I’ve been wanting to share this story for a long time. Andrew and I met on a double date. And no, we were not there with each other. You see, I was engaged to be married and Andrew WAS married when we met.
I am having way too much fun dress shopping for the wedding! My ceremony wedding gown is with the seamstress, and I had ordered another dress for the reception and found out today that it is discontinued. My heart is crushed! Back to the drawing board for my second dress.
Something I wrote down in my goal planning guide was to hire a stylist to help me “fix” my closet. What the heck do I mean by that? I have ALWAYS bought things for my house, but never for my body! I want my clothes to reflect my style and taste the same way my house does. A lot more people see me than my house (in person at least lol). I want my clothes to make me feel confident and good in my own skin. I want them to scream “Miranda,” and right now, they don’t.
This year, I decided to create a template of my own to reflect on 2018 and plan for 2019. When I first created the template, I wasn’t sure if I should separate business and personal reflections and goals, but after some thought I kept coming back to the fact that the two are truly intertwined.
Last year, we were moving into our home during the holidays. We came to Michigan with barely any furniture or decor, let alone holiday decor! I picked up just enough last year to make it feel like the holidays. This year, I had the time to add a few things here and there and we learned that our bay window deserves a 10ft live tree! I wanted to keep the Christmas color pallet black & white. Welcome to our home at Christmas!
A year ago, if I heard the term “mindset” or someone mentioned “life coaching,” my eyes would roll so far back into my head that they would get stuck there for 48 hours. I’m an extremely analytical, realistic, straight forward person that relies on a dose of intuition. All of this “find your inner-self” shit seemed like a lot of fu-fu fluff. The universe works in funny ways my friends. Early this year, I brought on a life coach as a Thoughtfully Designed client, and we instantly hit it off.
After Christmas 2016, I completely ditched ALL of my Christmas decor. It was bittersweet. Last year, I traded out that lime green, gold and red for black and white and I have zero regrets. I’ve had my own home for about 5 years now and I’m finally figuring out what I like and don’t like.
If you have been following me on Instagram for awhile, you know that we have been trying really hard to reduce the amount of waste generated in our household. It’s been a slow process. We tried to go cold turkey, and found that wasn’t realistic for us. After that, adding back in products with wasteful packaging felt defeating, BUT I wasn’t giving us enough credit. It’s all about progress, not perfection and that goes for you, too! You don’t have to be an extreme zero waster to make a few small changes that can have a big impact on your waste generation, so here are some waste reduction tips for people who are NOT zero waste!
This weekend, I started refreshing our main entryway. I was itching for a house project, but needed to spend as little money as humanly possible (wedding planning probs). It’s a space we haven’t touched since we moved in. When you open our front door, the staircase is beautiful, but the space is tight, and the walls were a light purple. To top it off, we still have the midget, cheetah curtain that came with the house covering the window next to the front door.
Okay, you guys have been head over heels for my black, metal, platform bed I got off of Wayfair. It has been sold out for a little while now, so I wanted to share my other favorites from when I was shopping! The one I ended up going with seemed like a total steal for $158.00 and free shipping. The platform beds below vary in price, but there are a couple that I’m drooling over, like the canopy beds. Unfortunately, we have to use a really low headboard because of our angled ceilings.