Is there anyone out there not thrilled that 2017 is coming to a close? What a crazy year. I want to grab a beer, engage the emergency slide, and get the heck out of this year à la that Jet Blue Employee.
Between the failed eye surgeries (I still cannot see!) and running out of water out East (we now have a cistern), it was a challenge. We finally got to the bottom of my daughter’s health issues and it’s a fructose allergy, which means eliminating just about everything. And, vertigo/eye issues means skiing and highway driving are out for a while. Grrr.
One of the hardest parts was losing this sweet girl.
|Serena the French Bulldog|
And of course there was the news, which seemed to draw all of the crazies out of the woodwork. Basically, the only positive news item this year was this:
Honestly, that video makes me laugh every time I see it and provided much needed levity.
And of course, there were these two!
There were also lots of positives.
|The Vow Renewal at Greenbrier|
|See Hear Love|
|Teddy “Biting is my Favourite” the Cairn|
|Point General Ice Cream|
There were some excellent clothes to be purchased. My favourite new pieces were my A/W 17 Tweed Smythe jacket and the discovery of cheap and cheerful Zara tops.
We no longer have orange floors!
As 2017 draws to a close, I’m making plans for 2018. My work brought me in touch with many amazing charities this year and I’d like to give more this year. While freelance work looks promising, this also means trimming back on spending, and clothes and makeup have always been my Achilles heel. I’m committing to a no spending quarter – January and February and March – which feels embarrassingly ambitious. I still plan to write about style since I love fashion, beauty and home decor. I just plan to replicate what I love from the pieces I already own.
I’m not going to be Draconian about it. If my kids need things, I’ll get them. I’ll purchase birthday gifts and such. I plan to eat at home more but that’s more about my daughter’s diet and healthy eating than it is a no spending plan. I’ll replace things as needed but won’t buy a new shampoo just because I read about it in Allure unless I have no shampoo left in the cupboard. And we will still go on planned vacations and to concerts.
So not too hard, but as a style lover, there is always the temptation of the next new thing, which is the cycle I want to break.
Have you started to work on your resolutions? Are you looking forward to the end of 2017?