Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016 :: Hello 2017

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As 2016 is coming to an end, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for still following me. I know I haven't put a lot of effort into this blog. I started this blog in 2009 while going though a difficult time in my life. Never thought I'd still be running it 7 years later. I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly of blogging. I am still here because I still love fashion and photography but the passion just isn't there anymore. Earlier this year, I started writing handbag reviews and got many positive feedback from you. Some of you said you enjoy my handbag chit chat posts because they're informative and helpful. I put a lot of effort into those posts and the number of views definitely reflect that. With that being said, I won't be blogging regularly anymore. I have a couple of personal goals that I want to put my time and energy towards. I have so many ideas for this blog but they require a tremendous amount of time. Between working full time, taking care of my 2 girls and family, I just don't have that kind of time. To keep up with the schedule (3 times per week), I put out posts that require little to no effort and I wasn't happy doing so. By slowing down, I am hoping to find joy in blogging again. I haven't figured out what I want to do yet but hopefully I will soon.

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{Outfit details: Bebe dress *very flattering, runs big, wearing a XXS* | Banana Republic shoes *no longer available, similar here* | Michele watch | Anatasia lipstick in pure Hollywood}


Highlights of 2016:
- Surprised my husband with a trip to Alaska and we had the best time
- My oldest girl started middle school (where did the time go?)
- Got my ultimate dream bag (still can't believe it)
- Took a family trip to Dominican Republic for the first time
- The youngest started pre-kindergarten. She is doing and adjusting well.
- Traveled with my parents to SF for my cousin's wedding. My parents don't get to travel often so it makes me feel great when I have a chance to take them places.
- My Dad is finally retired at the age of 76 (he's the hardest working man I know)

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I don't have a new year's resolution as I believe we should always strive to be the best version of ourselves. One word I want to practice this year is to slow down - ok maybe two words =). I am always rushing from one thing to the next. I always say things like "hurry", "we gotta go", "are you done yet?" to my girls without even realizing it. This year, I want to try my best to slow down, be more present, and just enjoy the moment. My life isn't always glamorous or Instagram-worthy but I wouldn't have it any other way. 2016 was a good year but I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be a great year for us. I am ready to say goodbye to 2016 and start 2017 with a positive mindset. Wishing you good health, happiness, and success in the coming year and always. Happy New Year!

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6 comments:

  1. Good luck with your goals! Also that dress looks amazing on you!

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  2. I enjoy blogging more now that I don't feel the need to do it regularly. I might completely stop next year, not sure. I've enjoyed seeing your blog over the years, tho!

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  3. I've been a long reader and first time commenter today. I am so bummed you are not going to blog anymore! You one of the most relatable bloggers out there. I find your blog fun, inspirational, and informative. I hope the best for you!!! Please consider coming back...

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  4. @Oregon fan Your comment made my day/week. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a lovely comment. I am not quitting blogging altogether. I am just slowing down and hopefully will produce more quality blog posts. Please hang in there with me. Happy New Year!

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  5. @Amber @ EasyPetiteLooks.com Thanks, Amber! That's my goal. I wish you all the best for the rest of your pregnancy and the birth.

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  6. Hooray! I'll be stalking your blog often for updates. Please know that you have many readers (like me) who are rooting for your success. Happy New Year to you as well!

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