cheers to cozy sweaters + goals in 2017

cheers to cozy sweaters + goals in 2017

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First of all, Happy New Year!! Thank you so much for faithfully supporting Dashing Darlin’. You do not realize how much that I truly appreciate each one of you. Your support and encouragement has been mind blowing. Btw, I had to share these pics in memory of Christmas 2016. It came and went too quickly.

So, with the arrival of 2017, aren’t we suppose to have some type of resolutions?!! Or goals?!??
I personally love to take inventory of myself, and hello, I need to do this more than just once a year. I have health goals like everyone else: lose ten pounds and get fit. And, spiritual goals: to grow closer to GOD. And, I’ve got some practical goals too. Sheesh.. what else!! LOL!! Mike would like for me to be more organzied in the house and fold the darn clothes that sit in the laundry baskets for days. Those aren’t so important to me {I kid}!!! So, what about my personal career goals?!??

I have friends, family, acquaintances and even strangers ask me often why have I pursued blogging. What is my goal?? What is my incentive?! And, every time that I get asked this question, I search my heart in that moment to answer honestly. I know what originally compelled me, but I have to ask myself often what is keeping me in this field of social media and brand marketing. Is it fame, is it recognition, is it vanity, is it clothes, is it success, is it inspiration, is it love, is it dumb or is it just a dream of mine?!?

“Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God.”
Lamentations 3:40

Self reflection:
careful thought about one’s character, actions, and motives.

an aim or desired result

What should my aim ultimately be?!?? Gosh, as I reflect, I could name 100 things that I need to change in my life #nojoke. I am not perfect.. so far from it…. a few kinks!!! But, my aim to be productive and to be successful {as a wife, mom, friend and even blogger} should always center around pleasing the Father. When I leave Him out of the equation, I don’t find lasting fulfillment.

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”
2 Corinthians 5:

 In this career journey, I have felt over and over and over the approval from my Heavenly Father. I know that I know that God is the one who has connected me to every person, every marketer, every company, and every opportunity. So, if I can encourage or deposit some inspiration and Godly wisdom into each reader along the way, then it’s all worth it to me. Ultimately, the goal is to honor Him with excellence in all that I do.

I have felt so honored to have worked with so many amazing brands, clothing boutiques, online stores and even local businesses this past year. I look forward to all of the future collaborations, growth, friendships and memories in 2017. Let’s do our best to be productive in all that we set our hands to do. CHEERS to 2017.

I love y’all BIG. Cheering you on in all that you are destined to be and to do!!


P.S. My boots are currently 50% off right now, and our beanies are from Purple Peridot are on major sale too!!

PC: Vivid Dream Photography



  1. January 3, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    I agree – Christmas came and went too quickly!! I do love these cozy sweaters though! I think it is ok to still have some holiday around in January 🙂


  2. Nataly
    January 3, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    I love both your looks! I agree Christmas going too quickly! I wish it would last a little longer. Happy New Year!

  3. January 3, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    What great goals you have set for 2017! I can’t wait to continue to follow along and see you accomplish them. Also, completely obsessed with both of your sweaters and beanies!


  4. January 3, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I’m dreading taking my tree down today, Christmas went way too fast! I love these cute, casual ensembles, happy new year!!

    xo, Alicia |

  5. January 3, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    How cute are these pictures!? Loving the sweaters and boots. Happy New Year! <3

  6. January 3, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Girl, your hair is absolutely gorgeous!

    And I think it’s such a great idea to develop goals and resolutions for the new year! I know that it keeps me accountable!

    Keep up the great work!

    Best wishes,

  7. January 3, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Love this post SO MUCH. Very timely for me and much needed. I feel called to blog, at least for now, and keeping Him in the equation is a must. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and encouraging me today 🙂


  8. Jenny
    January 3, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Such a cute post! I love wearing cozy sweaters and of course the right scarf or hat always completes the look!

  9. Nina
    January 3, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Wonderful inspiration for a great 2017. Wishing you all the best in the new year!

    xx Nina

  10. January 3, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Christmas always goes too fast 🙁 Cheers to a great 2017!

  11. January 3, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious! You two are killin it in your cozy sweaters and beanies! Your boots though, what a deal! Love these verses and a fresh perspective for a new year! You are so inspiring and make it all look so chill and easy. I’m still working on balancing it all. You are such a light and so fun to keep up with. Excited for all that 2017 holds for us!

  12. January 3, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Best of luck sticking to it. I’m already three days in and getting lazy lol. So jeal of all your insta cozy knit looks. It’s gonna be warm here soon 🙁

  13. January 3, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    You are beautiful! And I love your outfit! 🙂 Thanks for the lovely scriptures!

  14. January 3, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    You two are so cute! That chunky, grey sweater is so my style but I do love that cold shoulder sweater. Cold shoulders are becoming my obsession!

  15. Anna English
    January 4, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Y’all are simply the cutest! I love both outfits!

  16. January 4, 2017 / 12:23 am

    Love that sweater and those jeans 🙂

  17. Ashley
    January 4, 2017 / 12:29 am

    These pictures are so cute! I love your boots! Also loving your 2017 goals! I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store!

  18. January 4, 2017 / 12:47 am

    I love that 2 Corinthians verse you included. Very fitting for starting a new year!

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  19. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    January 4, 2017 / 12:55 am

    Those sweaters are super cute! Both are equally adorable in different ways. I really love the open shoulder look on the off-white one, but the gray one looks so warm and cozy.

  20. Mollie
    January 4, 2017 / 1:07 am

    The holidays definitely came and went too fast! Loving those cozy sweaters!

    xx Mollie

  21. January 4, 2017 / 3:20 am

    Your beanies are adorable, I’m definitely checking them out now! I love your boots too!

    Kayla |

  22. January 4, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Right?! How did Christmas already come and go?! You look gorgeous, as always mama! xo

  23. Alice
    January 4, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    May this be your best year yet!! Love these cozy sweaters too. Y’all look just adorable!

    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

  24. January 7, 2017 / 12:03 am

    you both look great. I love the boots as well paired with the sweaters. Looks very cozy and comfy!

  25. January 12, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Beautiful photos! You two are so pretty.

    And you get those goals, make them your you-know-whats! 😉

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