It’s easy to look at Facebook, Instagram or someone’s blog and conclude that their life is perfect. When a picture is posted, a lot of times you don’t know exactly what someone felt or what they wanted to convey in that photo. You don’t know if the person was happy, sad, anxious, scared, excited, or afraid. I didn’t want to do a year-end post that painted a picture of a year without pain, struggle and growth because this year has been a true challenge for me. I’ve dealt with anxiety my whole life, at times it’s been relatively inexistent, while other times it’s been stronger. It came back with a vengeance this year. It was like nothing I’ve ever felt before. Panic attacks had become a part of my everyday life. Luckily, towards the second half of the year, I learned how to manage my anxiety and deal with my emotions. While dealing with my own challenges, other big life changes made me feel like my whole world was turning upside down. My parents moved out of the home I grew up in, the only place I’ve ever truly called “home”. My brother got married, which is, of course, a joyous experience, but something totally new. I’ve always had a difficult time with change. I cried, felt tired, wanted to give up at times, but now I can say I’ve made it and I’m stronger than I was 12 months ago. That’s enough of an accomplishment for me.
This year, I learned a lot about myself, solidified some lifelong friendships, accomplished some big milestones with my career, and I continued to work hard on my blog and participate in some pretty amazing brand collaborations. Some of my favorite projects this year were my H&M collaborations, hosting the kate spade new york opening at Easton, working with Hanes, shooting guest blog posts for Capital Style Magazine, assisting a local wardrobe stylist at a commercial shoot for Muscle & Fitness magazine, being featured in Lucky Magazine, working with some great local businesses as advertisers, and styling many outfits for my blog. I’m the luckiest girl on earth that I get to wake up everyday and do what I love and be with the person I love.
…oh and Beyonce released a surprise album. :)
This was a year I’ll never forget and I’m looking forward to a strong start to 2014. I made a video highlighting some of my favorite moments. Happy New Year and I thank you for following along.