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Happy New Year to everyone reading this! 2015. This was a big year for me. After months of sitting on the sidelines and watching other bloggers do their thing, I decided to go for it and jump into the game. I have had some successes, and of course, some fails. Overall, I have to say I do not regret one bit starting this thing. The list of lessons I’ve learned along the way is long, and it keeps growing as time goes on. On the blogging level I have learned how to build a website, how to use SEO strategy, and how to monetize. But my favorite lessons I’ve learned pertain to photography. For starters, I learned that I actually love photography! I never considered myself an artist, but taking photos has opened up my eyes regarding how I look at the world. I have added a layer to my thinking process when I see things. Often I will look at something and think, “what would be the best way to shoot this?” I have also learned that lighting is key in producing beautiful photos. And then there’s the whole editing thing…If you look at my very first post and scroll through you will see my pictures evolving. I think this year I took something like three steps forward then one step back. But as long as I keep moving forward, I think I’ll be ok.
On a personal level, this year was huge because I got engaged. If you know me, you know there was a time I didn’t think this was possible for me. After almost ten years of wandering through the wilderness of singledom and dating, a lot of tears have been shed, prayers have been answered and God has led me to my husband. So now as I turn the page on this ten year chapter of my life to take on the next one, I find myself wondering what the next chapter will look like. I spent the last decade working on myself to become certifiably datable. Now that the mission is accomplished and I found a life partner, I realize it is going to take a lot of work to keep a marriage together. So now as I turn the corner into 2016, I realize that the ante has been upped a level, because now not only do I need to continue growing as a person, I now need to grow as a wife.
I don’t like to share too much on my blog about personal things for many reasons. I am a private person (I hardly told anyone when I started this blog) and chances are you are coming here for the fashion, not the personal stuff (or if you actually know me, you are coming here to snark and see what the deal is.) But I am an emotional human being and also a sucker for reflection, and what better time to do it then the last days of the year? So before I wrap up this post I will share one of my last lessons of the year. My fiancé taught me this one (that’s why I brought him up). He has been so helpful and supportive with me developing this blog as a hobby, but he has also helped me realize there is a balance to it, which means there is a time to put the laptop down, a time to get off of Instagram, and a time to just go out to dinner or go on vacation and forget about getting the perfect picture for your next blog or social media post. Basically, don’t forget to enjoy life and be present. And definitely don’t neglect those around you by getting sucked into the hype of this blogging thing. Because in the end, what’s real is all the really matters. Here’s to a fantastic 2016. Thanks for stopping by.
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