reflection season

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Oh it's getting to that time of year, the time when I stop and look back at how things have changed in the past year and I begin to plan for the next. I have to say that 2012 has been so calm in most respects; I have not had any major changes in my life. I noticed how unchanged my life has remained this past year when I was browsing my facebook timeline. I have not moved, I have not changed jobs, and I haven't done anything crazy like get another tattoo. Some may see my year as boring, but I have to say it has been a year of epiphanies. No, I didn't get to go on an exotic vacation, no, my blog hasn't gone viral, but I have been able to put my goals in perspective this year.  I feel like I have kept my surroundings calm, while I was organizing the chaos inside.

I began 2012 with a drive to change everything in my life. I wanted a new job, a new apartment and I wanted to vastly change my choices in life. I didn't know where I wanted to go, but where I was, wasn't where I wanted to be. After a great deal of pissing and moaning and reevaluations of life, I settled down and took a good look at my life. Once I stopped trying to change my surroundings I was able to look at the real issues. I finally came to peace with where I was in my life. I accepted my job as just a job. It's not my ideal career path, but it works for now and it allows me the freedom to work on my blog. My apartment is not nearly big enough to house my little family, but it's enough. My husband and I are not going to become millionaires overnight, but I am appreciative of what we do have.

Don't get me wrong, I still get impatient with knowing where my life is going and when, but at some point this year I developed a feeling of contentment and trust that I will get there. For that I am grateful. I am grateful to have had a steady year and a year without any bumps in the road. No, it may not have been the most exciting year on record, but it wasn't tumultuous either.

I haven't even thought about 2013 yet, that feels so futuristic to even say. I just hope I can approach next year with the same sense of peace that I have developed in the last 12 months. I would like to have a bit more excitement next year. I would like to see my blog continue to grow, it's on track to have over 100,000 page views/day by next Christmas, maybe more. My husband is on a good path in his job and we're are just as in love as we've ever been. I have so much to be grateful for and I hope to always maintain a positive outlook!

Total Outfit Cost: $38.96
Estimated Retail:$256.79


{pants}
brand: Bar III
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $69.00

{denim jacket}
brand: Kensie
purchase price:$5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $128.00

{stripe top}
brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $12.80

{ring}
brand: Mossimo
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $14.99

{heels}
brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $16.00
purchased from: Susie's Deals
estimated retail: $32.00


P.S. When my husband and I were shooting this, we randomly ran into my high school friend who lives 300 miles away, but was at this exact spot having drinks with his brother. His brother happens to work with someone who is looking for help writing a movie script (my husband happen to be a writer). Now they have a meeting set up. It's funny how life throws you a bone when you least expect it. Remember to be open to whatever the Universe hands you.... you never know where your path will lead.



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15 comments :

Clara Turbay said...

Nice style and good ideas!

Clare D said...

Those shoes are amazing. If I could walk without falling in them, they'd be the item I covet most in this post- but that JACKET! AMAZING!

Clare
Understated Classics

Bev said...

hi. i'm following the almost friday blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

thanks
new follower bev

Terry S said...

LOVE that coat, and LOOOOVE those shoes.

Keep an eye out on my blog later today. I'll be featuring this as one of the looks I love today.

xo,
Terry

http://terrys-two-cents.blogspot.com

TheTinyHeart said...

That jacket is so cute, I love the zipper details! I think sometimes it's not a bad thing for things to be consistent and without major change. :) Thanks so much for linking up!!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Penniless Socialite said...

I love that denim jacket. I started off this year in the same mindset...ie wanting to change everything about my life. And now I have accepted it for what it is and I am happy with my sometimes boring little life...haha. Thanks for linking up!
Tara
Penniless Socialite

Ashley Taylor said...

I can't believe that jacket was at Goodwill and I love the color of those pants! You are a lucky thrifter! (Oh! And how exciting for your husband!)

xo Ashley
luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

Danielle Smiley said...

This outfit is all things fabulous. How about you move to Louisiana so I can borrow it?

Pakize Kapan said...

Hi I found you through the blog hop :-) Love the jacket. I am your newest follower dear, feel free to visit my blog anytime :-)

kisses Pakize (Keke)

http://madamekeke.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Fun outfit... love those bright pants! That's so great about your husband's meeting. :) Have a wonderful day!

Jessi said...

You are totally adorable! And I can't believe you pulled this all together for less than $40! I really love your jacket and those shoes! I'm following back :)
-Jessi
http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

Emily Devine said...

Great outfit! I am totally in love with those booties. And I can't believe your total outfit cost was under $40.

Sometimes calm years are the best ones:)

Nicole Buckingham said...

the shoes, that jacket, your story... love, love, love. thanks for the reminder to be open.

Aloha,

Stopping in to say "hey" and to invite you to join me for An Aloha Affair . We have a beautiful December team hosting and I think you'll truly enjoy gathering, mingling and growing with them. Come over, if you please. You are always welcome. Always.

xo,
Nicole
localsugarhawaii.com

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

LOOOOVE those shoes!!

Alejandra said...

Me encanta la chaqueta! hermoso look!!
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