Farewell 2016, Hello 2017!

Farewell 2016 and Hello 2017!

I really feel like 2016 flew by in a flash, does anyone else feel that way too?  As my winter break has come to the end, I've had a good amount of time to really reflect on how the year went overall and what I hope for the new year.

First, let's reflect about 2016.  Luckily I had blogged about my 2016 New Year's Goals, so I wanted to see which ones I was able to complete.

Reference here are again:

Tidying according to Marie Kondo's the life-changing magic of tidying up.  
I'm going to say that I was successful with this goal!  I was able to let go of a lot of personal possessions that were great memories but currently served no purpose but to take up space in a pretty decorated box.  My clothes are still folded and organized in the way Kondo suggest and I am actually able to fold faster (according to my husband).  

So this goal gets a big fat CHECK in successful-ness!

Work on my blog consistently.  
I was so successful in posting every week and even increased it to twice a week from January to July of last year.  I started to fall behind once summer hit and I was busy traveling, working, and other events.  I thought I could pick it back up in August but once the new school year hit, I was overwhelmed with working in a whole new grade, learning new curriculum, and getting to know my kiddos.

I can only give my self a "half" check for this because I was consistently for only half of the year. (Better luck next year right?)

Learn hip-hop dances through Youtube.
I attempted to learn 2 different dances with one of my friends at the beginning of the year but then we never tried again.  BUT, I did run an after school hip-hop dance club in the Spring and am currently running one this new school year.

I am going to give myself a CHECK because I was able to finally "teach" hip hop instead of just learn it, which was actually one of my "life goals".

Get better at taking photography.
This one is kind of open ended.  I think I initially wanted to learn how to use a DSLR camera but I never had a chance to.  I will say that I have been more successful in how I take my pictures and became more artistic in my photography.

So with that I give myself a CHECK!

Practice the ukulele and guitar.
I started to really practice the guitar for a good month but of course stopped.  Never practiced the ukulele because it needed new strings, but once we finally restrung my ukulele it was already summer time and I became super busy.

So this one was a dud, no success in completing this goal. (womp, womp.)

Paying off credit card, paying down student loans, and saving money.
I am proud to say that I was successful in all three! I still have student loan debt but the progress I have made in paying it down last year is incredible.

I have my husband to thank greatly because of his great money managing skills.  So CHECK for this one! (Thanks hubby!)

Find a house.
I think it took a couple months into 2016 for Zach and I to realize that it would be best if we saved for another year.  So we hope to be looking for a house in 2017.  I feel like this will be our year for our own abode! =)

Now onto the new! Looking at last year's New Year's Goals really helped me think about what goals I want to set for myself this year.  I had a great conversation with my husband to about how to make my goals realistic and measurable. So I narrowed it down to 6 (for nowgoals I want to reach in 2017. (Please excuse the messy handwriting.)

I'm hoping that this will be a good start, but I will most likely add on a few more to my goal list.

What are some of your New Year's Goals this year?  

Happy New Year!
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How To: Festival of Trees

How to: Festival of Trees
(Rustic & Bright)

Every year Kennedy Krieger hosts the Festival of Trees.  This event is filled with gorgeous decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and gingerbread Houses.  There are also many vendors at the event and performances by the hour.

This event always happens during the Thanksgiving Weekend.  If you haven't gone you definitely need to check it out.

This is the first year that me and my friend Nicole decided to become designers and decorate a 7 foot tree.  The event ends up pricing your tree and is open to the public to buy.  All proceeds go to Kennedy Krieger Institute.

In case you're curious as to how to decorate a Christmas Tree for the Festival...or for life, I have provided you the necessary steps to designing your own beauty!
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DIY: String Art Ornament

DIY: String Art Ornament
(Created this cutie to send for an Ornament Exchange I participated in!)

A good friend and fellow blogger of mine, Sara from My Name is Sara, first told me about an Ornament Exchange she was interested in participating in which was hosted by another great blogger, One Artsy Mama.

It was easy to sign up, you just had to give a little info about yourself into a google forum and then you would be matched up with another person in the U.S.  (There was even a forum if you wanted to join internationally).

The moment I got the email with my match, I was on the hunt for the perfect ornament.  My ornament match, Cassie, said how she would like anything with "bones" so I thought a string art of a bone would be a cute and more modern idea to send then to just find a bone ornament.  So here's how I created my first string art ornament!

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How to: Recharge

Sometimes it happens.  When you feel like you've hit rock bottom and you don't know where to go from there.

I never thought it would happen to me, but recently it did.  I felt lost and not myself.  I wasn't happy with the way things were happening and I felt like I was not in control. 

But there is hope, the feeling will pass and you will be "fine".  I have been taking some time to try to recharge my "heart".  Not because of a romantic heartbreak, if anything my husband is the rock that has been the one solid thing I can rely on. I am so grateful for him.

But I found some things that have helped me fill my heart and recharge it:

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DIY: Flower Headpiece

DIY: Flower Headpiece
(In love with flower crowns! This is another creation made for my sister-in-law.)

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