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In case you are in need of any reading recommendations due to the the hibernation you find yourself in on this cold winter season, here are a few I highly recommend. These books are more of a feel good, finding yourself, and all around good for the soul. Some are these are based on a true story, spiritual growth, and other I find as a well written fiction story in case you are wondering.

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Til then, happy reading. 

Am I the only one that is a little sad that this magical time of year is pretty much over? In addition I am always so bummed out on missing the chance to blog about a Christmas home tour, the parties or the fashion... Once mid November hits, there are so many events within the designer community, I mean Christmas party after Christmas party and or doing things for the community, that I haven't really been able to get around to doing some of my own Christmas traditions. Not that Im complaining about the events and fun of the season, I just wish the time wouldn't fly by so quickly.

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2016. It's been a little ruff. Though I don't want to get too deep of what all happened this last year -the list itself would require its own blog post!  One of the top moments was we have lost my furry best friend, Koby, to cancer. We weren't really looking yet but we happened to come across a local breeder who had a litter a few weeks after we lost him. We ended up adopting a 6 week old golden named Beau to heal our hearts.  He's done just that.

On Halloween, I started at a new firm - an architecture firm to be exact. I am so forever grateful for the opportunity because it couldn't have come at a better time. Believe it or not, I am grateful for the brokenness because it is what teaches you to have more faith and more forgiveness in your life. A few years ago, I lost my mom very suddenly to a very tragic accident. Everything seemed to turned upside down and felt as if I had to find a new identity. It was so hard. My boss at the time gave me a small silver pocket charm that states, 'Let go, Let God'. Ever since then, I have always carried that mantra with me. It is always his grace that carries me through the confusion, the loneliness, the failures, the struggles in my professional and personal life. Its all in his timing. Always.

So whats in it for me this 2017? I've already been working on a few things like trying to grow more spiritually, workout more, run more, read more... And then lastly, ripping off the band-aid on taking the tests to become a certified Interior Designer. I think there will be a lot of great things happening this coming year. Like I have said 2016 has been a little ruff, but I think it has ended well. Perhaps this is a taste of the year to come?

Well we are a week into the new year and well its been a little bit of a ruff start. But hey, I'm glad to place this past week behind me. This past 2015 I can sum up like this; friends and family. My husband and I were so blessed with our friends and family we were able to see. My brother was able to come out a couple of times, my dad and his wife, my husband family, trips to Michigan ... And then my best of friends to that I don't really see all that much. What a nice blessing!!  Also the year ended with a bang with me landing a job in my hometown for the firm I work for. It'll be definately one of the highlights of my career. 

But I am looking forward to 2016. I am working on a secret project right now and it won't be reveled till the middle of spring. I can't wait. Also, it is my goal to become a certified Interior Designer by the end of the year. Well, all this is just to name a few.. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

At first, I was disappointed with the announced color of 2016.  But then again, I find myself making way along with the designer band wagon.  Sort of.  Since it has been a while that I have given a home tour, I have been changing up the decor of our lovely rental. Just to tease you, I'll be saving the post for a different day. In the meantime, here's to some eye candy relating to the color of 2016! 

*pictures found on Pinterest

So what do you think? Are you totally crushing on this color trend to?

2016 will be an exciting year full of trying new things and having big goals that will be personally and professionally growing. I have fully committed myself in training for a half marathon this June as well as training with a personal trainer. My husband and I will be celebrating our 8 year anniversary together (8 years!?!). This year will also be taking part of a building project right in my home town of the mitten state. 

This years word(s) of the year for me is balance and focus

There is a ton to look forward to, but I always have a constant struggle with balancing and focusing both when I'm working and when I am not. The thing is, I know I can do it. I know I can set up lists of to-do's and achieve them. But sometimes I have too-many and tilt too much on one side or that I hustle and overlook some things. Or its when I get too many ideas that I want to achieve and can't find the balance nor the focus to do it... 

So, for 2016, I'm going to practice balance and focus. 

I'm going to make a strong effort to write the more important things that I want to accomplish professionally and personally, and to find the perfect balance into getting them accomplished.  I'm going to also make a stronger effort to be more focused on getting things done for work and at home. Hopefully practicing balance and focus will help me set up more of success on whatever task is at hand at any given moment.

Have you picked a work for your year? I'd love to hear from you.  

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Here in Idaho this past weekend, it has been feeling a lot like fall. Admittedly, I'm slowly getting out my fall decor. Please tell me that I am not the only one around that is like this of getting ready early for this time of year. 
Just to spill a little of designer secrets, the trend for interiors seems to be the colors of brass, deep purples, and plaids prints. Though, I do not have the deep purple on my decor list, I do see it for fall fashion. Hope you and you family had a wonderful Labor Day and are enjoying your last days of summer for the year!

*Taps on the Mic*...
*clears throat*

Hey. Remember me? The girl who introduced Joesphine West, a refreshed new blog - oohhh - at the beginning of the year? Yeah, me neither.

Well, I wanted to give the blog another well deserved revamp. Fairly please with the new layout to. There are a couple of wrinkles to straighten out so please forgive me while I am learning code to this new space. For now, I want to take a moment to thank you for coming back, or if you're new, WELCOME!

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