Q&A for 2018: Reflecting on Favorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More!

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More!

Hello, friends! I am back after a much needed holiday break and an amazing trip to Europe. Today, I will share with you my reflections on the past year. I know I’m a little late to the game, because we have been in 2019 for over a week now (ahh!!). But on a personal level, it is important for me to reflect on each year as it comes to an end. This year, I want to share with you what that looks like for me. So, here is my Q&A for 2018, with questions I like to ask myself, and answers highlighting big moments, challenges and an important lesson from 2018.

My Personal Q&A for 2018

What were your top three favorite moments?

  1. Hands-down, the top moment of 2018 was getting married to Will. I know our marriage will be the biggest, most rewarding commitment of my life, and it felt  amazing to embark on this journey surrounded by the support of so many loved ones. It is so much more than “a wedding day,” but it is hard to really explain that until you’ve gone through it.
  2. Thanksgiving – I always love celebrating this holiday and focusing on gratitude. In 2018, our Thanksgiving felt extra special. It was our first holiday as a married couple and we luckily had time with all of our parents on that day. This was such a blessing. Due to our family dynamics and their different locations, I realized that may be the only holiday we get to spend with all of our parents in one day.
  3. Honeymoon – We had a two-part honeymoon to give us equal doses of relaxation and adventure. Right after our wedding, we went to Antigua and stayed at a charming resort with a room that opened up to a quiet beach. It was absolutely beautiful and felt like paradise. It was also really nice to have dedicated time to relax and reflect on the whole wedding weekend directly after. If you’re getting married, I highly recommend taking time off immediately after your wedding, even if it isn’t for a conventional honeymoon. For a dose of adventure, we ended 2018 in Europe for the second part of our honeymoon. We had to reschedule our European adventure a couple times due to major work changes, but I am really glad we made that trip happen. I’ll be sharing more about it soon!

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My biggest personal accomplishment was growing my relationship with Will. I felt like I knew so much about him and our relationship, even before we got married. I’m sure that sounds naive to those who’ve been married for 5, 10 or 25+ years. But, we communicate a lot, and I am proud how we grew through the changes that came with our simultaneous career changes over the summer of 2018.

My biggest work-related accomplishment was starting my own company. I haven’t talked about my work much, but I made the leap into contract work and left my 9 to 5. Starting a business and setting up my home office were a little daunting at times, but I feel really proud that I dared to do something a little unconventional with my career, and that it has been a success so far.

What lit you up?

One of the most positive changes I made in 2018 was creating a designated home office space. I obviously needed to do that for my at-home contract work, but I was not expecting that how it would change my mindset. Having my own designated space, designed just how I envisioned has been such a gift for my work. I feel more connected to my work, more in control of my schedule, more organized and more productive. I will share more about this new space soon!

A few “small” things that lit me up in 2018 … walks with Will and Maddie, my birthday dinner with Will, a summer hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, seeing my little brother graduate high school, and all the family time at multiple weddings.

What were your three biggest challenges?

  1. Anxiety – This was new for me in 2018. I began the year with a lot of anxiety surrounding all the wedding plans and details and a desire for changes in my career. On default, I strive for perfection in everything, and when I can’t deliver that I can be really hard on myself. In 2018, my anxiety kept me from moving on things because I felt they wouldn’t be done right. I felt unsure of myself at times, second-guessed my decisions a lot and would lay awake at night thinking of all the possible outcomes of all the things that were out of my control. There were times I was so overwhelmed with the various things on my plate that I had trouble breathing. Now, I feel compelled to add that I have not been diagnosed with anxiety by a doctor. I have an aversion to doctors and did not want to be put on any medication. Thankfully, this got better towards the end of the year, but I definitely have some things to work through.
  2. Time Management – If you know me well, you know I hate time. I hate how there is rarely enough of it, and I hate how I often underestimate how long it will take me to get something done. Time challenged me in 2018 and in a lot of ways that is connected to the anxiety around perfection I just mentioned. I think it can be pretty normal for life to feel like a never-ending to-do list at times (right!?). But, I struggled with managing my time in 2018. Work ended up taking more time out of my day than I wanted to give it and that was a big challenge to address. It’s a challenge I am still facing!
  3. Maddie – If you don’t know from my frequent Instagram stories of Maddie, she is my 15-year-old dog. I have had her since I was a teenager. In 2018, we learned that she has kidney failure, and her health has been pretty up and down due to that. Maddie also had to have emergency surgery for an abscessed tooth two days after we got married! It has been challenging to see her getting older, a little less like herself, all while knowing that there won’t be enough time left with her.
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Here’s Maddie on our wedding day. I loved having her by my side as I got ready, but the poor thing was in pain and we didn’t know!

Related: How I Got Maddie & 15 Years Later

What was your biggest lesson?

Towards the end of 2018, I had a bit of an epiphany when it comes to letting go. I learned to let go of my fear of being misunderstood and to find confidence in who I am. Since I was a teenager, I have struggled with feeling misunderstood or not fully understood. I felt like people would assume things about me that were not in-line with my character. I feared coming across the wrong way. I feared people would think I was entitled, materialistic and overly self-involved… and it really upset me to think that people did not see my heart. Last year though, I realized it is not my job to shape the minds of other people when the impression they have of me is wrong. I realized the need to stay grounded in who I am. There will still be days that I compare myself to others or wonder what people think of me, but moving forward I will lean back into who I am and just keep going.

Related: My Journey to True Authenticity

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Even with some challenges, 2018 was a milestone year for us. I am grateful for all that God gave to us in 2018 and am honestly sad to see the year go. Now that I have taken the time to reflect on the past year, I will use this reflection to outline my plans and hopes for the New Year. I will share that post on Friday, so stay tuned.

Whether or not you do a little Q&A like mine, consciously reflecting on the past year and writing down your thoughts and feelings can be immensely helpful in planning for your year ahead. No matter the season of life you are in or how 2018 looked for you, reflection helps us see what things we would like to continue, take pride in our accomplishments, remember the lessons and assess the challenges we face.

I sincerely hope you have a wonderful year, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Sarah Camille

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

Hi friends and happy New Year! I am back home after an unplugged weekend with Will in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Getting back into my groove this week has taken extra time. Is it just me!? I have been reflecting on all the changes I have encountered in the past year. While I look to the year ahead, I thought I would first share with you the ten most popular blog posts of 2017.

First, here’s a little peek of our weekend adventures. We hiked more than 11 miles through snow in 17 degree weather. This may sound terrible for some of you, but we had an absolute blast. It warmed my soul (the hot tub helped with that too!) and gave me the fresh, quiet air that I was craving.

Now, here are the….

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017!

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#1 ~ Good Stress & my 30 Minute HIIT Treadmill Workout – This post features a HIIT Treadmill workout that I have enjoyed all year long. The workout has also been super popular on Pinterest.

 

25 Affordable Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $25 or Less - most popular blog posts - SCs Scoop#2 ~ 25 Affordable Christmas Gifts & Stocking Stuffers – $25 or Less!  – So many of these ideas I shared in this post are good year-round! I love sharing affordable gift options, and this one was my most popular. 

 

Wedding Registry Tips - most popular blog posts - SCs Scoop#3 ~ 10 Wedding Registry Tips to Make the Process Easy – Creating a wedding registry was one of those things I thought would be simple. But, the options out there made it confusing. If you’re getting married soon, this post will be worth bookmarking!

 

How to Style White Jeans for Fall - most popular blog posts - SCs Scoop#4 ~ How to Style White Jeans for Fall – A Summer to Fall Transition – Clothes you can wear for multiple seasons are always a great option. This post will provide some style inspiration for you.

 

#5 ~ Getting that Summer GLOW: Rodan + Fields Sunless Foaming Tan Review – Reviewing this product was a lot of fun for me, so I’m happy so many people have enjoyed reading it! I am still amazed by the natural look this sunless tanner provides.

IMG_0455#6 ~ Prevent the Damage of Gel Manicures with this Alternative Nail Polish – If you get annoyed by the damage gel manicures does to your nails, this product will be your new best friend. It was one of the best beauty product discoveries I had in 2017!

BlkTux_wedding_guest_guide_x2_v05 (1)#7 ~ Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas and Style Guide – With help from The Black Tux, I broke down all the wedding guest outfit options from casual beach weddings to fancy black tie affairs.

View More: http://joffoto.pass.us/the-little-market-in-dc#8 ~ 11 Cheap Date Ideas & a New Bag from The Little Market! – Having fun with your partner doesn’t have to cost much! If you’re looking to create more quality time with your love in 2018 this post is for you.

img_4241#9 ~ The Ultimate Fall Fashion Checklist – Fall is my favorite season because of all the layers you can incorporate in a look. This post will help you get the fashionable fall looks you have been wanting.

Lady in Red Perfume for Holiday Season & Promo Code - SCsScoop.com#10 ~ Lady in Red Perfume for the Holiday Season & Promo Code – This fragrance is my new favorite. I enjoyed talking about a new brand that has a lot going for it too.

Just thinking about these ten posts alone, I realize what a busy year 2017 was for me. I had a blast putting my creative energy into this blog and partnering with some awesome brands. I am super excited to see what 2018 has in store for my little corner or the world wide web!

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me along the way! Your continual support means so much more than you know. 

Now, I would love to here from you! Is one of my popular blog posts your favorite from 2017? What content would you love to see more or less of in the new year? Any and all feedback is welcome in the comments below.

To stay in the loop, you can subscribe to Sarah Camille’s Scoop in the righthand sidebar. You can also follow me on Facebook, InstagramTwitter and Pinterest!

Before I sign off, I will leave you with one of my favorite New Year wishes, courtesy of writer and fellow blogger Neil Gaiman.

Make Mistakes

Here’s to a wonderful year for you and yours!

Cheers!!

Sarah Camille

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Reflecting on 2016

Happy New Year everyone!

I truly hope 2017 brings you more peace,  happiness and opportunities to grow. I was reminded this morning of the quote below that I found on New Year’s Day 2015. It still rings true to me, so I thought it was worth sharing as I reflect on 2016.


Now that 2016 is over, I feel like it is time for me to take an inventory of my year and reflect on the highs and lows, the lessons I learned, the mistakes I made, the challenges I faced and the successes I celebrated.

For me 2016 felt like a roller coaster, with several ups and downs. My job situation presented the most challenges throughout the year and brought me a lot of stress and feelings of disappointment in my career. I was repeatedly feeling drained and uninspired at the end of the day. It was clear to me that I needed a change, but deciding what I wanted that to look like, looking for jobs and interviewing was stressful. Especially when your work environment leaves you feeling unaccomplished at the end of the day, it can be hard to feel motivated. And while I worked very hard to find a better work environment before the end of the year, I was unfortunately let go before my new job came to fruition. I was left feeling like the wind was taken out of my sails and the rug was swept out from under me by people who I thought were on my side.

It was very difficult and upsetting to me, but I knew I needed to regain confidence and momentum in order to end up in the better place I envisioned. I had been feverishly looking for a job for four months, and thankfully my hard work paid off — just two weeks after I was let go, I had a job offer in my hands. It was a whirlwind, and not something I would wish upon anyone. I am glad I started looking for a job when I did, but of course it was difficult to stomach being let go when I was repeatedly trying to keep my confidence high for job interviews. In hindsight, this experience taught me an important lesson about self-worth, showed me how many awesome people I have in my life to support me and made me realize how strong I can be in tough situations.

In hindsight, I see how toxic a bad work environment can be. We spend so many hours of our week at work, and it is truly not worth it to be living the majority of those hours upset about your job. I also see more clearly now how those terrible work days were effecting other parts of my life. Almost instantly, I felt a relief leaving that job behind. I am SO much happier now that that chapter is closed. I have forgiven the people who I felt like let me down, and I can see how my new-found happiness has helped my relationships with friends and family.

While that job situation was the most difficult challenge I faced in 2016, the year had tons of wonderful, positive moments. I had some amazing trips, like my trip to the west coast with my mom and brother and my trip to Jamaica with Will. I also had an important revelation just how meaningful the relationships in my life are when it comes to maintaining a happy life. Below are a few of my favorite photos of 2016.

I feel like there are always goals to be achieved in a New Year, but I think it is also important to make room for those surprises or the ways we might surprise ourself, as Neil Gaiman’s quote mentions. I shared my job struggle because so much of that experience was a surprise to me. And while I thought at the beginning of 2016 that the year would go very differently than it did, I feel now that I can be grateful for the struggles that I faced in 2016 because they made me stronger and taught me important lessons.

I hope some of you can relate to my experience or find it helpful during a time when you are struggling. Life can be rough, and I’m sure it will have its ups and downs. My hope is that with those, we can remain focused on the good things and look for the lessons that come out of our struggles.

Cheers to a lovely New Year!

Sarah Camille

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