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Hello 2017

I’ll be honest, this past year was tough. My nose was broken into a billion pieces, causing the worst recover from surgery, my car was the victim of a hit and run outside my house in the middle of the night, ‘You Know Who’ won the presidency in a heartbreaking and terrifying turn of events, and very worst of all my dear grandmother passed away. Despite the constant devastation and hurt I started a new job that I love, I now have a nose that breathes and looks better than before, I have a new car, I managed to get myself out of debt, I learned a lot about myself and my values, and I know my grandma is dancing in the streets of Heaven right where she has wanted to be for years.

Because of the distractions of 2016, I didn’t accomplish many of the goals I set for myself, but I did finish a few! I read 100 out of 100 books – so exhausting, but rewarding! I took a picture a day – except for about a week after my nose surgery. I made a point to brush my teeth and floss every day- except again for a couple days after my surgery and it was life changing. I ran through a field of sunflowers and made lasting memories with friends and family.

I needed this year. The bad mixed with the good. We understand the highs when we feel the lows. We know who we are and what we want the world to be when faced with the polar opposite. We grow stronger when we come out of the fire having learned and experienced. I have high hopes for 2017, not because one more turn of the earth means that anything has changed but because I have changed. I have grown in what I expect from myself and what I want to give to the world. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more and grow.

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2017!

  • Become more active with my faith
  • Create an in depth family tree with personal information about my ancestors
  • Apply to and be accepted in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)
  • Make a weekday meal plan- and eat healthier!
  • Get in shape, also take up yoga and meditation
  • Launch my new business
  • Check off another state to visit on my goal of 50 before 50 (I already hit 30 before 30)
  • Visit a museum I’ve not been to before
  • Enter Photography in the fair
  • Volunteer
  • Write and find a publisher for my book idea
  • Visit a trampoline park
  • Try every new Lush bath bomb
  • Get a makeup lesson
  • Learn how to curl (as in the Winter sport)
  • Bake more!
  • Create a photo a day for a year video
  • Draw every day for a year
  • Become a better leader and learn how to better manage my time at work and communicate effectively
  • Find my style
  • Buy a disposable camera and take an adventure
  • Practice self-care- when my bucket is full I can use it to help others

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!!


This past year has been a mixed bag of ups and downs. There were lots of closed doors and newly opened ones. It has been a year of creativity, waiting, growth and soul searching. As 2015 draws to a close today I can’t help but look back and reflect as one normally does this time of year. I can honestly say I am in a much better place than I was at the beginning of the year. As I assess the year I can’t help but feel inspired for all the new year has to bring and all I have to give to it. I put together another list of goals to accomplish – a bucket list, my 2016 Manifesto if you will. I have listed them below and plan on following up on them throughout 2016.

I wish you all a beautiful  new year full of happy memories, adventure, love, prosperity and health. I hope we all grow, learn and discover new things every day. Start each day with a positive attitude and a can-do spirit. Love with all your heart, be humble,  honest and kind. Give to those who have not and take only what is given freely. God bless, and have a Happy New Year!!

                My 2016 Manifesto

  1. Create an in depth family tree with personal information about ancestors
  2. Learn how to cook work lunches/dinners – because even after 6+ years in the ‘real world’ I still stink at it
  3. Get in shape, also take up yoga and meditation
  4. Set a reading goal- and meet it!
  5. Learn calligraphy
  6. Launch my new business
  7. Vlog regularly for my YouTube channel
  8. Write and find a publisher for my book idea
  9. Visit a trampoline park
  10. Try every Lush bath bomb
  11. Go on a train trip
  12. Visit the Pacific Northwest
  13. Bake more!
  14. Write a letter to myself to be opened in 10 years
  15. Find my style
  16. Go to a midnight movie premiere
  17. Read the entire Bible
  18. Buy a disposable camera and take an adventure
  19. Create bravely
  20. Find a quiet moment each day to breath and reflect
  21. Build a blanket fort
  22. Re-learn to play the piano
  23. Make lasting memories with my puppy
  24. Take a picture a day
  25. Run through a field of sunflowers
  26. Grow an herb garden, and nurture my green thumb!
  27. Wash my face and floss every day
  28. Be more adventurous with my hair
  29. Complete a weekly movie watching challenge
  30. Do something that terrifies me