Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 Reflections and 2018 New Year!

We are officially in the new year, 2018 and I cannot believe it! It literally feels like time flies by but one thing is for sure, in this past year of 2017 and the next I'm not letting life pass me by! Every second counts and we are just 3 days in is the start of a fresh new year. Did you loves make any resolutions this year? As in previous years I've scribbled out a little bucket list for myself going into 2018 and to be honest there are some things that are still open from 2017, but I think thats ok! Here's why:

2017 in a simple statement was one of the most magical years of my life. I traveled to some of the most wonderful places on earth. I've continued my career in retail buying for a department store. I've cherished some special moments with family and friends. Last but certainly not least I've enjoyed this blog, Wells Dressed my own little corner of the world to share life and inspiration with you loves. I am truly thankful for it all!

Travel: I thought 2016 was a hard year to top but 2017.. 2017 literally took my breath away! Started the year off with a road trip to Savannah, GA and on this trip I had the flu (definitely a do over needed in 2018). Took a slight traveling hiatus til May when I got to travel to the city of my dreams, Paris! Can't even say how grateful I am to have seen the beautiful City of Lights. I rang in my 29th birthday witnessing the beauty of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Seine River! As part of my European excursion was the darling city of London! I ran into countless phone booths for the perfect photo op, shopping on Oxford Street, and the breathtaking views of Tower Bridge. In Summer, I frolicked on the beaches of Charleston and dined in wonderful restaurants with historic charm at each corner. Locally spent a day in Belmont, NC and then later a full day floating around Badin Lake. In Fall I traveled solo to Seattle for a glimpse the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, space needle and a cause trip to market. Lastly just before the holidays I got to experience a first #glamping in Asheville, NC along with all the hot chocolate you can imagine. Of all the adventures and there are plenty, I won't forget any! 

Career: Buying Mens clothing for the masses is so exciting, like it really is! I love my job and the work of analyzing and strategizing apparel buys is what I would do even if I wasn't getting paid for it! Is that crazy? Ok yea that's crazy but you get it. I've been at it now for 5 years and while satisfying I know that things do and must change. So in 2018 I'm working on the answer to "What's next for Ashlei?".

Family and Friends: My Family is everything to me! I talk to my mommy only about 4 times a day, truly believe my daddy is voice in the back of my mind constantly pushing me to be better, and my sister is the one person I still tell all my secrets to. I can't imagine a single day without them. Friends are the family that will totally have your back, ya know like when you shouldn't have another drink or 2 slices of pizza and they don't judge you #winning.

Wells Dressed Blog: Just a couple years ago this blog started out as mere hobby to use as a creative outlet from the corporate world. Today and over the course of time it has truly grown into an important part of my life. It's what I wish I could be focused on daily. In the new year I'm committed to be more consistent with content and really pushing the envelope on content! Let me know what you loves want to see more in this year!

As for 2018, I'm ready for ya! New adventures await! What are some of your resolutions this year? I want to say thank you for following my adventures and supporting each step of the way. I'll continue pursue my passions from traveling, to sharing content, inspiring and I hope you'll be there reaching new heights in this new year. I hope you all have a wonderful start to your New Year!



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