Happy New Year friends! Wow, that happened so fast, I can remember like it was yesterday that we were ringing in 2017. I guess that's what happens when you have a busy toddler running around.
This year is going to look a little different around here as I fully embrace a new lifestyle brand and I hope that you will all stick around to learn more about this side of my life. I can't wait to share more beautiful weddings from 2017 and plans for the wonderful new couples this year. There will be lots of recipes, home decor, how I am embracing a more enriched and simplified life, products and brands that I love, there will be some styled shoots, family fun, my vegan/plant-based lifestyle, travel and lots of mom to mom talk. As a mother of an almost three-year-old, I have been trying to really focus and shift my business to allow for the things that mean the most to me. There will still be lots of beautiful wedding things but I am striving for a more authentic life and trying to separate business and pleasure just isn't for me. You either have to love all of me or none of me and I hope you are all okay with that.
If you follow me on Instagram or know me personally then you know about my struggle with PPD and anxiety, as well as PTSD with the birth of my daughter. I am currently writing a book on all of that and I can't wait to share that with you all. With my new focus, my hope is that I can help others live a more purpose-filled life.
I have decided to share these real-life moments with you because I think that woman have lost the ability to share raw, real issues with their following for fear that people won't like that side. There are people who can't live in the moment because they are constantly looking for the perfect light to post their "perfect" lives. Trying to keep up with that was emotionally exhausting (to me at least), expensive, and stressful. Trying to keep every piece of my wonderful life separated by accounts and into perfect little squares is not living. I am a mother. The strive for perfection is not how I want to lead my daughter. I am an example not only to her but to everyone who will ever meet me. I need to live the kind of life online that I am living offline and 2017 was the year that I realized that number of followers didn't matter anymore. The number of likes doesn't mean anything, it shouldn't matter that instead of spending a night eating raw cookie dough is more fun to me than pic tap go filters on a photo I have taken 25 times.
The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.
-President Harold B. Lee
I am truly excited for 2018, and I think my word for the year is going to be PURPOSE. I will do all things with one goal in mind and that is to build a legacy that I am proud of, one that will give my daughter confidence to be an advocate for her own life. I hope that you are ready for this change as much as I am. A wonderful woman I knew as a young impressionable girl had a mantra that she lived by and that was to know who you are and where you came from. Every day of my life, I remember her words because I have to admit that I lost sight of who I was and even worse, where I came from. I am a daughter of God and I am here for reasons that I don't have quite figured out yet but I know that with this new mindset, the flame inside me has been lit and with every real post about who I am, that flame gets stronger and brighter.
2017 was challenging and exciting and I am so eager to see how this year unfolds. With love and light, have a happy new year. I would love to know what kinds of things you'd like to see or hear from me this year. I would love to have an open dialogue with all of you, so please feel free to share anything with me. Thank you for your following, sticking with me through all of the ups and downs. To those who support my business and life, I love you deeply. May 2018 be your year!