Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Hello, it’s me.

I’m baaaaack! So 2015 came and went, and I forgot to blog about it. Well, I didn’t forget… it just didn’t happen. But that’s okay. It may be already halfway through January but I’m going to try to get back to regularly blogging again. New year, new goals, right?

I guess I’ll start with highlighting some of my favorite moments of 2015. It was a big year and I’m sad I wasn’t able to share most of it with you (at least on here, y’all know I share everything on social media though… right?) πŸ™‚

2015 Highlight Reel:

I started 2015 off by cutting my hair (again), but this time I went shorter than I’ve ever gone in my life! It was a fun adventure/experiment. I’m happy I tried it – I’ve always wondered if I could pull a pixie cut off, and now I know (in my eyes) that I can. I got sick of it fairly quickly though, so I’m back to growing my hair out. I like switching things up a lot, which is the great thing about hair — it grows back! Here’s a look at some of the different short hair styles I tried:

In March/April of 2015, we got some BIG news! We were about to embark on our biggest adventure yet. Moving to North Carolina! We uprooted our lives (and our cats), left our friends and family, and settled down in the Raleigh area. It was scary and hard but also possibly one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I started an AMAZING new job shortly after moving down and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to do something I love every day with an incredible group of people.

We did the apartment thing for a while but once we realized that we wanted to settle down here, we began our next big milestone — house hunting! Being first time home buyers was pretty crazy and we definitely made some mistakes along the way, but we are so happy in our new house and in the end, everything worked out for the best! Being new homeowners brings it’s own set of challenges, but it was definitely the right decision for us at this point in our lives. We have a home we can grow into, add value to, and build equity & credit. I’d love to talk more about our home buying journey in a separate post, so I’ll leave it at that for now. Here’s what our new home looks like though:

A lot of great little things happened in between the bigger events, like getting to see my grandparents more often (since now they’re only 4 hours away!), seeing my best friends in D.C., kayaking, making new friends, traveling to the beach, visiting Winston-Salem, visiting Virginia Beach and showing Mike where I grew up, traveling back to Cleveland to see one of my good friends get married, having my mom down for our first Thanksgiving in the new house, Mike buying a new car, and so much more! Can’t forget to mention all the barbecue we’ve enjoyed, too! Yum!

The Year Ahead

I am SO excited for this year! I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish, but I also have a lot to look forward to. Most of all, though… I’m just really happy. There are still stressful times and bad days, but when I look at the bigger picture, I know that things are good and we’re content. That’s really all I can ask for. I won’t list out each of my goals for 2016 or anything like that, but my main themes for the year are consistency & accountability. That covers both my personal & professional goals and while I have more tangible goals in mind, I want to continue to remember the “why” behind all of them. I want to be healthy, happy, and successful and it starts with those 2 words & changing my mindset.

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I do have 2 fun announcements for the year, too! I will *hopefully* be attending BlogFest 2016 in Los Angeles (I went to the first one in 2014, but missed last year’s) and this year I am also making it my mission to attend the annual Team Beachbody 2016 Coach Summit in Nashville! Big plans, ya’ll… big plans!

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What are you looking forward to this year? I’d love to hear more about your goals and dreams for the year.

Until next time…

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