If I could put 2017 into one word, it would be...
WOW WOW WOW.
The past year... I honestly don't even know where to start. Not going to lie, this year wasn't the best. BUT, so much happened and each thing changed and shaped who I am, and going to be for the rest of my life. Now in this blog post, I'm going to get real. Very real. So real that you get to hear my thoughts and things that happened this past year that only close friends know about. It's also a longer one, and I throw in some spiritual things. I guess this could be my Christmas letter and update on our life? But I think it's worth the read... I may cry writing this, but they are tears of happiness and just processing emotions.
For starters, Cory and I moved back to Seattle. That's not a secret, haha. SO many of you wondered why we moved back. And no, I'm not pregnant. But we want to have a baby sometime soon! "Soon" meaning, we're at least thinking about it now. It's at least a good start, right?
This song below has been on repeat for the past three months. Feel free to listen while scrolling and reading through.
Okay, so let's go back to last January.
January was an interesting month for us. We decided we wanted to move away from our house in Echo Park, LA to downtown LA. We were in a season of very much needed change of atmosphere. We wanted to experience a different part of LA, and it was my first time EVER living in an apartment. Yes, that's right, my first time living in an apartment (I only lived in residential houses my whole life). Now, this apartment was gorgeous. We had everything we needed, and more! We had two pools (one was a rooftop which we spent lots of time at), a fitness center that was the size of my previous 24 Hour Fitness, a lobby that looked like a hotel, the most beautiful rooftop lounge, amazing management, a 964 square foot apartment that was on the top floor with floor to ceiling windows. It was two bedrooms, one bath, with white marble floors, and a shower that was the the size of my previous bathroom (no joke). Also, my favorite coffee shop down the street (they even knew my order when I walked in, multiple baristas), and a Whole Foods in our basement, no joke. We LIVED on top of a Whole Foods. It was magical. We lived there happily for seven months. We had memorable parties at our place, spent a ton of time at the pool, walked everywhere (Target and Zara was a 5 min walk), and it was probably the most fun we had living in LA. That was one special chapter of our lives we will never forget. Here are some of my favorite photos from this year. I have so many more photos but I don't want this post to be longer then it already is.
In February, we went to NYFW, and spent the week with some amazing people. After that, Cory, and our friends Joe and Maddie went to London. It was our first time there, and let's just say it was the best vacation I've ever had. We got to experience the city as a local, and I fell in love with the place.
Later in the spring, we did the whole Coachella experience. I stayed in a house with some of my friends at Socialyte, and it was a blast! Got to work with some amazing clients as well.
This summer was an interesting one. One that will we will never forget. A lot of things happened that made me realize how precious life is and how important it is to have a community of friends and family that support you and are there for you at all times. Through the good, bad, mourning death, celebrating life, when you’re scared or afraid, sad, lonely, when need a shoulder to cry on, and someone you can laugh with until your face hurts... that’s a true friend, and this describes our friends in LA. Our friends and family mean the world to us. Nothing will ever take that away. We had (and still have them!) the best group of friends. They helped us survive these past two years in LA and I can't express how much they mean to us. Our friends are truly a gift. This holiday season made me realize that. Without them I don't know what we would have done. Thank you to our friends in LA (you know who you are). <3 I may or may not be tearing up right now...
With the summer being one we will never forget, we started moving into Autumn. We were in and out of NYC for work, and spent a lot of time back home in the PNW. The thought of moving back was in our minds, and we didn't know how long we wanted to be in LA. When September hit, we went to NYFW and spent 10 days in the city. It was a trip that was definitely unforgettable. Our friends Joe and Maddie moved out there, so we spent every day with them. Some of my favorite memories from that trip was going to a jazz bar and drinking lots of wine, and grabbing a pizza and eating on a blanket in Central Park. It felt like a movie. So happy that Joe and Maddie are there right now. They're killing it!
Once we got back from NYFW, we realized how much we missed home. Seattle has been our home forever, and being away for so long we felt like we were missing out. Family parties, our friends, my cabin, and the glorious PNW nature. We also started to miss seasons like crazy. I was starting to miss the rain (which is strange for most people)! We also want to buy a house and start a family, and we knew it wasn't going to happen in LA. We decided one night that we felt like God was moving us back home. So we packed up, got someone to take over our lease, and moved up within a week of deciding we wanted to move. How crazy is that?! Some people thought we were but we are so happy we did. Honestly, it was one of the best decisions we've ever made.
Los Angeles will ALWAYS have a special place in our hearts. We feel like the Lord isn't done with us there, so we still be there a lot in the next year. When February comes, I'll probably wanting to go down and soak in the sunshine.
So when we got back to Seattle, we were trying to figure out where we were going to live. Cory's dad has a house up by the San Juan Islands, and offered us to live there for a while. So of course we said yes because it's on the water! It's SO beautiful! We're at that house when we don't need to be in Seattle. It's the most beautiful place I've ever lived.
Now, going into the 2018... I honestly have no idea whats going to happen. 2017 was full of surprises, so this next year could be even more of a whirlwind. Last year I had all these goals... haha that was a joke. I'm not even sure if any of them even happened. I'm not making any resolutions, and I'm not going into the year with any expectations. But I do want to do one thing...
This next year I want to learn how to go with the flow. I don't want to be so stuck in my agenda, and my life long plan. Every year I do that, and it always ends up not happening. God's plans are higher than my own. So I can't decide on what I want to do. It's what's God's plans are.
Thank you to everyone that reads my blog, follows my work and adventures. Without you all, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and let's hope that 2018 will be an amazing year!
CHEERS TO THIS NEXT YEAR!
MY 2017 FAVORITES PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY