Happy New Year- Choosing to Thrive in 2017

Hellloooo 2017!!

Who is as excited for the new year as me?! Maybe only a few…but I hope not! There were points last year when I was not sure 2017 would ever roll around. While there were highlights from 2016 and I like to count my blessings, it was also a year of lows, struggle and growth. 

For the past couple of years I have chosen a word to live by. Last year, I chose, “Brave.” You may have even noticed that I often wore a gold necklace stamped with the word “Brave.” I wanted to be brave in taking bold risks in my business and personal life. Being brave and in return receiving incredible joy for making that choice. Being brave in not being afraid to fail. All of these I did but I was not aware of how much that word would also play out where I was not expecting it. Being brave when times were hard. Being brave in situations I did not want to be in but had to be. Being brave in trusting that everything would work out. A couple months ago, once life started to slow down, I accidentally lost my brave necklace. While I was upset I lost one of my favorite necklaces, I also took it as a sign that I no longer needed a gentle reminder to be brave because I had been for the past year and I now knew I could be. 

For 2017 I have chosen the word, “Thrive.” I think Travis would say this word is also like, “Winning,” (which he chose because isn’t everything a competition?) but it is not. So many times last year I felt like I was just trying to manage to get everything done and felt like a car running with their low fuel tank light on. This year I want to not just feel like I am surviving the day to day but thriving. I want to find a work/life balance, preferably heavier on the life side. Have more spontaneous trips with Travis. Go on more morning works. No longer be a “Yes Woman.” Serve my ideal client base to the best of my abilities. Take more time to get manicures and massages. Explore my french cooking books. Read just for fun and so much more. 

I know for some 2016 was a great year but no matter if it was a great or not, I challenge each of you to reflect upon the last year and choose a word you would like to shape your year around. This has proven to be more beneficial to me than New Year’s Resolutions, which if we are honest go to the wayside by about week 3. 

To celebrate the new year you will find a FREE January calendar desktop photo and also a phone screen photo. Be on the lookout in your inbox because this year I will be offering freebies every month emailed directly to you. If you are not signed up or have a friend that you know would love getting freebies as well, go to www.katiemichelleralls.com to sign-up for our happy mail delivery. In addition, the Etsy shop will be back open on January 4th so stay tuned!

Whatever stage of life you are in, I wish all of you a happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year. Thank you for being my clients and letting me serve you, while also giving me a creative outlet. 

BIG Hugs,

Katie

 

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Farm to Table Inspired Wedding with Champagne Wedding Coordination



Tara, from Champagne Wedding Coordination, asked if I would like to help out with a styled shoot for a new wedding venue near the Portland area, at Orchard Events. Orchard Events is on a century farm/orchard (Jossy Farms), outside of Hillsboro. The wedding venue is outdoors and is located among an orchard of fruit trees. It is quiet, peaceful and nice scene change from the city lights of Portland.

The Champagne Team wanted to dream up a Farm to Table inspired wedding. This was totally right up my alley so I was immediately on board. I love every single detail that was thought of. I hand delivered the items to the shoot last Thursday and was able to see all of the details starting to come together. I can't wait to see the professional photos once they are finished!

Until then, feel free to enjoy some of the photos I took!