{Best of 2017} A Year to Be Thankful

This year had so many highs and lows, but mostly highs. It’s hard to believe a new year is right around the corner, so I wanted to take a look back at what made this one of the best years ever.

Job Change – In January, I made the very difficult decision to leave my job of 19 years, because I desperately needed a change. Within a week of leaving, an opportunity I never dreamed of presented itself, and I was back with the same company in a new part time role. It is my dream job, and I am loving every minute of it. I have the balance and flexibility that I needed and couldn’t be more grateful. I try to never take a minute of it for granted.

Disney – We took our first real family vacation to the most magical place on earth. It was such a wonderful trip, and I hope it’s something Sunnie will remember for the rest of her life.

Homeowners – Although it’s the same house we’ve rented for 7 years, it was a hellish process to finalize and seal the deal. But it was worth all of the headaches to finally sign those papers.

House to Home – Once we knew we were going to stay here, we started making some much needed updates and renovations. I’m so in love with everything we’ve done in the past few months.

Celebrated 9 Years of Marriage – Time flies when you’re having fun! Marriage is hard, but I wouldn’t change a thing. We have our ups and downs like every married couple, but we fight through it and keep getting stronger. I am grateful to my husband who I know loves me deeply and still manages to show me every day, 9 years later.

South Carolina – My parents, Sunnie and I drove to Charleston to visit my brother (who’s in the Air Force) and sister-in-law for the first time since they’ve lived there (6+ years). During our visit we took Sunnie to the beach for her first ocean experience, which she loved, as you can imagine.

Dance – We had our first taste of dance competition season and had a blast with our friends. Now we’ve gone from only one competition routine, to FIVE routines this year. It’s a lot, but Sunnie amazes me with how much she has learned and remembers every week. She knows her routines well, and I can’t wait to see her perform on stage.

First Grade – My baby is 7 years old and has had a lot of firsts this year. First sleepover at a friends house, and first time having a friend sleepover at our house. Her first friend birthday party. First year of real homework. And her first year of having a busy schedule between school and dance several days a week. It was a big adjustment at first, but she’s doing well with all of it. She continues to amaze me every day.

Birthday Fun – Celebrated my husband turning 40 this year by throwing him a party with close friends and family.

Stay the Path – I ran over 700 miles this year. I’m proud of that number – I stayed consistent almost every month and have never lost my love for it. I hope to continue my 5 day a week running schedule in the new year, without any injuries. I also started a support group on Facebook where many friends have come together to support and motivate each other.

Blog Changes – I decided to revamp my blog this year by changing the name and mixing up the content. I wanted to make it more personal and not solely focused on books. It’s working well, and I hope to continue with new, fun content in the future.

70 Books – I can’t forget about the books. Books are the reason I started blogging, and are such an important part of my life. It was a great year of reading, with several books that made a long lasting impression on me. Although 70 books read doesn’t seem like much to some bloggers, that’s a pretty good year for me. Since becoming a mom, my reading time has definitely gone down significantly, so I’m grateful any year that I can surpass the 50 books read mark!

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20 thoughts on “{Best of 2017} A Year to Be Thankful

  1. Beth says:

    I love this post! I may not always comment, but I look forward to and read every blog post you make! You were one of the first book blogs I followed back when I discovered book blogs, and I’m thankful for your friendship❤️ Have a very blessed holiday season Brandie, and a wonderful 2018!

  2. Renee (Itsbooktalk) says:

    So many exciting changes for you this year! Congrats again on buying your house, I’ve enjoyed seeing your renovations…and your cats…love them:) I don’t have a super high number of books read either for the year but I’m also happy if I can read at least 50 books…to me it’s quality over quantity. Btw, your best of 2017 book list inspired me to try Now that You Mention It (I’ve never read that author) and I stayed up late last night reading it, I’m really enjoying it!! Merry Christmas Brandie!

  3. Stephanie (@wifemommyme) says:

    Today I am going back to work … at the same company I worked with before having C and becoming a SAHM. It’s part time from home so I am hoping it works out well with our life. I am eager to get back to working but in a way that allows me to still be very present in Connor’s daily activities.

    • Brandie says:

      That’s so awesome – I hope your first day back goes well!! Being able to work from home and work part time has been such a blessing for me. I hope the same for you!

  4. Rebecca Jo says:

    I love all you share on your blog now.
    Disney makes it a great year in itself. Haha
    So glad your job change worked for you. That’s so encouraging to me.

    • Brandie says:

      Lol, Disney does make everything better. I’m wearing Minnie leggings today…I want to go back SO bad. 🙂
      Thank you!! You made a great decision to switch jobs, and it’ll all work out like it should!
      Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Nadia says:

    Wow! Sounds like 2017 was such a great year for you 🙂 So many wonderful changes and things happened to you and your family. Here’s to 2018 being an even better year for you and your loved ones!!

  6. pennma05 says:

    Sounds like you had a fantastic year! Congratulations on finalizing purchasing your home! That’s so exciting! 700 miles!!! That’s incredible! Someday I hope I can get into running. I hope 2018 is even better for you than this year! Merry Christmas! 🙂

  7. Cathy S says:

    What a wonderful year you’ve had! Don’t you just love Disney? It’s the best! We were privileged to take our girls several times when they were growing up. Hoping to maybe get to take my grandson some day. Congrats on the new job and the new house purchase. So cool!

  8. Tina Woodbury says:

    What a fantastic year! So many things to be thankful for. 700 miles is awesome! I’ve never warmed up to running, I’m more of a Zumba girl.
    Can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you!

  9. Michelle says:

    You have indeed had a wonderful year. It’s fun to look back with you and remember when you were worried about leaving your job or anxious about that first dance competition. I hope you 2018 is just as fantastic, if not even better!

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