Highlights of 2017

Edit: I wrote this at the end of 2017 but life got busy.... so here it is, going up a year later but tis the season for me to get my sh*t together... so enjoy hehe

As I reflect on 2017, my biggest takeaway is that the most meaningful life one can live is an authentic one. Not to say that any other year wasn't "authentic" but I really feel I've grown into myself, honestly and confidently. I accept my flaws and my strengths. I accept that not every situation is going to be great and positive and that's okay. Those trying and harder times are what builds your character. They shed light on areas of improvement and that's a beautiful thing.

Life is an ever evolving thing. Nothing ever stays the same forever, you have to learn to grow through every situation you face. This year Mike and I both changed jobs, actually right around the same time. While we had good jobs, they took a toll on us over the years. We grew threw each of the more stressful times. But there comes a time when you have to decide whether situations (work or non-work related) are worth continuing trying to fix, improve, whatever you want to call it. We had to decide whether what we were doing vocationally was worth it to meet our overall goals of raising a happy, healthy family. After a year or so, we decided it just wasn't the right fit.

So we've both taken a leap of faith and are pursuing careers we know we have a passion for. It's been a really good move for us both. I can see a huge difference in our emotional, mental and physical health. And that's what's most important right? I'm all for helping be a part of the change but at some point, you have to realize when the energy you put out is just not worth it. Happy New Year. New year, same you - just better.

Our First Helicopter Ride
We went to Mike's work banquet in Orlando and he surprised me with a helicopter ride!

Yoga on the Bridge With My Work Bestie

Soccer Games
We got amazing opportunities to watch our friend's son play for FC Dallas and the US team for the World Cup. So grateful!

Another Year of Life For Us Both

Training in Orlando With My Favorite Co-Workers
And I got to eat my favorite fish dish, Golden Tile at MOOR. It's a must try if you're in the area!

Home Upgrades
We re-did our floors and treated ourselves to new couches! We had this brown sectional for 8 years, ever since we first moved in together. Why we bought a brown couch, I can't even fathom lol

Our Friends Became Parents

New England Trip
We visited family in New Hampshire and went to a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium!

Juicy's Health
Last but not least (actually probably my biggest highlight) is having Juicy with us another year. 2017 was not the greatest for her. First she got a bite on her back (I think it was a brown recluse) that caused necrotic skin. The vet had to remove the skin, stitch it back together and we had weeks of watching her to ensure she wasn't jumping up on anything. We moved all the furniture and blocked the stairs so she wouldn't be able to jump anywhere. We even dragged the mattress of the frame so that it was closer to the floor lol.... she healed and bounced back!

Then later in the year, we got her teeth cleaned and she had a hard time recovering from the anesthesia. It bothered her tummy so she wasn't eating and it threw her glucose levels all out of wack because we couldn't give her insulin without her eating. She ended up in the ER for a few days on fluids and it was one of the hardest things for us. But we had faith and she is such a strong, brave fighter than she bounced back yet again. I am so so so grateful to spend another year with her and pray for many more years to come.


  1. This is so beautiful Steph what matters is you are all happy and healthy with your fur baby and that couch looks fabulous love the pink pillows xx

    1. Thank you so much love!! Really appreciate it and hope you're doing great!

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