This isn’t a post about “how I’m going to get in shape” or “how I’m going to start eating healthy again”. In fact, I’m not really a believer in New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe there is something powerful in a clean slate. It allows us the opportunity to reflect on the past and hit the refresh button on life (which is definitely easier said than done). So in 2018, I decided I would actual set GOALS for myself. I’m not talking resolutions, I’m talking achievable things that I can work towards throughout this year and not feel like a complete failure by day three.
With a few hours to spare, I’m finally taking the time to share some of my favorite moments from the past year. 2017 has been a complete whirlwind between work, traveling, weddings, and everything else in between. They say a picture is worth 1000 words (#socheesy), so I’m not going to write any more of them. I recognize this post is totally personal (I gotta do me sometimes), but here is the recap of the past year from my camera roll.
Many people complain about my beloved Anthropologie being #unaffordable (which I’ll admit, sometimes it is). Since Labor Day sales are killer this year, I figured I’d share my picks from my favorite store since everything on sale is an EXTRA 40% off! Happy shopping! 🙂
If you’re a girl like me, then let’s have a chat. I used to NEVER wear makeup. Like I’m talking the I-put-on-mascara-in-10-seconds-and-walk-out-the-door type of girl. Lately, I’ve made it a goal to actually get a routine where I look somewhat “put together” in the morning. Amidst packing for one of the more (who am I kidding, probably the most) spontaneous trips in my life (more to come later!), I have realized I actually have products I swear by now! So, I figured I would give y’all the low down on some of the things that will actually make it in my suitcase (since I’m bringing a carry-on for 18 days) because these products pack a punch.
You went to college. You probably did a pretty dang good job while you were there too. You had a good GPA. You had killer extracurriculars. You got an internship or two. Then, you got a job offer. You graduated. You (*potentially*) travelled the world for a bit (because #backpacking). And then you walked into your first job and realized, “what the heck am I doing with my life?!”
The millennial struggle: I got a “great” job, but I’m not saving the world. I go to work and sit in a cubicle (or maybe even a closet) with Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint decks and emails and meetings…and I don’t think I’m changing anything.
Apparently wine is on my travel agendas as of late (or maybe just on my life agenda…). Anyways, my besties and I decided to do a weekend in Fredricksburg last month, which as you know is practically the Napa Valley of Texas (LOL – I’m kidding, y’all). I was pleasantly surprised by this small town because we had some pretty good wine and came out of the trip with some great stories (like that time we saw a parade float that said, “Make America Texas Again”). #TexasForever, people.
How is it already August? Seriously, I’ve been freaking out this week at how fast this year is going by! Today, I’m trying something a little new on the blog. But before I do, I just want to say THANK YOU to all you people who have been following along as I started the blog this month. Your support has meant the world to me (seriously!), and I am grateful for your grace with me as I learn what I want this thing to look like. I know I’ve been all over the place lately. 🙂 What I do know is that the vision for Viva has been (and always will be) to share my real life with y’all. And in an effort to do that, I wanted to share what I’ve been up to the past month!