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Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, New YOU

Welcome back and thanks for following my blog and I into 2018! It may be a new year, but I'm still the same me. I can't believe I'm actually about to embark in my third year of blogging. There is still  so much that I want to get into with blogging and this is they year for it, so stay tuned and share your favorite posts, pictures, etc. with a friend or too!

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I know many of you have been waiting for this (I SO appreciate every single comment & message about it) and since the photos and video are taking longer than I anticipated I guess I'll just share it now: 2017 was the best year of my life because it was the start of our happily ever after as,
B & I got MARRIED! Yes, you read that right. And since most of you are loyal followers, y'all are probably like: "Lauren we already knew this, so where are all the details?" And I'm here to tell you the details are coming! I will be featuring an in-depth post all about the wedding (this will probably be my favorite post of all time) in the upcoming months once we receive our photos, etc. so... SEND ME your wedding related questions! (for questions email-

But for today, this post is all about moving forward into the new year. And as a result, I'm sharing three quick tips on how I plan to and want to help you: stay focused and centered as well as, achieve those new year's resolutions.

Tip #1: Make your resolutions obtainable!
Every year I hear myself making impossible resolutions like "Im not going to complain." As much as I would LOVE to be that person that never complains, that is not me. I consider myself a generally happy person (my friends say I'm always smiling) but at the same time, I am an extremely sensitive person. Which in turn means I typically feel emotions deeply and personally. And, as a result, things are bound to upset me and complaining/venting is part of a natural release to help move forward. I also am a firm believer that experiencing these moments of frustration allow me to truly appreciate the other happy moments. So instead, I opted to commit myself to a weekly prayer journal (this is my exact one) to help me channel some of these upsetting emotions by trusting in my faith in God.

Tip #2: Make your resolutions with a friend, husband/wife, or family member. 
They say it takes about a month to change or create a habit, having someone to work towards the same goal together will help to hold you accountable. This year, B and I are focusing on our first year of marriage together. As the year progresses, we are picking a new challenge to focus on each month. For January, we are doing "no more eating take-out" and instead we are challenging ourselves to try at least one new recipe a week, we also picked up some frozen pizzas and other goodies for those nights we really don't feel like cooking but want to stay true to our resolution.

Tip #3: Make a resolution that is going to POSITIVELY affect your daily life. 
In order for your resolutions to stick, you have to want it! You're only going to want to make the sacrifices and put the effort in when you know the outcome will positively affect your life.  I recently read the book Beartown and this quote stuck with me, "Focus on what you can CHANGE." So like previously said, make those goals obtainable by focusing on what you can change and what you can accomplish.
This year I made a few resolutions that will be a challenge but I'm also really excited about because I totally want to achieve them. Moving forward I am so excited for what 2018 has in store for my new family and I can only anticipate the positive impact my resolutions will have on my life (which, who knows, will maybe help me complain less).

My resolutions:
1. Focus on my first year of marriage with B. 
2. Read a book a week (52 total). 
3. Keep my car cleaner.
4. Focus on the blog!

As always, thanks so much for checking in. I hope y'all enjoyed today's post. I appreciate your patience as it's taken me some time during and after the wedding to find a routine that works for me in order to deciate the time and attention the blog and all of you deserve. 

Remember: this post is about you! So send me a message or leave a comment with your new year's resolution. 

xx, always



  1. love the photos and the outfit is just adorable!

  2. My husband and I could not be happier with our decision to hold our wedding at wedding venues Chicago. We had a fusion wedding, which was complex and involved many moving parts, and we were in expert hands with their manager, our day-of coordinator (as well as the rest of the staff).