I first want to start off by saying, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! The last time I spoke to you guys was at the end of 2017 and we're now in our second week of 2018! By the way, this post isn't going to be about me talking about what I'm wearing as you can pretty much see it lol. Neutral tones, minimal style. Simple look. With that being said, I wanted to share a quick recap of 2017 and what I hope to curate in 2018.
2017 started off busy. VERY VERY BUSY! I work in Property Management and the company I work for acquired a new asset at the end of 2016. So when 2017 came around, I knew I had to hit the ground running. I was so busy at work trying to organize, plan and shape how we wanted our new asset to look, that I spent zero time working on my blog. Although I rarely ever worked overtime(because the dynamic in my office is incredible and we really promote having a work/life balance) every time I left work, or had weekends off I found myself doing...nothing. Absolutely nothing. I found myself making YouTube videos that were just bleh. I kept telling myself that I wanted to become a "blogger" but I wasn't doing anything to push myself to actually blog. One of my biggest regrets of 2017 was feeling like I wasted time. And while I excelled at work and had an abundance of opportunities to be thankful for, I spent the first six months of last year wasting time.
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COAT: BooHoo SWEATER DRESS: BooHoo BOOTS: Aldo BAG: Similar Style linked JEWELRY: Forever 21 WATCH: Michael Kors(similar style linked)
It wasn't until July that I really pushed myself into gear and started chasing my blogging goals! I posted my very first blog post that I felt plateaued my love of blogging again. "Ruffle Butter" was the very first post I did on here where 1) I had to actually take photos outside and 2) my boyfriend became my photographer. I still remember when we were both confused about what angles we wanted, we're we wanted to go, and Zach(my boyfriend) playing around with my camera to get the right photos; but all in all we finished it! I remember when we got back into the car and I flipped through the camera to see the photos, at how amazed and accomplished I felt. I finally started feeling like, "Brittney, you can do this!". With Zach being involved in sports, I felt like I didn't want to burden him with taking photos of me every week, so we went for every other week. That lasted for about 2 weeks, and then we booked a trip to Ft. Lauderdale for a little R&R!
During our time on vacation I was SUPER active on social media! I wanted to create a theme for my Instagram. I wanted there to be some cohesion. So I posted any and everything I could think of during that trip. The ocean, my swimwear, used IG stories...any and everything! And because of that, I noticed that my engagement rate started to grow! I've never cared about numbers or being the biggest blogger, but it felt good to know that individuals and brands took an interest in what I was doing.
Fast forward two months later and I'm starting this series called "The Color Bar". This series came about from a dream. Yes, a dream. I literally went to bed one night, and woke up saying that I should do this series called, "The Color Bar" where I showcase different fashion and beauty items in that one specific color. And so I got to work on that series. I took out my planner and mapped out what colors I wanted to showcase for over the next year. I told Zach about this and together we made a plan to take photos every Sunday. With me working one or two Saturdays a month, and Zach always having weekends off, it just made sense to have our photo day be Sundays. So that's exactly what we did...and still continue to do! I did some major shopping that September, and really worked on putting this series into place. We took photos, I made a short video, and BAM...Vol. I was introduced in October! I cannot explain how proud I was when I introduced this series. The feedback I received was phenomenal. The photos each week, through each volume were great. Zach had found a love for photography. We have a set schedule that works for the both of us. I'm going to be on a roll through the end of 2017.
But as we know, life always throws us curveballs. During my very first month, on my second week of The Color Bar series, I experienced a very frightening and saddening family tragedy. This was something that shook my entire family to the core and brought everyone to their knees. Although this individual is doing great now, knowing the state of mind they were in during that time just broke my heart. The hardest week of my life was that week. But I knew deep down inside I couldn't let this situation take me off track. Not only was I battling with that, but I also knew that I had to spend a week in Austin, TX for business. I thought to myself, "how am I going to manage to see my loved one, get photos in for my blog and get ready for this trip all within 48hrs?". Needless to say I made it work! I was set to fly out to Austin on a Sunday(which was our photo day), but I wasn't going to let that stop me. Zach and I took photos early that day, I went home, grabbed my luggage right after, went to say bye to my family, and managed to arrive at the airport at 3pm, which was two hours before my flight. I worked on my blog post from my hotel room, and got it up in time!
One of my favorite quotes I saw during that time was, "It always seems impossible, until it's done" by Nelson Mandela. That quote just summed up everything I felt during that time. Being stronger than my excuses, was one of the best feelings in the world. Knowing that I, Brittney Cherelle, could push myself to remain focused, during a chaotic time was awe-inspiring. I continued my series through the end of the year, spent quality time with family and friends, still maintained my work/life balance, and finished off the year on a great note! So what am I looking forward to in 2018? It's pretty simple. I am aiming for growth, consistency and balance in my life. I've become vegan, which was actually a goal for the New Year, but I found myself going vegan before the end of December. I'm not sure what it is, but ever since I've gone vegan I have this new found outlook on life. Not only do I physically feel better, but mentally too. I'm working out consistently 4 times a week, I re-arranged my beauty room into more of an office, and revamped the blog. Those small changes I feel were stepping stones into me creating more balance and growth in my life this year. I know that my consistency will lead to more balance, which will lead to more growth. Simple.
So with all that being said, I want to thank you all for the support you've shown! The opportunities I've received are not possible without you! Every comment, every "Like" every share, screenshot and re-post, doesn't go unnoticed! Thank you for being on this journey of consistency, balance and growth with me. I cannot wait to share with you more aspects of my life throughout the upcoming year. I hope you all have an incredible, blessed, prosperous, loving, healthy and happy year!