Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I know I’m a few days late in saying that but I’ve taken a break from blogging during my two-week vacation.

I slept in, did some reading, ate to my heart’s content and, laid on the beach until I turned a new shade darker. There’s nothing like relaxing after an exhausting year of pure working mode.

You probably read many posts about New Year Resolutions. I never make those because I feel pressurized to live up to the goals I set out for myself only to be disappointed.

Reflecting back on the year that was 2016, it was honestly the best year I had in a long time. I got to do everything I loved from traveling to sightseeing. Having two very different types of jobs in two very different industries, taught me a lot about time management.

Learning to be an adult is a topic for another day. Making sure not to default on your bills, researching the many policies you need for retirement and every day strugglings; it’s a miracle I’m still alive.

I’ve grown apart from former friends yet grown to love myself more immensely. I’ve learned to use the word ‘no’ more and said yes to opportunities that excite my outlook on my future.

My relationship with Courtney has significantly reached new heights; talking about our future together in much more detail than usual. I’ve said goodbye to bad vibes and, hello to positivity.

Masked the fact that I’m more an introvert then pretending to be an extrovert. Kicked my hideous spending to the curb and opened several saving accounts for those unexpected moments in life.

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But what does 2017 hold for dear old, Stephanie?

I have no idea. Just that it will be a year full of opportunity, laughter, and self-assessment. Oh, and a book filled with memories and travel adventures with my partner in crime.

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Images: Courtney Hans

Dress: Pick ‘n Pay Clothing

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