my goals for 2022

i can’t believe it’s already 2022! my mind is still stuck in 2019 haha. anyways, i’ve seen several bloggers and instagrammers sharing their goals/resolutions for the new year, and i always love seeing what everyone is hoping to accomplish for the new year, so i thought i’d do the same.

my goals aren’t super huge, just small things i hope to do to make my life better this year.

01. grow my hair

around august, i cut my hair short and it hasn’t grown back super well, so i’m hoping to let it grow out this year, and hopefully dye it a few times as well.

02. read 5 books each month

i didn’t read much at all in 2021, besides for school and a couple of books in the summer. i don’t know if i’ll be able to read 5 every month, but we can try!

03. post on the blog once a week

last year, i didn’t post much at all and i think once a week will be a good goal to start with. even if i don’t get to post once a week, i will at least try to post as consistently as possible.

04. only check my grades at the end of each quarter

at this point, i’m checking my grades so often that i just do it out of boredom even if i know nothing’s changed, so i’m challenging myself to only check them at the end of each quarter.

05. clean & organize my bedroom

cleaning can be super relaxing and the end result is super rewarding, so i want to keep my room as clean as possible through the year & organize/decorate it a bit too.

06. save up my money & spend it wisely

i want to learn how to spend and save my money intentionally rather than spend it excessively on things i don’t want or need.

07. exercise every day

mostly during the seasons where i don’t have track and in the summer, i want to stay fit and try out different forms of exercise to see what will work best for me. along with this, be intentional with what i’m eating to stay healthy.

08. draw/write/do something creative every weekend

this will get me off of a screen during the weekend and leave me feeling much better about the time i spent.

09. get my driver’s license

i’m in the process of getting a permit, so maybe by the end of the year i’ll have my license? we’ll see!

10. expand my blog & reach 300 followers

along with posting weekly, i’m hoping to expand this blog and maybe reach 300 followers? i’m at about 230 now, so if i’m posting consistently there’s a good chance i’ll be able to reach this goal by the end of the year.

11. successfully complete a “one second everyday” challenge

this will be really exciting to look back on at the end of the year if i remember to do it every day, and i think it will be a cool way to remember 2022.

i hope you enjoyed reading my goals for the new year. i’d love to hear whether or not you are choosing to set yearly or monthly goals for yourself. let me know!

~ avery xx

goodbye sparks of ara, welcome avery emerson blog

i’ve tried writing this post many times, it’s never come out just the way i wanted it to. if you’re seeing this pop up in your reader or email, there’s a good chance you were following my previous blog, sparks of ara. yup, maybe that will ring a bell. it was a very cringy, very inconsistent blog i’ve had since about october 2016, five years now. i was just 10 years old when i made it, not knowing what i was getting myself into.

after a few years, i felt stuck with the blog. i kept posting from time to time, but i didn’t have the passion for blogging like i once did. after some thought, i knew i couldn’t let go of the blog i’d loved for so long. so, i decided to change the name, blog design, pretty much everything about the blog without getting rid of the old posts or followers. it’s allowed me a fresh start, to be myself instead of forcing myself into the 10 year old girl who had started this blog.

so, i’d love to welcome you to my new blog, avery emerson.

i’ll be posting once or twice a week. i can’t say for sure what i’ll be posting, but most likely it’ll be within lifestyle, productivity, mental health, and my life. i want to be more open and honest with my readers, updating on my life from time to time if that’s something you’d like to see.

i’m likely going to be experimenting with the blog design in the following weeks, but i’m excited to see where this blog heads, and i’ve finally upgraded to a .com site! i’m so grateful to have the opportunity to do this as this had been a dream of mine since i started blogging.

check out the ‘about’ or ‘home’ page to learn a little bit more about me and the updated blog.

oh, i forgot to mention- i’ve made an instagram for the blog! i’ll be updating when new posts come out, some of my photography, as well as a little behind the scenes of running a blog. click here to check it out, or search @averyemersonblog on instagram.

enough about me- i’d love to hear about how you’ve been! drop a comment down below so we can catch up. i haven’t been super active these past months and have missed a lot within the blogosphere. i can’t wait to catch up with you all.

thank you so much for reading, your support means so much to me!

~ avery

well, it’s been a while… but I’m back!

Heyyy there! (ayy I’m still at it with the cringy intros) Welcome (back) to Sparks of Ara! You may not remember me (who does?) since I haven’t posted on here in almost 6 months… and looking back at the most recent posts I’m cringing so hard… I have definitely changed quite a bit since my last post, so I guess I’ll recap where I’ve been, what’s changed, and what’s up for the blog! Which will hopefully start up again! I’m also very sorry for unexpectedly leaving with no notice (that seems to be a trend for me)

So, let’s start with me? (not the most exciting or wanted topic but that’s okay) (also there may be a bit of self loathing on here but I’ll try not to because I don’t think anyone will want to read that lol) (and I have a thing with parenthesis and saying “and”) I’ve just finished my freshman year of high school, which is exciting! It went by really quickly, which I definitely wasn’t expecting given covid. Speaking of covid, I’m vaccinated now, which is very exciting because that means I’ve been able to go out a bit more now! (not that I have much to do with or without covid) …and I’m starting to ramble…

I’m going to try to be more transparent and honest on here! A lot of the content I had before wasn’t “me”, I was just trying to create what I thought others wanted so I’d be more liked, which is why I got burnt out easily. Here’s some types of stuff you can expect from me: (most of it’s similar to what I had before, there’s no huge changes here)

  • lifestyle (which is what I’ve always been doing)
  • a bit of fashion (?)
  • wellness/mental health/self care (since mental health is very important and I want to encourage y’all to focus on yourselves!!)
  • books (I love reading but don’t read much, so we’ll see where that leads)
  • lgbtq+ stuff (I’m excited for this, hopefully y’all are too)
  • pretty much a whole bunch of different categories that can be meshed into the word “lifestyle”

A bit more about me/what I’ve been up to…

  • I cut and dyed my hair… several times! I dyed it pink and then purple (which its currently at) and I’d say its around my shoulders! I love changing things up, and given my impulsive-ness it was really fun doing that!
  • I shared the blog with some irl friends (not my proudest moment, but I don’t think any of them are reading this) (if you are, HI, please let me know that you’re reading this haha it’d make me really happy)
  • I finally figured out that I’m an INFP
  • …and maybe an enneagram type 4 (though I could be a 6 or 9 I’m not 100% sure)

I feel like I’m oversharing even though I’m… not… anyways, I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, so be sure to look out for a “playlist” type post lol. I’m planning on posting once or twice a week (really depends on the week haha but more likely once a week because I’m that type of person)

Anyways if you’ve read this far, thank you so much for reading! I promise I’ll be more consistent and start interacting with your posts too! I want to catch up with you all too, let me know how you’ve been doing in the comments!

Once again thank you so much if you’ve read this far! xx

~ arabella

(also ps; sorry for the lack of photos in this post,,, I promise the next post will be much more put together and I’ll be back with tons of fun content for y’all this summer!! but I wanted to get this post out sooner rather then later haha)

I’M BACK | FT. WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO LATELY

Hello everyone! After a few months of on and off blogging, I am finally back! I will be sharing what I have been up to during this time as well as what’s to come! And feel free to chat with me- I am excited to catch up with you all!

First off, I am officially a high schooler! I feel so old being almost 15 but at tbe same time, I can’t wait for the future! In just 3 years, I will be able to vote and soon after, in college. Wow!

So that is part of the reason why I haven’t been posting, even though school does not seem to take up as much of my time as it used to.

I have been really interested in starting a business, so maybe in a year or two I will be able to actually start one! I would love to be to sell some photography, designs, or other items on etsy! Any one here on etsy or have a small business? I would love to hear your stories!

Also, thank you so much for 200 followers! It means so much to me!

I might be updating the design of my blog soon, so look out for that! I like the current one so likely nothing too major.

I am planning on posting twice a week, maybe Tuesday and Friday, probably around noon EST, so that any UK or international followers can get the posts that same day. It may change, but I am planning on posting at least once a week.

I will be posting lifestyle, fashion, and inspiration posts on my blog, similar to the past.

Thank you all so much for reading! I cannot wait to start up blogging again for real!

~ Arabella đź’™