Celebration Giveaway!
Tomorrow marks 365 days since the first time I hit publish. Unreal. You know how they say that time seems to be going by super slow in the present, but when you look back on it as a whole, it’s as if you blinked and it was over? I swear that happened.I feel like I have so much to say and share, so I’m going to be selfish and spread this celebration out a bit, I hope you don’t mind. If you’re here for the good stuff (the giveaway), I won’t blame you for skipping down to the bottom.

As for the rest of you, here’s one last look at my list! It’s not finished by any means and not everything I set out to accomplish has a neat little check mark next to it, but I’ve decided I’m okay with that, because this past year has been about so much more than this list.

1. Start a blog. I seriously can’t thank you all enough for reading. I never could have imagined how rewarding blogging could be. I’m passionate about this little hobby of mine and it’s been such a great experience watching it grow and transform over the past year.
2. Run a 10k and three 5ks. I ran my first half marathon followed by my second half marathon and rounded things off with a 5k. That’s 29.2 race miles total which surpassed my goal of 15.3 if you break it down, even if I still haven’t officially ran a 10k.
3. Learn how to braid my hair. 
4. Make a point to keep in touch with my family out of state more often (call, text, Facebook, send letters, anything really…). 
5. Complete a photo-a-day challenge (in it’s entirety).  These photos are now buried somewhere deep in my Instagram, but they’re there!
6. Go skiing at Snow Creek in Weston, MO.  
7. Start using reusable grocery bags. It’s a work in progress to remember to bring my bags along with my grocery list.
8. Volunteer my time. Time. Why isn’t there more of it? 
9. Earn a raise (mama needs some new shoes!). 
11. Grow a plant.  Aside from one of the succulents dying on me, the rest of my DIY terrarium seems to be doing just fine. Thank goodness I don’t have children.
12. Go on a mini vacation/weekend trip. Dallas. Check!
13. Lose the last 10lbs my body is holding onto because I can’t stop eating cheese and bread. I’m proud of myself for losing another10lbs in the last twelve months. It’s been a long process and I’m not quite where I want to be, but I’ll get there. If you’re curious, you can read my full weight loss story here – shocking, I know.

14. Have a movie marathon with my Dad, with classics like The Breakfast Club. We didn’t get around to this and honestly, it’s my fault. My sweet Dad didn’t know this list existed until just a few months ago and he really wanted to do it over the weekend of the Fourth to “make sure we got it checked off.” Needless to say, the weekend was jam packed and it didn’t happen. Soon, Dad! 
15. Start meditating once a week, even if it’s for 15 minutes (hummmmm). Not gonna lie, I don’t always do this. But when I start to feel more stressed than usual, I make time for it!
16. Go to the drive-in movie. 
17. Save more money. 
18. Go to a concert at Grinders. 
19. Run/walk/jog/elliptical my way through 1,000 miles. I traveled 753 miles. Close, but no cigar. 
20. Attend a trampoline class at Sky Zone in Kansas City and drag all of my friends along. 
21. Try a yoga class. 
22. Become CPR certified. 
23. Update the pictures in frames around my apartment. I’ve made a few updates and I just got the sweetest photo of my Dad and I from when I was little and it’s sitting on my desk.
24. Get a skin cancer screening at the dermatologist.  I blame the DMV on this one. I had scheduled an appointment for July 7th, but it took me 9 HOURS to tag my new car in Missouri and I ended up having to cancel it. Luckily, I’ve got it rescheduled for August, and it will happen. 
25. Attend a First Fridays in downtown KC.  Take a peek at the events I went to in May and June.
26. Make at least three of the many, many projects I’ve pinned on PinterestI’m a proud plant mom to two terrariums. As for the other projects? Well……you know that little excuse I made for #8? It can be applied here as well.
27.Write a letter to myself to read next year at this time. I’m excited to break that bad boy open. 

So there you have it. A whole years worth of blogging, planning, goal-setting and living. I’m excited to see what year 27 brings, but for now, it’s time to celebrate with a giveaway!

As a thank you to the extremely supportive Kansas City community, I’ve put together a giveaway with a few of my favorite local businesses. You have the chance to win a package that includes: A hair cut with Jordan from Skyline Downtown Salon and a “Blowout Before you Go Out” with a Junior Stylist at Skyline, a killer pair of earrings from Hello Cheeseburger, a Hobo crossbody bag from Tulip Boutique, a $30 gift card to Athleta Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza, along with an Athleta chi tank and a session with a performance stylist who will get you fitted for comfort and success, and last but not least, an airbrush tan from Positive Radiance Airbrush Tanning (which I’m rocking in the photos below, more on that later this week)! One of you is going to be seriously #winning.

athleta workout
skyline downtown salon
statement earrings
hobo crossbody bag
hobo crossbody bag
How cute is this crossbody bag?! Photos by Shanley of Eat it KC

What are you celebrating in your life right now? Big or small, I want to hear it! Leave a comment for one entry into the giveaway and be sure to follow along with these great businesses for more chances to win.  Contest ends Sunday at midnight CST. 
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I’ll be back tomorrow with a fresh list. See you then, friends!

Full disclosure: These items were gifted for the purpose of the giveaway, however, I truly love each business and I’m a huge fan of their products and services! And I may or may not have teared up a bit while writing this. What can I say, I’m a sap.


Join The Discussion

  1. Kari Holtkamp

    Congrats on your blogiversary!!! You did awesome on your list! This is a fantastic giveaway!!! We celebrated my mom’s birthday over the weekend, so I’d say I’m celebrating her:) I don’t blame you for tearing up while writing your post. It’s always amazing to see how much you’ve accomplished in a year. Cheers to the next year!!

  2. Lorin Jetter

    CONGRATS ON YOUR ONE YEAR!!! That’s huge!

    I don’t live in KC but I’m entering anyway 🙂 I can use everything next visit home riiiiiight?

    Something exciting: I moved this weekend! Bigger apartment, better location. Happy happy happy. Miss you!

  3. Caroline

    So excited to have just found your blog! (I just moved to KC!) Congrats on a year of blogging! I look forward to having your blog as one of my regular reads!

  4. Taryn

    Congrats on completing your 1st year! You should be proud and accomplished! As a recently started blog, I can only dream of getting to where you are now. I began following you about 5-6months back and I love your content and how your personality shines through your writing voice. Keep it up lady!


  5. Kelsi Graf

    So proud of you and all your successes over the past year! 26 was great, 27 will be even better! Love you!

  6. AnnicaNicole

    So proud of you for completing not one but TWO halfs! I’m going to challenge you to do the Garmin Marathon in Olathe! It’d be a great full for you and it’s close, plus it’s flat! If you say yes I’ll come back and run it with you!

  7. Jana Meister

    Congratulations on your year of blogging and completing so much of your list!!! You’ve done some amazing things! I’m so glad I’ve become friends with you through our blogs so I’m celebrating Friendships today 🙂 Hope you also had a great birthday weekend YEAH!!!

    Xo Jana


  8. Holly Pemberton

    Right now I’m celebrating a 5lb loss! 1/4 to my goal! Congrats on your blog anniversary! I found you thru my friend Jana, you girls always have such great things to say, reading a the fun things you do makes me feel like I’m at home. Keep up the great work!

  9. Amy

    I just happened upon your blog! What a great achievement, both in your journey and in making it a year blogging!
    Right now I am focusing inward and finding at least 10 minutes a day for just me, it’s harder than I thought!

  10. Samantha Anderson

    Congrats! Keep up the amazing work and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

  11. Erin

    Congrats on the year anniversary! I’m so excited to see all the good things to come this following year! 👏🎉😁

  12. Rachel

    Congrats on your first year of blogging! What a great giveaway, wish I lived nearby to take advantage of it 😉 Congrats again darling!

  13. Jennifer B

    Happy One Year! In my life currently, I’m celebrating the golden stage of my kids being a little older and more independent. It’s so nice to see them play together and have fun!

  14. Jessica

    Hi Taryn – that makes me so insanely happy to hear and you have no idea how much it means to me! I really appreciate it. I can’t wait to check out your blog 🙂

  15. Jessica

    Thank so much girlfriend! I’m lucky to have friends like you! 27 started off with a bang 😉 and a lot of random burger condiments. Love ya!

  16. Jessica

    Thank you so, so much, Jana! It means a lot. I’m so happy to have met so many great gals, like yourself. It was fab…let’s get Little Freshie again soon 🙂

  17. Jessica

    Go for it! Lists always keep me more accountable. I love reading what other people are working on. Thanks for reading and following along with me 🙂

  18. Jessica

    Hi Amy! I’m so happy that you’re following along now. I can definitely attest that finding time for yourself is hard to do. Time just slips away!

  19. AnnicaNicole

    I got talked into my first. I’ll virtually motivate you from Colorado haha. But seriously, think about it! It’d be better than running one here! Plus….the Garmin race has some seriously neat medals. Just sayin 😉 #racebling

  20. Jess

    Jess! This is so exciting! Look at so much that you’ve accomplished in a year, not to mention establishing a kick ass blog! Keep up the amazing work 🙂

  21. Jenn

    My garden is exciting – really, it’s a lot of work but I’m pretty excited about the jars of green beans with no pesticides/herbicides organically grown and the other things that are filling my pantry and freezer to be used over the next year. It’s neat to actually plant some seeds and see stuff grow.

  22. Jessica

    Hi Jenna! That’s so awesome! I love that you are so passionate about your career – the world needs more people like you.

    Thanks so much for reading along!

  23. Jessica

    I agree! It crazy to think of an entire year passing by, but this list helps me focus in on what I accomplished. Thanks a whole lot for reading Carolyn! Dropping by your blog now 🙂

  24. Katie

    What a great accomplishment (and so many others!)! Congratulations. I’ve loved reading your blog over the past few months. So glad I ran across it. Here’s to many more years of blogging!

  25. Carrie Berschman

    Congrats on crossing so many things off your list! & huge congrats on a full year of blogging! 🙂

  26. Emily Keizer

    I love you so much for giving this gift for YOUR birthday celebration. You’re the best.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed about this job interview. I can’t wait to celebrate with you once I get it…. The power of positive thinking, amirite?!

  27. Jessica

    Hi Sloane! I’m so happy to hear that. I always want to stay relatable to the people who take time out of their busy days to read. I’m so excited that you’re following along!

  28. Jessica

    I haven’t forgotten about you all! I felt torn on whether or not I wanted to do a local giveaway, but that’s how it ended up this time around. I’ll have something again soon, promise 🙂

  29. Haley

    Jess! Cannot believe you’ve been keeping up with this for a year now… So incredible. LOVE reading this and always look forward to my email notifications 🙂

  30. Tisha

    Congrats on your one year, Jess! I love how dedicated and commited you are in so many aspects of life. It’s very inspiring. This giveaway is awesomesauce!!

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