Here’s To You, 2017

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The dawn of a new year always bring a time of reflection; what was good, what was bad, what can be improved, and what direction to go from here.  Looking back, 2016 was a crazy/awesome/messy/painful/beautiful kind of year.

I officially ditched my degree-field career (teaching) in an attempt to live the life I really want and also not shave years off my life with the constant emotional/physical/financial stress the job afforded me.  Hands down one of the hardest decisions of my life, but so far one of the best.  God brought me more situations to learn about setting boundaries with family, friends, and coworkers.  I also learned more on how to treat myself with kindness and how important it is to not continually try and pour love, wisdom, and effort out of an empty cup. I am learning to slow down and enjoy the moments instead of racing from one checkmark on my to-do list to another.  I am relearning the joy of morning stretches before a cup of coffee.  Of the car ride home listening to your favorite songs.  Taking your dog for a walk.  Catching up with an old friend.  Cooking a good meal.  Reading (blogs) all about your favorite things.  Being prepared for the day ahead.  Most of all I am so joyful that my life no longer feels like a frantic rat race from sun up to sun down.  My day is no longer scheduled by five minute increments.  I miss my students incredibly, but I am so happy to find myself.

I worked towards my goals in fashion and blogging, and then I completely stopped.  I do not feel bad about that, however.  I really think God wanted me to take a rest period and look at where I’m at and where I want to be (other than just on January 1st).  I am really finding myself and I could not be more excited and I am doubly excited to have my blog to share it with you.

Hands down the biggest highlight of my year was getting engaged to the man of my dreams in the sweetest way ever (you can check out my engagement story here).  I am so incredibly excited to be starting on this chapter of my life with an amazing man by my side.  If you had told me I would be where I am at now two years ago I would have never believed you.  In just over nine months I will be in the beginning of my own fairytale.

In 2017 I want to reconnect to this blog again.  My biggest focus is planning my fairy tale wedding to my dream man, and of course on a budget.  I have already made great progress in that and I can’t wait to share it on here!  I am also turning the flirty thirty this June, and I honestly could not feel more excited or secure about it.

I want to lap up all the joyful moments, pray and persevere during the hard ones, and love every moment possible.  I am working towards focus, balance, and of course a stylish 2017.  I don’t want to make resolutions this year so I can focus on each moment as it comes.

2016, you were wonderful and hard but I wouldn’t trade you for anything (except for Trump, but we won’t go there).  Here’s to you, and here’s to the new!

Love,

Amanda

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