Farewell 2013, Hello 2014!

Happy New Year!! It’s amazing how quickly a year can pass us by. 2013 was a big year for me personally. I started a new job in my field, got engaged to my best friend, spent more time with my family and reconnected with old friends. It was year with many ups and a few downs but never the less a great year at that. I am proud of the things I have accomplished and the goals I continue to work towards. 2013 was a year of growth. Like every year, I strived to become more financially stable, something not many young adults can admit. I also tapped into my inner chef and began experimenting in the kitchen launching my blog segment “Cooking My Way Through Pinterest.” It helped me branch out from the normal chicken and rice or pasta we had been cycling for the past 3 years! Overall, 2013 was a great year filled with moments and memories that will last a lifetime!

2014 is looking to be a big year! I turn 25 in just twenty days and with that I will be considering what my quarter life crisis should be. Don’t worry, it won’t be a sports car or an extreme hair color change-I’ve grown out of that phase! More than likely it will be a change in attitude and outlook on life. A positive outlook on life and the obstacles that come along the way. This year will be filled with moments I am sure to remember for the rest of my life. I will be marrying my best friend in the fall surrounded by family and close friends. Marriage is a journey that Judd and I are ready to begin. It is also a joining of our two families as one.

In terms of resolutions, I want to work on being a better person. A better daughter, sister, girlfriend/wife, friend and coworker. Every year is a chance to make things better and what better way then to start on January 1. Happy New Year friends and followers! Your support means so much to me!

Shannon Judd Esess-156


Photo by the talented Steph Owens Photography.


Giving Thanks

What is better than family, food and parades? Being thankful. Today is all about being thankful. So what are the things I am most thankful for?

My Family. Even though I won’t be with them today, I am thankful for my supportive family. They are the reason I am who I am today. They may seem crazy but I wouldn’t trade them for the world!


My Job. After an emotionally draining past few days of work I am still thankful to have a job. I love being able to work with animals even in their time of need. I’m also thankful for my coworkers who boost my confidence even on the tough days!


My Education. There is something so humbling about having an education. This year I accomplished my life goal of graduating with my Bachelor’s degree. Even though I am not in a career that utilizes my degree yet, it still makes me feel proud to have earned my education. It also motivates me to continue working hard towards a future for myself.


My friends. They certainly have come and gone but the ones that remain mean the most to me. No matter how far away we may all live from each other I will always cherish our friendships no matter what.

My love, Judd. It is amazing to me that someone could love me so much. It hasn’t been easy at times dealing with life’s roller coaster and juggling things on top of a relationship but we manage to do it gracefully. I am so thankful for our almost two years together and look forward to many more to come!

Instead of panicking about the upcoming holiday’s, I will continue to be thankful even after today. There is so much in life to be grateful for and so is a life itself. Take time out of your day and think of all you are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving, readers!