So this post has been on my mind and heart for a long time now. But to say the least, it has been a busy few months. I have been posting over on my personal and now business instagram about this venture for a little while now, but its time to explain why I chose to do it, and why now.
On my way home the other night, I found my mind wandering [as per usual], and I was thinking about how much I’ve learned about myself from blogging. But broader and more important than that, I was thinking about all the bloggers I know, admire, and have connected with in the past 4.5 years. I think we all have some very distinct qualities because we are bloggers. Maybe we had them before, and channeled them more with blogging, or maybe blogging really showcased these things for the first time. Whatever way it is, I think all bloggers in some way, are all of these five things…
Ive been brainstorming a bit this weekend, and I was [as per usual] discussing some ideas with Hannah, of So Obsessed With. We decided that we wanted to share the BEST things we’ve learned in 2016 with you! And then it ONLY seemed right to choose six. So we bring you, Six In 16, The Best Things I’ve Learned This Year. This year was one of the most important of my life, and most memorable as well. And the kicker: it isn’t even over yet! So maybe in December you’ll see a top 12, but for now, I bring you the top six things I’ve learned in twenty sixteen!
As many of you know, I am getting married in… t minus six weeks. Jon and I had a relatively short engagement [since the trend seems to be taking people towards longer engagements]. Our total is 4 days less than 13 months. It was a totally ample amount of time to plan a wedding, especially at the size we are having. But let me tell ya… when its down to the last few months. Shit gets real. EVERYTHING piles up, and it’s all about the little things that you forgot about!
I will not lie, I am not immune to the occasional slump! Whether it is a lack of creative mojo, or life being super busy, or just no desire to sit down and type a post, let’s just admit it: SLUMPS HAPPEN! I am here to HOPEFULLY help guide you through them with some tips I personally have used. I can’t say they are fool proof, but I can say that unless blogging is a job for you, you need not worry! Hopefully you find something here to help you!
This discussion is stemming from an absolutely WONDERFUL book I read this past week, which is Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. It comes out this summer, and you MUST pick it up! I won’t spoil anything about the novel, but I WILL tell you that at one point they discuss that sometimes you rush to grow up, you choose what you think is the right path, but you are really just doing it to be done with worrying, to rush growing up. In doing this, sometimes, you make the wrong choice. I admit, I did this. For my full time job, I in no way do what I love. Sometimes, we can’t. But, there is always a way to compensate. Here we talk about some of those ways!
Previously I have written about how one of my favorite things this community has given to me is friendships I never expected. Even more recently I wrote about how one of my goals of 2015 is to embrace and nurture the friendships I have. Now, I am writing about how I think we can all build better relationships. and how to improve upon the ones we do have. And nurture them, correctly, and with the care, dignity and respect that they deserve.
I am a big fan of when discussion comes up randomly in conversation with friends. You know, the kind where they realize something that has changed about your life, or habits, or anything, and you sit there, listening, and then you’re like… WOW. You’re so right! I didn’t realize it has been that much of a change! Ok. You know what I’m talking about. The outside perspective telling YOU something you’re too close to realize. Ok. Well, that is what happened when I was on the phone with one of my best friends, Hannah the other day. She began telling me how much my reading has changed and I mean “really when is the last time you read a print book?” I had to check my Goodreads for the record. The answer? It shocked even me. So now, I am here to tell you why my reading has changed so much over the past year, and why I feel it has happened. And I will even tell you if I am happy about it or not!
A bunch of you have actually requested that I do a post related to budgeting. I admit I was a bit wary, because I don’t want to use numbers or disclose some personal information. So I decided to go about it in a non-personal way. Of course, I am going to discuss how I budget [without amounts given], list some tools I have found helpful, and talk about what the societal “norm” is for how much you should allot for certain expenses. But, I am not going to confuse you with naysay and hoopla! This is going to be cut and dry, how to budget, and why I think it is super important, no matter how much money you make!