved and feeling like I’m resting on laurels because things are not as good as I wish.
    Anyway this post was very interesting.


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  • Monaco Matz
    Posted at 01:37h, 27 April Reply

    Oh wow! I love these inspirational posts! I have been thinking of taking up a teenage passion as well: painting. It funny how as we get older we forget some things that we like and they get replaced by everyday mundane things…. Its great to get in touch with our past and especially our passion. And is always good to have lists ;)
    xxx Monaco matz

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