And suddenly you know…it’s time to start something new and trust in the magic of new beginnings- Meister Eckhart
One of my favorite things about going home to Arizona is spending time outdoors (and, of course, quality time with my parents, little brother, and best friends). Whether we are hiking at Brown’s Ranch, Pinnacle Peak, or Camelback mountain, or even just playing wiffle ball in the front yard; we are constantly on the move. This year, the weather wasn’t the best on Christmas Eve day, so we opted out of our annual family hike. Thankfully the sun came out the day after Christmas, so we decided to burn off all those Christmas cookies with a walk in the wash that backs up to my family’s house. It was the perfect ending to a great holiday weekend.
Today is a fresh start, a clean slate, a new year.
For me, the new year comes with a new outlook on life filled with positivity, ambition, and happiness. It is a chance to set intentions, goals and start something.
…Back to reality (with a nice little tan and a wedding band :))
I’m finally back and I have so many things I want to tell you.
So I will start from the beginning. The beginning happened a little over 6 years ago when I started this blog. Thanks to the support of my, now, husband. It was always supposed to be a space where I could escape and find a creative outlet. I have always had a passion for fashion and styling, but this space was supposed to be more than that. It was a place for me to write down my thoughts, share my favorite things and to capture all of my 20-something life details in one place. Some of you might not know it, but I have lived in 3 different states, have made 2 different career moves, and as of two weeks ago- got married to my best friend and biggest supporter.
I have always had big goals for this space, but year after year I found myself making excuses for why I never hit my goals. I felt like I needed a clone to figure out how to get everything accomplished. But this is the year, I told myself, no more excuses; just make it happen (or at least that is what I thought). With a busy job, planning a wedding, contributing to Style Me Pretty, and trying to stay healthy, A Dash of Details started to become a major stress the last two months. So instead of stressing that I wasn’t creating good content, I decided to take a break. It was harder than I thought it would ever be to shut it off for a month. I kept seeing quotes like, ” Great things never come from your comfort zones,” and “Old ways won’t open new doors.” I was nervous I was falling right back into those same excuses from the previous years, but this time it felt different. It felt for once I had a balance on my life.
So today I feel refreshed, happier than ever and excited for what is to come. I have some amazing content that I have been working on the last couple months that hopefully will inspire you and all of your life’s little details.
xox- a dash of details
The new year is all about starting off on the right foot (well, other than the fact that I ended up sick last night and in bed before 10pm) but it is also a time to reflect on the prior year. 2013 was a wonderful year for me, this blog, and our little family. The first part of my quarter century has been one crazy ride. As I look back I feel so lucky about how many amazing things happened in 2013. I never really knew what it meant when my dad told me that you make your own luck, but this year was different than any other. I worked harder than I ever have, met amazing lifelong friends, decorated an entire house and then moved it all into storage, took a huge leap of faith into a new career, moved to the middle of nowhere, got engaged to my best friend, and still had time to enjoy the little details.
As I move forward to 2014, I find myself wanting more balance. Balance is not something that comes easily to most, and I am the first to admit I am not an expert. Instead of making
pointless resolutions this year that I will never stick to, I decided to work on my ‘balance’ in all aspects of my life. From work to wedding planning to the blog I love so dearly to life, I want to live in the present this year. So my goal is to “make my own luck” again in 2014, and still enjoy every second of it!
Happy New Year! xoxo
xox- a dash of details