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.
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!
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Oh happy day! Last month marked the launch of the 10th Anniversary Issue of Southern Weddings magazine! I have been a loyal reader of their blog and magazine for four years and am passionate about their mission:
“Our mission is to inspire brides to cultivate a life full of love — celebrating their families, the culture of the South, and what matters most to them — and then to draw from that rich well to create a meaningful beginning to married life.”
While I have lived in New Hampshire all my life, I am a Southern belle at heart. I also love traditions, family, community, and creating a meaningful legacy. I love wearing pearls, buying items with my monogram, listening to bluegrass, and sipping sweet tea. When I first laid eyes on the pages of Southern Weddings in 2013, it felt like my heart on paper. As Dillon and I planned our wedding, I turned to Southern Weddings as my sole planning resource.