A Cozy Start

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

Sweater: Soca || Similar Sweaters here & here || Shoes: Sam Edelman || Similar shoes here || Jeans: Madewell || Similar jeans here

First, let me start by saying, “Happy New Year!” I can’t believe 2017 has officially arrived. I feel like just yesterday it was August, and I was greeting a whole new class of students. Now, we are halfway through the year, and I can’t even believe how quickly time is passing by. But, I guess it’s like the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” (or, honestly, just really busy).

While January is certain to bring cold weather in Nashville, I will be extra warm in this sweater from Soca. I am all about that sweater life these days. I have teamed up with Soca for a fun collaboration and can’t wait to bring you more amazing looks from them in the future. But, for now, just know that this sweater is all you need for those cold days ahead. 


Of course, the start of a new year brings the idea of a fresh start. As we ring in the new year, I am taking this time to pray about how a TAD more faith will evolve in this next year. But, it’s not only my blog.  I am praying about what I should change or add to my everyday lifestyle to make this year the best one yet. I love how a new year and fresh outlook can bring these kind of thoughts and ambition out of us.

I also love that being a Christian means that I can decide to make a change in my relationship with Christ any time I want. I don’t need a ball to drop or the year to change to decide it’s time to work a little harder. My relationship with Him is ever changing, ever evolving no matter what time of year. While my side of the relationship may change, I find great comfort in knowing that His love always remains the same.

In 2017, I challenge you to not only think about what you want to do differently (or better) in your life, but also think about how you can strengthen your faith. Set some goals there, too, and truly work for them.  One of my resolutions is to read the Bible everyday. Yes. Everyday. I spend a lot of time reading what other people have to say about the Bible, but I do not spend enough time diving into the Word on my own. One thing I know for sure, the more I learn about Him through His words, the more I will better understand His plan for my life. 

What are your goals for the new year? Faith wise and personal? I would love to hear, so be sure to comment below. I know that God has big plans for us all in delivering His message this year. I can’t wait to see how He uses each and every one of you to make a difference in this world. Thankful for you all. Prayers for a strong 2017. 


"The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace." - Psalm 29:11