A little about me...

Hi all! I hope your week is running smoothly. Today I thought I would shake things up a bit and share a mini vlog with you all in order to help re-introduce myself, give you some background on how and why I started blogging in the first place, and fill you in on where I see this blog headed. (Plus, I always think it is fun to hear how blogger friends sound. I usually am pretty far off in guessing.) I haven't vlogged since 2012, so please bear with me...

A brief run down of the video if you don't have time:
My name is Allison and I am a graphic designer from Chicago. The name Shyscout came from my college roommate Angela who thought it fit my shy personality - as soon as she said it, it stuck. I began blogging at the end of college in 2011 to document myself navigating the real world, finding a new job - etc. - in addition to wanting to meet new people. Fast forward a year - I found my first job, was coping with my first true heart break and was looking to move to the city - I had wayyyy too much on my plate at the time to keep blogging consistently, so I put it on the back burner.

Fast forward (through a few more years of ups and downs - shake ups and break ups)... and here we are today! I feel like I have finally found some stable ground and am able to start back up where I left off - and I am excited to share it all with you here.

My goals for 2017:

I know I am a few weeks behind in sharing goals for this year, but better late than never - right?

Be kind to myself - body and mind. I want to work on improving my overall health in terms of being mindful of what I consume in order to properly nourish my body and become more active overall. In addition need to work equally hard on my mental health and well being. I am my worst critic sometimes and I need to actively work on calming those negative thoughts and feelings through meditation, relaxation - etc. Working to improve oneself is great, but if you're not kind to yourself along the way - any bumps you encounter will really derail you. 

Learn new skills - become handy around the house. This year I want to learn how to tile a bathroom floor, fix the kitchen sink - etc. Dan and I are purchasing our first condo together and we have been excitedly pinning diy projects to help make the new place our home. Instead of hiring someone to fix or update the small things, I want to take the time to learn how it is done and do it myself so that I can teach or help out family and friends down the road.

Be more creative - completing my 365 project. I have always loved photography, and this year I want to push myself creatively. I plan to take a photo(s) every day for an entire year. This will be a fun way to document the day to day as well as improving my skills in the process - and hopefully help open myself up to being more creative in other areas of my life as well. Stay tuned - this project will start in February! I also plan to share it on instagram, so feel free to follow along!

Quality over quantity - cutting the *ahem* crap. My blogger friend, Rowena - aka Rolala Loves -  wrote a lovely post a few weeks back about quality over quantity and it really resonated with me. I have been striving for awhile to make more mindful decisions about what I consume as well as create. Our society seems to have a "more is more" mentality, and I definitely have found myself caught up in it - but this year I want to be more mindful and selective in all aspects of my life. Eating cleaner, decluttering my home, creating more thoughtful blog posts, improving design aesthetic, purchasing higher quality items that last...

Pause - be in the moment. I feel that everything really ties in with my quality over quantity goal, but especially this one. I need to be more mindful of the moments I share with others - unplug and tune in to what is happening around me and soak it all in. It is so easy to get caught up in documenting events, but it is important to pause and just revel in the moment before it is gone for good.

I have a handful more goals, but these are the highlights. I am so excited to see what this year has in store and I look forward to learning new lessons (and repeating some) along the way. What are you looking forward to most this year?


Until next time, take care!