Goodbye, 2018!

Well, we’ve arrived folks – it’s Christmas weekend! So for me and this little space, it’s also time to say goodbye, 2018!

Goodbye, 2018
This is my last post of the year, and let me just be totally honest – I’m pretty damn excited about that. My lack of inspiration and focus has hit an all-time low the last few weeks, so trying to create quality content on a consistent basis has been a struggle. Maybe that doesn’t even come as a surprise! I’m well-aware that some of my recent stuff hasn’t been the best it could be, but hey. I’m human and it happens.

And, without going into much detail my family currently is grieving the sudden passing of a loved one. I’m fortunate that in my almost-30 years this is the first significant family loss that I’ve experienced. It has been difficult for everyone, and I personally am still working through it.

So what do we plan to do with a little time off? Everything that has had to take a backseat the last few weeks! We’re hoping we can still swing a date night in Cedarburg to enjoy the last of the holiday lights and decor, and if we get any snow we’d love to go snow tubing. We’ll also be with my family Christmas Day (also my dad’s birthday!) and Ryan’s family the following weekend.

My family is gathering for a memorial service the first week of January, so I don’t plan to post until the following week. My hope is by then that I’ll have some closure and can start to move forward with a busy first half of 2019.

It’s not my style to end things on a somber note, so let me close this out by simply saying THANK YOU! It has been quite the year of learning and growth. I can’t believe it was only back in March when I rebranded. Thanks to the few of you who continue to come back and read what I have say, commenting when you feel compelled. Engaging with you is what I enjoy most about this gig, so I hope to continue to cultivate friendships and conversations with you throughout 2019.

Me, Ryan and (of course!) Finley, wish you the happiest Christmas and many cheers to the new year. I’ll talk to you soon!

My favorite posts from 2018:

Tips to Spark Creativity When You’re in a Rut
Why I Re-Branded
The Do’s and Don’ts of Blog Re-Branding
Modern Farmhouse-Inspired Laundry Room Reveal
9 Quirky Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me
6 Life Lessons That I’ve Learned From My Dog
Cookbooks That I Always Reach For + Favorite Recipes
My 7 Biggest Pet Peeves
Celebrating 5 Years of Marriage + 10 Years Together

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  1. 1.28.19
    Biana Perez said:

    I’m sorry about your families loss. Thinking of you and wishing you a very merry christmas! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  2. 1.28.19

    So incredibly sorry for your loss. I know that can be really tough to deal with -especially through the holidays, so praying for you all. Also, I hope your time off allows you to recharge and de-stress as best you can. I’m SO excited to be off the next couple weeks too and it’s something I look forward to every year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, gorgeous friend!

  3. 1.28.19
    Brittany Steinkamp said:

    So sorry again for your family’s loss! Grandparents are just so special… I hope you have time to relax and enjoy time with family! Crazy to think another year is ending, but I’ll agree that it feels good to be wrapping up until 2019. Enjoy!!

    • 1.28.19

      Thank you for your kind words, it hasn’t been easy. BUT it was nice to unplug and enjoy the holidays. Hope you were able to do the same!

  4. 1.28.19
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I am so looking forward to having all of you here for Christmas, family is the best gift of all.