In With The New

Sparkly Sequin shirt with boyfriend jeans

Sparkly Sequin shirt with boyfriend jeans

 This is the time of the year that we decide what we failed at last year and how we are going to make sure that doesn't happy again. Last year I didn't make any resolutions because I feel like the more pressure I have to keep them, the less likely I am to be able to keep them. However, I did make some pretty awesome changes in my life. 

I lost 15 pounds last year. I was sick and tired of looking in the mirror and I started eating Paleo and exercising. Sometimes it became an obsession and I had to see someone about that but I am incredibly happy about the weight loss. College weight had crept up on me and I was determined to lose it before I graduated. 

Andrew and I moved to the Kansas City metro area. I still drive to Lawrence or take the bus from KU's Edwards campus nearly every day. Andrew and I are thrilled with the KC area and are extremely happy to be looking at careers here. Although we did not get the exact apartment we were expecting, it has worked out extremely well. 

I PASSED MATH! Every single time that I think about this year I think about how hard I worked to pass math. I did it! Never a math class again! 

A ridiculous amount of my friends got engaged and I was lucky enough to be there for the moments. 
Sparkly Sequin shirt with boyfriend jeans
My grandfather passed away. Reminding me to not take for granted that your grandparents will always be there. I am lucky to have a healthy and active 91 year old grandfather still alive. 

I learned that when you really say how you feel sometimes you make the best friends. This is especially true when it comes to blogging. Some of what I feel like were my best posts were ones where I laid it all out there.

I feel like in 2013 I managed to find a sense of community on the blog. You ladies have emailed me to support me, you cheer me on in school and you aren't afraid of saying it like it is. I love reading your comments during the day. Sometimes they were what kept me from having an absolute meltdown during the semesters.

Here are some of the changes that will be happening in 2014

I will be graduating and taking the capstone course in KU's journalism school. This class takes about 30 hours of your week and includes weekend traveling time. This is also in addition to the course load I will also be taking. Posts may sometimes be just twice a week or even 3 if I am balancing everything. My goal was to blog through the last two years of school and I am 18 weeks away from that. 

I will be starting a career. Fingers crossed.

For blogging, I am going to be sharing more about how I edit my photos. I have several before/after posts coming up that I think will help you. 

I am going to be using affiliate links. I have student loans coming up and am realizing that I need to be saving more towards paying them off. I will have a disclaimer on the side so that you can know if you click some links I may make money off them. 

I'm going to keep saying how I really feel about some of the ridiculousness that bloggers do. Sometimes we put it on ourselves and sometimes its the culture around us. I feel like until someone says it, no one is going to say the feel that way and I want it to not be that way. 

Sparkly Sequin shirt with boyfriend jeans

Sparkly Sequin shirt with boyfriend jeans
Jeans: Gap (exact)
Top: (similar) (similar) (similar)

So here's to you 2014. Let's play nice and be friends. 

What are you happy about? What do you wish you would have done better in 2013? What are you excited for this year? What do you think 2014 will bring you.   photo Sig-09_zps87ca91c7.png Share


  1. love the post and looking forward to your new posts. Congrats on passing Math. This year my main resolution is to live in the present, try my best and be happy.


  2. Love these snaps, how relaxed and gorgeous you look!
    Congrats on your endeavors and what is to come girl

    xo, Nina

  3. What an awesome reflection post! It sounds like 2014 is going to be a big year for you!

  4. What beautiful photos! I can't wait to see what 2014 has instore for you!!

  5. I think these are some great resolutions! I have seen your blog evolve so much this past year and it's been wonderful. You are so lucky in so many ways, and taking a moment to reflect on that is very important. I can't wait to see what this new year holds in store for you!

    Chic on the Cheap

  6. happy 2014 lady! you're awesome and i cannot wait to see what happens in the next stage of your life!
    ladies in navy

  7. Happy New Year! You should be so proud of yourself for losing 15 lbs! I don't tend to make resolutions either since I'll forget about them in a month. But I love that you're focusing on making changes instead!

    The Tiny Heart
    Headband Giveaway!

  8. Such an exciting time for you! Love this top and necklace on you today!

  9. Awww darling, I am sorry your grandfather passed away. I had two grandparents pass away in 2012 and it was really hard on me. And congrats on the weight loss! That is amazing, and you look amazing! :) I can't wait to see some of your editing posts!

  10. Aw aw aw, I'm so glad you did amazing things this year!! I've always been really interested in Paleo--mainly because I can't tolerate wheat much anymore, unless it's sprouted (totz weird, right?). Good for you on losing 15 pounds AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR PASSING MATH! wowweeee that must feel great. :)

    You're lookin' snazzy, lady, and I LOVE THAT NECKLCE. It's glittery like a snowflake. And like your personality.



    I can't spell when I'm ecstatically typing in capsPSSPS

  12. Thanks for posting this I loved it! I was wondering if you could post more healthy recipes. I lost 15 pounds as well, I'm hoping to lose more & love some of the recipes you have posted.

  13. Yay for 2014! It's great to celebrate the progress you've made in the last year - especially passing math! I managed to lose about 10 lbs this year and it feels great. Nooooot sure if I'm ready to try the paleo thing quite yet though ;)

    Kristina does the Internets

  14. I didn't know you moved to KC! I just always figured you lived in Lawrence! So fun! I'm looking forward to learning more about how you edit your photos. I always love learning more. Good for you for setting up affiliate links... you gotta tackle those loans head on!

  15. Lovely post, doll. I'm looking forward to 2014- don't have any firm resolutions, just try harder and get better. At anything and everything.

    Wishing you a happy, healthy, and uber-successful 2014! ;)


  16. What a great post! You have some great resolutions for 2014! Cannot wait to follow along!

  17. Ooh! I am so looking forward to reading your photo editing posts! Your photos always look so lovely. I know I could learn a thing or two! ;)

  18. happy new year! what a beautiful post!!! thank you for sharing with us!
    that is a gorgeous top/necklace!

  19. I am crazy in love with your top!

    I hope 2014 will bring me lots of love and I'm excited to be married to Izzy this year!

  20. I love your attitude. Keep it up :) Not all bloggers have to conform to the same ideas. That's something I'm going to be working on!

  21. Sounds like you had a pretty good 2013!! Can't wait for more from you in 2014!! I don't make resolutions, but I am planning on making 2014 the best year yet!


  22. Happy New Year! You look gorgeous as always...can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for you :)

  23. Happy New Year! This is going to be a great year! You're going to accomplish so much! Beautiful top and necklace!
    Sincerely, Sara

  24. You look GORGEOUS in these photos! Happy New Year! Xo Jana


  25. Wow, what beautiful pictures lady! I am excited about what 2014 holds & am definitely looking forward to you bringing some blogger honesty to the blogosphere!


  26. It sounds like you have a lot of excitement ahead! Wishing you a very happy 2014!

  27. Well well well, 2013 was a big year for you little lady! Can't wait for 2014, you have so many amazing things in store for you! xx

  28. Well said lady! It looks like you had quite the event year and I'm sure 2014 will bring great things. Good luck!

    xx Jen
    Skirt The Rules

  29. i really love this recap as a new reader. i've so enjoyed getting to know you since i started following, and you're quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers and internet ladies. also, i don't think it's possible for you to look more beautiful than you do in these photos. editing or not, you're a gorgeous woman and you positively shine (and not just because of the major bling!).

    xo nicole

  30. I really look forward to seeing your new content and I hope that you have enough time to balance everything. Several of my initial posts were exasperated critiques of fashion blogging trends and I'm glad that someone else is speaking up for the things that need to change in our community.



  31. I love reading posts like these. Keep going no matter what! Looking fabulous as always!
    Happy New Year! <3

  32. New to your blog, so this post was a good kind of an introduction. Sorry about the loss of your grandfather in the past year- I just lost my grandfather on the 28th of December. It's hard, but has been made easier knowing he was ready to go and is no longer in pain. Relish every day with your 91 year old grandparent; mine would have turned 93 in a couple of weeks.
    Happy New Year to you!
    (I'm now going to stalk around your blog a little since I'm new here!)

  33. what a great recap!! happy new year, may 2014 be even better!!

  34. Love the glitz! Congrats on what you've accomplished! And here's to a wonderful 2014 :)

  35. Hey! Just found your blog and this was a perfect post to get me started! Can't wait to read more! I've made some resolutions myself, you're welcome to check them out if you have time! :) http://findingjoyandbeauty.blogspot.fi/2014/01/new-year-new-me.html

    Happy new year! :)

  36. As a new reader, I look forward to what you have to share in 2014. Happy New Year!

  37. What a beautiful post of reflection and new goals. Bravo! And absolutely adore your sequined look :) I really enjoy your blog so far and would love to follow each other--please join my GFC and I'll follow you right back!


    xo Jess

  38. omgggg. u look STUNNING. as always ur hair ahhhkk! and that necklace is soo gorg! xO!


  39. Loved this post! First of all, congrats on passing math. It's so freakin' hard. Haha! I cried out of joy when I learned I passed a college math course. I had to get three tutors for that one course. Congrats to you, girl! And so sorry to hear about your grandparent. I know it can be so, so hard... And I'm so sorry for your loss. Can't wait to see where this year takes you! Happy New Year!



  40. So fun reading this post! I'm excited to keep following along throughout this next year.

  41. First off, these pictures are gorg. Seems like 2014 is gonna be an exciting year for you! I look forward to reading more of your realtalk blogging posts. Also- looking forward to some great photo editing tips! Finally!!

    perfectly priya

  42. We have some financial goals as a family for 2014 and I will be running my first full marathon in 6 weeks!


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