Monday, January 2, 2017

Life Updates and Happy New Year!

I woke up this morning to a cold and rainy Monday. Not exactly so appealing to lure me out of bed and back to work...alas...I did it anyway. Here are some updates on life and blog and a little in between.

BLOG. This year, I want to focus more on growing my blog. I've been blogging for a LONG time (8 years) and I'm nowhere near where I want to be in terms of growth but I know the only solution for that is to work at it. So, here's my promise to be better at blogging, work to develop new and interesting content and network with other bloggers.

LOVE. My younger sister got engaged on New Year's Eve (well technically New Year's Day since it was after midnight) and it was so exciting! I can't wait to help her plan her wedding and celebrate with her and her beau. Aren't they cute?

Also, this is how she chose to "announce" it to the world via social media. With a Bojangles biscuit. For those of you not familiar with Bojangles, it's a Southern biscuit chain that will rock your socks off and Ashton (my sister) is a big fan. So, we get the Bojangles biscuit engagement photo.

HEALTH. I mentioned before that there was a big health diagnosis in my immediate family this past year and that's kind of been all-consuming for the past few months. My mom has completed her radiation and chemo treatments and goes back at the end of this month to Duke to see if/how it worked and to sort of get the treatment plan moving forward. So far she's had 42 chemo treatments, 33 radiation treatments and 2 brain surgeries. She's a warrior!

Oh and I'll be running a 5k in April to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society in honor of my mom. If you're local and would like to join the race, click here to learn more. If you're interested in donating to the Charlotte Brain Tumor Walk, click here and select "donate now".

HOME. M and I have decided that 2017 will be the year we work on our house. We're hoping to be able to put it on the market in 2018 so this year will be the "sweat equity" year of painting, minor home updates and other small changes to help us get a great selling price. So, expect to see a lot more "Our New Home" posts (even though it isn't a new house anymore) coming your way!

I'll leave you with a NYE pic of M and I. I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!


  1. All good stuff! I love your sister's chosen announcement.

    Your mom rocks. Continued good thoughts to her.

  2. Your sister's announcement is freakin' awesome! I've heard of Bojangles and have it on my list of places to try when I eventually head out that way, haha. Many prayers and well wishes to your Momma! Wishing you and yours a very happy & healthy 2017, lady! xo

  3. I loved the Bojangles announcement! I can't imagine being ready for a 5k in April, but it seems like a good goal to work towards (walking most of it, but still). I'm going to pencil it in.

  4. just stumbled upon your blog, love the design!


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