Yesterday I found out how much I owed in taxes. As someone who's fairly good at saving money, this was a punch in the gut. As a small business owner it's sometimes incredibly crazy to me how much I have to pay in order to run my business. 

But I wouldn't have it any other way.

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My life is weird. I take pictures like the one above and artfully think about how I can take another pineapple picture and how it will contribute to my overall Instagram aesthetic. Usually, I'll ask Taylor what she thinks of a recent photo and we'll discuss strategies. 

It's definitely strange. And I can tell you when I graduated with a degree in Communications I didn't think THIS is what I'd be doing.

But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Right now, I'm planning which trips I should take this upcoming year. I'm making some big plans that simply wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for this blog. My blog has opened the door for me in so many ways and also made me question everything.

When I first started blogging I did it out of pure joy. It was a release for me. It still is. But it has since morphed into something much more. I never thought I would spend this much time and effort on something so personal. I reveal my life online. Which is so odd. And scary.

But I wouldn't have it any other way. 

I crossed two intersections when I saw this sign. Full disclosure: that cup is empty. I saw the sign, hopped into the shop, asked for a cup, then promptly asked Michael to take a picture. I totally believe in #DoingItForTheGram. I like Instagram pictures to be what I actually have going on. But this one was well… kinda what I had going on.

When I think of my dream life I think of…

Working for myself.
Traveling everywhere.
Having enough money to not feel stressed.

I think I'm on the way to this. Believe me, I still have a long way to go. But I have a vision of what really matters to me. I know what I want out of life now more than I ever have before. And that makes me really excited. I don't have everything. I think it's unhealthy to have it all. But I do know what's important. To me, it isn't a huge house and 3 cars. And if that's you, that is awesome! And I say go for it. But strangely enough, I just really want the simple things, and so see the world. Dogs. Dogs are super important to this equation. Especially ones that let me dress them up.  

I don't have an exact plan for the future. But I do know what makes me happy. I can't always say I've had the advantage of knowing before. Although I hate getting older, I do feel more at peace with who I am, what I want, and how to go about getting it. 

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