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September 10, 2012

A Fresh New Start

I absolutely love this time of year for numerous reasons. Mainly because the weather starts to cool down and I'm not melting in the hot Carolina sun and humidity. But another reason is because September typically marks the start of a new year for me. I realize its kind of silly to celebrate a new year nine months into the actual year, but I do. Since kindergarten, I have lived on an academic schedule being that I went straight from college into a teaching position. Over a year ago, I decided to not return to teaching as I wanted to chase after my dreams.

This past year has been nothing short of an amazing, wonderful,  and exciting rollercoaster ride. I have overcome some fears, taught myself that its okay to fail, and met some wonderful new friends along the way. A few of the highlights from this past year were:

The Anderson Cooper show calling me to chat about my blog. While they didn't end up using my story, I was beyond flattered that they even found my tiny blog.

The opportunity to fly out to NYC for a few days to learn from the amazing staff and team at the Martha Stewart Living headquarters. An added bonus was having the producer select me to ask a (very random) question during a segment.

I also loved getting to see Rascal Flatts up close and personal!

I'm only ten days into my "new year" and it has already wildly exceeded my expectations. There is a lot more riding on this year than last year, so I'm excited to see where it takes me and where I end up.

Thank you for walking this journey with me and being my community along the way! I seriously couldn't have done any of this without such great friends and an unbelievably supportive community!

ps: my shop is temporary closed so that I can restock a few products. Y'all sold me out way faster than anticipated!


  1. WOW!! That's a HUGE dreamy year! So happy for you. Can't wait to see what this year brings!
    Catherine Denton

  2. Hooray for BIG dreams! So proud of you for all you've accomplished and all you are GOING to accomplish! You pretty much rock! You also rock those pink boots ;)

  3. Holy cow, you've accomplished so much! Isn't the community of blogging awesome? I'm just now starting to REALLY get into it.

  4. WOWWWWW!! i had no idea about the Anderson Cooper thing!! what were they contacting you for?!?!!? that is so awesome! you're AMAZING, girl!!

  5. You have had an amazing year! I'm excited to see what the next one brings you!

  6. Hey there!

    Stopping by from the GFC blog hop today :)

    I´m a new follower!

    Smooches from Germany and have a nice day!
    Anni // Grapefruitprincess ReLoaded

  7. I love this post and your relation to new beginnings and the month of September. I love that :)

  8. Love your blog. Following you from blog hop.
    Will you follow back.
    Patricia from Topiary Rose.

  9. Found ya on GFC and am so excited to follow you have a fab blog here! Great to meet you :)

  10. I really enjoyed this post. It's so inspirational! I love that you're "chasing big dreams" because it encourages others to do the same. Thank you for sharing your accomplishments of the past year and all the best in your new year ahead! I look forward to reading about it!


  11. Your blog is absolutely gorgeous. I'm a new follower and I can't wait to learn all about your dreams. So glad your year is off to a great start!



  12. Your blog is so cute, love the design. Stopping by from GFC Blog Hop and your newest follower. xx

    Here is my blog: