Man, it really is a new year, and I have a jumble of emotions about 2018… glad to say most of them are good. However, 2019 is set to be one of the best years ever. I can feel it.

Let’s start with the reality, that in just two months I’ll turn FORTY. I don’t understand people’s qualms about getting, and growing older. Another notch on the “old” belt just signifies all of those challenges and struggles didn’t take you out. You’re still here creating, living, and thriving.

Speaking of creating, living and thriving, I did a lot of that in 2018… and lots of traveling. The word travel was tucked in a little corner on my vision board and boy did it manifest itself.

Let’s start with that whirlwind tour of about 15 cities in the span of 2 months this summer with Just for Me. I really hoped to write about that experience, but I was just too tired. I’d just started a new job, and between getting acclimated to being back at work, and being gone every weekend, I didn’t know if I was coming or going.

Then there was:

That one night in Memphis. An epic girls trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival. An anniversary trip to Asheville, N.C., and Jekyll Island for fall break.

Through all of that, we managed to make some headway on some projects around the house. Our best project to date was the closet makeover we completed this fall for the One Room Challenge.

We started from nothing and built something that we are both very much in love with. You can see the full transformation starting here.

On a personal level, I continued to challenge myself. I didn’t always hit the mark, but the difference was I felt a level of  disappointment in myself I hadn’t felt before. It’s that (tough) self love that builds greatness. If ever there were to be a breakout year, 2019… the year I turn 40 would be it.

I’m excited for the new year. I’m planning to get back in tune with my creative self, spend more time taking photos, writing, crafting and doing all of the things that bring me joy. This blogging game has started to lack integrity, and as I said before those games I will not play. You may see sponsored posts, you may not.

What you will see is a renewed passion for sharing and inspiring through my platforms. I love connecting with all of you, so please be sure to give me a holler on Facebook or Instagram. I’ve purchased lots of new camera, video and editing equipment. I don’t like to waste money so be sure to follow along for the ride (you can follow me on Youtube)! There will be lots of video and whatever my 4o year old heart desires.

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for riding with me over the past 8.5 years. Cheers to you, and a prosperous, happy new year!


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