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I recently took a weekend trip to Washington D.C. and I made it imperative to do some sight seeing. Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States but I didn’t know it also a capital for impeccable art. Growing up in a european and caribbean household I’ve always had a deep fascination with art. My mother and father collected different works of arts when I was a child and it was a trait I picked up. When I travel I enjoy going to museums and monuments. I have been blessed to travel both domestic and international. Having a French father, ever since I was a little girl I fell in love with Paris. I love the fashion, architecture, food, and one of the most famous attractions, The Louvre Museum. The Louvre is a big “must see” when in Paris because of the Louvre pyramid, but the museum contains amazing pieces of artwork. At night, the pyramid lights up and has a red light that beams down the center, total Harry Potter vibes. If you’re ever in the D.C. area, I highly suggest visiting the reflective pyramid that is located right across the street from the National Mall Art Museum (east building). The pyramid is so beautiful that it allows you to feel like you are in Paris for a few moments, for me it was a few hours (haha!). It isn’t as grand and big as The Louvre Pyramid but it is definitely a site to see.

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Photographed by Anne Kim

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I don’t know about you, but I am VERY excited for the year 2017. I love entering a new year because a majority of people start setting new goals. This time last year, I decided that 2016 was going to be my year of expansion. I wanted to expand my brand, mind, and my consciousness. I used to believe that setting goals or resolutions at the beginning of the year were weird, but after I graduated college, I learned there is importance in setting annual goals. Setting a goal or goals is a reminder to an individual that he or she can accomplish anything they set their mind to. I have no problem setting daily or weekly goals, but those are short term. It’s easy getting comfortable with short term goals, but LONGEVITY is key! Accomplishing quick and easy goals create momentary happiness. Accomplishing long term goals creates longstanding happiness.

I am declaring 2017 to be my year of EXECUTION. Anything I do, I am going to follow through and do it with great determination. One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I fear disappointment or failure. I understand that I will fail in life, but I will choose to fail forward. I sometimes get stuck with the thought of fear without even trying. 80% of the time when I don’t want to do something, I end up loving it. I want to challenge myself to see everything through and do what I say I am going to do. I challenge you do set a long term goal for your 2017 year and apply it to everything you do. If you need to remind yourself everyday, set an image of your goal as your background on your phone, laptop, or Ipad. If that doesn’t help, start documenting through a journal or a video diary. Lastly, there is no shame in sticky notes or phone notes. If you have to write daily notes to communicate with yourself, that is okay, YOU ARE NOT CRAZY! Remember to live your life to the fullest because you never know when you are going to take your last breath.

Peace and LOVE,

Ivy

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Photographed by Laura Craffey 

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