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My One Little Word: A Reflection on 2016 and Goals for 2017

In 2016, I focused on being nimble. Nimble was the perfect word for me this last year, and it’s a word I am nowhere near being done with.

Nimble was all about a mindset shift and learning how to bend without breaking. Nimble was about how I react and deal with the circumstances around me.

Being nimble meant embracing, rather than fighting against, the different seasons I was in throughout the year. There were seasons in which I focused almost exclusively on my health. There were seasons in which I prioritized my work. And there were seasons that focused on relationships and the people in my life.

Being nimble also challenged me on a daily basis. I tend to be rigid and stubborn when I think things should be a certain way. Reminding myself to be nimble helped get rid of the “shoulds” and alleviate the anxiety I felt in those situations without feeling as though I was giving up. It helped me focus on the bigger picture and recognize what was most important.

Learning to be nimble in my approach is by no means a simple process. It’s something that I hope to continue building upon this year. In fact, I’m certain that I will be working on being more nimble for the rest of my life.

This is my third year picking a guiding word to live out the next 12 months by. The first two years, my words seemed to pick me. They popped into my head sometime in the fall and felt like just what I needed in my life at that time. This year, there was no magic moment where my word came to me. Instead, I had to get a lot more intentional about picking my word based on the feelings I want to cultivate.


Nimble pushed me more than I expected, and I am grateful for that, but this year I want to settle in. I want to let go. I want to not put so much pressure on myself and my current situation, whatever that may be.

While the word “enough” could feel like pulling back, I see it as an active word that will build on my intentions throughout 2016. I still want to make big things happen in this new year, but I want to approach those things from a place of enough.

I want to let go of the frantic hustle and have grace with the realities of my day-to-day life. While I want to work hard towards my goals and am starting out this year with a very full plate, I want to do so from a place of contentment. I want to grow and change while knowing that this, right here, is enough.

This year, I have three primary intentions for how I want “enough” to show up in my life:

  • I have enough. I have enough time for the things that are important. I have enough money to make changes in my life. I have enough stuff – more than enough.
  • I am enough. The person I am right now is exactly who I need to be. I can still grow and change, but do so knowing that I am enough just as I am.
  • This, right here, is enough. No more setting unrealistic expectations. I want to focus on being content with and appreciative of the moment I am in. I want to let go of the “shoulds” and just work on the things I want to achieve.

Along with that, a few of my more concrete goals are:

  • Moving more and making a habit of clean eating.
  • Creating and documenting more. Specifically, I want to complete my #create52 challenge (more on that later), get into the habit of daily journaling, and document the year with a combination of Project Life and Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class (which you can see in the images throughout this post).
  • Spend less. This year, I want to finish paying off my car loan and build up an emergency fund.

I’m so excited to find out what enough looks like for me this year.

Do you pick a word for the year? I’d love to know what words or goals are guiding you in 2017.

Currently: Making, Wearing, Eating, Reading

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Happy Sunday! I could not be more grateful for a three-day weekend right now. Today was jam-packed with family things so finding some time to sneak away and blog was exactly what I needed. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to lately:

Making…Hawaii-inspired hand-embroidered clutches. While fall is certainly one of my (if not my most) favorite seasons, we still have a few more weeks left of official summertime. What better way to keep the summer vibes alive than with a bright pineapple or lush monstera leaves by your side? These cute clutches will be available in the shop soon!

Wearing…this gorgeous peplum top from the Cupcakes and Cashmere line for Nordstrom. I bought it this summer to take with me to Hawaii and wear to the office. I’m really excited to transition this top into fall as well. I see an olive skirt and brown ankle boot combo in its future!

Eating…sliced apples topped with almond butter and coconut flakes. I discovered this yummy snack while completing my first Whole30 back in May. I’m trying to get back into that mode of clean eating so I made this as a post-workout snack today. So simple and delicious!

Reading…fall fashion magazines and the sequel to Me Before You. I don’t subscribe to any magazines anymore, which is crazy because I read at least four cover to cover every month. Now, I only pick up fashion magazines once or twice a year and have also started to hunt down Belong Magazine in Barnes & Noble when it’s released each quarter. I couldn’t resist picking up the September issues of Vogue and Porter to do some inspiration gathering.

Just a reminder that I’m participating in the Blog-tember Challenge this month! If you’re looking for a kick in the pants to get back into your blogging routine, it’s not too late to join in on the fun!

Summer Favorites

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It’s hard to beat a summer where I was lucky enough to travel to Hawaii not just once, but twice. Although there were many lovely things that happened this summer outside of those trips, Hawaii definitely tops the list.

Some of my absolute favorite things about this summer included:

  • Snorkeling at Honolua Bay in Maui with tons of turtles and even two octopuses!
  • Finding a new favorite snorkeling spot at Makena Beach (can you tell I love snorkeling?).
  • Celebrating Eric’s 23rd birthday in Maui and taking him to his first luau.
  • Visiting old and new favorite beaches.
  • All the boogie boarding — so fun!
  • Eating fresh pineapple and mango for breakfast.
  • Stumbling across the cutest coffee shop in Paia after biking down from the top of Haleakala, the volcano that formed Maui.

This summer was such a season of hustling in both work and life. While launching my Etsy shop was definitely a highlight of the summer, I’m so incredibly grateful for these two vacations that allowed me to hit pause and make lasting memories with the people I love most. In addition, I came back from Hawaii feeling both refreshed and inspired to create more.

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