A Year In Review: 2017 Highlights

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My what a year this has been! 2017 was an emotional rollercoaster as I quit my corporate job and to take my blog full time, checked a ton of items off my bucket list, and learned what it really takes to be an entrepreneur. Keep reading to see my top highlights of 2017…

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I’ve developed new friendships with women that empower me to better myself and my business every day. I cannot imagine what I would do without these ladies. They make me laugh and help me see the light when I’m stuck in a rain cloud.

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Last December I purchased a year-long workout program with LA Fitness. It was one of the best investments I’ve ever made for myself, my health and self-confidence.  I workout with a trainer 2-3 days a week.  I’ve never felt better and I am no longer self-conscious in a bathing suit. I’ve lost weight, toned, gained muscle and my clothes fit so much better. I am also more aware of the effects things like alcohol and sugar have on my body than I ever was before. It feels so good to go to the gym, sweat out any stress and push myself. I recommend everyone work out as a stress reliever! If you find it hard to motivate yourself to work out, sign up for a training program. It forces you to get to the gym!

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This year I got to check a big item off my bucket list. My first collaboration with one of my favorite brands: Nordstrom. It didn’t stop there! I’ve now worked with them several times this year and each campaign is an exciting opportunity to show you all even more amazing products and services that one of my favorite stores as to offer. You can see my Nordstrom campaign posts here, here, here and here!

April: I quit my job to take my blog full time. It has been one of the scariest, yet rewarding experiences of my life. Becoming my own boss not only challenges me but forces me to see life in a new light. To not take any day for granted and to be thankful that I get to wake up every morning to do what I love. Which is to write articles that inspire you, my darling readers, to live your best life through travel, fashion, beauty, and home decor! I shared a bit about my jump to full-time blogger and the struggles it in my Real Talk series on my YouTube Channel.

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April: I finally redid my kitchen! It was a dream come true and so much fun to see my vision come to life. You can see the full transformation in this post here.

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May: Turning 29. My last official year in my 20’s and it was fabulous. I shared 29 things I’ve learned in 29 years here. Looking forward to my 30’s and planning the ultimate 30 celebrations!

June: Made my first trip to Temecula and experienced my first hot air balloon ride. It was terrifying. Let me just tell you, I said goodbye to my life when we took off. Once we were almost 8,000 feet in the air I thought, “well, at least the view is pretty.”

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July: A trip to Palm Springs with Acme House Co. We got to stay in their “Pretty in Pink” home and it was absolutely lovely!!! Another place I am looking forward to going back to next year.

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July: My favorite getaway was our stay at the Westlake Village Inn. An incredibly gorgeous property that allows you to complete relax and make you feel as if you’ve been whisked off to Italy for a weekend. I cannot wait to go back this year!

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August: One of my favorite trips this year was our summer trip to the Hamptons. I have always wanted to go and this summer I was able to check it off my bucket list!

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November: One of my absolute favorite collaborations this year was with Z Gallerie where I created a Thanksgiving Tablescape. You all seem to love my home decor posts so I am more than happy to do more of them in the New Year!

These are just a few of my many highlights from 2017 and I am looking forward to sharing my 2018 goals with you in my next post. What were some of your 2017 highlights? Make sure to check out my New Year’s Eve outfits to get ideas on what to wear to ring in the new year and to enter the Holiday Giveaway! 



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