Happy New Year friends!
It's totally crazy that we are in 2022 because I feel like 2020 just started. It has been a heck of a two years, hasn't it?! So much loss and sadness has occurred since 2020... I don't like to talk tons of doom and gloom on my social media because it seems like we get enough of that, but I do want you all to know that I see the hurt and pain as well. It's tremendous and for some of you, harder than you can bear. My prayer for you is that 2022 brings an abundant amount of joy and peace - more than you knew was possible.
I also can't help but acknowledge the amount of joy and life we have seen in the past two years as well... so many marriages, babies, new homes, new careers, families mended, hobbies found, new friends, accomplishments, moves, etc. Our world is every changing. One day you can be on top of the world and the next you experience the worst news you could imagine. I know for me, when those hard times hit, knowing that this life is only a small piece of eternity helps. One day there won't be all of this sadness and hurt.
I pray 2022 is YOUR year. The year that you find breakthrough, love, and true joy.
In 2020 and 2021, I set reading goals. 2020 was my first year getting back into reading after college and my goal was 12 books - 1 per month. In 2021, I set a goal of 15 books so that I had to read a little more than 1 per month. This year, my goal is to read 20 books. I would love for you all to join in with me and set a reading goal. Books are a great way to learn, escape, and get a glimpse into other people's lives. Though I will be reading more than a book a month, I will be sharing 1 book per month that you can read with me. Most of them will come from the Reese Witherspoon book club list. For the month of January, I plan on reading The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. At the end of the month, I will write a blog as well as do some polls on my Instagram to get an idea of what you thought about the book.
* If you don't have much time to sit down and read, use audio books in your car. I do this ALL the time.*
You can purchase it on Amazon as a paperback, hardcover, or audio book:
Today's Instagram Reel:
While I'm here, I figured I would share today's Instagram reel and pictures. I put together a simple outfit that you could probably recreate with the things in your closet. These tights are from Shapermint and are not as tearable as most I've used in the past. Click here to shop the tights.
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Skirt: Medium - I could not find the same skirt I got off Amazon years ago. I linked a similar one.