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New Year’s Eve Thoughts 🥂🎩🎊

Greetings on this last day of 2019!

I was going to republish my How to Purge Your Closet post today, but I decided at the last minute to share some things that are on my mind. (That post has been recently updated, so if you are feeling the urge to purge, definitely give it a read!)

I wanted to write more of this at the end of yesterday’s post, but I ran out of time, and it was also getting mighty long. So consider this a mid-week Coffee Talk…

New Year's Eve Thoughts 🥂🎩🎊

New Year’s Eve Thoughts 🥂🎩🎊

From perusing my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I gather this has been a rough year for some, a victorious year for others, and for most of us, a little of both.

I’m definitely in the 3rd category. It’s been a good year mostly, although there were some disappointments. I’m still bummed about our canceled trip to Austin last spring, but hopefully our Paris trip in May will more than make up for that!

The kids all had a good first semester of school, and they’re all healthy and happy, which brings joy to this mama’s heart. David loves apartment living, Caroline has become quite the little home chef, and Becca has found her tribe in the marching band.

Paul has taken on some additional responsibilities at work, and he’s enjoying the new challenges, but it will require more travel. We’ll have to see how that plays out. Even though the kids are older, our home life always feels a little deflated when he’s away.

As for me, I’m struggling a bit with a funky hip issue, which is making it hard to stay motivated to exercise, and I’m also having a hard time keeping my weight in check. Hi, perimenopause!

I’ve been dabbling with intermittent fasting, and I’m hoping to hit it hard in the new year and see if that helps. I’ve been reading Delay, Don’t Deny, in case you’re interested.

Looking Ahead to 2020

I don’t make resolutions or choose a word, but my plans for 2020 include:

a trip to Paris with Paul to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary

I’ve never been to Europe, and I am SO looking forward to this trip!!! Praying that all goes well and nothing will derail our plans this time.

a kitchen update

I’m ready to start Phase Two of our home design projects, and the kitchen is next. We aren’t sure how much we want to do, but a new sink and counters, a tile backsplash, and appliances are definitely on the agenda.

I’m looking forward to the updates, but I kind of dread the process… especially if we decide to paint or replace the cabinets. We’re meeting with a designer next week to discuss.

a couple of blogging conferences

I’m not sure which ones yet, but I enjoyed the one I went to last month. It’s important to invest in my business in that way, and I need that time with other women in the industry to talk shop and compare notes and inspire each other.

a 6-day posting schedule

I’ve been posting 7 days a week for as long as I can remember. I like the pace, I enjoy the daily comments, and I usually have more than enough topics to fill all 7 days. But as my posts get longer and more time consuming to put together, I need to scale back just a bit.

I’m going to start taking Saturdays off and see how that goes. My weekly recap emails will still go out on Saturdays, there will just be no new blog post.

a subtle shift in the focus of the blog

I’m moving away from posting so many new outfits, and doing more try-on hauls, daily outfit roundups, and topics related to how to put outfits together.

There will always be outfit posts and new products cycling in and out of my closet that I’ll want to share with you, but this year I really want to focus on quality over quantity. That’s much more in sync with my own shopping habits and personal style aesthetic.

As we sit here on the brink of a new decade, I can’t help but wonder what the future will hold for the blogging industry. SO much has changed in the past 10 years, I can’t begin to imagine how things will look 10 years from now.

On the other hand, there is one thing that hasn’t changed: Content is still king.

No matter what new social media networks might crop up or how the algorithms change or how sophisticated websites get, content is king and authenticity rules. The cream will always rise to the top.

I’ve always believed that and operated under that philosophy, and it’s served me well so far.

So with all that said, once again, I want to thank you for being here. I know I said this yesterday, but it always bears repeating: I could not do what I do without you.

Sometimes the pace of this job can be overwhelming, but 95% of the time, I have to pinch myself to believe that I actually get to do this for a living.

Even my daughters, who see crazy amount of hours I put in some days and my angst over deadlines and negotiations and the occasional cranky commenter, tell me that I have a dream job. And I do. So thank you.

Whether you go out or stay in tonight, I hope you all have a fun and safe NYE celebration. Happy New Year! 🎊

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76 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve Thoughts 🥂🎩🎊

  1. Well said!!! I always find it interesting when you share how your job works, especially keeping up with all the changes in technology and blogging.  And that’s not even touching on the fashion part!   I love what you’re thinking in terms of where your blog is going.  Quality over quantity is where I need to be going as well. Seeing so many different outfits, on any blogger, makes me want to buy it all!! This way I may be more inspired to get back to basics and rethink my wardrobe!  Also I love you sharing personal
    family tidbits from time to time. Nice to see what goes on behind the blog as well!! Have a wonderful evening & Happy New Year!! 

  2. I don’t engage very much with social media and in fact have recently been engaging even less. But I wanted to let you know that your content is worth my time. I’m particularly excited about your themes for this year with quality over quantity and topics using what we already have. I frequently find myself wanting new things that I don’t need because it looks good on someone else. With a very casual lifestyle I don’t need many clothes but I know I could improve with how I put things together and what few things are worth choosing. 
    Thank you!

  3. I like the idea of quality over quantity and mixing it up with putting different outfits together with the same garments. Looking forward to what you have to present in the new year.

  4. Thank you so much for your insight, inspiration, honesty, and overall awesomeness! I rarely comment but always joyfully follow along and am so appreciative of your hard work. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2020!

  5. Very nicely said. I’ve always enjoyed your blog but noticed when you did your 2019 recap that I didn’t order much that you styled. But mainly because I wear petite clothes and items aren’t always available in petite and also because I’m in a warmer climate (south Texas) so more hot months then cold so I don’t purchase many sweaters but with all this said I continue to follow you because of content. You do an amazing job writing, describing and styling outfits. And you always offer good suggestions and advice….this only someone with your passion could do. So thank you and  Happy New Year! 

  6. Thank you so much for being who you are and staying so real and authentic.   I look forward to your emails and your posts, and know I’m going to learn something from each one. My closet and I have never been happier!  Ha.  I feel as though you are our friend and I look forward to having a fun chat every day.  I so appreciate all the hard work you put into this.  I hope you and your family have a very happy 2020, and I pray that this year is filled with all kinds of God’s blessings for you all!  Happy New Year!

  7. I love reading your post!! You have fantastic taste and you also give fantastic tips on how to dress appropriately everyday!!
    May God continue to bless you now and forever!!
    Wishing you and your family good health,love,peace and joy in the New Year!!!

  8. Just wanted to wish you the best in 2020! I’ve been following you since the Housewife days and feel like i watched your kids grow up! I enjoy your style and passion for fashion!

  9. Thank you for remaining true to yourself! I need to focus on consuming less so I look forward to the shift in your posts. 

    Happy New Year! 

  10. Can’t wait to hear about your kitchen remodel. Want to come and do mine next? Just curious if you have any suggestions for casual cruise wear? I am headed on a retreat next month at sea and it is my first cruise.

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