Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2013 Recap & 2014 Hopes

Wow has the last month been a whorl wind! I keep having to check the calendar to truly believe that we are already half way into January. Where have you been Christine? You haven't blogged in nearly a month?! I know, I know. Lets see if I can sum up the last month in this paragraph. Ready, go. The week after our Kendra Scott event I finished up some last minute Christmas shopping to begin packing for our flight back East for Christmas. We spent the week of Christmas back in Maryland with our parents, and in that short week we had to schedule in time with our best friends who are spread out across the county and, unfortunately, our times together are now few and far between. Upon arriving back in California with 2 days to spare until New Year we had to start planning what we'd be doing because {oops!} didn't quite get to planning while concentrating on our trip back East. New Years came and went quickly and we were already preparing for 3 guests flying in for the following week. After a week of entertaining guests -- one who had never been to Cali so it was especially fun to show her around -- and constant nights out for dinners and drinks, here we are...

A quiet empty house and finally a moment to take a deep breath and reflect on this crazy month. As you can imagine with all of this craziness and considering I have been in a constant state of buziness my little ole blog took a back seat and I wasn't able to snap any pictures for you all. Which got me thinking...
... When I first began my blog I wanted to do everything the right way. I bought blogging books. I didn't launch my blog until the design was perfect {in my eyes}, I had many posts written and learned how to use a professional camera. I read articles and books that said "if you are going to showcase clothes don't mix too much of your personal life because readers are there for your clothes."  and to be honest, I tried to do just that. 

But if 2013 has taught me anything about blogging it is that there is no right way. And that is exactly what makes it so fun. So with that being said I thought I would give you a little sneak peak of where you can find me when I am not out taking pictures for the blog or running after little ones at work. 

Interested in seeing more of my personal life and what I am up to in between blog posts? Make sure to go follow on instagram @xochristinemarie and leave me a comment below letting me know and I will begin to incorporate more lifestyle posts here at xo Christine Marie. 

Over the holidays I have had quite a few companies read out to work on collaborations and giveaways so keep your eyes posted for some exciting things in 2014! 

Don't forget to follow via Bloglovin'! Happy 2014! 

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