Do you remember when family would write holiday newsletters and include them in their Christmas cards? With the invention of social media that died. There’s a bit of sentimental me that wishes we would still write. Maybe that is why I love having this creative space to do so. When I was thinking about the holidays (months ago) I thought, why not include a link to this holiday newsletter in my Christmas cards this year. Then anyone who wanted to see a recap of 2018 could. I guess I felt it combined the best of both worlds; written and digital. Well I never got around to getting holiday cards out and it’s nearly the new year at this point, but here’s our holiday newsletter anyway.
2018 was a year of great change! Not like 2015 when we sold everything and moved into an apartment. Read about that here. Nothing will be like that adventure and all the experiences we had traveling in 2016. Sydney still has a piece of our hearts!
In January I started a new job with my old “family” and it has been the best thing I have done for my career and myself. Read about it here and here. In recent news, my boss accepted a new position which will leave his current duties to myself and the other assistant director. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more and to work more directly with our department’s director.
The hubs started a new job in October with Montgomery County as a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) member. I am so proud of him! So far the change has been excellent for him. The new assignments has recharged his energy and the leadership there seems to be supportive. Good leadership goes a long way people!
Last Christmas I bought the hubs a drone and it went on all our vacations and has turned into a bit of a side hustle for him. He’s produced a couple of videos; one for the university and one for a resort in Louisiana. Check out his website and follow along on social media (Facebook, Instagram). If you need any aerial footage captured then reach out to him!
Needless to say, we are thankful for the new career chances we have been given in 2018.
The hubs and I started off the new year with a trip to Winter Park, CO with our favorite traveling family. We spent a lot of time outside in the beautiful mountains. Read here.
We went with the hubs’ family to Grand Cayman for the first time in a couple of years. I had forgotten how much I loved that white beach and bright sun. Read here.
We are on a journey to being debt free thanks to Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace University. Student loans are no joke! Additionally, I share the Every Dollar app with anyone who will listen. It’s amazing!
In early December we added to our pack with a new miniature schnauzer, Mia. Mia is currently at puppy training school and will come back to us in January. We are excited for the furry addition and will be excited to see everything she learned at training. Having a well-trained dog is essential!
Loyal readers, that is all I have to share for now. I know 2018 has been sparse on posts and it has had a great deal to do with the career changes and other things outlined above. I have missed this creative hub and think about it often, but at the end of a long day it’s the furthest thing from my mind. I know you understand as we all go through different seasons of life. I hope to add to this space more in 2019. Thank you for hanging in with me on this journey. I wish you all the best in 2019!
Until next post…xoxo Becca
Did the title of this post give it away?! If not that, then the picture did 😉 So I did a thing haha Last Monday’s blog post I mentioned that November 5 is National Love Your Red Hair Day. I already had an appointment for Tuesday to get my hair colored. Two and a half hours in the salon produced this! I won’t lie, it has taken some time to get used to because it’s much redder and darker than I expected, but I do like it.
Being a red head has always been part of my defining features. It makes me sad that people started to question whether or not I was a redhead. Anyone who has been around a natural ginger knows what to look for I guess. I couldn’t think of a better way to enter the holiday season than to bring back that red color. Thanks Kaci!
In other news, it is finally cold here (Texas cold anyway) and I have been loving my sweaters and knee high boots. Fall/winter is my favorite time of year for fashion so I’m sure you are going to see more posts from me. To be honest, I am really uninspired in the summer. Texas is hot and miserable, who wants to try to look cute when your makeup is going to melt off and your outfit is going to cling to your sweat…not me! Just being real.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is around the corner? Next week to be exact! Goodness I don’t know what happened to 2018. Some coworkers and I were talking about what family Thanksgiving looks like for each of us and it was decided we should all capture the shenanigans and share through our team’s Snapchat haha I said I should vlog the whole day, but the hubs won’t be there and he is my video/tech guru.
As far as menu items and recipes go, this pumpkin cheesecake is still my favorite recipe for Thanksgiving. Give it a try, I promise it will be a winner.
Side notes, if you love fall, you need to get this candle from Bath and Body Works. It’s everything fall wrapped into one beautiful scent.
The hubs is doing well in his new job and is still enjoying it. Lexi is still a bundle of energy (although currently snuggling with me as I write this).
That’s all for now, about to head to The Woodlands for lunch with friends and then dinner with the family. Still celebrating the hubs’ birthday…13 days later (insert eye roll).
Until next post…xoxo Becca