A Letter from Carrie
2017. What. A. Year.
If 2016 was the year of travel for me, 2017 was definitely the year of staying put… And for good reason. Well, for great reason actually. More on that in a bit.
I don’t get personal here too often, but year-end is the perfect time for reminiscing. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
Year in Review
The year started with anxiousness for sure… An unexpected, high-risk pregnancy. Extreme nausea. Worries. Concerns. Questions. Exhaustion. But all that was counteracted when I received the news in early January that I was having a girl. When my friend Brandi called to share test results (including Elle’s gender), I literally collapsed with elation. Everything was fine, and I was going to have a baby girl!!!
As spring approached and my pregnancy progressed, I developed a fairly painful gall bladder complication. Over time, we learned to manage it with meds and rest. But gosh – pregnancy wasn’t necessarily an enjoyable journey for me. Don’t get me wrong – I was in awe of it all, especially now knowing how perfect my sweet girl is! But the process itself was tough.
Meanwhile, I decided to kick off the process of defining and rebranding my business and developing an all-new online presence. Why not birth two “babies” at once, right?
Then Elle decided to surprise us all by showing up five weeks early in early June.
That’s when my world really changed!
Really, the whole summer was one big blur. Slowly but surely, we found our footing in this new normal. All the while, Elle made it as easy as possible on me. She’s been a rock star since day 1… so happy, so joy-filled, so calm, sleeps well.
With the help of my team, we managed to crank out a lot of work post-baby… a new brand, a new website, a book, a store, and so much more. Speaking of, did you see our “Best of 2017” post?
All in all, it was a year of huge growth. (Side note: not coincidentally, “growth” was my One Little Word for 2017. It’s a powerful concept!)
Growth in so many ways. Of course, physically through the pregnancy. But in so many more deep meaningful ways. I’ll carry the lessons of 2017 with me as I move forward and build upon them.
2017 will always hold a special place in my heart, given that it was the year my daughter was born. Now, I look forward with great anticipation for what’s to come in 2018 from both a personal and professional perspective!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this beautiful journey with me.