Starting Off the New Year Right + Giveaway (closed)

* This post is in collaboration with JORD.


Has this January just felt different to anybody else? Or is it just me? I feel like I’ve blinked and we’re already halfway through the month!

It’s also taken me longer than usual to craft together my new year’s resolutions. I brought this up on Twitter already, but I am a sucker for anything that gives me an excuse to work on personal development.

Usually you can catch me in my room at some point on December 31st cranking out my resolutions into a cute lil journal. But not this year. It took me a little longer than usual to figure out exactly what I want to accomplish in 2019, but I finally got it.

I feel like 2019 is my year. A year to focus on myself, pursue my dreams, and own who I am. Related, I looove things that are personalized – I feel like it’s just something completely special to you. Which is why I was so happy when JORD reached out to me again to collaborate with them and sharing their unique wooden watches with you.

Teresa Barker Jord

Teresa Barker JORD


Unique to You: Wooden Watches from JORD

Before we get into resolutions and talking about the new year, I want to tell you about why I love my JORD watch and how you can get your hands on one, too.

I previously collaborated with JORD back in July, which you should go read if you want even more reasons as to why I love their company & watches. Last time around I went for a watch that was bright and vibrant, which was a whole mood. But this time, I went for something more casual and simple – like me.

But the BEST part about this whole watch is the custom engraving. Remember how I just said how much I love personalized things? Well, I got my name engraved on the back of my wooden watch. Am a obsessed? Only a lot.

Teresa Barker JORD

it even matches the font of my name on my blog :’)

Teresa Barker JORD

ugh i love it so much

Custom Engraving 

You can click here and see for yourself all you can do with the JORD custom engraving service. I decided to do my name because.. well, we’ve covered that haha. But you could engrave a special date to you, an inspirational quote you want to always keep on you, or if it’s for someone else (getting a unique wooden watch as a gift? bet) you could put a sweet message on there for them to read anytime.


Once you check out JORD’s website and find a watch that you love, be sure to enter my giveaway! To enter, all you need to do is Click Here to Enter the $100 JORD Giveaway.

Enter your name, email, and select which watch is your fave. You can also opt to follow JORD on insta, which will give you one more entry (totally optional, tho).

All entries get a 10% off coupon code that you can use to shop JORD wooden watches online, and one lucky winner will get a $100 Gift Code to be put towards your own JORD watch!

The winner will be announced soon, plus me & JORD will both reach out to the winner. Make sure you enter the giveaway!


Teresa Barker

Okay, So Let’s Talk About This Year

Like I was saying earlier, this feels like this is going to be my best year yet. And I truly hope from the bottom of my heart that this is your best year yet, too. As much as I can just feel it in my gut how good this year is going to be, we also need to like… do stuff to make it good. So, how do we do that?

Be Real with Ourselves

Before we can even look to create some resolutions, we need to first figure out what we really want and what truly brings us happiness. This means sitting down alone with yourself and your thoughts and being 100% honest and unfiltered in answering the following:

What makes me happy? Where do I want to be in a year from now? What’s something I’d like to have accomplished by the end of 2019? What could I bring in to my life that will make me happier? What could I be doing differently that would bring me more joy?

These are good questions to start with, and they’ll definitely help you add some structure into your year by giving you some goals to plan around.

Be Realistic

Part of the reason so many people are unbelievers in resolutions are because they set goals for themselves that are unrealistic.

If you want to get more fit (a classic goal), is it a good idea to only give yourself a month to go from squishy to 6-pack? To tell yourself you’re going to eat no junk food all of January, even though you just spent all December not even thinking about diet? No, not really.

It’s an unhealthy mentality to create inside your mind, and it’s only setting yourself up to feel bummed when you ultimately slip up because the goal wasn’t set properly. But there’s a way to create goals that actually works:

It’s all about setting the right goals so that

1. you’re actually able to reach the end goal &

2. enable yourself to enjoy the journey.

Teresa Barker

With that in mind, these are my resolutions for the new year:

My New Year’s Resolutions

There’s lots of things that I want to do this year, but I feel that if I pick too many, I won’t be able to focus on any goal too much. So here are my 7 biggies for the year.

1. Be More Consistent With My Blog. I feel like in 2018 I did a pretty good job with this with my blog. I give myself like a B- on blog post consistency last year. But this year I’m going for an A+ because it’s 4.0 szn.

2. Get a Stronger Body. I naturally have an athletic build, plus I play college soccer – so I’m pretty lean. But I can only do like one push up sooo yeah. I followed a bunch of fitness accounts and wrote out a bunch of workout for myself, so there’s a lot of strength training that I’ve been adding into my routine. Maybe by summer I’ll even have abs. A girl can dream, you know?

3. Start a YouTube channel. I’ve created some videos here and there but they just felt so forced and like… weren’t great. But I’ve been doing lots of lots of planning and practicing for the past couple of months and I feel like I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to just sTART. Last year I finally got over myself and did something I had wanted to do for sooo long: start a blog. So, this year, I’m going to do the other thing I’ve always wanted to do for the longest time: create videos. YouTube, I’m coming for you.

4. Write Something Every Day. Even if it sucks, that’s okay – the point is just to get my ideas out of the vague space of my mind and onto something more concrete like my blog or a journal. I always feel 10x more calm and in-tune with myself after writing, but with the craziness of life I sometimes put writing on the back burner. So this year, I’m bringing it to the forefront. I feel like this will help a lot with not only my creative interests but also my mental health, too.

5. Travel. I want to keep this one a little more vague because honestly, who knows where 2019 will take me. Last year, my trip to Paris and to Colorado were both just kinda sprung onto me (in like, the best way possible). It wasn’t like a was sitting there a year ago planning to go to those places. But, if I could pick, this year I’d like to travel to California because Santa Monica is calling my name.

6. Read At Least 12 Books. One book a month seems reasonable, right? I mean, it might work out where some months I read a lot and others not at all, but I think 12 is a wholesome goal. I just got 4 new books for Christmas that I can’t wAIT to start reading once I get a little more settled into this semester of college. I shared with you my Summer Reading List in the past, and if you guys would want to see a reading list for 2019 I could definitely do that. We love good, wholesome content.

7. Become (Almost!) Fluent in Spanish. Si no sabías, ¡puedo hablar mucho español! aka If you didn’t know, I can actually speak a lot of Spanish. I took 3 years of it in high school and one year in college, so that helps a lot. But mostly being with Erick has helped me the most. Now it’s on me now to go from being 50% fluent to more like 80-90% by the end of 2019. A year is a looong time and I feel like by practicing with him & his family, and by also studying on my own, I can definitely become closer to being bilingual.

What’s your vibe for the new year, & what are you hoping to achieve in 2019? Also, remember to enter the JORD giveaway! The winner will be announced soon on my instagram!

Much love, Teresa

& another bIG thank you to JORD for collaborating with me. Much love for you, too.

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