Where do I even begin? I seriously cannot believe 2016 is drawing to a close. This was a such a jam-packed year and I know that is why it flew by as fast as it did. 2016 was a tough year for a lot of people, so I want to take the time to reflect on the extreme amount of blessings in my everyday life. Honestly, all I pray for on a daily basis is health, safety, and happiness of my family and loved ones because without those three key things…..what else is there? You can have all the money in the world but if you don’t have your health, it is not going to matter. I am probably a little bit Dr. Doom on the next one but I am hyper-vigilant on everyone’s everyday safeties. “Did your flight land okay??” (which I already knew because I flight tracked it since takeoff). Or constantly worrying when I know someone has a big drive that something could happen during it. I know it’s not normal but I’m working on it. Last, is happiness because that is all I strive for on a daily basis. Choosing to surround my life with people who bring me happiness and trying to interject as much as I can into the lives of others. I know it sounds cheesy but it’s honestly the truth.
Blogging is honestly such a crazy and fulfilling part of my life. I mean, where else can you connect with so many people and have a space that is the best reflection of your life? It is like having the best online diary right? I love being able to share my life, daily finds, wisdom, and humor with you. These posts are some of my favorite to look back and reflect on the year and to catch everyone up with what has been going on over the past year. So without further ado let’s get into it!
Fringe skirt BB Dakota find updated this year here (on sale!) ||| Booties Joie current find here (on sale!) ||| My favorite sunglasses ever, Karen Walker find here ||| Oversized sweater BB Dakota find here
January was kind of a slow month around these parts. I am pretty sure I was back into the grind of work and holiday spent.
Seriously this is still one of my favorite posts! I guarantee you that I listed things in here you had no idea Costco had to offer. Side note, does anyone have any connections to PR/Brand Relations at Costco? I have been stalking them on all social media outlets and they are elusive! If you have any contacts I would be so appreciative! You can always email me with the deets if you do.
I kicked off a photography series this year and have gotten great feedback from it! I am taking all suggestions of what you guys want to learn about next. If you want more photography tutorials click here. My number one most pinned post from this series is this one. All about achieving that pretty background blur.
Celebrated our one year wedding anniversary with a trip out to Napa. Seriously, one of my favorite trips. You can read all about it here! My blog post even got featured on Huffington Post here. This was the start of our frenzy of travels over the year. I racked up some serious Delta miles.
An in-depth tutorial about how to hustle to work with the brands that you want for your blog and social media. I didn’t hold back on this one.
I fancy myself an expert on this one. Do you believe that I traveled for almost two weeks to Europe in a carry-on?!?! Not only that but I got my husband to travel in one as well. Don’t believe me? Check out my full how-to tutorial. This one was also featured on Huffington Post here.
You think I was onto something with that one? Everything is all off the shoulder now! Currently loving this sweater for the Winter. How fab are the lace up details?
I wish I had started on WordPress from day one. If you are still on Blogger this post is for you. If you are part of WordPress, check out my favorite plugins that I included in this tutorial.
I honestly go back to this post when I get in a rut and need inspiration. Great real life guidance on how to get that mojo back.
Highlighting the fabulous area that I live in. I mean who wants to come and visit me?!?!? It’s still in the 70’s-80’s still in December!
We really are superwomen and should be recognized for all that we do. It’s not enough just to show up, we have to be the rock stars of everything and this is my post devoted to the many hats we don on a daily basis.
Are you doing any of these bad habits that could be preventing you from aging well? Make sure to check out what made my list!
Putting all the photography tutorials into one master post. I give you exact camera settings of my shots to help you achieve those perfect captures on manual mode!
A good reminder to stop, reflect and slow down the craziness of life.
Still to this date one of my favorite outfit posts. Plus, we snuck into the mansion where we got married to capture these images.
Honestly, all these tips are helpful right now as well. I pretty much accomplished all five goals, how about you?
I’m very proud of this post and encourage you to read it if you are seeking guidance about how to grow your blog, brand, and even just overall in life/work goals.
I still live by these five must-have accessories for all of my travels. See what made the list!
I was all about the self-help in the month of May apparently but this is a post I go back and read often.
A great step by step tutorial on how to create images that people will want to save and visit on Pinterest.
See what made the list! This was also featured by Huffington Post!
Just in case you wanted to know all about how to make the most of your time mural hunting in the coolest arts scene in Florida
I feel this still rings pretty true and can I tell you how many hits I get from this post in google searching?!?!? I feel like this is still a hot button topic.
These all still ring pretty true! See which ones made the list and why.
Well, there you have it! A highlight of some of my favorite posts for the first half of 2016. Make sure to check back for my part two round-up of the best of 2016! As you are going through these posts, I would love feedback about which content is your favorite and what you would like to see more of for 2017. I have goals set for back up to 4 posts a week and trying to incorporate videos into my content as well. I would appreciate all your feedback!