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December 31, 2018

A Reflection of 2018

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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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April 15, 2018

Savannah Recap – A Gal’s Trip

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Hello friends! I recently went to Savannah, Georgia for a girls trip. A little back story and the meaning behind the trip: My 3 best friends from high school, whom I am still very close with, decided that each year instead of buying each other Christmas presents we were going to go on an annual girls trip. It was also getting really difficult to buy gifts and we felt like we had DIY-ed every gift out there lol. I think this is honestly a great idea for a group of close friends especially the older you get. Last year we chose Asheville, North Carolina. This year was Savannah.

Any who, we rented an Airbnb right in downtown Savannah for our stay which was 3 nights for about $150 per person. It was a fantastic location within walking distance of everything! Not to mention, so freaking adorable. Sadly, it was bigger than my two bedroom apartment back home lol. I just loved how bright and spacious it was. We honestly weren’t in the Airbnb for anything else but sleeping and getting ready. Although it was cute enough to get cozy in.

The city of Savannah itself had a very light and fun atmosphere. The antebellum architecture of the buildings, homes and streets spoke the history. Cobblestone roads, parks, oak trees and Spanish moss are now what I picture when I think of Savannah. Oh and the city allows open container downtown, I mean there is a vicinity that you can have them of course but still pretty freaking awesome.

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Friday:
We drove down Friday morning, it’s only a 5 hour drive from where I live. Our check-in was 3pm so when we arrived we had time to spare. Our first stop was Debi’s Restaurant, which if you have ever seen Forrest Gump, is where Jenny worked. YA’LL, their chicken and waffles are THE BOMB. Literally the perfect chicken tenders, my mouth is watering just thinking about it again. Okay so we check-in and got ready. We wanted to see what the downtown night life was all about. We dined at a seafood bar for a quick bite and to start with our first couple of drinks. I’m not going to lie, I felt SO weird walking around with a drink in my hand. I was waiting for the police to just stop and tell me I was breaking the law lol. Friday night, we signed up for a haunted pub tour, self explained, but pretty cool. After stopping by 5 different bars, us gals were pretty “LIT.” I’m telling you, when you can bar hop and take your drink to go, it’s a different ball game.

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Saturday:
The weather was not up to par this day. It was gross most of the time. We did walk and get brunch at Huey’s On the River (call ahead guys if you can). Our wait was about an hour and 30 minutes. It went by pretty fast after walking around and exploring. This was our shopping day since the weather wasn’t the best. I took this opportunity to stop by Dress Up, which is a large boutique in the south east but we don’t have one in North Carolina. They’re prices are pretty affordable and their pieces are OH SO CUTE. Probably spent more than I should have lol. Dinner was

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Sunday:
Our last day and night in Savannah so we wanted to make it count. Sunday brunch was at Vic’s on the River. They had an all you can eat breakfast buffet and I don’t know about ya’ll but breakfast food is my favorite. After brunch we went to grab some margarita’s at Liz’s. Awesome deal of $3 a marg, sadly, I am highly allergic to tequila. I actually broke out in a rash on my face and around my mouth. Didn’t stop me though, I just switched to beer lol. I think that River street is probably one of my favorite locations because well it’s by the water and there are A LOT of bars. Our last night, we signed up for a haunted tour of Historic Savannah. This wasn’t a pub tour, it was more family friendly. It was probably one of my favorite things we did because I love history and when you combine haunted stories with it, I’m sold.

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All in all, I loved Savannah. If you have never been, I highly recommend making a trip! The history of the city itself is fascinating. I am ready to plan another trip! This time, I plan to pack appropriate walking shoes and I recommend you do the same. Other tips I would advise are 1.) Make reservations for tours 2.) Call ahead for dining especially if you want to try the popular places 3.) If you go in the month of April, pack a jacket and a pair of pants because it was quite chilly some nights. Let me know in the comments if you have ever been and what your favorite thing to do was!

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