17 things I learned in 2017

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since the start to 2018 and I’ve had a lot of time to think about what 2017 taught me. What lessons I learned that I want to apply to this new year. Coming into this year I am determined  to keep that growth going. I truly believe 2018 is going to be an amazing year for me and I hope for you all as well.

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  1. It’s okay to be scared. Life will through you curve balls and it’s okay to be afraid of what can happen. Just remember that everything happens for a reason and that one day you will look back and be thankful for how those things that you are scared of ended up shaping you.
  2. Love yourself. I spent most of my year focusing on others and putting myself on the back burner. I completely crumbled at the end of the year because I did not know how to love myself. The relationships I had built started to fall apart because something was missing, and that was knowing what I wanted and being okay with myself.
  3.  It’s okay to not be okay. The last 7 months of 2017. I was hanging on by a thread and I was faking being okay and having my sh*t in order only to fall apart behind closed door. I learned that it’s okay to not be okay and that everything will be okay if you decide to take care of yourself.
  4. Nothing is permanent. 2017 taught me that you have the power to change your situation. I also know you have to want to change your situation, but don’t let yourself thing you are stuck in a situation forever. You can control where you stand in your life.
  5. Wear Makeup if you want to. For the majority of the year I focused every morning on creating a beauty routine that would make me feel beautiful no matter what I was doing. I am so proud I took the time to do this because it has helped with my own self-esteem overall. I do have days where I don’t wear makeup, but I have realized that my morning routine is essential part of my day IMG_2287
  6. Travel more. This year I decide to travel and I cannot recommend this enough. I decide to treat myself to a big trip overseas and three smaller trips within the U.S and I am so glad I was able to do so. I learned so much and got to enjoy myself.
  7. Hustle. In 2017 I learned that when you want something you have to work really hard on achieving your dreams. So I hustle twice as hard as those around me. I currently have two jobs and I am planning on accomplishing big things this year.
  8. Spend more time with your loved ones. For the past two years I have made sure that I spend time with my parents and loved ones as often as I can. You never know when they won’t be here any more and you won’t be able to see them.
  9. Take more pictures. Capture more memories you won’t regret this.
  10. Take time to see the beauty around you. This past year I stopped to look at all the beauty that surrounded me; the sunsets, the moon, the stars, the faces of all of the people that surround me. I truly stopped and soaked it all in.IMG_0841
  11. I got creative. This past year I focused on more of my creative side. I baked, I drew, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started taking more pictures.
  12. I can do anything I set my mind to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to graduate with my MSW. This was something I did not think I was able to accomplish. It was hard and one of the most difficulty things I have ever done. At the end of it all I did it and no one can take that away from me.
  13. I learned to be okay with my sarcastic self. I realized that those who love me love that I can be sarcastic and I don’t need to hide that side of me.
  14. Do things that make you happy. Life is too short to not do what makes you happy. This past year I explored places I wanted to visit, I listened to more music, I created things I wanted to create and I listened to my heart.
  15. I let go of relationships that weren’t helping me grow. I stuck to my guns and removed those that did not add anything valuable to my life. I stopped begging for people’s time and attention. IMG_1086
  16. Red Lipstick. I started wearing more red lipstick because I can!
  17. Take a moment. Last but not least I learned to take a moment each day to reflect on just how wonderful I am. Even on the worst days I still managed to get out of bed and  that’s an accomplishment on it’s own.IMG_9291I hope that 2018 is filled with many more exciting adventures and that I continue to figure out who I am and what brings joy and happiness to my world.

    What are some things you learned in 2017?

    Have a great weekend! I will see you on Monday

    -M

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Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today’s post will replace my Monday’s post since I felt this was very fitting for today, being mother’s day and all. First off Happy Mother’s Day to all my lovely mother’s out there. May you be celebrated with all of the love and affection you deserve.

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Now on to the main topic of this post. My dearest mother, or Mamá.

Let’s start out by saying this woman hates having pictures taken. She runs from the camera and I have very few pictures with her unless I “force” her to stop and take a picture. None less I wouldn’t change this woman for anyone other woman in the world. She has raised me to be the person that I am and for that I will always be grateful and can only wish I be half as good as a mother as she has been.

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Mom,

Thank you for always putting up with me & my brother. We don’t say thank you and I love you nearly enough and for that I am sorry. Thank you for sacrificing so much so we may have a better life. I hope one day when I have kids I can be as self-less and as compassionate about raising my kids as you have been with us. My brother and I wouldn’t be where we are without you and for that we love you!

Love,

-Michelle

Happy New Years Eve & OOTD

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First off Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years Day.
I wanted to share my outfit with you all. Yes! this is super casual, but I have to work and I didn’t feel like dressing up too much. Sometimes the best outfits are the casual ones. I also wanted to share some family New Years Eve traditions at the end of the post so keep reading!

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Top: Express
Jeans: Aeropostale
Boots: Kohl’s
Necklace: NY & CO.

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Every New Year’s Eve my family and I stay up to watch the ball drop. Typically you are supposed to toast the beginning of the New Year with something bubbly aka Champagne. I always drink a nice glass of water to begin the year of right. Being hydrated is the best thing I can do for my body right as your bringing in a new year.

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Ever since I can remember we scarf down 12 grapes while we count the last ten seconds of the year. I asked my mom why did we do such a strange tradition? She replied with saying each grape signifies the 12 months of the upcoming year, and you eat them as fast as you can without choking for good luck! I have been doing this for so long that her answer was “normal”.

Whether you have any traditions or not I wish you a very Happy New Year Eve with all of your loved ones. I wish everyone of you a amazing 2014 may all your resolutions and wishes come true! Stay safe and warm and I will talk to you in 2014!

-M

My Weekend Recap – Sat. 20th, 2013

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This weekend my family and I headed to Maryland to visit some relatives. We left at 5:15 am to arrive there a little bit before 8am. The day was a peaceful reminder of how important family is. Take a look at some of the pictures I was so lucky to capture.

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The day was beautiful. It allowed me to go for a walk and enjoy the time with my little cousins.

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The little ones did some tree climbing and of course there were some blowing of bubbles!

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There is something so amazing about watching kids play. My cousin (pictured below) and I decide to go for a walk around the neighborhood.

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We ended up relaxing on the couch until dinner. I will leave you with one of my favorite shots of the day (pictured below).

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How was your weekend?

See you on Friday for my D.I.Y

Michelle