Well, as the days wind down on 2017 all I can say is, “good riddance!” I’m ready for a fresh, new year. To say 2017 was tough, would be an understatement. I’ve been through some things that I never would have imagined I’d go through. Don’t get me wrong, 2017 brought some good times too. I celebrated 5 years of wedded bliss with my husband in RL. I also celebrated 5 years at my job… which it hasn’t been a great 5 years, but it is the longest I’ve stayed somewhere since I graduated (let’s be real, this is my second “big kid” job since I graduated college). Our daughter celebrated her third birthday. We spent a ton of the summer in Kansas City watching our Boys in Blue (the Kansas City Royals) and I even went this fall to a Kansas City Chiefs game with my dad. My brother moved to St. Louis this year… that was not fun. My daughter is at the age now where she wants to spend time with her Uncle… and he’s nearly 2 hours away. She still gets to facetime him and we can drive up on the weekends, but it’s not the same. My brother is my rock.
I was pregnant…then I wasn’t. I was full of happiness… and then full of sadness. Within a matter of about 3 days. There isn’t anything anyone could have done or said that would have made it feel right or better. As a matter of fact, I thought I was doing better and I was reminded yesterday that I am not. That is something that will hurt for quite some time. I feel like if it were easier to talk about, more people would. But, once you open up, people start talking to you and treating you differently… and you back back into your hole and hide from the world. I get it. I never did before, but I do now. I’m saddened by this, but that is the nature of the world.
I lost friends. I lost family. In more ways than one… in both SL and RL. I made new friends, in both RL and SL. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve learned a lot more about others. I tend to stay to myself, do my own thing and sit back and watch. I’m a very observant person. I will only be pushed around so far.
I’ve grown a new family in SL. A blogging family. If you would have told me at this time last year that this is where I’d be… with amazing sponsors and even more amazing friends, I would have laughed at you. It all started with a contest… and it has really blossomed from there. What an absolute blessing. I do this for fun… because really, in almost 10 years of SL… what I’ve done consistently is shop and take photos. I am a graphic designer by day… an SL fashion blogger by night. I get to keep practicing my skills in photoshop and put to use the items I’ve purchased. I no longer work in SL, so all items that are purchased are of my own hard-earned RL dollars. If I’ve spent money in your store, it was a decision I did not make lightly.
I’m sure if I made a list of the good and the bad from 2017… it might even out. But I’m looking for and working towards BETTER in 2018. It starts off with me. My husband and I are embarking out on a diet that will change our lives; I believe this on top of our already consistent gym visits will help us in our weight loss goals and endeavors. This will be a big change and a big part of my life for next year, this won’t be the last time you hear of this. We are also hoping to buy a house next year… if all the cards fall correctly, that will be a big deal. I’d like to be in a house before our daughter goes to school, because the current school lines she is in, I am not a fan of. You have to remember, I grew up here. I know these schools. And I hope, and pray, at some point I will be able to tell you next year that we are expecting… so fingers crossed.
♥ Decor ♥
RAMA – #selfie_RAMA Velvet Room (don’t wear)
hive // celebration balloons A . gold (B, C also)
hive // celebration balloons floor . gold
[ keke ] rainfall glitter broad 10 LI
Astralia – Paparazzi (group)
Pose: FOXCITY. On Point VOL2-7m
Song of the Day: Scars To Your Beautiful – Alessia Cara