This, That, & 2018

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Happy New Year's Eve!

It's interesting that for the majority of my life on New Year's Eve, I was so ready to leave the year that was closing in the past. I was always so excited for the clock to strike midnight for the chance to become a completely new person. There was so much excitement for how good my life would be when I had the chance to start everything over. I remember the first New Year's Eve in which I didn't feel this way. It was December 31st of 2013. Let's just reminisce through the instagram caption, "Cheers to 2013. It was the best year of my life and I can't wait to see what the future holds for 2014. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin. Happy New Year!"

Let's be real. 18 year old me probably googled "new years quotes" and stole one for my caption, but regardless of who said it, there's wisdom in those words. Ever since that New Year's Eve, I changed how I felt about the years passing by. Now I have become sad to leave each one. At the end of the past few years, including this one, at the end, each feels like the best year of my life.

In 2017, I started The Coffee Table.

I met A LOT of people because I become part of the blogger community in Raleigh.

I felt like what I had to say actually mattered to someone out there.

I shared the love of God with more people.

I screwed up with some people. I wasn't as honest as I should be.

I learned what an authentic macchiato is.

I became pretty good at card games.

I had thousands of beautiful pictures taken by Samuel Holt.

I participated in my final Conrhuskin'.

I worked with brands small & large and went to some pretty extravagant lengths for some photos.

I found a place where I could share pretty little things, the daily pleasures of life, the sweet times & the bitter ones, my Marshall's finds, and share all the blessings God has given me.

The list could go on and on. I honestly might fill a notebook the next few days.

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For 2018, there's nothing in my life I want to stop. I want to do everything I do now, but do it more carefully. I want to treat people with more care, take better care of myself, and put more thought into my actions. All I really want is for my time to be spent well. I want to work harder instead of complaining about all the things I'm not doing.

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In 2018, I want to be more intentional.

I want to practice calligraphy & hand-lettering.

Go back to Lake Johnson weekly like I used to.

Take better care of my plants this second go round. lol I should be ashamed of myself for buying the plant lady shirt from Magnolia Market. I did not deserve it.

Learn whether or not its actually possible to think before you speak.

Just keep breathing.

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Cheers to 2018! I hope that you all start the new year with the people you love. At least some of them, I know its hard to fit them all in one place. As you go into the new year, remember that there is nothing more you need to be, do, or have in order to be happy.

You have it all already.

We have today. Let us begin.

-from Anna with love