The holidays have ended. Our Christmas tree has been gone for quite some time, and there’s no more festive music to be heard.
The reality of this year is crashing down around us, and I, especially, am feeling the dread of reality setting in. The first few days of the New Year I was ridiculously pumped up and motivated. I’ve never been so excited about the direction my Instagram and blog are going in, and I’m seeing results by way of actually gaining followers again (slowly, but surely after a plateau that’s lasted for months). However, I also started to realize that my wedding is supposed to be just 9 months away, and financially … we’re not ready in the slightest. I’d love to say that I’m ridiculously positive and believe that we will get there and have a fabulous wedding and honeymoon. But the fact of the matter is: reality isn’t sparkles. It’s not all sunshine and unicorns and fun times (as much as we wish it could be).
That being said – I am doing what I can to keep a positive mindset and keep pushing forward. And I’m wearing as many sparkles as possible to make up for the lack of sparkles in my everyday life. I want to keep it real with you guys. I try to maintain a positive vibe throughout my entire blog, and 99.9% of the time, I’m able to keep up with that. Sometimes I just need to face the butt that reality is, and be up-front. While I absolutely adore what I do as a blogger, I know I wasn’t able to start out the way most people should. I didn’t already have a steady job that I added a side hustle to. I was in bed, battling a stomach disease, hoping that maybe I could make something of myself with this thing. I didn’t have the money to invest in getting it started, and it’s been a lot of work along the way. All I can do is continue making it the best blog it can be with what I have, and keep smiling and being myself – hoping that people will come back for more!
This is me. I wear sparkles even when my life doesn’t seem so sparkly. I love vibrant colors and I always try to keep smiling even when life is getting me down (though I do fail at that sometimes). My fiancé makes me happier than anything – especially when we get to be creative together. One of my favorite things is going to get macarons and a mocha latte at Whisk, the French café that’s stolen my heart in downtown RVA. I’m constantly battling a really horrible stomach disease that there’s no cure for. I can’t wait to get married – whenever that actually gets to happen. And I’m immensely grateful for all of the miracles that God has placed in my life that remind me on the daily that there’s just as much (if not more) good than there is bad in this world. Stick around, and you will immediately be considered one of them 😉