Top 10 Moments of 2017

 

Top 10 Moments of 2017

I know, you’re so surprised to see an end of the year recap. No one ever does this kinda thing when preparing for the new year. I watched a medley of the top songs of 2017 earlier today, and I honestly thought some of those songs came out 10 years ago. So 2017 is finally coming to a close.

It has been an exhausting year, but a year of so much growth and progress. Over this year, Mr. M and I traveled somewhere new almost every single month, I started a book club, and got more serious about my blogging.

Top 10 Moments of 2017

Top 10 Blog Posts

#MyBigFatZimWedding Series

It was so much fun for me to recap the wedding and related events leading up to the big day. When Mr. M and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary, we watched the full ceremony video all over again and fell into the post wedding blues again because we miss that day.

5 Ways to Rock a Swimsuit This Season

OK so it may not be swimsuit season per se right now, but if you’re dreaming of a hot tub at a mountain log cabin getaway like I am, you’ve still gotta don some waterproof wear. And especially after Thanksgiving and Christmas, we may feel a little self conscious stuffing ourselves into an itty bitty teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. So I found 5 ways to rock a swimsuit this season.

Celebrate Yourself – Series

Last spring I pulled together a series on celebrating different aspects of yourself. Tiffany from Endless Bliss joined me with a great post on celebrating your worth. It was a life changing post!

3 Steps to Revamp Your About Me

As bloggers, our main priority is to create good content and to push it out – this means our about me section sometimes gets left to the wayside. These 3 steps give your about me section the face lift your blog needs!

4 Steps Towards Living a Full Life

This is probably one of my very favorite posts of the year, and a good reminder for me to look back on when I’m feeling exhausted and discouraged.

3 Steps To Take Towards Your Dream Today

And I’m now realizing that I really like the formula of: # of steps towards ___. I didn’t make it well-known, but I started to participate in NaNoWriMo this November. I was scared to publicize the information, because I was scared the accomplishment of announcing it on social media would satisfy me and I wouldn’t succeed. Unfortunately, I only went strong for one week and then with a mini vacation and Thanksgiving, I ended up not completing. But! I started a dream, and now I get to work towards it.

When You Call My Husband the N-Word 

This post was hard to write, and hard to experience. But it opened doors and led to a fantastic series that I absolutely love throughout the month of November.

Creating Space

I was SO excited to host several wonderful ladies on Hugs & Lattes in November. I was able to learn from them and their experiences with race and identity. This is my #1 fav series from Hugs & Lattes probably ever. I’m hoping to have it continue throughout the 2018 with some other bloggers!

Date Nights

I love date night, and I love coming up with fun creative ideas! This was a fun series to create this year, and I’ve got several fun ideas geared up for next year!

8 Books to Prepare You for Marriage

As an avid reader and big fan of marriage, I was super excited to share with my readers the 8 books I’ve found that have helped prepare Mr. M and me for marriage immensely!

Top 10 Memories of 2017

Snow Weekend 2017

Getting snowed in with my best friends and my brand new husband? It was the perfect way to celebrate the first weekend of 2017! And it was the only time it snowed and stuck. But I’ll take what I can get. Here’s to hoping we get some snow days this year.

Asheville MiniMoonda

Mr. M and I took so many fun little mini vacations, but Asheville is always my favorite place to go. We had so much good food and enjoyed a Josh Garrels concert.

Starting a Book Club

Being the literary nerd I am, I’ve always wanted to start a book club, so when I realized I had the time and space to do it, I jumped at the chance. It has been an amazing year of literary wonder and friendship.

Greenville Minimoonda

Mr. M and I had to go to Greenville, South Carolina in May, so we made a little trip out of it and had a blast! Also, Greenville, South Caroilna in May is H.O.T.

Blogger Meet Up #1

Tiff from Endless Bliss came down for the weekend and I took her to my favorite place in the world – Asheville.

Wilmington Minimoonda

For Mr. M’s birthday, I planned a little roadtrip throughout North Carolina. We ended up in Wilminton where we experienced the solar eclipse at 97%, and spent MUCH needed days unplugged and resting at the beach.

Blogger Meet Up #2

Pretty much as soon as we got home from Mr. M’s birthday road trip, we packed back up and went to Pennsylvania to spend the weekend with Erica from Coming Up Roses and her husband, Jamie. We had an absolute blast and already have our next meet up in the works!

Family Vacation to Las Vegas

I haven’t dived into our Las Vegas trip yet, but there will be recap of our latest travels on the blog soon. This was the first family vacation I had been on since 2014, and I loved every minute of it.

Blogger Meet Up #3

Around Thanksgiving, I got to meet up with Divya from Eat, Teach, Blog. This is why I love blogging: Internet friends turn into real life friends.

Celebrating Our First Anniversary

Mr. M and I celebrated our first anniversary staycation style. We ate at a new restaurant in town, and spend the day holed up not going anywhere or seeing anyone. It was glorious.

What were your favorite moments of 2017?

End of the Year Recap

It’s not as if anything particularly new and exciting has come up in my life yet. I haven’t grown a sixth finger; I haven’t received my letter from Hogwarts yet – I’m just boring old me. But this is a lifestyle blog, which means I can talk about whatever I want, which means I can talk about myself while you all take sixty seconds to skim over thefts and move on to your daily lives of spending forty-five minutes positioning your latte in natural lighting to make your Gram photos look superb and get 600 likes. 
I truly enjoyed the end of 2014, and my Christmas break. This break has absolutely flown by. Instead of coming straight home at the end of finals week, I stayed the weekend in town to go to TWO weddings. It’s getting to be that season of life, folks. I was granted the opportunity to see one of my close friends say “I do” to the love of her life, as well as see one of Pai’s close friends begin a new life with the woman he loved. In this day and age, it’s hard to not to think about marriage because it’s constantly surrounding me. I am so thankful to be surrounded by married friends who display what a godly marriage looks like so that one day when I sew myself with the man God has blessed me with, I will be able to look back and think on all the people I know who truly seek God’s plan in their lives of marriage. (No, I’m not getting married anytime soon to my knowledge.) 
My sweet Aunt came into town from LA and spent two weeks with us, which is a rare treat. She has always been such a fun and godly influence in my life. For Christmas, she gifted me this awesome new writing app, Scrivener. We got to sit together and watch Scrivener tutorial videos together, which totally played into my organizational OCD side and I loved it. Scrivener is something that a lot of writers, screenwriters, and even bloggers now use to draft their manuscripts. I’m still working out the kinks on this well-organized word processor, but so far I enjoy using it! 
New Year’s Week, I was able to spend time with Pai’s family which was a whole new experience for me. I was fully emerged in his family and their traditions and cultures, which was a fun learning experience. There are SO many people in his family, but they were welcoming and loving. I’m thankful for his mom who quietly coaches me on the conduct in their culture. There are a lot of things to learn when in a cross-cultural relationship, and I am realizing that the more time I spend with his family. Thankfully, though, they are full of grace and are willing to lovingly teach me. 
My Christmas break was a whirlwind with so many people filtering through our house and all the traveling that I did. This week is a week of rest, though. I am spending the week catching up on sleep, writing, reading, God time, and helping my mom around the house. I also am super blessed to spend time with one of my best friends who moved to my home area with her husband last spring. 
It’s amazing how God provides. There have been so many conversations on my heart that I wanted to take place this Christmas break, and opportunities arise at the exact moment. I was able to have a one-on-two with my parents about how big a year this is for me, and ask them to intentionally pray through a lot of major decisions that I will make this year, as well as spend time in good conversation with other friends and family. 
The older I get, the more I truly begin to appreciate the relationships planted into my life.

All in all, this has been a wonderful month. Pretty soon, it will be back to the real world.

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What’s New for Me in 2015

Like I said last week, I only try to make resolutions I know I can keep. But on the other hand, in order to keep going, we have to be intentional in looking forward – setting goals for ourselves so we can strive for something to achieve. This is a big year for me. I crossed over the threshold into 2015 in prayer with Pai’s family, which I realize now was what I needed more than ever. This is the year (in case I haven’t talked enough about it on this blog) where I graduate, officially move out onto my own, and being making a life for myself and whatever else comes my way. I am excited, and I’m scared. This last week everything became “real” to me. And it also made me sad, because this looks like it will be my last extended time home. Of course, I’ll be back home as often as I can, but that’s not to say I haven’t been nostalgically cuddling with my brothers and storing up memories like it’s nobody’s business.

2015 is a big year, and I want to be prepared. So here are my goals:

1)Worry
Less

I have never considered myself an anxious person, but as of late, anxiety is taking a hold in my heart. Even if I am perfectly happy, healthy, and fine, worry settles in like a rock, heavy in the pit of my stomach. I’m laughing on the outside, but on the inside I’m wondering: “What if?” What if something bad happens? What if what if what if. . . 

My solution to worrying less is spending more time with God. I honestly need to pray more, read more of my Bible or more theologians and smart Bible people. I need to listen to more sermons, and intentionally be putting encouraging and godly things into my mind. 

2) Get
a “Big Girl Job” by the Summer

Maybe this is too ambitious, or maybe it isn’t ambitious enough. Either way, I hope to have a job good enough to pay my rent and my car insurance and my cell phone bill and my grocery bill and my rent. In my mind, this seems like a daunting task. But with God, all things are possible, right? 

3) Do
a Show

I have auditioned to a few shows at my college and I have participated in the annual One Act Festival, but I would really love to start acting again. Granted, I say “again” as if I did a resume’s worth of shows back in high school. The truth is, I only did one community theatre play. I absolutely loved it, though. Since this semester will be my lightest semester yet (12 hours!!!) I hope to get involved with more community theatre.

4) Do
Something that Scares Me

I don’t think I will do sky diving or anything, but I need to start living out of my comfort zone. I’m reading Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” right now, and it talks about living a story worth telling. I have a pocketful of awesome God stories that I could pull out and tell if I’m ever at a boring dinner party, but I want to do something more. I want to push myself. I’m not sure what this looks like yet. Perhaps it would mean publishing a piece of my Creative Writing. Who knows?

5) Invest
More in the Blog

This little blog will have its third birthday this spring, and I can see a lot of growth in my blog as well as in my writing. However, I want to take things to the next level. Last year I set up blogging goals – and I don’t even remember what they were. However, I have a set of things that I will do before the clock strikes midnight next December 31st. 
How
about you? What are your goals for this new year?
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6 New Year’s Resolutions I Know I Can Keep

Good morning, world and Happy New Year!

Every year we (as in America and other parts of the world) come up with “New Year’s Resolutions.” We resolve to get thinner, eat cleaner, work out more.

Not me, not this year. I’m tired of making New Year’s Resolutions I know I won’t follow through. Please, am I actually going to go on an all-vegetable diet? Only if I have a disease where I’m not allowed to eat anything other than vegetables. And I would hate that. 

So rather than get down and out about New Year’s Resolutions, I’m going to make a few this year I know that I can keep.

1. Oversleep my alarm. I undoubtedly oversleep my alarm at least three days of the week. That’s why  I have five alarms set to make sure I’m up and moving.

2. Shower enough so that I never stink. . . Now I can’t say “Shower every day,” because that would make my skin so dry and my hair would get brittle and fall out. Besides, it’s healthier not to shower every day. Don’t believe me? Ask Google. Google knows everything.

3. Binge watch a new show on Netflix. Binge watch enough so that you wake up from your Netflix stupor and feel bad about your lazy self.

4. Freak out about your senior project/ about graduation/ about finding a job/ about anything post college life. 

5. Get nostalgic about everything in college. “Oh yeah! I remember when we walked on this sidewalk for the first time freshman year.” Proceed to get dramatic and teary eyed.

6. Burn yourself out by trying to be superwoman and do everything at the same time.

7. Know what you’re going to do with your life.

Yeah, I can’t keep that one. 

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