New Beginnings in 2017

Mixed Stripe TeeWhy, hello! It’s been awhile.

These past two months have felt like a complete blur, and as a result, I wasn’t up for posting regularly. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post prior to the holidays, or maybe you read this blog post before Thanksgiving. 2016 was a doozy, and that feels like a huge understatement. Since my mom was in the hospital the week before Christmas, we spent my brother’s birthday there, which wasn’t what we had in mind, but at least we were together. After my mom was released from the hospital, we wanted to spend as much time with family as possible. We weren’t up for traveling so we had a few game nights at my parents’ house. In case you’re looking for new recommendations, some of our favorites include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Exploding Kittens and Salem: A Card Game of Deception. We still weren’t up for much on New Year’s Eve so we had another game night (are you catching on that our family loves board games?). Bill read a handful of reviews, and we  settled on Codenames and really liked it.

After the holidays, I accepted a new job and officially start week three today (more on that later this week). After the longest year of my life, I was in need of a fresh start, and while I know this year will bring new challenges and some of the same pain of 2016, I needed a change and am truly excited for what’s to come.

This is starting to feel like the quickest life update after some very long weeks, but I’ll talk more about the above throughout the month on Fifth & Rose. I think another reason I was eager to start blogging again was so that I could share what I’ve learned these past few years and am still learning along the way, whether it be about loss, illness or new careers. I know a lot of people are navigating the same things, and while there are times you just want to shut the world out, it can really help to start a dialogue with others.

So, for today I’ll leave you with my weekend uniform as of late. We have been doing a lot of running around, and when I’m tired and emotionally drained, I tend to reach for pieces that are comfortable but still make me feel put together. Sunglasses are a must, and you can’t go wrong with a stripe tee.

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Mixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe Tee Mixed Stripe TeeAbercrombie & Fitch Mixed Stripe Tee / J.Crew Jeans (last seen here, here and here) / Loeffler Randall Flats (old, similar here) / LOFT Sunglasses / J.Crew Factory Earrings / Madewell Necklace (old, new version here and similar version here) / Alexander Wang Bag

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  • It’s a no for Ainsley. We totally forgot Santa was visiting daycare tonight. We were up with her from 2-4 a.m. then all overslept and pretty much didn’t know what day it was when we woke up. Even if we slept through the night though, I don’t think we would’ve remembered. Tomorrow is a new day, and we’ll try again with Santa this weekend 😜
  • Bill, the Christmas elf, stayed up late last night putting the lights on the tree so that it was ready for ornaments in the morning 🎄❤️
  • Santa’s little helper thinks my fishy face could use some improvement, but she made up for the judgmental look by helping me fill some stockings. We ended the night with a dance party and waving goodnight to our tree (and hers) and all of her stuffed animals so I’d say she’s officially on the mend (knock on wood)!
  • This is probably going to be a rambling mess but this time of year is filled with a lot of emotions for me. And while nothing beats experiencing the holidays with a 14 month old, there’s still that hole in my heart missing my mom and brother. This room has taken two years to fill and so much has happened in that time that I wish they would have been here for. If you’re going through a new loss this holiday season (or any loss really), my heart is heavy for you. If you have a friend or family member coping with loss, I have two posts on my blog that may help even just a little - “How to Help a Grieving Friend” and “Coping with Loss During the Holiday Season”. There is a link to them in my bio. Every loss is different and I am by no means an expert, but writing has helped me along the way. (And while not the topic of this post, here are links to most of the pieces in this room because it’s really starting to feel like home, and I love it http://liketk.it/2HttZ #liketkit @liketoknow.it).
  • I couldn’t resist adding some Christmas magic to Ainsley’s room a little early. This is one of the trees my sister and I had in our room growing up around the holidays. Ainsley loves it just as much as we did! And thank you for checking in on our sweet girl. She finally seems back to herself just in time for the long holiday weekend ❤️

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