Reflecting on 2015

As another year comes to a close, I wanted to thank my lovely readers for making my second year of blogging such a rewarding experience. It’s because of your support that I allowed myself to follow my passion this year — and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I’m grateful for the connections I have made through blogging and all that I learn from each one of your posts. Despite never having met most of you in person, I’m thrilled that I can share pieces of my life, and I hope some of my insight, with you.

This year was one of transitions for me — from venturing outside of what was my chosen career to slowly finding myself on this new path. What began as a creative outlet has given me something greater than I could have ever imagined — a sense of fulfillment and purpose. I find myself willing to sacrifice sleep (most unusual for a thyroid patient!) while I stay up late at night putting the finishing touches on each post, and rising earlier than normal to start my day and read all of your own blogs and comments. With each post I’ve published this year, I’ve grown as a person and as a writer. To me, that is the greatest reward I could have.

I’m excited to see what 2016 brings for both me personally and this site. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year! I’ll be back with a new post on Monday, January 4th.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts from 2015:

Whiteface Mountain - Lake Placid, NY

{36 Hours in Lake Placid, New York}

American University, Washington, D.C.

{Life Lessons From My D.C. Days}

My Second Thyroid-versary

{My Second Thyroid-versary}

LOFT Jumpsuit

{Jumping into a Jumpsuit}

Old Navy Eyelet Strapless Dress

{Navy Number}

Hampton Classic Horse Show

{Highlights from the Hampton Classic}

Fishtail Braid

{Figuring Out the Fishtail Braid}

Evie Bag from Neely by VNB

{The Evie Bag from Neely by VNB}

Styling a Cape

{Styling a Cape with SheIn}

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Over-the-Knee Boots

{Good Things Come to Those Who Wait}

What was your favorite post on Living in Steil in 2015?



    1. Thanks, Annessa! With any luck I will be seeing Lake Placid in the coming days. I was supposed to go right after Christmas, but they’ve been getting a lot of snow. Wishing you a happy New Year!

  1. You are such a beauty and an inspirational woman, Vanessa! I admire your strength and determination that’s depicted in every single one of your posts and I’m so glad that we’ve connected in this blogosphere. I wish you all the best going into 2016 and I truly hope that all your dreams are achieved this new year. If I had to choose, I would say that both the jumpsuit post and the one on how you scored those amazing OTK boots are my favorite; you look so stunning!

    Again, I wish you a very happy start to 2016, beauty!



    1. Thanks, Jalisa! I’m so happy we have connected through the blogging world as well, and I always appreciate your sweet comments on my posts. I love your fashion sense, and can’t wait to see what you bring us in 2016. I hope you have a fabulous New Year’s Eve and I wish you all the best for a happy New Year!

  2. I’m so with you on the sense of purpose and fulfillment blogging brings! I also have to agree that the greatest reward is how it enriches our own lives as the blogger and helps us grow as a person, develop our identity as we develop our writing style, and produce something we can take pride in! Congrats on a great second year and I wish you all the best in 2016!

    1. Thanks, Tristan! I never thought I would get so much out of blogging and meet so many amazing people. It has truly changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings. Thanks for all of your support. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Colleen! I’m glad we have connected through the blogging world. I can’t wait to see where 2016 takes you and your blog. Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy New Year!

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