Its Been… A Year…. 2017 Review

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This year has definitely been one for the books. It had some of the most incredible highs I’ve ever experience, but also some of the lowest lows.

Getting engaged, after years of hoping and wishing and praying was probably the highest I’ve ever been (I don’t do drugs). That night is one I will never EVER forget, specifically the adorable look on A’s face when he asked me to be his forever.

My love for him continues to grow on a daily basis, after so many years of being together  we still continue to surprise each other, grow as humans & as a couple. As we grow and experience new phases of life, we learn to work through major decisions together and as a team. Our love continues to grow as we do and I am so proud of him as a man, a partner (in business) and as my soon to be hubby. He pushes me to be a better person regularly and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life & start a family with him!

This year has also reinforced what wonderful friend’s I have. I am so blessed to have made some of the most incredible friendships both old and new. The friendships I made this year are ones I know I will have for the rest of my life, and are something truly special.

I’ve had a lot of personal & professional growth this year as well. Professionally, I’ve expanded my role at MaxExposure and am so grateful for the experiences / knowledge I’ve gained from them. I love my job so much and the fact that I get to continue to grow within our company. Personally, I’ve worked on myself to be stronger as an individual, learning to put myself first, vs always putting everyone else first. I’ve also learned to stand up for myself, my feelings and opinions which has been essential to my personal growth.

This year also brought a new (VERY part time) business opportunity for me in the essential oil company dōTerra. dōTerra has the most incredible Essential Oil, Skin Care and Health products. Finding these oils, was the key to my recovery and I am so very grateful every day for my beautiful friend who introduced me to them and the network of strong women that I’ve met. These oils are gods gift to earth, they offer you pretty much anything & everything you need and can help any aliment or issue. I wish EVERYONE had them, and used them, because they are that AMAZING. If you’re interested, please let me know – (Shameless Plug) Click here to learn more!

For all the wonderful experiences and growth this year had, I also had some of the most painful experiences I’ve personally had to go through.

When they (you know, “they”, the people that have all the sayings) say weddings bring out the best & worst in people… THEY weren’t lying… This year I experienced some of the most heart-breaking, trying, and impossible situations… situations that alone, would cripple a human… but I guess someone (up there) figured I could use a true test of strength, because I got hit with one thing after the next.

As a generally happy person, I saw some of my lowest moments this year, that truly tested my strength, well-being, and mental stability. There were days where I cried every minute I could, days I was just really ANGRY, days I was so hurt I couldn’t function and days where I just needed to sleep since I was so unbelievably exhausted by life.

BUT…

Through the love of my Fiancé, my wonderful parents, my fluffy babies, REALLY good friends (including my sisters and a couple of soul sistas), A LOT of tequila, french fries and a good therapist, I was able to cross over to the other side a stronger person (both mentally and emotionally).

Finally, as the year comes to a close, I am able focus on myself, my health and well-being. I am able to start to lose the weight I’ve gained (because, well, French fries are a coping tool), get back to the gym (which is good for my mental stability… Endorphins and all that) and finally LIVE, just being happy.

So my friends, that is a year in review. Rodney Atkins put best… “If you’re going thru hell… Keep on moving, don’t slow down… if you’re scared don’t show it” I hope whatever you’re going through gets better & that you remember how truly blessed you are. Try to find something good in your day to day life, even if its as small as the smile of a child you pass on the street. Work through it and you will feel stronger and proud once you do.

I wish you all a VERY Happy, Healthy and Wonderful New Year. I know 2018 is going to be even better than 2017…. BECAUSE WE’RE GETTING MARRIED and all the shit has already hit the fan, so its all good from here on out! <3

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28 is really close to 30…

I turn 28 on Sunday. Which honestly, I don’t know if I’m super excited for or super scared for.

27, was a pretty crazy year with some incredible Highs and super terrible lows.

The love of my life asking me to *finally* marry him, celebrating our engagement party (this past weekend) with our family and friends, paying off my tax & credit card debt, planning our wedding, making a significant dent in the principle of my student loans (after reading the Total Money Make Over”, major birthday celebrations, a girls trip to Sonoma Valley, making some pretty incredible new friends and bringing home our second fur baby were among the highest of the highs, I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.

But there were also some of the lowest lows… There was uncertainty, stress, anxiety and depression. There was stress about money (when is there not) and the all consuming thought that I will NEVER pay off my student loans… There was the desire to have a mental breakdown when life & work got to be too much and at points throughout the year becoming a person I didn’t know, nor liked very much at all!

I became a bundle of stress, anxiety and depression – I put on weight, my skin broke out and I was all consumed by life, but mainly the fact that I was just waiting for the next step and had no idea or control over when it came… Wondering all the W’s consumed my thoughts, conversations, emotions and every little ounce of me…

Waiting to get engaged was one of the hardest experiences (yes I’m aware how fortunate I am) I’ve ever had to go through. As a TYPE A – uber planner, not knowing when, where, how nearly killed me… But in the end, it was SO FUCKING WORTH IT.

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My best advice to those going through this currently… Hold out… The best guys take their time to truly think things through.

In hindsight, which is a bitch for always being 20/20, I am so very grateful he did it when HE and he alone was ready, because I know in my heart of hearts he wants to spend his life with me, just as much as I want to spend it with him and THAT is where my sureness and calmness comes from, the comfort of it all…

(When in doubt, hug something fluffy)

I am glad I never (truly) resorted to ultimatums (which wouldn’t have worked anyway, nor would I want to start my future as partners like that) and despite the fact that I couldn’t see it then, I am glad things unfolded as they did. Naturally, Organically, and right for US.

The minute we got engaged and A asked me to share the rest of his life with him, all the stress of the past year faded away. People began to tell me I looked “lighter” and was “glowing”… I seemed “Different” and “Calm”…

As a normally chaotic mess of a human, my best friend E, just last week told me I seemed “very calm” and while she didn’t want to question it, was slightly concerned… To which I replied, its a good thing, all feels right…

Which was all 100% true. Having that ring on my finger, hearing the words “Will You Marry Me” and the free reign to plan a wedding… thus taking the next steps towards our future gave me a sureness, certainty and a level of calm I can never explain. I TRULY believe I was meant to be married and having a partner to make life decisions with feels right.

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Major Shout out to my Girlfriends, Mom, Aunt & Sisters for dealing with my chaotic self during this period of time. Being on the other side, I thank you for you being my sounding board and calming presence in my life.

Additional and even MAJOR Shout out to A, for whom STILL wants to marry me after seeing me at what I am pretty sure was my worst over the past 12 months… *Insert Rolling Eye Emoji*

So, as I approach the fateful day (June 25th) of turning 28, I say… BRING. IT. FUCKING. ON! Bring it ON! 27 was another year of true adult growing pains, and while at the end of each year, I feel I have a better handle on this whole ADULTING & life thing, I can honestly say after this past year, I’ve got this thing on lock down…. (but seriously though, I have no idea what i’m doing, I’m making it up as I go along… :)) . 28 is going to be the most magical, incredible and LIFE CHANGING year… I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me, other than the one known truth that on 9.8.2018, I will be gaining a husband, another set of parents & siblings and another last name…. Because really, one just isn’t enough sometimes…

Friendly PSA… Pinterest tells all. the. LIES

So, you get engaged! YAY!! You set a date! DOUBLE YAY! You plan the entire wedding… TRIPLE YAY!! Your Fiancé agrees to do engagement pictures and you finalize your awesome photographer! Check. Mate. I WIN!

You do TONS of research on the most reliable source for outfit planning… Pinterest. DUH.

You decide where to have the pictures and find the “perfect dress” from LuLu’s (which is the greatest site for dresses… seriously, don’t let my poor choices affect your great fashion!)… You get your hair and makeup done by the ever fabulous Glow Girls and your picture day has the best weather Boston has seen all spring!

Your man dresses in the color coordination you’ve planned, and you set out for a funfilled day of photos in the city!

You take pics in all the traditional poses you’ve sent the photographer from pinterest. You spend the day holding hands and “casually” walking down the pathways in Beacon Hill, you avoid the protests in the city, find the most adorable little streets that depicts Boston in all its glory, you realize that kissing in public is pretty freaking awkward and your guy has the most soulful eyes… which I can honestly say I’ve never spent all that much time staring into!

You get your photos the next day (because your photographer is awesome) and you realize 2 things… One. You made the right decision in picking your photographer, because your photos are gorgeous and Two. that you REALLY MESSED UP in your outfit choice…

FLOWY DRESSES ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND! 

WHY. DIDN’T. ANYONE. TELL. ME…………

Ok, Fine, Lesson learned… in all fairness the results were pretty adorable and we got some pretty perfect pics for the purpose of the shoot – the save the dates….

Forever I will keep in mind and share for the greater good the following…. DO NOT WEAR FLOWY DRESSES TO A PHOTO SHOOT. YOU WILL LOOK LIKE A BIG PURPLE GRAPE AND WILL HATE YOURSELF COME PROOFING TIME.

On the upside… I’m pretty sure it has finally given me the push over the edge of motivation I needed to get back to the gym!!

Summary:

MAJOR PSA: Flowy Dresses are NOT for Photo Shoots!

Pinterest Poses: Not cute unless you’re like MODEL hot

Photo Shoots: Awakward AF…

Results: Adorbs

Check out how cute we are!!!! More to Follow!

Now I’m a decorator!

In previous posts‘ I’ve mention my recently developed addiction to HGTV. Mainly Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop. I love seeing the old outdated homes and how they transform them into new, modern and beautiful spaces.

This addiction and the fact that I find organizing and cleaning relaxing has prompted me to purge, clean and organize. I’ve given about 4 bags to friends and co-workers to which they reply “Seriously MORE?”

As the holidays got closer, I began the process of making my holiday gift list to send off to A and my family. I usually ask for clothes or designer bags, jewelry or shoes… However, this year, realizing I have MORE clothing and shoes than I need (and continue to buy more, despite the fact that I shouldn’t be), I asked for new furniture for my office! Which I felt was a VERY mature decision and realized I might ACTUALLY be turning into an adult! Now, if only I could stop shopping… I’m working on it… Its a process…

We’ve now lived in this apartment 3 full years and are nearly half way through our 4th. I decided it was time to make my home office/ girl from a space that I could be proud of! I spend so much time in here and I wanted to be able to find peace and tranquility when I walked in everyday.

I also wanted a place that I could have my girlfriends over for coffee on the weekends or wine nights, instead of going out to a coffee shop, shopping or to a bar (which inevitably involves spending a lot more money) whenever I want to see a friend!… I realized I could save A LOT of money, if I had a more comfortable space to get together with friends… I refused to invite people over to sit on a mattress and I would never kick A out of our living room!

My current home office / glam girl room, is a hodgepodge of furniture. I am grateful for the furniture as I didn’t have to buy much of it and it served its purpose! I have A’s old desk from his room growing up, target cube furniture, an old Turtle Tank Table that I am using as a make up vanity, a target coffee / side table from my first apartment FIVE years ago and A’s parents old mattress… that I HAD TO HAVE, begging A and his dad to maneuver it into my converted Attic of an upstairs office!

From my HGTV obsession, I’ve gotten all sorts of design ideas for how I want my Glam Room / Office to look! Gray, Chic, Modern, Glass!

After doing an immense amount of research, reading reviews, making listings, finding things I liked better and pinterest searching “Glam Office”, I FINALLY found the pieces I wanted to make my Glam Girl Room! I sent out the list to A & my parents, and about a week ago, I received the first piece to my transformation, Phase 1! My GORGEOUS new desk, courtesy of the mama and the papa!

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This box was 75 lbs and was delivered to my front steps… I live on the second floor. A wasn’t home, and I HAD to get it into the house, I just couldn’t wait. What did I do you ask? I squatted… Bear hug lifted and carried the HUGE box up the stairs to my house. I didn’t injure myself, may or may not have been extremely winded, but hey! I did it! From there I opened the box and took out all the pieces to individually carry them upstairs! Then of course it BUILT THE THING ALL BY MY SELF!!!!  #GirlBoss – I FREAKING LOVE MY NEW DESK!!!!

To really appreciate the new desk, you have to compare it to the old. The new, open, modern look really lightens up the whole room!

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But phase 1 of the transformation didn’t stop there. I needed a way to organize the shelves and cubes to make sure everything looked neat and tidy!

HELLO TARGET!

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Obviously HGTV was on…

I don’t know what it is about bin organization, but it makes me SO happy!

Today to complete phase 1.. I hung pictures that have been sitting in my desk for 5 months!

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My furbabies in BW <3

Additionally, I’ve cleaned out most of the unnecessary clutter and the next step will be to remove the mattress and put it into the land of clutter (the spare room)…

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I am immensely happy with how this room is coming together and LOVE seeing my vision come to reality!

Here are the next pieces to be added! Plus some furry pillows in red for a POP of color!! Eventually I will add a new vanity to the mix, but that will be down the road!