Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Year in Review

Hello, 2018! It's been nearly two years since my last blog post, and life has changed dramatically since 2016. When I actually write it down... almost two years since I last wrote on Stylin' Iowan... it certainly sounds like a long time, and it has been! Seriously, SO MUCH has changed since I last wrote a blog post. 
So where do I begin? I'll start from when you last heard from me. In May 2016 I made one of the hardest career decisions I've ever made. I decided to leave my job in events and marketing to try something different, and by different I mean.... different. Although I loved my job, I decided to pursue a new dream in the financial services industry. Like I said... different

When the opportunity was presented to take this new position, I was honestly scared. Going in a totally different direction (career wise) was exciting, however I knew more than anything that success was not guaranteed. I prayed for guidance, and what I found was that although I was put-off by the unknown, I knew God was asking me to trust in Him and take this leap of faith, even if it felt like I was taking a harder, tougher road. Almost two years later, I'm glad I trusted in Him.

Since then, it's been a whirlwind of learning, growth, rejection and earned trust. I studied many hours to receive various licenses, and it was the most rewarding task I've ever completed. I was also awarded the Young Professional of the Year award in my region (that was a huge shock!). It's been a crazy ride so far, and I've also had a little bit of fun tackling the challenge of a new business-professional wardrobe :)

Accepting the Young Professional of the Year Award
ShirtSkirt | Heels (on sale for $35!)similar | Necklace

Christmas 2017
My Look: Cardigan | Shirt | Leggings | Shoes

2017 brought a lot of new changes too! A new apartment, new friends and a new boyfriend! Although there's been a lot of "new" around here, I never really forgot about my little blog. The more time went by, the more I realized there was content that even I, the obsessive blog reader, was still not seeing, and that maybe others felt that too. To those of you who have reached out to me about when or if I would start blogging again, I appreciate your support and well wishes. I'm excited to interact with readers again and to talk about topics, including fashion, beauty, decor and more, that I hope are useful and inspiring. I have big goals for myself and this space, and I appreciate you all who have supported me through everything. 

See you soon, on January 15th to be exact! 


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