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December 31, 2018

A Reflection of 2018

DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Loft. I only share things on my blog that I would buy and value myself. All opinions are my own.

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It’s the last day of 2018, another year gone by and this go around I took time to reflect on it. I’d like to call 2018 my year of awakening. There were a lot of hardships personally, professionally and with my relationships. It most definitely kicked me in my rear end, pushed me down the stairs and spit in my face a few times. But the outcome of my adversity has given me more growth in my resilience, perception and patience. I’m sharing both the good and the bad with you because without the bad, we can’t truly grow and I never want to come off as a person who has it together or perfect 100% of the time. Let’s be real, we are human and that is impossible.

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My accomplishments of 2018:

Starting off with the good, this year brought a lot of light on my thoughts, my expenses, what I want out of life and my relationships. I made more time and spent more time with my family, and truly view my moving back home with them as a blessing. At the end of the day, they are all I really have. I know they love me unconditionally and I took that for granted for a long time.

I got out of a toxic work environment, and not by choice but I look at it as a blessing in disguise. It was in due time that I left because of the toll it was taking on my mental health, and work should never affect you in that way. This led to my new job that I am very grateful for and have much more growth in. This also led to me growing my faith and making time for God. It’s amazing what can happen when you let go of your burdens and let God take control.

In my first year of blogging, I was able to work with 3 of my favorite brands, including one that my entire look is from. I’m very grateful for the opportunity, experience and friendships this blog has given me. It’s tested my limits and ability to manage my time better and girl, I needed to be better at that.

And with the good, comes the bad.

Failures of 2018:

Yup, giving it to you straight and not sugar coated. Fail, such an uncomfortable word to use but necessary in order to confront yourself of what you did not prioritize.

I failed at bettering my health and wellness. It happens, life happens and we all have different coping mechanisms as well as processing things differently. My health and wellness will be a priority for 2019 because self-love and self-care are two things at the top of my list.

I failed at paying off some of my debt. Again, life happens. I didn’t plan to lose my job but I did and that set me back BIG TIME. I also spent entirely too much money on things because of my blog in 2018 so 2019 will be a year of financial awareness.

MY Goals for 2019

  • Learn to love myself and my flaws.
  • Worry about myself and not others around me.
  • Meditate more and be more mindful of my time as in less time Netflix and chillin’.
  • Make my health a priority because God gave me this body and I should treat it as a temple.
  • Spend LESS money on material things because I over consumed in 2018 and girl, that just isn’t being smart with your money.

It’s eye-opening view your life’s events from a different perspective. I really do believe that everything happens for a reason and I believe that 2018 (and 2017) beat me up for the good. I’ve learned that I am very resilient and that no matter how hard life knocks me down, I just turn around and get back up.

I’m cheering for you in 2019. I hope that you accomplish everything that you write down for the New Year goal (because you should write them down). Hold yourself accountable or find someone to hold yourself accountable. Fall down and get back up. Fight, push and prevail because 2019 will be the year for you.

XOXO,
Thuy

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In Style, Uncategorized on
December 21, 2018

Get Cozy This Winter with LOFT

DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Loft. I only share things on my blog that I would buy and value myself. All opinions are my own.

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Happy First Day of Winter everyone! I cannot believe we are approaching the holidays and new year already. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like the older I get the faster time goes by. I hope everyone is staying warm during the holiday season! It actually has felt more like winter the past few weeks here in North Carolina. We got over a foot of snow two weeks ago. Almost unheard of, especially early in December. I don’t know about you but I love staying cozy in the fall and winter. I think I’ve worn a sweater almost everyday since the temperatures dropped below 50 haha. I love the versatility of a sweater or cardigan and playing with layers. You can get really creative with your outfit, another reason why I love fall and winter! Loft has so many versatile pieces and I put together 2 different looks using the same sweater for you to stay cute and cozy in!

I love me a good cowl neck sweater and this one is OH SO GOOD. I love that it’s more snug, a little unusual for me as I prefer oversized sweaters. I honestly fell in love with the boucle texture. I’ve been wanting to add more texture especially with neutral tones to my closet. I have major “Joanna Gaines” feels in this look and I am not mad about it since I am a country girl at heart. Catch my Instagram stories for the accent.

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I played with more textures for this look by mixing Loft’s wool pocket shift skirt and the same sweater. Again, I love neutrals. They’re what I feel most comfortable in and a way I’ve upped the bland look of them is adding pieces with that texture. This look can easily be worn to work, date night or to your family holiday gathering.

Honestly, one of my favorite things about Loft is the versatility of their clothing. I know I mentioned this earlier and you’re going to hear me say it again. When it comes to me investing in clothes, I love things that I can get the most out of. Luckily, my office just switched to a “Dress for Your Day” dress code which allows us to wear more casual clothes. But when I did have to dress business casual for work, Loft was my go-to for pieces that I could not only wear to the office but also wear everyday. It’s still one of my go-to stores when I’m looking to add new pieces to my closet! Plus the staff is always so helpful and friendly which makes the shopping experience even better for me. (Maybe not my wallet haha) I hope ya’ll enjoyed this post and I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday season!

XOXO,
Thuy

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