2013 Thoughts & Happy New Year!

2012 just flew by...I can't believe I have been at my new job almost a year and that so much has changed. I feel happier and more fulfilled than ever before and I hope that will only continue to grow tremendously.

Happy New Year, from LULU!

Something I touched on last year was a resolution I kept and I've seen it do amazing things in my life. That resolution was to be thankful, particularly when it comes to prayer.  When we acknowledge things we are thankful for and thank God for the blessings in our lives, I believe He blesses us even more.  It doesn't mean every day is perfect or that I never pray about things I worry about---but overall, my attitude is one of appreciation and recognition of my blessings. So if you're looking to make any resolutions this year, being more thoughtful about what you're thankful for is one I encourage you to consider.

As 2013 approaches, I find myself having a hard time coming up with resolutions because everything will change so much once the baby comes.  Having said that though, one thing I really want to work on is patience.  Being more patient will come in handy in so many aspects of my life. I'm not sure how to get there---but I am thinking that becoming a parent sort of helps you with your patience because babies are unpredictable and you have to learn to just go with it.

I've started to think too about the direction my blog is going to take once baby arrives.  I will be taking a 12 week maternity leave and then returning to work full time.  I plan to continue blogging, but I know the challenges of being a full time working mom will probably limit how much I can blog, though I do see a lot of moms who make it work beautifully and maybe I can too (only time will tell). If you are a mom who works full time, I would absolutely love to hear some of your best tips for staying organized and making a daily routine.

I also know that my blog will evolve into including posts about baby, motherhood, etc.  I will still post about products I love, home decor projects and outfits, but I know that I will also include baby updates, a nursery tour, favorite baby products, etc.  Personally, I love reading mommy blogs, especially when I can follow one of my favorite style bloggers as she becomes a mother, but I know that's not for everyone and I definitely understand if you just come here for the outfits or product reviews.

It will be interesting to see how my style evolves when I become a mother---or maybe it won't much at all since I'm returning to work? Either way, I can't wait to embark on that style journey.

I'm not making a formal list of resolutions this year. I think I have a lot of change coming my way already and that will be more than enough for me to handle.

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year and may 2013 bring you all of the blessings you hope for.

Speaking of awesome momma bloggers, here are some of my favorite stylish mommas:

If you have a blog about your family or would like to recommend one of your favorites, please link it in the comments below!


  1. I love Annabelle at http://www.5thbelleavenue.com/ . She does not post as much but she is pregnant with her second child!

    Just Saying Hello from SevenDaysandsunny.blogspot.com

  2. When I was pregnant with my son over 20 years ago I prayed daily for a healthy, kind and loving child. The Lord blessed me with a son that was born healthy, but a young man that is good and kind to his fellow man. I'm so excited to read about your journey. Motherhood is an awesome experience. Enjoy every moment.

  3. I am so happy for you and I love mommy blogs! (Even if that is still a few years away for me.) I am excited to see how your life evolves and the updates! Happy New Years!

  4. I continue to love reading your blogs. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Aww thanks for the shout out, V! Can't wait to see you journey into motherhood!! Happy New Year!

  6. Thanks for the love!!! So excited for your journey ahead! It's so amazing and rewarding! And if you ever have questions about going back to work, I can help! Happy happy new year!! xo

  7. My best advice for someone who works full time, blogs, and has a baby is to cut yourself some slack! You'll fall into a balance that works best for you and your family - it might take some time, but you'll be able to grow into it naturally and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes you!

    Haute Child in the City

  8. As a young woman, I've been so afraid of the idea of being pregnant, but you really have given me some insight on it all! I love everything you've written about pregnancy so far and I can't wait to read what is to come. I'll remain a faithful reader no matter what. Happy New Year!

  9. so happy for you, being thankful really makes such a difference in life and attitude. 2013 is going to be fabulous!

  10. It really has been a great year for you, huh?! I'm so excited to read about your journey into motherhood! I think it's great that your blog will evolve with you (mine certainly did). Being a full-time working mother is definitely hard, especially in the school year when I am directing plays and sometimes staying at school til 10 p.m. It takes a lot of organization, planning on both mine and my husband's part, and sharing of baby duties. I'm sure your hubby is going to be awesome and help out whenever you need it, and vice versa. We can talk more about it later but I know you can do it!

  11. Cute blog! Check out mine www.theworkoutmama.com :)

  12. I really enjoy reading your blog. You're very real and I love looking at your "hauls" and looks! It will be so fun to see you through your pregnancy. It's an exciting time for sure. I have boy/girl twins (4 yrs), a home business, just started back at my HR job PT & a fashion blogger (new blogger) by night. Life is full! But like you said it's organization and I love organizing! Would love for you to check out my blog. I'll be talking soon about organization & body after baby (or babies in my case). All the best to you and Happy New Year!

    xo Lulu

  13. Thank you so much for the shout out! Very excited for your baby girl and 2013! Happy New Years! Xo

  14. Your patience will magically improve tremendously once the baby gets here. I was worried about myself since I was really impatient, but motherhood changed that for me.

    Even not working full time, becoming a mom really limited the free time I had for blogging. I would love to hear how other moms stay organized, too.

  15. I love that being thankful was your resolution last year - that's so insightful and definitely something I know I don't do as much as I should.
    Many blessings to you in 2013 - I look forward to following your blog about your new journeys ahead!

  16. Thanks for including me on your list Veronika! Totally made my day :)
    And I am right there with you in considering what lies ahead for work + baby + blog. I am thinking the blog will naturally take a new direction very similar to what you described here. But I think that is natural and healthy. Finding the time to balance it all (and do it all well!) will be where the challenge lies! So I'm interested in what others give for advice...

    Happy new year Veronika!
    xo - Marion

  17. Happy new year Veronika :) Thank you for this post. My resolutions usually involve losing weight, getting more organized etc. The typical. But this year, I definitely want to become more appreciative, more in control of my anxiety, and just happier/more positive overall. I think prayer will help. I love your blog as you know, and I look forward to what this year has in store for you and your growing family. Lots of love!

  18. Aw thanks for mentioning my blog, Veronika! I've been thinking about how I'm going to manage keeping up with my blog once the baby comes too. I work from home for the most part but I still think it's going to be a challenge. However, it's a challenge that I'm up to because I would love to stay connected with everyone! I look forward to your mommy posts. I think it's great to follow along with other bloggers as their lives progress and I think your readers (mommies or not) will enjoy your blog either way.

  19. Came across this blog through Pinterest. Two sister-in-laws talk all about babies and being mommas plus they each have their own blogs that you can link to.


  20. Congrats on your pregnancy and happy new year!

    I just had my first child in early September and life hasn't been the same since. I returned to work full time when he was 8 weeks old and it is still a matter of adjusting to our new routine. The love I feel for my little one is all that keeps me going some days but I am learning that not everything needs to be perfect for our little family to be happy. I'm lucky (as you are) to have a very supportive and loving husband to help me out. There are nothing but good things waiting for you in this special journey...God is good and having a baby makes that more real than I could have ever imagined!

    Take care and enjoy your pregnancy...it goes so fast!

  21. Great blog suggestions! I have a blog about health, fitness, and lifestyle where I blogged all during my pregnancy. Now I guess I'm a mommy blogger too. :)


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