Life is a Journey

Currently: January

January 4, 2017

Happy 2017, y’all!! I’m still in shock that we’ve finally made it to the new year, but also very ready for this year to get going since I have so many exciting trips planned throughout the next few months.

What has been your favorite part of the new year so far? I really loved getting Monday off from work to enjoy 2017 while not slightly hungover from all of the festivities on New Year’s Eve. Plus I’ll take any excuse to sleep in most mornings!

Reading // The Sister by Louise Jensen, which has been recommended to me on Audible for the past few weeks now since I listen to so many mysteries. I love the concept of the story but I have a niggling feeling that I may have guessed the big plot twist and I’m only about half way through. Gone Girl really ruined all twist endings for me!!

Buying // new kitchen appliances because I’m an adult and should have probably already owned a cheese grater and a pair of tongs for myself months ago. Better late than never though!

Cleaning // out my closet, which is something that I’ve seriously needed to do for months now. I figured that although I hate the whole “new year, new me” slogan, it wouldn’t hurt to go through old clothes to sort out what I actually wear and what I don’t wear. I ended up putting together an entire bag worth of old clothes that I’m planning on taking to Goodwill at some point later this week.

Scrolling // through Pinterest for healthy recipes and dinner ideas! I’ve definitely put on a bit of weight because of the holidays, so I’m going to try to be good about not eating too many sweets or bread unless it’s a special occasion. What’s your favorite healthy dinner recipe? I’m a big fan of salmon + veggies + pesto all cooked together in aluminum foil in the oven.

Watching // The OA on Netflix. Matt and I started watching it this weekend and ended up bing watching the first 5 episodes throughout the weekend because it’s so good but also SO CONFUSING. I think I literally just sat there muttering “what?” to myself over and over again, but I’m really interested to see how the season progresses!

Planning // my trip to Paris and London in March!! Matt and I have been talking about doing a trip to Europe and we finally booked our tickets over Christmas, which was so exciting! I’m really looking forward to exploring the cities together and getting to see friends and family while we’re abroad.

Dragging // myself to the gym more often. One of my New Year’s Resolutions as cliché as it sounds is to go to the gym more often–specifically 5-6 days a week. Whether that means going to one of the classes at the gym or just doing 45 minutes on the elliptical, I’m going to try to keep myself accountable this year!

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  • reneejessome

    Oh I’ve seen the OA on Netflix and have been curious about it! I’ll have to give it a go. Paris and London would be soo fun to travel to!!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • It’s such an interesting show and I love the main actress! I definitely recommend watching it!

  • Mary

    Happy New Year Courtney! Your January sounds great so far. I also loved having some time off and visiting Charleston. Sounds like you have a lot of fun things happening over the next few months. I’ve always wanted to visit Paris in the spring!

    Love, Mary

    • I’ve loved your instagram posts of Kiawah Island that you’ve been sharing recently! Visiting Paris in the spring is going to such a dream!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Hi pretty girl!! Love these posts! I have been gathering all the healthy recipes I can! Just think how awesome 2017 is going to be with your trip coming up!

    • Good for you!! I feel like the biggest change I’ve made so far is upping my protein intake during breakfast and cutting out sugary cereal!

  • Emily

    Happy New Year! Sounds like your year is going well so far! Planning for a Paris and London trip must be super exciting!
    x Emily

    • We’re both so excited to plan our trip!! We’re looking at places to stay this weekend!

  • Katie Schubert

    Haha! The kitchen appliances part makes me laugh 🙂 And I’m so jealous of your upcoming trips!!

    Katie |

    • I’m slowly but surely becoming more of an adult with every measuring cup I buy haha!

  • Paris and London…I’m so jealous! I hope you guys have the best time! Have fun planning!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Thank you so much!! We’re both really looking forward to our trip!

  • Love photos. I hope you guys have the amazing time. 🙂

  • Happy New Year! I’m all about finding healthy recipes right now too! Your upcoming trip to Paris and London is so exciting! I might need to check out The OA!

    Doused In Pink

    • The OA is a little confusing but is such an interesting show! I definitely recommend it!

  • I’ll have to read The Sister, I love a good thriller. If you need any London recommendations, let me know!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • I’d love some recommendations for London!! I haven’t been in 2 years so I’m sure that there are some really cool spots that have popped up since I last left!

  • Beautiful photos, Happy New Year!

  • Nia Langley

    Happy New Year! London and Paris are incredibly lovely. I hope you enjoy your time! Wishing you the best this year! xx

    • I’m so excited for our trip in March!! London and Paris are two of my favorite cities in the world!

  • Biana Perez

    We did paris and london 2 years ago and it was amazing!! I cleaned my closet on monday and it was great – yay for shorter work weeks LOL! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

    • I’m still going through my closet to get rid of clothes and random things, and it’s actually been pretty therapeutic! And I wish every weekend was three days!

  • Pinterest is a dark hole for me, ha. I am always looking there for various things. Your travel plans sound like fun!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I can spend hours on Pinterest without knowing it!

  • Dominique

    Sounds like you’re having a wonderful start to the year! Here’s to a great 2017! xx

    • Thank you! I hope that the new year has been amazing to you as well so far!

  • Nina

    I can’t wait to read about your trips to London and Paris in spring. Going to gym is also my goal for 2017.
    Nina’s Style Blog

    • I’ve actually been really good about going to the gym so far this week! Although I ended up not going this morning because it’s snowing and I wanted to walk around and enjoy it a bit.

  • I sooo need to drag myself to the gym more often! Lovely pictures too!
    The Pale Tails
    – Beckie x

    • Thank you! I always dread the gym until I actually get there and then I love it. Yay for endorphins!

  • Deepti Karulkar

    You have such lovely pictures!! Wish you a very happy new year

    Deepti xx |

  • Rach

    These are great goals for this year!! I love how your next trip is coming up! So exciting!

    • I’m so excited for our trip to Europe!! Really looking forward to it!

  • Yasmin Rebecca

    Gorgeous photos – can’t wait to see your pictures of Paris & London! Both beautiful cities.

    Y x The Sweet Seven Five

    • Thank you!! I’m so excited for our trip!

  • Maria Flux

    Lovely photos! Looking forward for your posts about Paris!*/

    • I’m so excited for our trip!!!

  • Good luck with your future Paris and London trip! I’ve always wanted to go to Europe. I’m sure you’ll have fun!

    Pinterest is very addicting. Honestly, I still can’t figure it out half the time, but I find myself getting lost in it sometimes.

    Ahhh. Gym. At least it looks like you are consistent, I couldn’t say the same for my self. Haha. Good luck.

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

    • Isn’t Pinterest a bit of a black hole?? I feel like I can spend forever looking at new recipes and breath ideas! And I’m so excited for our trip to Europe!

  • Ohh! I need to sort out my closet too. It’s a constant mess and it’s reached the point where I no longer look for clothes but base my outfits on what I see haha. Anyways, so so much fun with Europe! And hope you’re having a lovely start to 2017! Xx

    • My closet was such a mess before I finally went through everything! I feel so much lighter now that it’s neat!

  • have a great year and enjoy your trip to Europe 🙂 I have plenty of London recommendations on my blog if you need it x

    The Fashion Matters- Travel & Fashion blog | Instagram: TheFashionMatters

    • I’ll definitely check out your recommendations! I haven’t been to London in a few years and I’ll need to figure out what to do before we fly over!

  • Looks like you’re off to a great start!! I need to start clearing out my closet as well!

    • I feel so much better now that my closet is all cleaned out! It’s such a weight off my shoulders!

  • Paris and London sound so much fun! I’ve been hearing so much about OA – is it worth watching??


    • I’m only halfway through the season, but I’m really liking it so far! It’s sci-fi though, so not for everyone!

  • Anthea

    Happy 2017!
    I love buying new kitchen appliances 🙂 Enjoy!

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