TOP: J. Crew Factory | SKIRT: ASOS | BOOTS: Charles David | NECKLACE: Anthropologie | EARRINGS: Marcia Moran
In true blogger form, I’m sharing my favorite moments of 2017, and my hopes for 2018. As I type this, I cannot help but feel SO thankful and blessed from the experiences and adventures I have had the last year. I rang in 2017 in Nashville with my best friends (where I also kissed it goodbye this weekend) and my year only progressed from there! I traveled to Dallas in January, Atlanta in February, Punta Cana in March, Destin in May, France AND Italy in June, Washington D.C. in July, Back to Dallas in August and all over the SEC as a committed “Road Dawg” in the Fall! 2017 made me realize my true passion was being a fashion blogger, so Sassy Southern Blonde went from a sometimes hobby to my number one priority/focus! I get SO sentimental thinking about how far I’ve come with this blog, and how far I hope to go. My biggest struggle with blogging is accepting the small goals I’ve achieved, but still longing to reach the really big ones! I have to remind myself that the small victories are what will set me up for major success down the road. Baby steps though, right?! 🙂
Another thing I have struggled with in 2017 is having to justify myself and my blog. I understand strangers being confused/not encouraging, but sometimes I felt like my own friends and family didn’t support me. I don’t think any of the feelings were intentional, but more so that they didn’t/don’t understand how serious and passionate I am! Over the past few months, I have poured my heart and soul into Sassy Southern Blonde. I haven’t gone to sleep before midnight in I couldn’t tell you when because I am working SO hard to build this blog into something I’m proud of! I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. I know without a doubt that this is what I was meant to do! At the beginning of 2017, someone asked me, “What’s your dream? What would you do IF you could do anything?” and I didn’t have an answer then. I actually felt pretty stupid because who doesn’t have a dream or at least an idea of one?! But today, at the beginning of 2018, I know exactly what my dream is! And I thank Jesus every day that I am one step closer to making it my reality!
NOW! On to my 2018 resolutions…
Yall. THIS is everything. If you want to achieve anything great in this life, you must work hard! I have never realized how much it pays off until now!
Gosh, sometimes it is SO difficult to be the bigger person. But being kind will always pay off in the end! In a world full of darkness and hate, be the light! And shine SO bright!
Absolutely not in a cocky or self-absorbed way, but in the way that makes you never compromise your feelings and beliefs. Be confident in who you are and who you can still become!
Patience is something I don’t have BUT I am striving to get in 2018! When you don’t understand why OR how, have patience that your path is perfectly aligned with the one Jesus has for you. Everything will fall into place like it’s supposed to!
At the end of the day, this is the ONLY thing that will set you free! I always pray before I go to sleep, but I don’t want to limit Jesus to a time that fits my schedule in 2018. I want/need to be in constant communication with him, so this is my biggest resolution I want to keep!
I actually wasn’t planning to get so personal on my post today. (Sorry it’s super long!) Once I started typing though, the words just came out! Truthfully, I was already starting to feel overwhelmed and stressed about 2018, BUT writing this post has made me so excited and happy for the New Year! Cheers to 2018, may it be the best one yet! 🙂
PS: My outfit details are all linked below!
I feel like I wrote this, we have so many of the same thoughts!! I also feel like people in my life don’t see how much I love the blogging world, you just have to keep reaching your goals and show them what it’s all about! Your 2018 goals are perfect girl!
Awe I’m so glad we’re on the same page! 🙂 I haven’t seen many bloggers address the people in their life not fully understanding, so I thought I’d talk about it in a positive way!
Brooke Woodward says
Girlie I feel the same way with my blog! I feel like I get made fun of for doing it rather than people encouraging me! Stick with it girl, you have great content!
I know exactly how you feel! I am determined to prove them all wrong and I know you will too! 🙂
Blogger to blogger, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for sharing your 2017 struggles and insights and good luck on your 2018 goals!!
Thank you so much for reading girl! I really appreciate it! 🙂
It’s so true that people don’t understand blogging! U less they are a blogger haha! It’s ok though! I love helping people with their skin and makeup and have met some really amazing people this year! Keep up the great work!!
SAME! I feel like I have an entire new group of friends! Online though! Lol
Love this post! You have amazing goals and can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year! I struggled a lot in 2017 with what I really want to do, and I’ve decided to take a leap of faith and try it, so hoping I can make 2018 the best year yet!
Thank you so much! Sometimes you just have to take that first step!! Wishing you the best of luck girl 🙂
Keep blogging and find support where you can. Some people love my writing and others don’t
Thank you so much! I promise more people like it than the ones who don’t! Happy New Year! 🙂
Love your blog. Your outfit is so cute and the pink goes well with you. Sounds like you had an awesome 2017. Hope it’s even better in 2018!
Thank you so much for the sweet words! I hope you have a fabulous year too! 🙂
I love your outfit and goals. I feel the same way about blogging I am so passionate about it. I took a break from it for awhile but I can’t imagine not blogging now.
That sounds SO similar to me! I started my blog a year and a half ago, but didn’t start doing it hardcore until August! I wish would have done this years ago 🙂
Girl, you are doing such a great job! All of your posts are gorgeous and professional! I know you will reach the level you are seeking. I, too, notice that some friends don’t seem to support the blog like I would expect, but, I can’t worry about that, and neither should you! Just do you, because you are doing a great job! Happy 2018!😘😘
Thank you SO much for saying that! I am such a perfectionist when it comes to my blog, so I’m happy it shows! You are doing a fabulous job as well! Cheers to 2018 being the best one yet 🙂