Share the Love: Positivity Project

As we get ready to enter 2015 at midnight tonight, I thought it no better time than to bring the Positivity Project to the blog.

Last month, Amanda wrote an incredible post on how we, as women, need to shift our sometimes negative perceptions and connotations toward ourselves into ones of positive self-image and worth (check out her original post). Then, just a few weeks ago, my dear blogging friend Nadia also brought this post to her blog and gave little ‘ol me one of the nicest compliments/shout-outs that I’ve ever received. If I wasn’t motivated already to write this post before the end of the year, Nadia’s post reminded me that it’s also important to pay-it-forward.

On that note, let’s jump into the questions.

1. Tell me something that you love about yourself.
Assuming that this question is related to a physical feature, I would have to say my smile. When I was in 8th grade, I got hit in the mouth with a softball (less than a year after I got my braces off, go figure), and I was scared that my two front teeth would never look the same again. Luckily, two root canals, one root canal therapy procedure, internal bleaching, and cosmetic bonding later, my teeth probably look better than they did on their own. 

2. Tell me what you want to work on.
Not being so hard on myself. This one is much easier said than done – I’ve been hardest on myself and my own worst critic since I was a little girl – but I know that needs to change. I sometimes cause myself so much unnecessary anxiety and stress over the smallest of things, whether it be the pressure to get a blog post done or struggling to put together an outfit. Although I may continue to strive for perfection, I am far from perfect and I probably never will achieve perfection in every little thing that I do. As Elsa would say, I need to just “let it go.”

3. Give someone a compliment, and mean it.
Katie – as one of my first blogger friends in this community, your blog continues to be a daily must-read for me! I have enjoyed getting to know you the past year, and I sincerely hope that one of these days we can get together for cocktails and a Brady/Finley play date! If you don’t already follow Katie, you need to! She shares a variety of content, including fashion and beauty picks, travel guides, recipes, and most recently, all of her new home renovations and decor! Some of my favorite posts are Katie’s recipe for chocolate pie, her and her husband’s anniversary trip to Charleston, and inspiration for the most girly room in her house.

4. Tell me something that you are proud of, succeeded in, or are just generally pumped about.
Without getting too specific or personal, I’m generally just proud of how I’ve handled several big changes throughout the past year. I’ve sacrificed a lot – my career in communications, moving three times and living in four different locations – to get Ryan to where he currently is in his career, and I finally have come to terms and found peace with it all. This isn’t necessarily where I thought I would be in my life at 25, but with the sacrifices also have come a whole pile of gains that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I also can’t express my gratitude to all of you that have joined me on my blogging journey this year! This little space of mine has evolved into something more than I ever thought it would be, and that’s because of all of you – your comments, suggestions and general support are why this community is amazing to be a part of and why I continue to do what I do.

There’s a lot in store for 2015, and I already believe that it’s going to be a great year. I raise my champagne glass in cheers to all of you – here’s to a happy, healthy, positive and confident year ahead!

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  1. 2.2.15
    Nadia said:

    What a great read for a sick day. I totally agree, you have a stunning smile girl! It is so encouraging to hear how well you did with handling change. Tyler is considering taking a job halfway across the country for 2 years, and I'm struggling right now with what I would do if it becomes a reality. I'm glad your situation worked out for the best!

  2. 2.2.15

    OK first off, I had no idea that you were only 25! I think that I might be the oldest blogger of the bunch at 34! It seems like you have accomplished a lot at a young age and you should be proud of that. I have enjoyed reading your posts. You are beautiful and very kind. If you are ever in Chicago, please let me know. I would love to meet up. 🙂

  3. 1.12.15
    Kate said:

    Such a fun post! And I love your outfit in the first picture!
    This Side of Paradise

  4. 1.6.15

    Love the Red lips with the Fur, along with the plaid scarf!
    sweet post, we should always do that!


  5. 1.5.15

    You deserve it! I have loved/continue to love following your adventures, and I can't wait to see what's in store for you and the blog in 2015!

  6. 1.5.15

    Glad I'm not the only one! 🙂

  7. 1.5.15

    This is such a great thread that you've started – I couldn't think of a better way to end 2014! It definitely was a bit challenging to write, but I felt great afterward. Your words are so kind, and I appreciate all your support throughout the past year. Cheers to 2014!

  8. 1.5.15

    Awesome – that was Amanda's goal!

  9. 1.5.15

    Thanks, girl! It seemed like a good note to end 2014 on. 🙂 Happy first day of your new job!

  10. 1.5.15

    You are so sweet, thank you! I hope you had a wonderful start to the new year, and I look forward to following along with all your journey's this year, too!

  11. 1.5.15

    Girl, you are the absolute sweetest, and I'm pretty sure I don't need to tell you how much I've enjoyed becoming YOUR friend and makeup twin. We need to get together one of these days – I'm pretty sure it would be epic. 🙂 I can't wait to see what 2015 brings you!

  12. 1.5.15

    I'm so glad that someone else can relate to that! It definitely hasn't been easy, and I certainly still have my moments, but overall I'm proud that I've come to terms with it. Happy Monday! xo

  13. 1.5.15

    Thanks, Ashley! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  14. 1.5.15

    I couldn't agree with you more! It really shouldn't be difficult to find 10 things that we love about ourselves – we need to lighten up! 🙂 Happy start to 2015!

  15. 1.5.15

    Thanks, girl! xo

  16. 1.5.15

    Karly! You are seriously TOO sweet! Thank you so, so, so much for your kind words – they mean so much to me! And oh yes, a Brady/Finley play date is happening one day and it is going to be amazing! I'm going to get my post up this week, I love this idea 🙂 Ps. your teeth really are great!

  17. 1.2.15

    I am so hard on myself and I need to lighten up.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xx, Jodi

  18. 12.31.14

    Yeah!!!!!! I am so incredibly honored that you chose to end out your year with this post! Wasn't it kinda hard to do but so satisfying all at the same time? You have worked incredibly hard this year and it is so evident! Can't wait to follow along and see what 2015 has in store for you beautiful girl! xoxoxoxo

  19. 12.31.14

    What an awesome post!! I'm so going to steal this and use it next week!! Thank you!!

  20. 12.31.14
    Pamela said:

    LOVEEEEE this post girl!! This is such a perfect way to end the year. I am so excited to see what 2015 has in store for you! Happy New Year love!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  21. 12.31.14

    I love this post! Your smile is gorgeous & I love Katie's blog too! I hope you guys have a wonderful start to your new year! I'm excited to keep following along for all of your 2015 adventures 🙂

  22. 12.31.14
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    I adore you Karly – you're beautiful, so sweet and I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming your friend. I'm excited to see what 2015 brings for you! And yes, Katie is the best!! Happy new years girl, CHEERS!

  23. 12.31.14

    I love this post! What a great one to end the year!! I totally feel you on #4 and not being where you thought you'd be career-wise because of sacrifices you've made for your family. I totally relate to that!

  24. 12.31.14
    Ashley T said:

    Great post Karly! Cheers to a wonderful 2015!

  25. 12.31.14
    Pinky said:

    LOVE this post, lady! I loved Amanda's post too, such an inspiration right?

    I actually did a post on 10 things I love about myself, to kind of bring awareness to how much we drag ourselves down. I had so many women say 'they didn't think they could find 10 things they loved about themselves' which made me really sad. We, as women, are amazing creatures and we need to celebrate who we are!

    CHEERS to 2015!

  26. 12.31.14
    Debra Stachelski said:

    2014 has been quite a year for you and I know 2015 will be even better! I'm proud of the way you've handled all the changes, too! Easier said than done, try not to be so hard on yourself! (From someone who knows!)

  27. 12.31.14
    Biana Perez said:

    This is a perfect post to end 2014 on!!! Hope you have a wonderful NYE and can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for you Karly!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston