From Surviving to Thriving in 2017: Year in Review

*walking into 2017 liiiiike*

I’m officially the girl who cried “more blog posts.”

But this year, I mean it. New posts, every. single. week. IT’S HAPPENING. And how can I promise that? Because it’s one of my 2018 resolutions, and clearly I absolutely CRUSH my resolutions. Here’s a little recap of the goals I had for 2017, and how I kicked them in the peach emoji. 🍑

Be the best me I can be. ✔️

Okay, I’m officially the opposite of humble bragging here. I’m full on bragging, with as little humility as possible.

I went into 2017 eating like I was filming one of those slow-mo black and white montages they play at the beginning of every Biggest Loser season. By February, I was living my best life like I was on the dang Ranch! Jillian Michaels, wya?! With unwavering support from my mama, I started a ketogenic lifestyle that I am so obsessed with. I feel amazing, look so much better (!!!!) and finally feel in control of my life. In March, I started training with one of my favorite people, Kenzie, who inspires me always and makes me feel like anything is possible. Thanks to help from my peeps, including my boyfriend who ALWAYS lets me pick the restaurant so I can get something keto that I love, I’m flaunting into the new year 40 pounds down! YAS QUEEN! It’s both lit and fit.

Do more of what sets my soul on fire. ✔️

At the end of 2016, I left my job at Zimmerman Advertising. It was so incredibly bittersweet. I left behind a place I love, filled with so many people I love. I got my start at Zimmerman as a baby intern in 2014, and it was there that I realized my love for social media and was given the opportunity to let it grow. I am forever thankful to Z for those experiences, and I will never forget the people who paved my path. Love you all! ❤️

That being said, it was my time to go. My mom’s makeup line and makeup school were growing at a pace that demanded much more of my time and energy, so I joined full time to do the glam thing! And I absolutely love it. I love every second I get to spend slaying and playing with my mama and our amazing #GlamFam!

Now, while I do love this role, I am still furiously passionate about social marketing. So, when I was presented with an opportunity to also work remotely for one of the top agencies in the world… of course I took it! Throughout 2017 I have been able to work as a social copywriter and strategist for SapientRazorfish on accounts like Trojan Condoms, Batiste Dry Shampoo, The Fresh Market and ASICS Global. It’s so freaking awesome. I can work from anywhere in the world, 9/10 times in a nightgown.

The work I do with Academy of Glam, Victoria Duke Beauty and SapientRazorfish… it sets my soul on fire.

Explore. ✔️

I think I took this one a little too seriously because I am so exhausted from a crazy year of traveling and never saying no to adventures. I had the pleasure of working (and playing) all over the country in Atlanta, Vermont, D.C., Vegas, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tampa Ohio, Texas, New York and Chicago… to name a few. I got to meet so many beautiful people, explore different cities and states and make memories with my people. Blog posts to come on all of the things I got to see and do!

For the love of God, BUDGET. ✔️

So I found a loophole for this one. I didn’t necessarily “budget,” but instead I just decided to work my tail off and make more money! Genius, right? However, I also did start saving a lot more, just without strict guidelines, and I was able to save up and pay in full to get Lasik! Best decision I have ever made!! 10/10 would recommend – I loved my surgery at Millennium Laser Eye Center. I’m planning on continuing down the super savings path in 2018 because I have big plans for the new year, so I want to make sure I’m financially ready to make them happen.

Get a dog. ✔️

Need I say more? This babe is the love and light of my life.

2016, I was just surviving. Barely LOL. 2017 was all about thriving. 2018? 2018 is all about crossing the finish line and living my absolute best life.

I’ll be spending my New Year’s Eve working on my vision board (v exciting), so stay tuned for all of my 2018 resolutions next week! In the meantime, I want to know yours! Give me some inspo in the comments below.

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  1. January 1, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    You’re so inspiring! I have struggled with fufilling my New Years resolutions and reading this post has given me the motivation because I want to be living my best life just as you said! I want to stop worrying about the little things and do what I love!

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