The 2017 Kyla Mary Blog Survey!

Goodness gracious, y’all! The Kyla Mary blog turns four at the end of the month! It has been such a delight and joy to share my heart in this space for the past four years.

Readership grew more in 2017 than any year prior and I am grateful for everyone who takes time to visit my little space. My top three states in 2017 are New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Seeing the Old North State in that lineup brings such joy to my heart!

via Anthropologie

As I look ahead at all the good to come in 2018, I would love to gather some insight from my sweet readers and then treat y’all to Starbucks!

Kindly fill out my brief survey here by December 20th and leave a comment below with your name and your favorite Starbucks beverage. On December 21st, I will randomly draw a name and treat one of y’all to your beverage of choice with a gift card!

Thinking Back on My Creative Journey and Business Dreaming

I am so thankful, y’all. I’m sitting at my new desk beside our first Christmas tree, with a sweet cinnamon candle flickering beside me. There’s still a little bit of coffee in my Make It Happen mug and I’m savoring every last drop – even if it’s gone cold. Nature’s confetti (snow) is falling outside. I set my tomato timer to give myself a few minutes to write this post because I want to remember this time in my life.

Sitting here by the tree, writing and dreaming at Christmastime, is such a sweet and familiar feeling for me. In 2013, I was designing Etsy prints and learning Illustrator by the tree. 1 year later, I was pulling together wedding inspiration boards and dreaming of a life in the South.  Every December marks the anniversary of when I began my blog, too. Now, 4 years later, I am defining a dream that ties all the previous pieces together in a beautiful way. I think it’s fitting to share some snippets of the past four, sweet years of my creative journey too!

2013: first learning graphic design / my first blog / the very first prints I sold on Etsy / my first ‘studio’ 

This particular season has been beautifully marked with planting seeds for my own business. I have been working hard each day to write my business plan, craft my new website, and dig deep in my heart to build this all upon the vision I have in my heart. There has been much prayer, reading, and waiting. So much waiting. The best laid plans are those that come from surrendered trust in God.

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Friday No. 15

1. We graduated from Financial Peace University last week! The class was incredible. It empowered us to steward our finances well and work together as a team. To learn more and find a class near you, click here.

2. We had a tree decorating marathon last weekend! We decorated the tree with Dillon’s family on Friday night, my parents on Saturday night, and our own tree on Sunday. ‘Tis the season, y’all!

3. I started my PowerSheets prep this week with the Cultivate What Matters team and am so excited to set meaningful goals for the year ahead!

4. I had a hair appointment on Wednesday and was inspired to share my favorite hair products in a post, which can be read here.

I used the Spotify year-end summary tool to see which music I listened to most this year. Country took the lead, but my listening habits are just as varied as I thought they might be. See a review of your 2017 listening here.

What are y’all up to this weekend? Share in the comments below!

View all of my Friday posts here.