A Phoenix Rises

Now is the time of year when everybody is making and breaking (yes, I said it and yes, I know it’s only the second day of the new year) resolutions to be a better, more well-rounded, healthier person for the next 365 days which is all fine and good, but me? I like to look both ways while I’m crossing so the street, so I’m always sure to take a hot second to reflect on the last twelve months before steamrolling into the new year (you know, “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and all that). Every year has its ups and downs, but 2016 was an exercise in extremes, amiright? I mean, if it had been a horror movie, it would have had a title like “The Trees Have Eyes and Knives or At Least Really Sharp, Pointy Sticks” or “Screaming Banshee Toddler Two Aisles Over” (hey, everyone has their own nightmares, okay?). Chances are if you ran into me at various points this year, I looked like this:

Yep, mustache and all. But you know what I learned this year? Not only do I have an incredible group of people surrounding me (already knew that, duh), but I am stronger than I have ever given myself credit for. So, give me your best shot, 2017. I’m ready for you. With the right mindset a girl can accomplish anything, and out of the ashes of the dumpster fire that was 2016, I will rise.

Coat: Kate Spade (similar detail) (similar color)

Bracelet: Audaviv (similar)

Boots: Target (similar)

Here’s to moving forward and really grabbing life by the horns in 2017!

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