December 29, 2016

Looking Back & Moving Forward

Gosh, where to begin ...

This year has been an unexpected one all around.  Full of small, fortunate and unfortunate surprises.  I'm thankful for the opportunities this little blog of mine has brought me and the new friendships it has introduced me to.  I've been able to step out of my comfort zone this year in small yet big ways.

Looking back, this year was nothing short of fun as my daughter and I got to attend fun events like Gen Beauty, we celebrated my daughter's 17th birthday in an almost pretty in pink kinda way and we even went on a family vacation to Canada.

We have renovated a few things here and there around the house, nothing major like our Kitchen at the end of last year, so we're over due for a few big renovations.

But our Kitchen makeover did get a nice little recognition from Shutterfly this year in their 100 Kitchen Creative ideas. 

Original post; Shutterfly featured our kitchen!
That was a nice little surprise to say the least.  Something this small can seem so big for little ol' me.

Original post; It's That Time Again + JORD Watch Giveaway
The opportunity to work with a few sponsors this year was definitely unexpected, I had been hopeful but wasn't sure if that would ever actually happen. Later is actually better than never, it might have taken me a couple of years to finally take this space of mine seriously but this year I finally realized that although it is my personal playground, its a playground that I want everyone to feel welcome visiting and playing in!  

I love spreading the word about big brand products to handmaking small businesses that I would buy for myself and use purposely.  Anything that makes me happy comes with the possibility that it will make you happy too.

Original post; Embracing Life at My Age

I turned 37 this year, that I was not so happy about and it took me time to become content with it. I am in fact still processing this, ha!  
Watching my kids grow into adulthood and realizing that I am in fact growing much older rather than getting younger, well its a process.  Personally in my twenties I was in denial of ever getting older but reality sneaks up on you and so do the years.  Boy do I miss being in my 20's!

Being older makes you wiser so they say, and I thought well I need to wise up and if I'm taking this blog stuff seriously why not start learning more.  Experiencing more.  Talking more.  With new people and other bloggers.  I wanted to step out of my bubble.  I'm a shy person and as I get older a not so confident one either but I want to be involved in this community of bloggers.  

Unfortunately I still can't afford to attend the huge popular blogger conferences so I thought of the next best thing, which would be to bring local bloggers together even if it was a local Starbucks.  

Earlier this year I also got lucky and met a wonderful blogger through Instagram which she so happened to live nearby and turned out to be such a blessing, Taylor, now a dear friend of mine, was on board with helping me make this meet up happen.

We both somehow found the time in our busy schedules to gather a few local Southern California bloggers to join us in a fun evening of all blog shop talk. It turned out beautifully and new friendships were made. You can read more on that here.

Moving forward, all these experiences and many more than have occurred this year have made me hopeful and given me the courage to pursue so much more this coming year.  I'm looking forward to experiencing more, learning and teaching more, and continue to share it all with you along the way.  

Although it wasn't all cake and ice cream this year, including having lost a dear friend of ours was also difficult, but through their eyes we attempt to appreciate life as much as we can, especially taking opportunity of what's in front of us.  But they are truly missed in the midst of it all for a lifetime.

So let's continue to reach for our dreams endlessly and also in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  To receive blog post updates that you may miss on my social media subscribe to the blog at the top right hand corner via email! 

Wishing you all have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve and see you back here in 2017!

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