Making Our Hearts Happy & Healthy

It seems like only yesterday we were heading into 2017, this year truly flew by before we knew it. There were lots of highlights and challenging moments but all in all, it was a fairly positive year. I know for me, I really contemplated continuing on with Pin Up Persuasion or throwing in the towel. Thankfully the hubby talked some sense into me; he made me realize that I should not let the trivial stuff dampen my spirit of sharing what I love with my readers. Sometimes we just have to dig down a little deep to rediscover what motivates us in order to refocus on our passions when life gets hectic.

As I am not one that believes in New Year’s resolutions, I have sat down and put some serious thought of what my personal goals will be in 2018. It is so easy to lose ourselves in the day to day craziness of work, family life, health struggles, and all the other curve balls life throws our way. Over the last few years, I feel that I have lost sight of doing things that make me happy, creative, relaxed and simply not taking any time for myself. Occasionally we have to force ourselves to stop and think about our own mental well being, instead of always worrying about everyone and everything else. Over the next year, I intend to focus on myself and I really hope that you will all do the same!

What does that entail? For me, it means focusing on my health…physically & mentally,ย rediscovering my love of being creative, and actually taking the time to do the things that make me happy. In January, I will be signing up for a 10 week beginners sewing class, something that I have always wanted to do but never made time for extra curricular activities that I would enjoy. It is also high time I get off my butt and stop being lazy. Working at a desk job all day, I lead a very sedentary lifestyle…meanwhile I am fortunate to have a decent home gym setup in our basement. No more excuses, it is time to start lifting some weights and getting active again. Personally I really enjoy working out, but I have let all the stress and depression drag me down for far too long. We all know it becomes a vicious cycle, the only person that can break it is ourselves.

With two very big goals that I fully intend to achieve, I hope all of you will concentrate on the things that make your hearts happy over the next year. I would love to hear all about your goals, ambitions, resolutions or just a note to say hello.

From our family to yours, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!!!

May 2018 bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on your life. Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.

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  1. Sarah Hale

    I’m so glad that you’re keeping the blog going. I love reading it. I know that you’re into authentic vintage as well as repro, but your blog was the first in my mind that acknowledged that modern women need new “old” clothes! I love the few vintage pieces I do have but hate having to handle them with kid gloves. Your blog offers such a practical and down-to-earth take on a topic that can quickly become an exercise in vanity (the bad kind, not the empowering kind). Long story short, keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica

      Thank you Sarah, you have always been so wonderfully supportive. Finding balance between a lifestyle and passion is key. We live in the real world and being practical is essential to our sanity. I strive to always remain authentic to my readers and not put on a facade of some perfect life. xo

  2. Emily Kitsch

    Merry Christmas, Jessica! I’m so happy you will be continue on with the blog, I love reading it! And I’m so excited that you will be taking sewing classes!! I can’t wait to see what you learn and what you make!

    For 2018 one of my goals is to take some sewing classes online (I’ve already started one!) to become more skilled and build up my knowledge and abilities. My other big goal is to be a braver, stronger woman and do some of the things that scare me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica

      Merry Christmas Emily! Thank you so much for your kind words, they are definitely what inspire me to keep with blogging. I have to go next weekend to sign up because I don’t want to have to wait for the spring season.

      Please share how the online classes go. Being brave and strong is a wonderful goal, once you find it in yourself…you will wonder how you lived any other way. I used to be very shy/timid and a pushover. Now I’m the complete opposite but it took me truly finding my voice to overcome that side of myself. I wish you all the best in 2018. xo

  3. Evett Cadenas

    Hi Jessica!

    I’m a long time reader, but this is my first time posting. Let me be the first to thank your husband for talking some sense into you! I enjoy your blog (along with several others) and I, for one, am glad you are staying put. I do, however, understand as my blog has taken a back seat as my life has been too stressful. Thankfully I have a goal for it to relaunch in 2018. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and cheers to a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • Jessica

      Hi Evett. I am so lucky that he is always looking out for my best interest and knows how much the blog truly means to me. Finding balance is difficult indeed and I hope your relaunch goes well in the New Year. Thank you for being here, I sincerely appreciate it. xo Jessica

  4. Karen

    Thanks for keeping your blog up – I really appreciate your posts and take inspiration and enjoyment from your outfits and writings. I am so glad that is has been largely a better year for you this year! I hope you are having lots of fun over the festive season. Happy New Year! Kx

  5. Kara

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year lovely! It has definitely been a crazy year – but I’m so happy you’ve stuck with blogging. And I’m so excited that you’re taking up sewing! I found it to be so empowering – and a way to quiet my mind and force myself to stop and simply create. Looking forward to more posts in 2018! xx

    -Kara
    http://www.thedressedaesthetic.com

    • Jessica

      It has been one hell of a ride this year but we survived! You inspire me to pursue my creative side and just maybe I’ll make some fabulous dresses half a nice as yours. *goals* Happy New Year lovely. xo

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