As 2017 comes to an end I can’t help but look back on all that has taken place in what seems like no time. It really is true, the older you get the quicker time passes you by. In 2017, I made a point to not just go through the motions of my everyday life, but to truly live in the moment. That may seem like a common resolution, but coming from someone who has always struggled with being content in my day to day life I was determined to make my resolution a reality. Slowly, I saw a difference in my attitude as I began to faced each day with a grateful attitude for what was to come. I put an end to those negative thoughts that affected my overall mood, and traded them for a positive outlook. All it took was a little perspective to go from being upset about having to wake up early in the morning, to being thankful I get the chance to start a new and productive day! Or from dreading an exam for fear of failure, to being excited to conquer the challenge in front of me because I know I did all I could to prepare.
You see, for me, 2017 taught me an awful lot about perspective, and that a little can go a long ways! I learned that perspective, accompanied by a little grace, is the perfect recipe for facing new or different situations life throws at you. Like living in a foreign country for example! At the beginning of 2017 I decided to devote myself to a few key areas in my life. My relationship, my faith, and my work. I challenged myself to give the best (most positive) version of myself in each aspect of myself. By mid-summer my actions became less of a challenge and more of a habit. I felt as if all the pieces of my life in Raleigh were finally falling into place. Will and I became closer than ever before. I was beginning to make real and meaningful relationships at my church in Raleigh as a volunteer on the welcome team! At my job I performed seemingly effortless work as a stylist making genuine connections with customers. I really began to find my grove as I became more comfortable and confident in my abilities (which is huge for me!).
Then I left the country for four months… I remember feeling sort of distraught the closer the calendar crept to August 28th. Everything in my life was going so smoothly, and there I was about to disrupt everything for this something I’ve wanted and planned for so long. Of course, at this point there was no turning back. So, somewhat nervous, a little excited, and a lot hopeful for the best experience of my life, I went to Italy. There I found a carefree, adventurous, and content Maddie like I’ve never known myself to be before. It was everything I prayed for it to be and more.
God was so good to me all 365 days of 2017. One way or another He showed up and answered my prayers. He taught me to cast away my anxiety. To be content with each day and live in the moment. I learned be positive, because it’s contagious. And that a little perspective can go a long ways. Most of all, I learned what it means to appreciate. Appreciate friends, appreciate family, appreciate food, appreciate cultures, appreciate experiences, appreciate this life you’re given by living it to the fullest!
In honor of the last day of the year, I thought I would share some of my favorite looks of 2017!
I hope I have inspired you this year. I am truly thankful to everyone who visits Madd Inspired from time to time.
Kicking off the list of my favorite looks of 2017 is the cutest gingham skirt you ever did see! I got it for a steal of a deal at an H&M sale. I’m talkin’ $7 holla. Not to mention, my espadrille sneakers really top the look off. I wore those things so much they sadly had to retire while I was in Italy 🙁 Anyways, you can read the full post on my ‘gingham style skirt’ by clicking here!
There seems to be a common trend in almost of my favorite looks and that is the color black! (lol) I think wearing the color black can sometimes make a woman feel more confident. It never really goes out of style either, which is probably why I still love all of these looks even though some are from the beginning of the year. Check out the original outfit post here!
This look was featured in my first ever Madd Inspired Abroad post on the highlights and lows of my week in Europe. I really got my money’s worth with these trousers, and I’ve got the pictures to prove it! What can I say? I’m a sucker for an effortless, COMFORTABLE, and cute look! If you’re interested in outfit details, more photos, or reading the rest of the post with the gingham pants you can find it by clicking here !
Okay, I think this look takes the cake for being my favorite look of 2017! I loved everything about this day spent in Paris with a mission of love on the top my mind as we wandered around the city. A simple black dress with timeless polka dots and lace detailing topped off with a bold lip helped to solidify the 1920’s vibes that stood out all around the city. I remember feeling as if I were transported to another time, and I was thriving in it! You can read more about my Paris adventure here!
I wore this outfit on repeat while in Europe! It has this effortless look about it while being both comfortable and cute. Incase you missed it you can read more about it by clicking here.
Last but not least, my chunky blue sweater outfit ends the list of my favorite looks of 2017! I bought this sweater just days before my trip to Budapest and Austria for fear of the cold weather I would inevitably face during the weekend ahead. You can find all the outfit details here!