It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only two days away! It doesn’t even feel like December to me, perhaps that’s because it’s currently 51° outside… so much for a white Christmas (womp womp). Regardless, 2017 is almost over and I want to share with y’all some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned this year – and, trust me, there were a lot of lessons learned!
♥ Stop worrying about what other people think.
I know we all hear this everyday, but putting these words into action is easier said than done. When I decided to start a blog, it took me weeks to muster up to courage to tell the world my plan, because I was so nervous about what people would say. Flash forward to last week and I was having Rob take pictures of my outfit amid the overcrowded Barnes & Noble – while everyone stared! I am still a work in progress, but there is something incredibly liberating about not giving two sh*ts what people think.
♥ Take care of your body.
This one I could work a little harder on. I’ve mentioned before that I drink a gallon of water every day and I promise you it is the best thing you can do for your body. It boosts my energy level, helps tremendously with my never ending cramps, and has made a major impact on my skin – not to mention there are tons of long term benefits!
♥ Figure out what makes you happy and go after it with everything you’ve got.
I have gone through quite a long journey to get to where I am today. Since I can remember, I have loved fashion. I used to watch The Devil Wears Prada and think to myself, that would be the greatest job in the world. However, I never thought that a career in fashion was realistic and I wanted to do what was ‘smart’. So, out of high school I went directly into college to study nursing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate nursing, I just don’t have a passion for it. It has taken me almost five years out of college to realize that I should have gone after what made me happy all along! While I may not be some big time blogger or a powerhouse in the world of fashion (yet…), I love what I am doing and the path that I am on!
♥ Quality over quantity, ALWAYS.
Wether it’s your shoes or your friends, a few great ones far exceeds several ‘just okay’ ones.
♥ Travel often.
I wish I could say I do, but I don’t. My sister, however, can’t seem to stay in one place for more than a month! She travels all of the time. Wether it’s a quick weekend getaway to Boston or living in Australia for several months, she loves to explore the world. She is about to leave for Thailand, where she will be for a month! I am definitely a little jealous. While I may not be as worldly as her, Rob and I did enjoy a week vacation to Colorado back in February and it was the most fun I have had in a while. There is something about traveling that puts life in perspective and reminds you to enjoy life before it passes you by. Fingers crossed we can pull off another amazing vacation this year.
♥ Give often.
Giving back has always been important to me, but after graduating college, I went through a challenging few years and became a self-involved monster that didn’t care about anyone aside from myself. It was a rough couple of years. I am beyond grateful to be where I am today and I am constantly trying to do my part to give to those in need. Wether it is donating five dollars to St. Jude’s when you check out at Harris Teeters or donating your clothes to the homeless, it is so important to remember how fortunate we are and that millions of people around the world can use our help.
♥ Hold on tight to the ones you love!
This one is the MOST important. Life is insane and we never know what tomorrow holds, so be kind to the ones you love! Learn to forgive and move on – life is too short to argue with the people you love. I am super stubborn and I have to remind myself of this often. However, I try my best, everyday, to be a better friend, girlfriend, sister, daughter, niece, and dog mom!
2017 has been an amazing year and I cannot wait to see what 2018 has to hold. Although I am sharing the most important lessons I’ve learned this year with y’all, I want to make one thing clear…
I am far from perfect!