Happy New Year

Happy New Year my friends and welcome to 2017. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and new year's eve. The husband & I went out to eat at one of our favorite local restaurants, Rose's Luxury and as always it did not disappoint. We were home just before the clock striked midnight. 

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I decided to take an unplanned hiatus from the blog and social media the last two weeks of 2016. I had posts ready but when it came time to hit that publish button I wasn't feeling it. So I opted to use it as a sign to take a little break. I didn't want to push out content for the sake of it especially if I wasn't going to give it 100%. So I closed my laptop and stayed off my phone and it felt good, like really good. I knew what I was getting into when I first launched SMT as far as the work and effort that it would take but what I didn't realize is just how often the blog is on my mind. There is a piece of my brain that no matter what else I'm doing is thinking about SMT. Who I need to email, if this is something my readers want to see, what posts do I have going live this week, what photos do I need to 'gram, what tweets should I send, and so on and so on. It all just sits in a bubble constantly swirling and never really turning off unless I force it to. So I did and I feel much better. My brain actually feels a bit more clear. I'm all about taking breaks in all parts of life. You have to listen to the signals your body and mind are sending you. It was a nice two weeks spent with the husband doing whatever we wanted and I'm sure he was happy to not hear me say, 'could you take a photo of me please." haha.

And now here we are in the first week 2017. How are you guys feeling? I'm not going to tell you that I'm feeling so refreshed and ready to tackle the new year after taking some time off because that would be a lie. Do I actually feel more refreshed and more ready to take on 2017? Not really. However, I do feel ready to begin again & get back into the swing of things. I do love the feeling a new year brings..the feeling of new beginnings and fresh starts. It's really is chance to begin again. A chance to leave the past in the past. It's a perfect time to reflect, evaluate, and adjust. I've never been a person that sets resolutions for an upcoming year. I prefer to sent intentions for the year rather than resolutions. To me resolutions are a direct action to solving a problem and are sort of an all or nothing kind of action. Often times with resolutions comes guilt. Guilt when we don't stick to the resolution and gone of course. Even with intentions we have associated actions. However, I feel that the actions are more mindful and denote a more positive energy. Personally, I tend to view intentions with less criticism. If I faulter, it's a lot easier for me to begin again without added guilt that a resolution brings. I find by setting intentions I can focus on what I want to create versus what I want to fix. Maybe it's just semantics but seeing in that way works for me.

So with that said, I have started to jot down my personal intentions for 2017. As the year goes on I'll evaluate and adjust as needed. I want to move away from things that don't serve me and open up space for things that do. I'm going into this year with the attitude that it's going to be AWESOME (or at least I hope). In terms of SMT, I have lots of ideas planned for this little space on the Interweb that I hope you will like. One of the things though that I want is to continue hearing from you. What do you want see more of? What kind of topics would you like to see introduced? More importantly, what keeps you coming back? Let me know in the comments below, tweet me, email me, or DM via Instagram. I always love hearing from you.

Thank you so so much for following SMT and your continued support. I can't thank you enough. I read every single comment/message and I am so grateful that SMT is one of your stops along the saturated Interweb highway. I wish you a great 2017 and hope it's every thing you wish it to be.