Happy New Year, everyone!
2016 has been so good to me. Of course, I launched my fashion blog, Charmed Jersey Belle and this blog has been such a blessing for me. I started this as a way for me to be creative and to always have something to work on, always having something to challenge me, while still having fun with it and always being sure to be true to myself in the process. When we meet new people, that question, "What do you do for fun?" Somehow always makes it's way to the conversation. I honestly, never had an answer to that.
I would say, "Uh...work? Yeah, I work for fun."
Come on, Brooke? What kind of answer is that? Yes, I love my job so much. I am ridiculously passionate about what I do, and my career is truly "fun" for me. But, I was beginning to feel like I needed another outlet to express myself. I was beginning to feel like I needed another passion, outside of my everyday job. Charmed Jersey Belle has done that for me. It has also strengthened my relationship with my sweetie, Art. This isn't, wasn't and would never be possible without him. He takes every picture, and supports me all the way with this passion of mine. We have spent countless hours driving around, looking for new places to shoot, and we have so much fun when it actually comes to the picture taking time. A lot of the time, he's standing behind the camera, saying something silly and being goofy to get a genuine smile out of me. (And sometimes, I can get a little bossy when taking photos- my fellow bloggers can relate to this, I'm sure.) But Art knows how to handle me and he has never been anything less than wonderful through this entire journey. I've had the opportunity to work with so many different companies. I've been sponsored, and gifted items this past year and that has been such a humbling experience in itself. I started this for me. I wanted Charmed Jersey Belle to be my hobby, my passion, my creative escape. And, fortunately, other people have come to love it enough to allow me to partner up with them, and it has truly been such a pleasure. I can't thank you all enough for believing in me, and for your constant love and support.
In the summer of 2016, I was also given the news that I am going to be a first- time auntie! My little sister is pregnant and is expecting this little bundle of joy, baby boy any day now! The due date is January 16th, so needless to say, this is a very exciting time for our family and 2017 will be the best year yet. Adding another member to our family?! YAS. My parents are being promoted to grandparents, and this new baby is going to be spoiled and loved to itty bitty bits! I am beyond stoked.
I'm not really one to make resolutions, but this time around, I think I'm gonna give it a shot. Here are my ideas:
Get more sleep.
Drink more water.
Get more exercise.
Eat more fruits and veggies.
Clean more often.
Have more patience. (I really struggle w this one.)
Notice more of the little things.
I would really love to visit Australia. I would love to snuggle a Koala. Sydney has always interested me and I would absolutely LOVE to take a trip. I would also love to visit Central and/or West Africa and see all the wildlife and animals that live there. Elephants and giraffes are two of my favorites. I would love to see them in their natural habitat and explore a place like Africa.
I would like to help more people. I would like to give back. In some way.
Always, always follow my heart.
I intend to be braver, kinder, stronger, and unstoppable.
While trying to do more of all these things, I want to somehow not focus on doing "more" and just try my best. Goodbye 2016. It has been so real, and so so good.
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What did y'all do last night for NYE? Art and I, along with all the girls that I work with (my salon family) went to a wedding! My boss got married and we brought in the new year celebrating the new Mr. & Mrs. Vega! It was such a blast! I wore this dress and these shoes.
Don't mind the quality of the photos:
(we took them w our phones)
I wish you all a year full of good health and happiness!
Thanks for visiting!
As always, stay lovely.