2017 in Review

Here are some of my favorite photos from this year:

Our first picture together – February

How I Met Your Mother, Peters Branch, MO – February

Our first trip together: Sam’s Throne, Arkansas – March

Slowly but surely conquering my fear of heights – April

Our trip to Wisconsin to visit Jake’s older brother – May

My dad’s trip to KC for Father’s Day – June

4th of July

Climbing together 💖 Our favorite hobby – August

Carolina’s Visit – August

Courtney’s visit – August

My Godmother’s son’s Bar Mitzvah – September

Our first trip to Louisburg Cider Mill – October

Family Trip to Skyline Caverns – November

Family Thanksgiving photo – November

Thanksgiving Cont.
Thanksgiving night after setting up the tree – November

First family Christmas picture – December

Jake’s proposal – Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Years in Houston
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2017 was quite a year. It started off on a low note. I was unemployed after leaving my job without having another one lined up. I was in a terrible environment and I was miserable there, I had no idea what I was going to do next. I had also just ended a terrible relationship and was trying to heal from the hellish roller coaster that it had run through my life. My one piece of advice for this year is do not ever chance anyone who doesn’t chase you back. It’s very true that if someone wants to be in your life, they will be. I now have a ring on my finger as proof of that!
In December 2016, I had just moved into my own place after my last (and final) shitty roommate situation, so that was the best thing I had going for me at the time. It was a very welcome change to be able to make my place my own. I got a new job and a new car in February, so things were starting to turn back around for me.
My dad came to visit for Father’s Day, and both of my very best friends were able to fly out to Kansas City and spend a week each with me, which was so amazing. To be able to have both of them stay with Jake and I in our home was such a wonderful feeling. We got a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment because we wanted to be able to have people to stay with us and have their own space. We’ve gotten great use out of it since we moved in.
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to the max and made a huge career change this year only 9 months after starting my previous job. I left the world of HR, which is what my degree and all of my work experience has been in, and went to do something completely different. I wanted to truly love and enjoy what I was doing instead of dreading going to work every day. I ended up finding the most amazing job I could have imagined. I work with phenomenal people who are goal oriented and constantly striving for more. The company culture is unmatched, and I have amazing growth potential. On top of the career change, I started this blog as a hobby I’ve been fantasizing about for years and I’ve received a lot of support for it which I’m also very thankful to all of you for!!
Jake and I were able to spend a full week with my family this year for Thanksgiving, which was another big blessing because last year I was only able to spend 4 days with them. Not only did we get 7 full days, but we got to see so many friends and family while we were there and I got to parade Jake around to everyone proudly. The best part was spending so much time with both of my nephews, since they’re so young and I only see them once a year.
The best thing to come of 2017 though, hands down, was Jake coming back into my life, and our engagement. We moved in together in August and were able to make our house a home together. We also got Oliver, who has already brought us so much happiness in the month we’ve had him. I’ll be eternally grateful for Jake’s commitment to making this work when I was so broken at the time and really struggling to figure my life out. He’s been incredibly supportive of me this year through all of my ups and downs and has really shown me what true love means.
We’re celebrating New Years in Texas with Jake’s grandparents and cousin Chelsea, who will be one of my bridesmaids! And her beautiful daughter, Isabella, will be one of our flower girls. 
After starting off so crazy, I can’t believe the amount of change that only 12 months have brought. I thank God every day for the continuous amount of blessings He’s given me this year and always, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings with it. Including our wedding in October!! 
I wish everyone a wonderful and very happy 2018!!

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  • “Maybe the life you’ve always wanted is buried under everything you own” -Joshua Becker

This quote hits home because I never realized how cluttered our apartment was and how that clutter, even though it was organized, was holding us back in unexpected ways. 
This weekend we re-arranged our house a bit and I’m so in love with the results. We used to have our computer desks both in our bedroom. Although our room is pretty big, having so much furniture made it feel small and cramped. Not at all relaxing. 
Since I’ve been getting rid of things like it’s my job, I sold all of our guest room furniture except the bed, leaving a whole lot of space in there. We moved the desks into that room and it made both rooms feel like a whole new space!! It’s amazing what happens when you let go of things. Happier, quieter, less cluttered. Have a wonderful Monday!
  • “Don’t confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.” -unknown

Happy Friday!!! I’m so excited for the weekend 🙌🏻I love this quote because people sometimes think having and buying more will make them better somehow. Happier, more stylish, cooler, more liked. .

Sadly, in high school, this was true. When I started wearing brand name clothes, people literally treated me completely different. I got invited to more things, different people started talking to me. It was crazy. But those people were not my real friends and I literally haven’t spoken to any of them since high school. So, goes to show how those things don’t actually matter!! Have an awesome weekend 😘
  • In honor of #nationalproposalday I want to give a shoutout to my handsome husband @jacob.thompson87 for totally nailing my engagement ring 💜😍
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 I knew I wanted something unique with a colored stone. I didn’t want a big expensive diamond or a ring that would look like anyone else’s. Jake knows my favorite color is purple so he got me a lavender sapphire with a petal halo. I also love my simple twisted wedding band. I took this picture on our honeymoon because I was so happy to finally be able to wear them together! I love how they complement each other. I never want to take them off. Have a wonderful Friday Eve!
  • “Forget the Sales price. Everything is 100% off when you don’t buy it.” .
As a fun challenge for myself, I’m going to do a shopping ban. If you’re familiar with the book “The Year of Less”, Cait goes an entire year without buying anything unnecessary (actually she ends up doing a second year after). I just finished reading it and I love the idea of not buying anything new that I don’t need. 
While I’ve been purging, I’ve seen just how much I really have. There isn’t anything I need. The sales price used to get me. That seductive little red sticker would catch my attention and convince me I needed that piece in my closet because it’s such a great deal. BUT it’s not if you don’t need it. Save your money for things you truly love and put thought into buying, not impulse buys that will hang unworn in your closet.
  • Have you ever been so excited about something that every time you talk to someone who you see could benefit from it, you just want to tell them every single thing about it because you just want to help them? That’s how I feel about minimalism and living with less. It’s changed my life and my mindset in so many ways and all I want to do is tell people about it. But I don’t, unless they ask. 
You can’t force change on people. They have to come to their own conclusions in their own time. They have to have their own inspiration *ah ha!* moments like you had. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but they won’t HEAR you until they’re ready. The best way to show them how great something is is by being an example! Be the change you wish to see. Maybe you can inspire others with your happiness. Happy Tuesday!
  • “If you don’t have time for things that matter, stop doing things that don’t.” - @bemorewithless .
This weekend (and in general, lately) I took a little break from social media. Since I started my new job, this weekend was the first actual weekend Jake and I have spent together since we got back from our honeymoon in October. Crazy, right?! It was wonderful to spend time with family and get stuff done together and just enjoy the time we had. Making time for what’s important is so crucial to your mental health and the health of your relationships! If you’re too busy, remove the things that aren’t actually important and make time for the things that are.

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