My holiday break was lovely! I took some time away from blogging and social media in general. Logging back in was nice, I’ve missed my little digital world. When I take breaks from it, I feel like something is missing and I don’t like that feel.

Hello, internet. 🗣

New Years Resolutions, Yadda Yadda

My resolution for 2018 is to track everything I eat. I’ve logged into MyFitnessPal nearly two years straight, but usually when I overindulge I don’t track it because I can’t face myself. It’s true, I’m afraid to disappoint myself. 😶

Keeping it simple, of course. This is much more than “I want to lose weight,” or “I want to work out more.” When I pay attention to the little things, big things happen. ⭐️

Another promise I made to myself was along the lines of self-care. I promise to choose myself more. If I don’t take care of me, who will? 💌

Once More, Without Feeling

My gorgeous snow picture from last winter was so stunning that I tried to recreate it. Even with the same camera settings, under the same neon lights and the same powdery snow as before, I couldn’t even come close. The best picture I could come up with can be seen above, you’ve already scrolled past it.

I’ve chalked it up to feels: last winter was magical, I was emotional and crying for good reasons. I felt it. This winter, I simply wasn’t the same starry-eyed Samberlina. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Oh, but the truck:

Bits and Pieces

  • My favorite YouTuber was selling some things on Poshmark, and I was able to score a delightfully spooky Halloween Disney shirt. As much as I joke, “I’m never washing it!” I think I will probably wash it.
  • EOS lip balms are apparently things worth collecting. The urge to own all the flavors is strong. 💋
  • My hair is now platinum blonde on a whim. Pictures will come eventually, I still have to tone it.
  • I got lip filler in December — it’s a story, but my bottom lip has been uneven for a couple years and I went to get it fixed. It’s better, but not completely even. This was the day after the procedure:

Pressing Play

Being up north kind of put everything else on hold. I’m thrilled for my feet to be firmly planted in Texas, again.

My Winter of Solitude wasn’t as eventful as I’d hoped, but I’ve got so much planned for the future. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my planner because I was trying to save space in my luggage and go digital. When I get home, my planner and I are going to play catch up. Just know, I’m very excited for the future and ready to embrace whatever may come.

What I missed the most? Singing to my cats. To go two months without singing is torture. By some miracle, I’ve survived. Darlings, I’m on my way home! 🐱🎶

Generationals – Black Lemon

Totally feeling this song, right now. “Try to follow a path to lead me to the light, but when your load gets heavy maybe call it a night….”


  • Nicole Gilbert

    Love reading how mentally connected you are with yourself! That sounded better in my head but I don’t know how else to say it! Perfect check in with yourself!

  • Glad you took some time to unplug over the holidays. I try to do that as well, but it doesn’t always happen. And you’re right…it feels like something is missing : )

    • I can do without social media, easy… but I can’t stay away from blogging too long! 🙂

  • Aditi Tandon

    Loved reading your short and peppy thoughts and round-up. Good luck with your thoughts for the future!

  • Good luck with the New Year and your resolutions! We are doing a couple competitions to really amp our health!