Each year, this post with my goals is one of my favorites. I love telling everyone what I have planned and how I plan to achieve it. Throughout the year I link back to the goals post to see how I’m doing, if I’m still on track. I’m surprised when things change, and some goals lose their relevance/ necessity. But it’s more fun when I achieve the goals I set at the beginning of the year.

Word of the Year: Intentional

This will be the first year I’ve set a “word of the year,” but it feels so perfect. I was pretty close on my intentionality in 2017 and really want to get better…

As I go through the goals, I’ll let yo know how I’m applying the word in each of them. I read this line in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast that kind of sums up how I hate feeling: “I felt the death loneliness that comes at the end of every day that is wasted in your life.”

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#1 A Year of No Shopping

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This didn’t make it into the Christmas cards… so I thought I’d post it here. And I haven’t posted on this blog as often, so you may not know all that’s going on in my life. Or you follow me on instastories, and you know everything about my life. Either way, keep reading!

All About 2017

This year started like many other years — lots of resolutions and training for a half marathon.

Here’s my blog post about 2017 goals from last year. I did increase my business, learn Trello, and read one book per week; but I only ran 2 half marathons, and my daily routine is still not perfect.

Stef and I ran the Disney Princess 10k & Half Marathon this year! So fun!! You can read more about that here, here, and here. I actually made youtube videos for these experiences with music timed to fireworks, so you should really check them out if you haven’t already. They’re adorable. View Post

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As per my tradition, I made my Christmas Dress on Christmas Eve this year. I had a plan to do this ahead of time, but it happened between playing music for hours at the cafe and going to my family’s party. Just proves that this pattern is speedy and simple! Which I love!

Last year’s dress was very fancy… so I went a little more comfortable, but still festive with some evergreen velvet!

This time I tried the Ultimate Wrap Dress from Sew Over It. This will definitely be remade in the future! So easy and very pretty.

The lighting was not great on Christmas Eve, but I’m trying my best with these photos… plus… you probably know what a wrap dress looks like.

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Are you sick of shopping by now?? Probably… I know I am. But. There are still a few things that are worth shopping for after the holidays are over. Check out the list below, and let me know what you think!

Christmas Decorations

Did you notice anything specific missing this Christmas? Sometimes I raid the Target holiday section during the week after Christmas and find big packs of ornaments or garland that would be a great addition to my collection! Maybe don’t go overboard (it’s hard because sometimes the sales are SO GOOD), because it will just be in storage and you might forget that you bought it already…. but I’ll admit that it’s pretty fun to find new things when you bring out the decor next season.

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Stefanie has a lot of Christmas spirit, and fortunately she found a roommate who loves Christmas just as much. Since this was their first Christmas in their beautiful Manhattan apartment, they went all out with a 9-ft tree (which looks due to their massive ceilings)and garland on the stairs.

Stef already has metallic throughout her home, but it’s extra sparkly this time of year. Of course, she baked cookies any time she was home (which isn’t too often because she travels for work)… View Post

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