Happy 2017! It still shocks us each year, as we celebrate New Year's, how much can really occur over the course of twelve months. As friends, just like in any relationship, we each have grown and evolved at different times in life. We both have experienced very different challenges and changes. No two people will line up perfectly all the time and that's okay! This is something we've always appreciated about our friendship, that even while going through completely different experiences we've been able to be there for each other, celebrate the good, cry with the bad and keep moving forward.
Being at different places in life doesn't mean one person is right and the other's not. It just means we're human and life happens differently for everyone. These differences can make it easy to get caught up in the comparison game. Comparing ourselves to what others are doing or what others have going on. All comparing does though is move you're own light, that should be shining down on your beautiful life and experiences, onto someone else's life. Ain't nobody got time for that!
As we look at the past year and this new one ahead it only seemed fitting to take inventory of our own personal experiences and how they line up with some of our hopes and dreams for the months ahead.
LC || 2016 was a pretty big year for me. I signed my name on a marriage license and on a graduate school application. Both, I'm happy to report, were two of the best decisions in my life to date. I feel like I'm truly at a place in life where everything makes sense and I'm embracing that for all it's worth. Although I have a lot going on in my life, it no longer overwhelms me like it use too. I've experienced doubt, uncertainty, frustration, and had roadblocks thrown in my way. All of which, along with time and age, have brought me to a place of balance, peace and certainty. In the past I use to feel all this pressure to prove things to everyone around me and even to myself a little bit. Why I was doing something, why I wasn't doing something, or why my life went a different path then theirs. This year I've freed myself of that and I've been making my time, my energy, my day work for me rather than against me. When I focus on making things in my life work for me, I'm not going to bed feeling annoyed by things I didn't get done, or unsettled by feelings of doubt. It releases me from overthinking and over-complicating my day. It's really helped create balance in my life. As I look ahead balance continues to be my word going into 2017. I'm striving to continue to focus on and embrace more of what balances me while letting go of things and feelings that don't.
Cat || The only word I can think to describe 2016 for me is change. I started the year in Denver, engaged, working as a nurse, making plans to move back to Michigan and quite honestly a little stressed and spread too thin. I'm ending the year single, building my own business, not working as a nurse and more content and happy than I've ever been in my entire life. How does that happen? I wish there was a magic formula because I would have lived like this a long time ago. The truth is we're all on our own journey and I think it took me a little while to accept mine.
The biggest change I made, that definitely transcended into every area of my life, was accepting my one true self. It started with mindset school, tidying up my life and thinking about the kind of life I truly wanted to live, and then reading The Universe Has Your Back. There were small pivotal moments this last year that all added up to a lot and have brought me acceptance and peace. I'm tearing up as I write this because I am so filled with gratitude.
I'm thankful that no matter where you're at you can make a change, that tomorrow is a new day and that after thirty-one years I love me for me. What does 2017 hold for me? I have NO idea except that it's going to be so freaking awesome I couldn't even dream it all up unless I tried. That being said you better believe I have goals, intentions and dreams all written down. I'm walking around a corner with a HUGE bright light shining and I have no idea what it is but I'm headed in that direction. The word I'm choosing for 2017 is TRUST. Trust in myself, that I have everything inside of me that I need, that God has a plan for me and that the future is bright.
“When you dwell in an energy of positivity and power, you become a magnet for miracles." - Gabrielle Bernstein
The most important thing to remember in this new year ahead is to take time and recognize the growth and changes in your own life. Whether you're in a rough patch, or in an amazing place, both bring about your own, one-of a kind experiences and have the power to bring about amazing things.
Hard times help teach us things and create new paths and opportunities. Those amazing and happy moments in life give us hope when times get tough and make those challenges worth it! No matter where you are at today, take comfort in knowing everyone evolves differently.
It's how you see and grow through change that will make you shine!
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Thanks to Daniel for our photos!
Our dresses are from Thistle & Finn.