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Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year // Fresh Start

Happy New Year's, friends! It has been a hot minute since I have written a blog post. This past week was such a rough one for my household. We all caught the flu and are just now feeling better, not 100%, but we are getting there. It was the worst I have felt and I wouldn't wish that on anyone! Since I was in bed for 2 days straight, I had some time to reflect on the year I had and think about what I want to change, continue, and achieve in 2018.

2017 was a great and not so great year. The things that were not so great, only made me stronger, gave me life lessons, and appreciate the things that truly matter. In July of 2017, I began my blogging journey because at the time I was going through a depression. If you have ever dealt with depression, you know it's a feeling you can't describe and hard to climb out of. Blogging was something I had wanted to do for awhile but never pulled the trigger on. I finally just said, "I'm doing it!" I am so happy I did because it did help me get out of my depression funk, maybe not completely because I do have my days, but overall it has helped.

I have loved connecting with you all and hoping you feel the same. Blogging is not as easy as it looks. It takes a lot of time, preparation, dedication, and not for the faint- hearted. Everyone I have talked to about blogging always says to just be yourself and do not compare yourself to other bloggers. This hasn't been a huge problem for me because I actually get excited for my blogger friends when something exciting happens to them. Every blogger is different, even though it may seem we post a lot of the same content, so it's not that hard to not compare. The only thing that irritates me is losing followers every single day! Just in the past 2 weeks, I have lost over 500 followers! Yes, I have gained along with that, but it's so hard to grow when you are continuing to lose. I know I'm not the only blogger like this and IG makes it so much harder these days for us to grow. Get you crap together, IG!

I am going to be real with you though. I won't ever be that blogger that posts a new outfit, takes luxury vacations, has the newest of everything,  my hair curled and a full face of makeup on 24/7 (like who has time for that), a home that looks like it is straight out of a magazine, etc. This is me and if you don't like, that is totally ok, but I'm probably not the blogger you want to continue to follow. I am going to start being more open with you guys, not too open ;), but enough that you can relate to me. That is what I want more than anything in this blogging journey. I want your trust and to feel like you can relate to me. Even if the photos look like I have my sh*t together, I can assure you, I don't! :)

Now that I have had my rant ;), I am going to share with you my goals for the year. I like to call them goals rather than resolutions.

1. Be a better mom and wife
2. A healthier me - mind, body, and soul
3. Step out of my comfort zone with my blog
4. Put the phone away!
5. Do more of what makes me happy

That's just a start and I am sure I will continue to add more as the year goes on. Now, I challenge you to do the same! Do more of what makes you happy! Take that risk and don't look back. I believe in you! You just never know where it will take you this year! Cheers!


Jen Miracle