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Happy 2013

January 2, 2013 by Trina 21 Comments

Hope y’all had a blessed Christmas and New Year!

I’m excited about a new year, fresh beginnings and more memories.

2012 was a tough one for me {and my family}.  But it grew me like nothing else could have.  I look forward to what’s in store for 2013 and how God leads our family.

Jonathan just finished his 4 semesters of ministry leadership school at Highlands College and he starts his internship at Church of the Highlands this month.  We are all excited {and axnious!} to see what happens after that.  He can start applying to ministry jobs now, but we are hopeful that we stay here in Birmingham with our friends and family.  But we are also open for whatever the Lord decides.  (I’m hoping it’s not Africa ;) ha)

As for me, I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and it’s purpose.  I really had no direction for this space during most of 2012.  I have a hard time not comparing myself to others or thinking that people really don’t care what I have to post about.  But the truth is, I like to go back and look at/read old posts because I can see how much I’ve grown in certain areas.  I probably won’t ever be a “big blogger” and that’s ok.  I just want to share what’s important to me and if people read, great and if not, that’s ok too.   I do appreciate each and every one of you who take time to visit me here.  I think it’s really cool that you do.

If you have suggestions on what you’d like to see here or what you enjoy seeing here the most, etc, I would love to hear feedback from you!

So, here’s to 2013.  Bring it.


  1. I hope you keep blogging! I always enjoy seeing a new post from you – even if they are few and far between sometimes ;) Just keep doing what you do!

  2. I love to read your blog! Yours is among several that I enjoy checking regularly, so keep up the good work!

  3. Trina, I kinda know what’s been going on with your family, its been a lot so I’m hoping the new year gives you strength and happiness. That is very exciting news about your husband, a new chapter and adventure to embrace! I don’t know how or when I stumbled upon your blog but I feel you’re like my long distance friend who enjoys nail polish, fashion, and all things girley! Maybe someday we’ll meet and you’ll raid my already-too-stuffed closet ( a girl can dream) but I enjoy your blog and your bubbly personality. I’ve learned new things from you and tried new things because of you. I only follow a few blogs and yours was one of the first. So I appreciate you so much Trina! Thank you! ;)

  4. How cool for your husband! I’ll selfishly hope you get sent to the Charlotte area :)

    I love your posts on your outfits, your tutorials/tricks of fashion/crafty stuff and posts about your family!

  5. Lets see. I’ve followed your blog for 4+ years! I’d hate to see you not blogging, I’ve always enjoyed what you have to say regardless of the topic. My poor little blog has really dwindled in 2012 too and I’ve decided it’s time to just take it back to what it used to be. I’ve thought about trying a few different things like joining some of the weekly linky posts hosted by others. You know I love that we share a nail polish kindred spirit! And I’ve always loved when you write about your faith. It’s inspiring to me to see young, hip, in the know moms post about their love for The Lord. I’ll always stick around :)

  6. Absolutely keep blogging! I love reading about you and your family just as much as I enjoy seeing your outfit posts! I think you do a great job with this space.

    Happy New Year!

  7. I think as long as you blog about whatever makes YOU happy, then its good. You’re not going to make everyone happy on your blog – but you’ll want to look back & smile when you see what you posted… whether it be family, fashion, God – or all of the above (my tends to be all over the board too) … so whatever makes YOU happy, will in the end, make us all happy :)

  8. selfishly, i say keep blogging, because i love coming here to see what you’re up to :)

    but for you, i think the first question to ask yourself {it’s an easy one} is do you want to blog professionally or personally. if the answer is professionally {to make money}, then it is hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers {i do so all the time}, but a little competitive spirit is a good thing, so long as you keep it in check, of course.

    if you just want to blog for personal reasons, then keep on keepin on. in that case, your blog is more of a personal online journal and there is no comparison because there is no one else out there like you :)

    after you get that question sorted out, then i would just set some goals for yourself, depending on the personal vs. professional direction you decide :)

    • those are some good questions. haha i guess i never thought about them being separate, but it makes more sense. i’m too much of an oversharer to take the personal aspect out of it so i’ll just keep on keeping on :) thanks for the advice!!!

      • they not necessarily separate concepts… my blog is personal + professional. its just a good question to start with when setting goals for your blog :) my blog is way more personal than ever before, but i’m treating it as a business for sure by focusing on traffic and making as many relationships with merchants that interest me as possible {as long as they represent my style and taste} so that i can get more involved with brand promotion, media announcements (like when nail polish brands launch new collections, etc), and offer up giveaways to my readers. and although id like to make money, it will never drive my content or the choices that i make for my blog.

        the main reason id like to blog professionally is because it would be nice if it could be a full or part time job someday… with a baby on the way and a husband that travels so much, a little more home time will probably be inevitable and if i could make money from home, that would be nice to supplement the income ill lose cutting back my hours at work.

        so yes, i don’t think professional vs. personal blogger is mutually exclusive; however, i think answering that question is a good place to start when setting goals for your blog. for example, traffic, merchant relations, etc are less important if your blog is personal only vs. personal/professional.

  9. Hey Trina! Let’s hope 2013 is a better year for everyone!! I really liked your blog when I first discovered it a couple years ago. You posted all of your deals and projects and recipes. I still read it but I liked the personal glimpse you gave us into your life and the kids and goings on in general. It sounds like you have a LOT to blog about. To me it’s the personal stories that I like to read about the best. Just a chance to find like souls and connect in different ways!

    • Thank you Heather! I guess there are still some people out there that like to see my family stuff etc. I sometimes start to think that since everyone has a blog these days {pretty much anyway, ha} that it’s easy to get lost in the noise and that I don’t have anything great to offer. But I still love to blog. One thing that changed for me this year is my previous work knew about my blog {due to someone telling them} and so I stopped posting a lot of personal stuff because of it. I’m at a different job now and no one there knows about it so I feel like it’s sort of a “new start” of sorts. I hated posting something and wondering if people at work were going to read it.

      • I know what you mean about keeping it secret. Everyone knows I have one and it’s good and bad. Sometimes I like to just write about things in general and more than one person has thought it was all about them! Just keep writing! That is what I plan to do this year.

  10. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this issue here on your website.