Saturday, January 05, 2013

Happy New Year!

Reflecting back on 2012, I think about a year where love and support carried B and me through personal losses and triumphs. We entered the year mourning the passing of B’s mother, but surrounded by the warm embraces of loved ones. Despite his grieving, B harnessed internal strength to reach the academic, professional and athletic goals he’d set for himself. I also had some personal successes (first 10K race, first painting project, a promotion) and failures (like an atrocious attempt at gourmet mac & cheese). I cherished time with friends and family, celebrating milestones or simply the joy of being in each other’s company. I also made time for myself, whether it was rollerblading along the canal on a warm summer evening or sipping fruity beer in Brussels during a solo work trip. The year ended on a much happier note celebrating our engagement during a beautiful Christmas with both our families. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store! In keeping with my theme of doing something every year that intimidates me, I’m going to take more control of my financial investments. I’m a prudent budgeter and I understand the basics of investing, but I’ve left the management of my savings to my dad for too long. For someone with a BComm, it’s a bit shameful for me to reveal this on my blog, but I’m looking forward to the confidence that will come with more self-sufficiency. 
I’d love to hear - what’s your New Year’s Resolution?

This outfit is one I wore back in December for a holiday gathering, but I saw no reason to put away the sparkle just because the holidays are over!

Tank - Club Monaco
Tunic - Sportsgirl
Cardigan - Tommy Hilfiger via outlets
Vest - Calvin Klein via Winners
Belt - Thrifted
Leggings - Gap
Shoes - Guess via Winners 
Earrings - Gift


  1. You've got a BComm too? :)
    Happy New Year! My resolution is budgeting better...

  2. tammy @ Silverstyle5 January 2013 at 12:11

    The outfit is sparkly but it doesn't rival your smile. Thanks for your warm comments. It has been a tough year but I'll get through it one way or another. Attitude is everything. Good luck in 2013

  3. wonderful writing kat! you masterfully told us the story of year very poetically. :) you look very nice in your outfit of sparkles. rock on! :)

  4. Ah ha, more inspiration! (I have a jacket just like this and the one thing I haven't done it wear it with pants. I love the idea of a tough jacket with jeans and a sparkly shirt.)

    We have our retirement accounts and a few little investments, but there's SO much I don't know about that sort of thing, it seems a little overwhelming at times. Kudos to you for taking charge of yours!


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