Mood + Mantra

January.

Oh hey!

Before I kick off this new series, talk a little housekeeping, and share what’s on deck for me this month, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who left feedback on my last post. In blogland, it can sometimes feel like you’re up on a stage, droning into a mic in front of a darkened, empty room. Or, perhaps worse, a bunch of randos smoking at the bar in the back, looking at you apathetically (in this version of blogland, I’m a lounge singer and it’s the opening scene of Sister Act). In any case, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that you’re still around, and still interested. Thank you for the encouragement—it makes me extra excited to keep going here!

Housekeeping.

And boy will I ever! Over New Year’s weekend, I sat down and did something I haven’t done in YEARS. I mapped out an editorial calendar for the blog. My current plan is to post on Tuesday ever other week; on the weeks in between I’ll post on Tuesday AND Thursday. I know, I know, you’ve heard all about my well-intentioned blogging plans before, but I’ve already planned content through the end of February. And I’m stoked on it! So generally speaking, come here on Tuesdays and Thursdays and you’ll probably see something new.

The other thing I did is launch a newsletter sign up! If you haven’t seen it already from poking around, you can now sign up for my newsletter by going to “More” in the scrolling navigation up above, and clicking “Newsletter” in the dropdown. You can also sign up by clicking “Newsletter” in the top navigation, or going here and clicking Subscribe at the top.

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While we’re on the topic of blog schtuff, if you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to comment below and let me know if there are particular types of posts you really enjoy around here. I’m planning on continuing with personal essays about relationships, work, living, personal growth and all that good stuff, along with beauty posts, roundups of things I really enjoy, playlists, and what I like to call “design homework” posts (the above is an example—more on that in a second). In other words, I like balancing the pretty with the personal. I know a lot of you have been around since the vmac days, so hit me up and let me know what you enjoy here the most.

#mood

Ok, last housekeeping thing—but pretty! You might remember late last year I did a couple of these #mood posts to kick off each month. I actually really love these. I am always finding imagery I love, via Instagram or on Pinterest, and this is such a great way to share my vibe for the month ahead. I also think of these as “design homework”—they’re a fun, easy way for me to create something just because, and share with all of you! This year, I decided to evolve the column into a new thing called Mood/Mantra. Each month, I’ll share my visual inspiration and feeling for the month ahead, along with a mantra—a word, phrase, or idea for the month, along with why I chose it.

#mantra

So, first up! This month, unsurprisingly, I felt drawn to a light, clean palette, filled with light and water. Well, I mean, water is kind of my forever inspiration, but this month, the tones are a little cooler and airer. It’s perfect for the start of something new, don’t you think? And, this month’s mantra: GO.

As you can probably tell, there’s been a lot of movement behind the scenes over here. Movement usually means transitions, and transitions means change. But I’m under no illusion that changes happen overnight—whether we’re talking about one’s work habits, dietary habits, or the way we think and perceive and move through the world. While I’m pushing myself in new, uncharted directions, I’m simultaneously finalizing pieces of last year’s work. This month, I chose the word GO, because I’m feeling extra motivated to power through and wrap up a few outstanding projects, while also laying groundwork for the new. Maybe this is what I meant about having one foot still in 2018, with one here in the new year. I just want to go—finish what I started, and start something that I finish. For me, this means focusing and prioritizing, staying clear-headed about my vision for the year, and setting boundaries as we kick off the next 12 months. Let’s go.

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9 Comments

  1. Erica wrote:

    In addition to all your personal, style and design posts that I love and can’t wait to read when I see them in my feed, there are a few recipes you shared here that I go back to again and again. So if there’s room in your calendar or newsletter for a quarterly recipe, I’d gladly read it!

    8 Jan 2019 · Reply
    • Victoria wrote:

      Thanks, Erica! I’m always making new things at home, it’s just a matter of remembering to write down the ingredient list, methodology, and then (always the hardest when I’m hangry) photographing it. Haha! I will try and make note of especially blogworthy recipes though.

      There are about 7 years worth of recipes if you care to browse here! https://victoriamcginley.com/category/recipes/

      8 Jan 2019 · Reply
  2. Sarah wrote:

    I’m local so this is kinda selfish, but I love when you mention places of interest in the Bay!

    8 Jan 2019 · Reply
  3. Carly wrote:

    I’m excited to hear more from you, and am hesitant to offer suggestions about what I want to hear more of because I love your voice and want to see it shine through. What makes your blog a favorite of mine is your unique and compelling voice. However, I always love to hear about what you’re into–from design to style to office mood boards.

    8 Jan 2019 · Reply
  4. Niki wrote:

    What a great writer you are! I very rarely, almost never, read a blog post from someone I follow that is mostly words, but I always read your posts because I enjoy your writing so much. I really enjoy your posts about things you have your eye on, whether it’s clothes, beauty, shoes, or anything techy.

    8 Jan 2019 · Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I like to see healthy recipes!

    8 Jan 2019 · Reply
  6. Shannon wrote:

    Wow. I love love the imagery at the top. You made this?! So beautiful and calming. Definitely wishing you the absolute best new year! Lol I think we all feel one foot in the old year and one in the new year for quite awhile…

    8 Jan 2019 · Reply
  7. Leigh wrote:

    I love being surprised by what you are choosing to share. It feels organic. I do love knowing what you are cooking if it feels right.

    10 Jan 2019 · Reply
  8. I love pretty much everything you write, particularly the personal posts. I’d just say keep doing what you’re doing (although I don’t know how helpful that is in terms of feedback)!

    13 Jan 2019 · Reply
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