Best of 2015

Instagram Best Nine of 2015

There’s less than 24 hours left in 2015, which has gotten me thinking about how there is truly so much to be grateful for this year. I cannot say it enough about how appreciative I am of all the support from my family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and amazing followers! It’s crazy how the power of social media can allow me to be able to connect with you all on here. I’ve met so many amazing gals and entrepreneurs just through Instagram this year (shoutout to Cassydy from We Wonder and Wander and Karen from Little Black Shell – go check them out, these ladies are so kind-hearted and inspiring!) and I am amazed at just how far I have come from where I started. I have been blogging for almost three years now and finally hit the 5,000 milestone on Instagram. That might not seem like a lot when you compare it to the huge blogging world of hundreds of thousands of followers, but I am happy where I am because I’ve been able to grow organically rather than buying followers and have more meaningful engagement with my followers. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for each and every one of you – thank you for making this possible and letting me share my life with you!

This year has been full of ups and downs (read more about that here) and I think the big take away for me this year is to stop comparing myself to others and trying to make life perfect. As a blogger and perfectionist this can be extremely tough, but I’m all about being real and the truth is no one’s life is perfect (no matter how it may look on social media.) That’s what makes life special and the way that God planned it to be, with only Him in control. So even though I still may occasionally worry about making time to schedule photo shoots, not having enough followers or how my style and content compare to others, I have to remind myself to be thankful for my blessings and enjoy what I’ve been so graciously given.

A NYE post wouldn’t be complete without setting a few goals for the New Year, so here it goes…

1. Volunteer More

I had the opportunity to serve with my church a few times this year and it is so rewarding to be able to help out people going through a rough part of their lives. In the end, they usually end up teaching and helping you out more than you could have ever imagined! I’m often thinking of myself first and volunteering is a humbling reminder for me that not everything is about me and that there are more important issues going on.

2. Get Healthy

I’m pretty sure almost everyone at one point makes this New Year’s Resolution, buys a gym pass, and then after January never steps foot in there again (I am one of these people). But this year, I really want to focus more on a healthier lifestyle, eating better and cutting back on dessert (which I’ve been majorly indulging in this holiday season), and doing more activities outside (blogging from home is awesome, but it can also encourage you to stay home all day in your pjs).

3. Live Spontaneously

Sometimes I can get so caught up with planning every second of my life out that I forget to enjoy the little moments. This year I want to make it a point to not stress over life’s unplanned moments but instead embrace these opportunities.

Bring it on, 2016! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and you this year. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

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6 Comments

  1. December 31, 2015 / 9:57 am

    Such a wonderful post Ciera. It has been such a blessing to get to know your family. And I can relate to so much of what you are saying here. Comparison can be such an easy thing to do, especially when blogging and I have fell victim to it as well. Thank goodness for Jesus’ love and for reminding me of how he made me uniquely perfect, like no one else.

    You are such a sweet & special young woman and I wish you a very happy 2016. I know you have great things ahead in your future.

    Janeane
    http://www.designingfrommycloset.wordpress.com

    • WorldWideStylista
      January 12, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you so much for all of your kind words and support, Janeane! So blessed to have you and Ray as neighbors and in our lives. It’s an easy thing to do, and I am also so thankful for His grace and love. Happy 2016, I look forward to seeing what is in store for both of us this year!

  2. kavyaede
    January 2, 2016 / 3:43 am

    Loved reading your post, Ciera! I could totally relate. Great goals for 2016! I wish you all the very best and a very happy new year! :)

    • WorldWideStylista
      January 12, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Thank you Kavya! I’m so glad it resonated with you :) Wishing you the best this year!

    • WorldWideStylista
      January 12, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      I think it’s something that everyone should add to their list! Hope you’re enjoying the New Year, love!