I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I hope it was filled with much love, happiness and joy. The holidays for me were spent with family and friends on the West coast. It was great to see family that my husband and I hadn’t seen in quite some time. As well as, spend some quality time with our immediate family too. As I’ve mentioned before, the holidays and the time of the year, gives me all sorts of the feels, and every year I’m filled with many emotions. Mostly good ones but as I’ve said the holidays and the time of the year always gives me the feels. In just a few days, we turn the page and close the book to 2016 and welcome the new year. Although 2016 was a year filled with much success, love, new friendships, and amazing memories I’m ready to welcome 2017 and see what it has to offer. One of the new things I will add to my blog is a section where I get a little more personal with you al. Although, I feel like I get pretty personal already, I wanted all of you to get to know me a little more. So, for 2017 I will get a little more personal and share more of my life with you all. While also continuing to inspire, enlightened and empower you.
With 2017 just days away, I don’t know about you but I always like to set goals for myself for the new year. Some may refer to them as resolutions, but I like to make goals for myself. Goals that are realistic, positive and ones that will be good for me in the long run. I hope you all can join me and set some goals for yourself as well. We’re all in this together, right?! Set goals that are realistic, ones that you do for you.
Here are my Resolutions/Goals for 2017:
Get to know me more, reasons behind the goals and resolutions:
One of the things many don’t know, and I will admit is that I wear my heart on my shoulders. I’m human, and someone who cares and one who has a big heart. And at times, I can let me emotions get the best of me. I often let things get to me more so than they should. I tend to “sweat” (so to speak) the small stuff and let it get the best of me. But for 2017, I will try my best to not to be bothered by things so easily and to not sweat the small stuff.
Sometimes, I can get too involved in my work (because I love what I do, and feel very passionate about it) that I don’t know when to step away. For 2017, I will learn to make more time for myself, my husband, my family and friends. Work will always be there, and I will remain dedicated to my life’s passion, while also making more time for the people I love and care about. I’ll also know when to turn the phone off and step away. For 2017, I will be more conscientious to turn off and step away ( the phone and computer and from work). I’ll live more in the moment and never let anything pass me by.
As a blogger, avid photo taker and IGer– I will admit that I have become overly obsessed in trying to get the “perfect shot.” Sometimes, I will admit I strive for perfection way too much. But I’ve also learned that it’s ok to not be so perfect. I mean, imperfections is what makes us all unique in our own way. So, maybe I won’t have the perfect photo every time, that’s ok by me. For 2017, I will learn to love my imperfections while continuing to stay true to myself.
I’ve always lived by the rule: It’s ok to indulge one in awhile. But like many of us, I too can get carried away with that saying. But I’m turning the tables and getting back on track. I truly believe that 2017 is my year, and the year for all of us. For 2017, I will commit to staying fit, being active and healthy. We only have one life and body so we gotta treat it right, right?! So whose with me?
I like to call myself an adventurous soul, who loves learning and trying new things. I want to continue this for the new year and years to come. I don’t want to limit myself and I want to be more open to new things. So for 2017, I will continue to be open to trying and learning new things.
And lastly, although I characterize myself as a very happy and content person. I always set this goal for myself every year. There were times in my life where I wasn’t so happy and content, but I left those dark days behind me and have been so much happier ever since. I mean it’s not hard to stay happy when you have the love of your life by your side, great friends who are like family and family whose been by my side through and through. So for 2017, I’ll continue to be happy and I hope my happiness can add sunshine to your lives too!
I look forward to sharing more about myself with you all, more on beauty, fashion, lifestyle and travel, and continue to inspire, empower and enlighten you in 2017! Let’s make 2017 AMAZING!!
What are your goals/resolutions for 2017?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!
Tis’ the Season!
It’s the holiday season, a time to give thanks, to celebrate, a time for hope, love, peace and joy. But most importantly its the season for giving. I’ve mentioned this before, this season always gives me all sorts of the feels and when you continue reading you’ll see another reason why it gives me all the feels. Good ones too!
I’ve been a fan of this duo and their Youtube family for many years now. I stumbled upon Judy’s beauty videos many years ago and even then she was very relatable with many useful beauty tips and tricks. Then, I started watching her daily vlogs and fell in love with both Judy and Benji and the love they share. When they had their kids (who are the absolute CUTEST) their daily vlogs turned into a wholesome family vlog that I would tune into daily. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Judy and Benji in person and they are exactly the same as they are in their vlogs and so much more. They’re so sweet and down to earth, just a good wholesome people. When you meet them and see all they do it’s hard not to fall in love with them and their family. I truly admire all they do for their kids and for others. The values and morals they’ve taught their 3 girls are all things I hope to be when I’m a parent one day.
In the spirit of giving back, Benji and Judy do so much for their community and to those in need. Every December for the past 5 year, Benji and Judy began this annual fundraiser called #Dancember raising awareness and giving back to their chosen cause. During their 24 hour broadcast, they dance to raise awareness and and funds for that particular cause/organization/mission. Each year it’s gotten bigger and bigger and it just warms my heart that I can be part of this amazing fundraiser and so can you. This year once again they are giving back to Convoy of Hope. Convoy of Hope is an organization that helps those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. This year, during their annual 24 hour broadcast Benji and Judy along with friends and family hope to raise $500,000 to help feed 50,000 children. This years live broadcast was on December 17th, and if you’ve seen this years live feed and years prior you’ll see, feel all sorts of emotions, fun, and want to be part of the cause as well as see all the good that comes out of the event. If you’ve seen this Youtube duo and this cause before, then you know all they do is simply spectacular. You too can give back, just think $10 dollars can go a long way. Think about it, your donations can help feed children in need, starving, and impoverished. It’s the season of giving, let’s all come together and help Benji and Judy get to their goal of $500,000 to feed 50,000 children . They are 87% away from their goal. Know that your donations are going towards a good cause and it will help so many children in need. See all the good Benji, Judy, family, friends and all of you have done and can do, click the videos below.
Click the link below and donate HELP FEED $50,000 CHILDREN TODAY! https://fundraise.feedone.com/campaign/dancember/c111817
I hope this post inspired you to continue to be all you can be and to believe in the power of giving. I hope the spirit of this holiday season is enlightening, inspiring and empowering. Sending you all warmth, peace, love and joy this holiday season!
As always, thanks for reading, following and supporting me in my journey!
This year my husband and I hosted our 3rd annual Friendsgiving. An evening filled with lots of laughs, love and a whole lot of food. We definitely feasted that evening. I may have gone a little overboard on the food–let’s just say that it was enough to feed an army. Another fact about me: I enjoy hosting, entertaining, cooking and creating recipes to share with everyone. All I can say is that it was worth it and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. To be honest, I didn’t take many photos from the evening, why you ask? Although, I enjoy capturing all of life’s moments. I simply wanted to enjoy the evening with our friends and take in the moment. If you follow me on Snapchat (SocFashBeaut17) then you saw a glimpse of the festivities. I love this time of the year, it gives me all kinds of feels. It made me realize even more how blessed, grateful and thankful my husband and I are for family and friends.
Before every Friendsgiving I also prep before the evening. I think of the menu, tablescape and home decor for the evening. My go to source for inspiration is Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource for all sorts of things, definitely a website to check out if you haven’t already. As for the invitations I make sure to send them out way in advance to give our guest ample time to make work out their schedules. I love a good handwritten letter any day. I’m all about personal notes and touches. But since we live in a Social Media and Tech day in age my go to source to send out invitations is via Evite. It’s user friendly, it has a variety of invitation templates to choose from and your guest will receive your invite instantly via email. Simple, fast and easy. Our theme for the evening was Chic Holiday Glam using accents of Silver and Gold. I love having fresh flowers and candles to add to the table. Fresh roses are beautiful, they smell great and they make for a great centerpiece for any table spread. Candles add a nice touch to your tablescape and home decor. Giving off that intimate and homey feel. I added some glitter pine cones, votive candle holders, gourds and painter hurricanes. With little accents here and there, I kept the tablescapes and decor simple, elegant and chic.
For the Appetizer Table: I added a few gourds to the table I thought they fit perfectly for Fall and our Friendsgiving theme. I filled some silver painted hurricanes with old wine corks and filled red mason jars with flowers to complete the table spread.
For the Main Dining Table: I had fresh flowers in low vases and glass hurricanes with floating candles as the main centerpieces. I added a few glitter pine cones as table accents.
Sweet Potato Bites
Apple Roast Beef Crostini’s with Honey Drizzle
Cranberry and Pomegranate Crostini’s
Assorted Cheese, Grapes, Crackers and Almonds
All Organic and Gluten-Free (Minus the Dinner rolls)
Baked Mac and Cheese
Roasted Garlic Parmesan String Beans
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
Roast Parmesan Cauliflower
Roast Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Turkey Bacon
Honey Roasted Carrots
Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies
Mini Nutella Filled Donuts
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
[PHOTO ABOVE TAKEN BY ENLIGHTENEDBYBRAVERY]
[PHOTO ABOVE TAKEN BY ENLIGHTENEDBYBRAVERY]
This year, we welcomed old and new friends and family to our home. Our Friendsgiving was filled with many fond moments that we can add to the book of memories we’ve compiled over the years. After eating, we enjoyed some laughs, drank wine and played a few fun rounds of Charades. All in all the evening was fun and enjoyable. We thank everyone who came and enjoyed the evening with us. We’re thankful, grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives. Thankful to see another year and share a wonderful evening with friends who’ve become family. Our hearts are overjoyed with so much love and I know how tummies were filled and stuffed with delicious food. Thankful, grateful and happy to end 2016 on a good note and with more memories to cherish forever. May we continue to celebrate the good times in our lives together in the years to come.
What are you thankful for this year?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.