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.
Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com
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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29 Random Questions Answered and a Dose of Fall Style

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Hello friends! It’s been a little while and I want to share a little life update and answer 29 super random questions about myself. So, the best word to describe life lately is busy. I think some people like being busy, or like to brag about how busy they are, but I do not. I need my down time. The good news is that I am learning from this “busy-ness” to say no to things and make more time for myself (including time to blog)! There’s been a lot of change in the past couple years – getting engaged, getting married, changing jobs, establishing our home life as a married couple. Change seems to be the season of our life now. While that does contribute to a busy life and some days it is overwhelming, it’s also very exciting and fun!

Last month, I started a new job that entailed starting my own business and working as a contractor. As an independent person, it’s been a blessing and a welcomed change for me, but it has definitely taken some time to set up my office and get into a rhythm. I also turned 29 earlier this month, and as usual I did some reflecting on the past year. In honor of starting the last year of my twenties, I thought it would be fun to answer 29 random questions about me and share some highlights from the past year.

29 Random Questions about me Answered

  1. What’s the best and worst thing about getting older? The best thing about getting older is establishing who you are and being able to plan your future. The worst thing about getting older is realizing just how fleeting time is!
  2. What lifestyle change have you been meaning to make for a while now? Diet Coke (and caffeine in general) is a huge vice for me. I rarely drank soda as a kid and didn’t pick up the bad habit until I started working at a place that provided it for free. Now, I get caffeine headaches in the late afternoon if I haven’t had any coffee or Diet Coke that day. I hate feeling dependent on something that’s really not good for me.
  3. What would be your spirit animal? This is so hard to answer because I love animals. I have a thing for sloths and llamas right now, but my spirit animal is honestly a dog. I am loyal and similar to dogs it doesn’t take much to make me happy. I’m happiest when helping others and knowing that I am contributing to the happiness of others.
  4. If you could have a video of any one event in your life, what event would you choose? I’d choose a video of the day we got engaged. The whole day was special and Will totally caught me by surprise. A close second is our wedding day though!
  5. Do you have any tattoos? How many? None! I am not opposed to them; I just have never felt inclined to get one.
  6. What blows your mind every time you think about it? Just how small we are compared to the whole universe.
  7. What’s your Myers-Briggs personality type? ENTP, also known as the great debater and the one who plays devil’s advocate – ha! I think this is pretty accurate though I am right on the introvert-extrovert border.
  8. What’s the thing you most wish you were great at? Waking up! I am not a morning person at all. I’ve tried several things to change, but I really think it’s in my blood. I tend to do some of my best writing at night, and I often exchange that for sleep. if I could take a class to be great at waking up, I’d sign up in a heartbeat.
  9. What position do you sleep in? Nine times out of ten, I sleep on my side. The other times, I go into full starfish mode on my stomach!
  10. What was your favorite Disney movie as a child? I was obsessed with the Lion King. Pocahontas and the Little Mermaid were at the top of the list too.
  11. If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be? Oo the smell of fresh laundry would never get old for me.
  12. What is an ideal date for you? Good conversation and good food are most important to me. A nice dinner followed and a walk around town never gets old.
  13. What were some of the turning points in your life? I was in a toxic relationship for a long time, longer than I should have been. I knew deep down that I deserved more, but it took me time to come to terms with the situation. I had to realize that I was not responsible for someone else’s problems, and that I couldn’t “fix” someone else. Letting that person go and the lead up to that moment was a huge turning point for me because it gave me the strength and courage to create the life I knew I deserved.
  14. What does your partner loves most about you? I can be really playful and optimistic in a way that lights Will up. I think loves most how I can make him laugh, even on a bad day.
  15. What makes a good life? A good life is rich in friendships and support. I think there’s a direct correlation to the quality of our relationships and our happiness.

    Related: My post about the secret to a good life!

  16. What was the most memorable gift you’ve received? A few years ago, I came home one day and saw a little box in front of my doorstep. I had no idea what it was and it honestly kind of freaked me out. I took it inside and opened it, worried about what was inside. There was a beautiful watch from Will. We had only been dating a couple of months and he knew somehow that my birthday was in October. He was over a week early, so I wasn’t even thinking about birthday presents. The gift caught me by complete surprise and made me feel
  17. If you had a clock that would countdown to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to countdown to? I would love a countdown to when Will will get a dog. I picked out Maddie when I was a teenager all on my own, and I am so excited for him to have that same experience. There are a few things that need to happen before he would get a dog too, so it would be fun to know what day in the future that will be.
  18. What stat for your life would you most like to see? How many people who have been positively affected by knowing me.
  19. What celebrity do you wish was your sister? Reese Witherspoon – she seems so fun, supportive and easy-going.
  20. What is your current favorite Netflix show? Ozark! I love a mix of drama, dark comedy and mystery and this show totally has all three.
  21. What do you take for granted? How blessed I really am in life. It’s so easy to just want “more” in life, but I am really very blessed and pretty spoiled.
  22. What are you addicted to? Diet Coke, chocolate and cheese!!
  23. As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of? I’m afraid of not having enough time and losing Will.
  24. In what situation or place would you feel the most out-of-place in? I despise networking events with people name-dropping and measuring each other up. These are pretty common in the D.C. area and I have never been a fan. It just feels forced an inauthentic.
  25. What is your favorite workout? Orangetheory classes are my favorite. In general, I love running and HIIT workouts that require sweating and pushing myself.
  26. Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself with Will in a home with kids, pets and a big yard.
  27. What is your favorite holiday to celebrate? I love Thanksgiving because it’s about quality time with the important people in our lives. That, and cooking good food is a plus!
  28. What is your birth order? I am the middle child, sandwiched between two brothers. One is two years older, one is ten years younger.
  29. What is the best concert you’ve been to? I went to a John Mayer concert last year, and it was a dream come true. Not only was the music amazing, but there was great energy. He is such a talented artist and I have enjoyed his music since I was a teenager. This will give you a taste of what it was like.

A Dose of Fall Style

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I have not done a style related post this month yet, so I thought I would share one of my favorite fall looks of the season so far. I have been loving this medallion printed blouse. The award for the softest thing in my closet goes to this sweater vest. It is a super soft chenille and it just goes with everything – perfect for work or play. My pants are hard to really see but they are wine colored jeans from AG in the Farrah high waist, ankle skinny cut. The fit makes them well worth the price!

Since I answered random questions about myself I would love to hear something random about you! Answer a question in the comments or share any random fact you’d like.


Sarah Camille


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