Where have we been? Why have we been so MIA?
Life has a way with letting us get so wrapped up & consumed by things. There are times when you just need to step back, relax/breathe so that you can become inspired in what you do. This is a question that we have been getting constantly on our instagram & blog, so we figured that we should chat with you guys + let you know what’s been going on.
Life has been crazy on my end but that’s no excuse for us being so absent of course!
December was full of family, friends, tons of events + a lot of wedding planning! Not only has life been crazy busy, but there are times when you purposely have to unplug & allow yourself to rest.
I know I mentioned on my engagement story that I was going to be doing a wedding series & half of you are probably like — “where is that even at?”, but don’t worry guys, it’s coming! The reason that I haven’t added much on my wedding series is because I’ve done most of my planning this month. (Let’s keep in mind that my wedding is in April, safe to say i’m procrastinating) Therefore, one of the reasons I was so MIA was because I was trying to figure out a lot of the logistics of wedding planning + wedding details. Wedding planning is a full time job-hence why people hire wedding planners- so that on top of every other responsibility in life has had me going 25/8. But, on the bright side – this week has brought me a ton of opportunities to check stuff off my wedding list & I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve done in regards to planning the best day of my life! + there’s a wedding series blog post that will be up this Monday.
Joy & I LOVED being able to do vlogmas. The feedback we got + how much fun we had doing it was definitely something we want to continue doing with our blogs/lives! Besides the fact that we loved doing it- it took up a lot of time to send clips over, edit, and upload. But, it was all just a matter of time & a matter of getting used to something new! Safe to say, it was a learning process. If we were to do vlogmas again- it would go so much smoother (well we like to think it would), but like everything else, it was just a learning process that we needed to adjust to.
Doing new things can be scary + fun, but mainly fun.
Not everyone knows this, but I own a dancewear store, @thedanceshoppeoc. I love my job & everything about it. I love the industry that I work in & I love my coworkers — similar to blogging, it never feels like I’m going to work. But after having the craziest summer of my life, traveling multiple times within weeks in the fall, getting engaged, wedding planning, ministry, & everything else in between.. I WAS RUNNING ON FUMES. Taking two weeks off from work, unplugging from social media, & just enjoying my friends + family was the best decision I could have made for my sanity.
There are times in life where you have to make an “executive decision” & allow yourself some time to breath. Allow yourself to remember what you’re doing & why you’re doing it — asking yourself the question, “am I doing this because I want to boost my pride or because this is what God has me doing?” Times of revaluation are the times where we allow God to show us & re-align are wants + desires to His.
Although taking this time & being mia wasn’t ideal, there was growth from it. This was not only what I needed to become motivated but it was the new & fresh creative spark that my business & Joy + Justi needed. We’re so excited to show you guys all that we’ve been working on in this new year!
Now its my turn!
As I am sitting here sick in bed, it just adds to the many reasons of why I’ve / we have been so MIA ( lol at how may times are we going to say “MIA” in this post!). But I hate being away from the blog, and our business is no excuse! We S O enjoyed vlogmas & definitely want to start vlogging more for you guys… I feel like it gives you guys as the viewers, a more personal connection!
I’m not planning a wedding of my own, but as Justi’s maid-of-honor, I feel like I am…and I love it! I love how we are literally the SAME person and love all the same things, so that definitely makes it easy! She/we have dealt with some stresses ( as comes with planning a wedding ) and major plans getting changed, leaving you feeling discouraged and stressed but they have all taught the both of us a lot. Teaching me to be more open to new ideas, to not stress when trouble gets thrown at you, to be humble and to be blessed. Its easy to over look these simple things in the midst of craziness!
Starting January 7th, Shane’s Supercross season started! It calls for events every weekend, traveling, and adding a little more business to life but I love it. I love supporting and being there for him! Its a fun time, Justi and Tj are always there to support and its an awesome time! This past Saturday, Shane won his first ever Supercross race… we were ecstatic! It was a moment full of emotion, excitement, thrill, and left us feeling so thankful! Life throws us ups and down, it comes along everything in life. No matter what your job is, riding a dirt bike for a living, being a hairstylist, or working in an office, its not always a joy haha So to be able to see him hit a goal that he has been reaching for since he was 5 . . . I was speechless!
Work has been so fun and has kept me busy learning and growing and I’m so thankful for all of it! I work in a salon, its fast pace, but I get to interact with people and do what I love & I wouldn’t change any of it!
I know me and Justi both, look at other bloggers and wish we had more time to spend on the blog and not have to work haha but at the same time, that was the heart behind us starting a blog! We wanted to be the “real life” bloggers. The girls who juggle working full time, being in relationships, spending time with family & friends, and balancing it all with having fun! We want to be the girls who share products that we truly, truly love. Products that excite us and we simply just want to share that with you! Not to make us sound “popular” ( cause we so are not haha ) but we have turned down companies that we weren’t head over heels for, because we have vowed to be completely honest with you girls…always!
So with all of that, here is to 2 0 1 7 *praise*
We are b e y o n d excited to start off this year…to see where it takes us and what comes with it! We are excited, rested up, and the holidays are over, so we can get back into it! Its going to be fun, exciting, and full of style, wedding details, recipes, workouts, VLOGGING, marriage, DIY’s, friendships, travel, and so much more!
Our New Years resolutions consist of ::
-New & fun content
-and most importantly, getting to know all you girls!
We can’t wait to continue on this journey with you all… H E L L O, 2 0 1 7!
Joy & Justi