This Time Last Year: October 2016

One of my favorite things about having a blog is that it’s like a constant time capsule. Sure, we all have our phones and a lot of take photos everyday of various things, but I like that here, I can always look back to what I was wearing one, two, three (or in my case, nine) years ago because I’ve diligently documented it. It also reminds me what was going on in my life at that moment and I like reflecting on where I’ve been and where I am today.

Case in point, last year around the beginning of October, I was going through a break up with my live-in boyfriend. And although I may look upbeat and cheerful in these photos, it definitely wasn’t easy to put on a good face and smile for the camera every time. Luckily, it was an amicable situation and we are still friends, but it just goes to show you never really know what’s going on in someone’s life no matter what the photos may look like.

That turn of events really set into motion a lot of changes for me that I didn’t necessarily see or know at the time (isn’t that how it always works?!) and looking back, if you had told me a year ago I would be where I am now, I would have probably looked at you like you were crazy. So much has shifted for me since last October but I plan to keep “leaning in” to my 36th year as much as I can, soaking up lessons I’ve learned, and treasuring new experiences and memories.

What were you doing one year ago? Were you going through something hard and frustrating or joyful and exciting? Or maybe nothing in particular was going on. Whatever it was, I would really love to open up a discussion here so please feel free to share below! xo

(Photos by Emily and Krystal)



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  • Randee Brant

    Thanks for sharing, Christine! Last year around this time I was feeling joyous as I was taking a step forward in a meaningful relationship, settling into a career change, and generally finding myself awestruck at the life, my life, that was unfolding around me! That came after struggling for a good four or five years to work past “stuff” in my own mind and emotional psyche that was holding me back. It felt so good to see the evidence of the work I had done. It’s such a wonderful gift to be able to look back, reflect, release, and grow. I just turned 36 as well, and I would describe my “leaning in” similarly. Here’s to another beautiful year for you!!

  • Fotini Topali

    Hello Christine. My name is Fotini. Last year i was pregnant in my baby girl, i was so anxious about the baby if i will be a good mother etc. So today i have her in my arms and i feel like i’m where i was supposed to be! I’m turning 36 on november 13th also. Even if we would never meet i think you are a wonderful person! Wishing you all the best, i love your style!