Kicking off 2016 with this faux fur cape now that Houston is officially experiencing winter! Since Chris and I got back to town last week, the temperatures have continued to drop as each day passes. Now I know that we are still experincing warmer weather than most of you, but I love that I can finally put on layers and chic coats without sweating half way through the day! We may never see snow here in Houston, but that won’t stop me from dressing in comfy layers.
We spent this past weekend ringing in the New Year with some dear friends we have made in the last few months and relaxing. Between traveling to Nola the weekend before Christmas and making the trip to see my family in Maryland, we were exhausted. Chris isn’t one that likes to ‘veg’ out, he gets restless when sitting for too long. But this past Saturday was the anniversary of my dad’s passing and I don’t know why I thought this year would be easier than the last 13. I go into the day, every year, thinking that staying busy is what my head and heart needs/ wants, looking for any distraction possible. Then the day creeps up, and a wave of emotions flood through me; grief, saddness, anger, and lonliness. As I get older, there are so many times I yearn for those father daughter conversations, a hug in his strong arms, and knowing that I will never have those again, really paralyzes me. I don’t think that it ever gets easier and you learn to embrace the wave of emotions as they come, accepting what your head and heart needs at that moment. This past weekend, it just happened to be spending the entire weekend in bed, watching Netflix, sleeping and cuddling, and I’m okay with that! (If you’re looking for new shows to get hooked on, I suggest starting Making a Murderer and Helix Season 1!) So here’s to a productive week, setting goals and making 2016 the best one yet! Thanks for stopping by today, and please know that if you have lost a loved one, whether recently or in the past, I am thinking about you and praying for you! Have a great start to the week, friends!