Quick 23rd Birthday Recap and Reflection

Last weekend, I celebrated my 23rd birthday. It was probably one of the best birthdays I have had. I want to personally thank everyone for the birthday wishes and for making the weekend so special. Below is a recap of my weekend and a reflection as I embark on this new age!

Overall, the weekend consisted of lots of yummy food (Ruka and Eataly to be exact), plenty of bubbly, some fun in the city, and bowling with amazing friends. I was able to just settle down from a crazy work week and enjoy my time with family and friends! While there are so many pictures and boomerangs I could share, I picked two that showed my fave outfits of the weekend and of course one of beautiful Boston.

Those of you who know me know that I have a special place in my heart for Boston. I lived there for 4 years and really got to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Now that I am no longer living there, it was so extremely special to visit for a night and enjoy it during such a special weekend. I thought about how hard it is to make this transition into the next chapter of my life, working and becoming an ‘actual’ adult. It has yet to hit me that I am no longer in school and now redirecting my focus to adult matters, aka bills, work, and future plans. To me, Boston symbolizes some of the best years so far. Being back there made me emotional because it reminded me that I won’t be able to relive those times and my new life as a 23 year old grad is just beginning.

Remember I told you all I hate change? While I deal with the emotions and reflecting on my past, I also think about my life now and how amazing it is going to be. Twenty-three is about to be an incredible and challenging year. I am embarking on new freedoms and things that I have never had to deal with. But it also brings immense opportunity to travel and be the adult that I am.

It’s a new chapter filled with so many new surprises, and I cannot wait to see what happens.

-XOXO Courtney

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My 2017 Reflection and Recap

Overall, 2017 was a great year for me. School flew by, and I am now only months from graduating and becoming a “real” adult. I was able to travel some and spend the best quality time with my family. Most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and was humbled by the opportunities that I had to grow as a blogger and person.

Over the past year, my blog grew tremendously. I was able to work with brands that I never imagined, and finally felt that my hard work had been paying off. I started my blog in the fall of 2013. Five years later, I am still working toward my goals and improving my content and social media. I have been extremely humbled by the opportunities that I have been given from my blog and definitely do not take them for granted. Everyday, I work even harder to hopefully one day achieve my dream and goal of running a successful fashion and beauty blog.

While most of the year felt successful, it also posed some challenges for me personally. For years, I have always said that I would keep toxic people out of my life and only surround myself with positivity. Towards the end of this year, that motto got a little lost, and I felt myself personally let down by people who I thought I could trust. But throughout that struggle, I was proud of my maturity and realized that it takes those people and some petty drama to realign who you are and refocus your energy back to what matters. I was challenged with many situations, but through it all, I focused on what I felt was not only best for me, but also the people and situations around me. While I felt absorbed in the pointless drama, I always remembered the bigger things happening in the world and how grateful I am to have many others around me supporting me and loving me. As hard as it was, I had to push away those toxic people, as well as what they thought about me, which was the hardest part. I care how people perceive me because I want people to feel that I am treating them with the respect and love that I would want. When drama arises, you start to question what others think about you and even how you treat people. But I realized that I cannot overthink it. People can ultimately think whatever they want. At the end of the day, only you know you. Continue to love and treat people how you would like to be treated. Continue to respect others and yourself. I will never doubt myself again because I know who I am and so does the others that love me. And I want to personally thank my family, boyfriend, and close friends for continuously supporting me throughout my journey and loving me for who I am.

Being an adult is hard. The change that comes is scary, and I am definitely feeling that at the moment. With months to graduation, I am really beginning to see that the next five years can’t be planned. I have an idea of where I would like to be, but in the end, everything happens for a reason, and I know that if I continue to work hard, I will achieve everything that I am striving for. I will continue to manifest positivity, so that positivity will come to me.  I will continue to do things that make me happy and work through the hard times. I am ready for the challenges to come and cannot wait to go on this journey with you.

As you get older, time flies by. I am nervous for what is to come, but so excited for what the future holds.

I hope you all continue on this journey with me. Happy new year!

-XOXO Courtney

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