The Year of Pure Abundance

My mission for 2017 was to be available. To put more energy into my relationships. To stop focusing on what my life looked like to the outside world and to focus on my inner circle. God was faithful to work on me as a friend, as a daughter, as an employee, and as a wife. 2017 was a year of pure abundance as I gained friends, balanced my to do lists and watched my work life explode before my eyes.

This year I’m focusing my attention on rest and glory.

As a recovering perfectionist who loves to do it all and be it all for others, I plan to rest in my identity in Christ. No matter how much (or how little) I accomplish it will all be for God’s glory.

But before I turn my back on this year I want to document the unforgettable moments of 2017.

In January Joey and I started a Lifegroup through our church. We have spent almost every Tuesday evening of this year getting to know these friends. This group kept us grounded during this busy year.

My 23rd birthday was spent in a gorgeous cabin in Evergreen, Colorado with my almost in laws.

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Joey took me to Texas for the rodeo. This was my first “spring break” in my life since I was no longer playing softball. We also took a trip to Magnolia Market for Spring at the Silos. I was in heaven.

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A wonderful friend and role model introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils in April. My life flipped upside down as I discovered a passion for plant juice. I now have a desire to see all of the woman in my life be plugged into this amazing community while experiencing benefits of these products.

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My parents made the trip to Colorado for Easter and we spent the weekend at my favorite place ever; my Nanny and Uncle John’s house.

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In May I finally gave Pure Barre a chance after a little coaxing from my amazing wedding photographer. I fell in love and a few months later found myself working the desk. A lot of my free time was spent there as I got in tip top shape for my wedding.

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In June our wedding was just months away. Joey had his bachelor party in the mountains with his groomsmen and one of my bridesmaids threw the most amazing bachelorette party for me.

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I found myself blinking back tears all weekend as I spent time with 12 girls who mean the world to me.

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Then we hopped on a plane to Arizona where my Maid of Honor threw the cutest wedding shower for us. My eyes were opened to how lucky Joey and I are all month long.

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We spent the long Fourth of July weekend with Joey’s family in Galveston. We segwayed across the island and spent time soaking in the summertime by the ocean.

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In August, I moved into the apartment that would become Joey and I’s home. Getting the keys to this place was so exciting and I could hardly wait for Joey to join me.

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September finally came (despite me often thinking it never would) and Joey and I said I do. We had a wonderful day with all the best people. Joey and I own the dance floor at weddings and we expected dancing the night away at our own wedding to be a dream. It turns out that looking Joey in the eyes and promising to stand by him forever was way more special than just dancing. Our vows were my favorite part.

(I plan on going into way more detail about our day throughout the year.)

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After our wedding Joey and I flew to St. Lucia for the best week of the year. We explored, ate, drank and slept the week away. It was my favorite.

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Three days after landing back in Colorado, Joey and I got on another plane to celebrate my cousin’s wedding in Arizona. This wedding was long anticipated and I was so happy for my cousin!

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I got to partake in my very first Trinksgiving. My mother in law is the queen of the kitchen and we had the most gorgeous meal. Their company is also the best. All my bridesmaids kept wishing they could be a Trinkle because the family is seriously that good.

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Joey and I ended 2017 at my home in Arizona. We celebrated Christmas with all my family, drank coffee well past the morning time, relaxed and regrouped.

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2017 was the best year of my life, overflowing with blessing and abundance. Often times it was exhausting and overwhelming and I had to depend on God just to get through it all. I had to lean on Joey and my family and my friends. I learned that I’m just a human who needs other humans and is lucky enough to have them. 

– Steph

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