No one ever tells you this… but your early 20’s are hard. You’re faced with so many big decisions with relatively little experience to base them on – pick a major, choose a career, find a job, choose your friends, pick a place, find your passion. 2012 held a lot of these big decisions for me. I moved, pursued my passion full time, bought a house, ended a relationship – it was a tough year. Tough and wonderful. To be perfectly honest my major decision making has often been fraught with doubt and indecision. Even my not-so-major decision making has been known to be harrowing (like, should I get bangs?). And with good reason! No one wants to make the wrong choice, nobody likes regret. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, making wrong choices can feel quite liberating! And how else are you gonna grow? Choices, years, growing… you probably know where I’m going with this.

Along with fireworks this time of year brings inevitable thoughts of reflection and renewed resolve. Resolve to exercise more, eat less, save more, spend less… but that doesn’t sound like any fun. This year I’m skipping the punishing resolutions. This year I’m backing myself in, with a little resolution I like to call Own It 2013.

Like weird shoes? Own it. Scandinavian design addict? Own it. Can’t finish a DIY to save your life? Whatever. Own it.

These two little words, just 5 little letters, are more empowering to me than any number of Pinspirational quotes and sage words. And what’s more? I thought of them myself. I believe that no matter what decisions you make this year, you can’t go wrong with this as your anthem.

With a bit of confidence, optimism, and a little self-fulfilling prophecy, 2013 is bound to be a bright year. So this year on Fuji Files is going to be like every year on Fuji Files – discovering personal style, celebrating it, but now more than ever: Owning it.

It’s gonna be a fun year.

Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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  1. I’m so happy to stumble across your site, I love it! I love how you keep it real…with the way you write, pictures, etc. This was a great post, I actually read it twice. It is such a breath of fresh air from all those heavy resolution posts. Plus lets face it… anyone who says its ok to not put exercise on their resolutions is a winner in my book ; )


  2. Wow, if you ask me, you accomplished a lot for yourself in 2012 and i am sure more good things will come your way in 2013!!! Buying a flat, pursuing your passion, and going through a break up is no easy matter so proud of you! I went thru a bad break up 2 years ago too so totally can relate on this part:) And heck yeah, we only grow and become stronger when we fall down and make mistakes so making wrong decisions is defo liberating!!! At least, most of the time when things turn out the right way,lol

    And i agree about the new year resolutions, we usually never keep to them so i’m glad you stuck with these 2 simple yet empowering words – own it!

    Great post and i love the photo! Take care and wishing you a very happy new year, all the best in 2013 Cristina:D

    p.s. i really love your blog and the collages and photos you post so keep it up!!!


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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.