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Out With The Old, In With The New

Out With The Old, In With The New

Pairs Well With… “The doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock.” – Unknown

Out with the old, in with the new.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2017.  For whatever reason, the day after Christmas leaves me a little sad.  It’s likely because the anticipation that the holiday brings subsides and all the shimmer and sparkle is taken down. Once that happens, my mind starts to think about what the fresh start of the new year will bring.  Will it be good?  What will I do?  Will this be my year?  My thoughts dance around the endless possibilities in store for me and the many things I can and want to accomplish in the next 365 days.

As I look back on 2016, I still can’t peg if this was a particularly good or bad year.  It was….different, to say the least.  Lots of emotion, lots of new things, lots of adventure.

I took my first solo trip and, by reader vote, went to Sedona.  It was the best trip ever…

I’d go back in a heartbeat.

…followed by a trip to Alabama a few days later, which ended up being pretty much the worst trip ever.  (But hey, my picture turned out marvelously.)

Carrot cake by the ocean? Well, duh. What else are you going to do in Alabama?

I managed to make some shit…

Bubbly cheese dip?! Yes, please.

…try some shit…

There’s a first for everything, including raw oysters. #neveragain

….and then rant about some shit that gained me national recognition

It’s true.

…and then set a record for most uses of the word “shit” within a blog post.  Just kidding.

I had my first photoshoot and put myself out there in a severely uncomfortable way, but one that got me published…

Somewhere in the middle, I stopped to think about what is and isn’t working for me in my life today, who I want to become and what I want to accomplish.  I guess you could say in some regards it was a record year.

Yet, somehow I feel like I didn’t do enough with myself.  I don’t know what I feel like I was missing, but something.  And I can’t put my finger on it.  It’s something in between feeling like I didn’t challenge myself as much as I could have and didn’t live up to my own expectations. Somewhere in the middle, I think I became complacent.  You certainly wouldn’t guess it from the pictures, that’s for sure, but something inside of me stalled out and became idle.

2016 became a regroup year for me and I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that. But next year, I plan to do more: be bolder, live more freely, be less guarded and embrace the unexpected without question.

Because when you do these things, the world becomes your oyster.

Cheers to 2017!


Dear Future Self…

Dear Future Self…

Pairs Well With… “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” – Unknown

Dear Future Self,

Hey Firecracker, how’s it going?  I know we haven’t been properly introduced, and I’m sure we’ll cross paths at some point, but now is a good time for me to say hello.

I’ve been thinking about you and life and wanted to reach out.  The thing about life is, you never know where it’s going to take you, who you’ll meet and where you’ll be in the next phase of it – but I think you know all this already.  I can only imagine what you’re going to be like.  If you’re anything like me today, you work so hard, you love so hard, you dance your way through life so seamlessly. You’re Unstoppable.  It’s impossible not to see endless possibilities lying ahead waiting for you.  I anticipate you’re probably still vibrant, vivacious, clever and curious.  Don’t quit those things.  You probably still tell really bad jokes.  Now might be a good time to curb those.


In My Skin

In My Skin

Pairs Well With…A Carefree Attitude + Confidence + Big Smiles

There comes a time in each of our lives where we have a moment and “get it.” We just get it.  We didn’t then, but we do now.

A couple of days ago, I had my very first blog shoot.  That, in and of itself, was exciting. It was also nerve-wracking and scary as hell.  Did I have the right outfits?  Would my hair look okay?  Could I avoid those triple chin poses and awkward angles that give the illusion I have bat wings for arms?  Would my face look weird, or crunchie, or whatever people have called it over the years?  The crooked smile and Crunchie Face was something I was severely concerned about.  Like, big time.



It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is

Pairs Well With…”Acceptance doesn’t mean you agree with, condone, appreciate, or even like what has happened.  Acceptance means that you know, regardless of what happened, that there is something bigger than you at work.  It also means you know that you are okay and will continue to be okay.” – Iyanla Vanzant

For any of you that read last week’s sassy rant, I can’t say that I’m over my funk, but…I can say that I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what’s going on in my heart and mind, and how to remove myself from it.   I’ve endured a lot of hurt and loss over the last month, the kind that cuts to the core.

I’ve taken the weekend to understand the things that are going inside, and I’ve concluded that I have a hard time with acceptance, precisely the things I cannot change.  This is not a new thing for me, I’ve fought it for years maybe hoping that it would show up on my doorstep with last week’s request for a skinny vanilla latte. Still waiting. (#itsnottoolate)

In my head, it plays out as, “No, that’s not the way it is.  I don’t have to accept this or that. Things can change.”  What I’ve realized is that things can change, but on their own time, their own terms…or life’s timing, something I have no control over.  Plain and simple, I don’t like it, and it makes me want to stomp my feet and shake my fist.  It’s always been “If I do…” or “What about…” By nature, I am someone who likes to push help others grow into the potential I see in them, the potential that I know is there, even if they don’t.  So, here I’ve been for years, going around trying to fix things, people and situations that may not have been ready to be resolved, really just giving myself something to do. Actually, all I did was occupy my time when I could have been doing something better, like making cookies. (Always a good use of time, by the way.)


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