Dress: c/o Addie’s Closet Boutique*** – similarsimilar (stay tuned to hear more about this small online shop, use code “ADDIE” for 10% off your order); Stockings: A New Day (I ask my husband to buy me some black stockings and he comes home with these…hmm.); Booties: c/o Rockport. 

Okay, really, it’s the same old me (but maybe some new fashion- in fact I’m not sure I’ve ever worn a wrap dress and certainly never fish nets). Every year, I sit down intent on starting something new and fun and fantastic. Optimism at its finest. This year, I have a wild thing and a baby Hey J and I don’t have one ounce of energy left for making big resolutions (I’m sure to break anyway- what ever happened to project 365 2017?).  

You won’t hear any proclamations from me about how I’m going to be more organized, write more blogs, or teach more lessons on Geography. I won’t be pledging to spend more time in meditation with God (though personally that’s always a goal) or volunteer more of myself to others. I won’t be pledging to change the world one Mom at a time (in fact my charity for moms is officially on hold since we just don’t have time, for now, it’ll have to do as a personal goal). I won’t promise to hike any mountains (though the Blue Ridges beckon) or lose one single pound (though I could use it after this Christmas). 

This year, the only thing I can strive to be is me. If along the way I make an improved wife, mother, daughter, or friend, all the better. But, I’m not going to make any big announcements of change because, well, the Wild Thing stayed up until midnight. Little baby Hey J spends every meal begging for something that only his little eyes can see. The girls cry when I don’t make it home in time for our nightly ritual of watching The Next Great Baker. For now, striving to keep up with all that is enough. The only thing I can commit to right now is not committing to anything. And, I think that’s a pretty good resolution for me. 

PS what are your New Years resolutions? I think I may give project 355 another go but I’m not making any promises. 

***Addie’s Closet Boutique changes out inventory often to make sure you never accidentally twin your friends. Check out their array of styles often to see what new pieces they have.***


  1. I love this so very much!! And you’re exactly right, sometimes adding specific goals is more stressful than helpful. Being a happier, better version of ourselves, especially our mom-selves, is certainly enough!

  2. Love your outfit!! I honestly haven’t even made any solid resolutions. I usually do, but I feel like (again) this year snuck up on me–holidays, New Year, everything!!!

  3. Love this, Jamie! I am so glad to have connected with you in 2017 and I so look forward to continuing to follow along in 2018! But, you’ve never worn a wrap dress?! It is so pretty and flattering! Actually, I think that setting a goal to not over commit to things is a pretty great goal in and of itself! Here’s to 2018! Keep doing you, Mama! WIshing all the best to you and your beautiful family!

  4. That’s great! I think that new year’s resolutions are completely overrated. I actually wrote a post about it this year after I failed miserably last year to keep a resolution for the first time. I’m glad you strive to just be you, get it mama!

  5. Jamie, I love your perspective on 2018. As mom’s, we put ourselves on hold while we care for everyone else. Sometimes we create so much busyness that we forget what is essential. I have to be reminded on a daily basis that I cannot take care of anyone else until I take care of myself. Also, you look fabulous in the wrap dress, but then again I am partial.

    1. Thank you Brandy! It’s a great piece- I had my Christmas outfit all planned and had to swap it out last minute because this was just too fabulous not to wear immediately. I totally agree- as moms, there’s so much pressure to do everything. I’ve learned over and over that I just can’t and often have to re-evaluate. 2018 has started off fab so I hope it continues that way!

  6. You are so right!! We are set up for failure by trying to change everything all at once. We can only strive to be more authentic and present. And along the way lots of accomplishments will be made. All the best for 2018!! You are going to do great. PS. LOVE your outfit.

  7. I could learn a lesson or two from you, ha. Here I am making all these resolutions when our family is about to grow by a whole extra person… whew! I hope that this year I can be the best version of myself, too, and hopefully make a better wife, mother, daughter, and friend along the way. Thanks for the perspective, Jamie <3


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