Gooooood morning and happy New Year’s Eve! Can you believe it’s the LAST day of 2019? I’m kind of in denial about the whole thing to be honest with you. This past year was definitely the fastest year of my life and I don’t know how it’s already a new decade. But I woke up at 5AM this morning to sit down in the peace and quiet and spend a little time reflecting on the past year. For me, 2019 was a year of some really amazing moments and also some really challenging moments. Grab your coffee and let’s chat about it all!
This past year I feel like I finally found my groove as a mom of three. I’ve been pretty open about the fact that going from two to three was a challenging transition for us (mostly for me!) but this year I feel like things started to balance out. Little Ava Pearl is two now and we’ve finally figured out this family of five thing. Hallelujah! It’s still wild and crazy over here most of the time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m also proud to say that I finally found a good balance with blogging/work and my personal life. That’s kinda tricky when it comes to this job–which can sometimes feel like a 24/7 gig. But this year I really tried to put boundaries up for myself in order to find that balance my life really needed. And I gotta say–it was totally freeing to give myself permission to say no more often. This year I spent more time with family and friends, ran my first ever 10K, read lots of books, and focused more on what matters most to me in life. I’m definitely going to keep that trend going in 2020!
This year I gave myself the freedom to share more of what I love here on the blog, which I gotta say has been SO MUCH FUN. I’ve been blogging now for four years (this all started in December of 2015) and in a lot of ways this blog has evolved with me over that time. I went from only sharing house projects and DIY to now sharing a little bit of everything–from home decor to affordable clothing, recipes, and even skincare. I feel like I did a pretty good mix of it all in 2019. And I think it’s safe to say this was my FAVORITE year of blogging. I loved mixing it up and trying new things. This year I decided to just have fun with it and I’m sooooo grateful to all of you for sticking with me! I also had some pretty incredible moments, like that time I launched my own curated collection with Cloth and Cabin back in March, which was so much fun! And then a few months later I had the honor of creating my own signature candle with Antique Candle Co, which is defintely one of the coolest experiences of my life. Creating a candle with my name on it was just surreal in every way possible. I still can’t believe it! It was such blessing and I’ll remember it forever. And if you ordered Warm Caramel Crumble, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
This year was definitely a year of personal growth for me and I feel like God challenged me in a lot of ways in 2019. I didn’t always share those challenges here with all of you, but I’m happy to say that I learned a lot about myself. Probably more than any other year of my life. And this year, I truly embraced who I am–flaws and all. I stopped caring so much about what other people think and I just let myself be me. In that process I learned that I’m actually stronger than I realized. I also learned that perspective is everything. What you think of yourself and your life will determine your own happiness, so you might as well focus on the positive, right?! RIGHT.
I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me in 2019. God has truly blessed me with this space and I thank Him every single day for all of you. He’s been the one guiding my path all along and I will always give Him the glory because let’s face it–most of the time I have no clue what I’m doing!
Here’s to a new decade full of love, happiness and peace! xoxo