2017 & Perfect Pearl Sweater

 
Manda Lee Smith | Evocatively Chosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

CHANGE

2017 has been a year of immense change personally and business-wise. I've had multiple changes take place within my team, my business, and my personal life. With my Instagram in particular, I've packed three years worth of content growth into one. When I look back to last January, everything is SO different; my aesthetic alone has changed 6 or 7 times. If you're someone who likes constancy with color and imagery you're likely not a fan of mine. This past year I put immense focus on figuring out what it is that I like aesthetically and I think while I romanticize the idea of being a blogger that grows while keeping the same aesthetic, I've come to terms that that may never be my thing. My focus has shifted. 2018 is a year of my feed only being about the art; everything else will fall the way it's supposed to, uniform feed or not.

TIME MANAGEMENT

Time management has by far been the most significant challenge this year. I've stepped through many new thresholds which exciting, but as a wife and mother of two, it's been a challenge to put the amount of focus I want on my business. You really can't have your cake and eat it too, at least for me in this moment. I'm doing it all so something is going to take a back burner and quite honestly blogging does. I look forward to the day when my team expands, and I can delegate more. When it does,  I'll be able to put more emphasis and focus on the creative process and less on the parts of the behind the scenes stuff in blogging that eats up so much time right now. 

BRANDING

Like I said above, I've gone through so much change this year and am now working with brands and designers that I didn't intend to work with so quickly in my blogging career. While that sounds amazing, and it is, part of getting to that point was taking on pretty much any and everything this past year to figure out my branding, to figure out what worked and what didn't. I've been going a million miles a minute. It was all stepping stones, and even the smallest pebble made a difference or was a learning experience this past year. Things will change going into next year. I won't be taking on every partnership that comes my way to be mindful of the level that I'm stepping into so that I don't accidentally take a step backward. Just the thought of saying 'NO' more frequently fills my mind with butterflies. There will be less work, but more focus and I think I  need that right now. 

LEARNING

I've had no choice but to try to learn as much as quickly as I could this past year. Well, we always have a choice, but when you're driven and inspired, you do what you do. I'll continue to learn as much as I can but in a more isolated and purposeful realm of topics. 

OUTFIT

I'm wearing a brand I've partnered with all year. At least twice a month you've heard me talk about them. I'm wearing the Radiant Pearls Knit Sweater from Chicwish. I feel like they've evolved so much this year too, so it's appropriate that they're the brand I'm wearing here. When it comes to pearl embellishments, I'm always hesitant. I think they're beautiful but in my experience when they're sewn on they quickly start to fall off. Most times, you're not sure how they're attached when you order them which is why I shy away despite loving the trend. I was thrilled when I received this one and upon inspection saw that these were attached by metal and very strong. It would take more than a slight snag to have one of these come loose from the sweater. I paired it with a suede red skirt I ordered last year, a pair of leather boots I've worn at least four different times this week, and a couple of the items from my WINTER BOX OF STYLE. 

I'm excited to see where 2018 leads and I'm so thankful for all of you who have been on this rollercoaster of a journey with me. 

*Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.