Favorite Moments of 2017

Joys of Josie, Lifestyle / Friday, December 29th, 2017

Depending on who you ask, 2017 was quite a year.

I could spend a nice chunk of time discussing all the shit moments of 2017, but that’s not my style. Below, I’ve compiled a list of some of my fav 2017 moments.


Outside of a cruise vacation, I had never been outside of the country until 2017.

Back in fall of 2016, when Evan and I were in an Irish bar in Greenbay, WI with some friends, I talked an inebriated Evan Short into crashing our friends’ Ireland vacation. (Not totally crashing… we were invited, we aren’t that tacky.)

A family vacation to Ireland became a series of wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. Our sweet Rory got to celebrate her first Paddy’s Day in a pub in Ireland, we got to visit the Cliffs of Moher (where scenes of Harry Potter 6 were filmed) and we even got to eat lunch in a castle.

You can read more about our trip here.

Traveling is something that you don’t realize your life is missing until you take the plunge. What I loved most about our trip is how we were able to broaden our horizons and experience how people in other parts of the world live.

As long as all goes as plans, Evan, Rory and I will be exploring England in the fall of 2018.


Around the same time of our Ireland trip, we bought a new house and sold our old. Actually, we sold our house within less than a week of listing it.

In fact, after returning home from Ireland, we had one week to pack and move. That was not exactly the “fun” part. But hey… for someone who likes to procrastinate, the moving process could have seriously been drug out for years so it’s nice that it was actually over so fast.

We live in a small town and our new house is actually “in town” where as our old house was a bit more rural. And I’ll tell ya… what they say about location is so true.

We are in a great location to walk our dogs everyday and we are super close to the schools which gives us access to playgrounds for Rory. I love being able to walk outside my door and go for a run or run to the gym. And being 5 minutes from the salon makes for a super quick commute to work.

Decorating a new house is a bit stressful and I’m still working on it but it’s fun to start fresh. I just finished white-washing our fireplace and I love how it turned out. Currently (like as you’re reading this), Evan is putting our hardwood floors down and I’m really excited about how it’s going to look.

Breaking Free of Co-Sleeping

I’ve never been shy about the fact that I suffered from postpartum depression. I understand depression effects people differently and I’m just happy I never had a desire to hurt myself or my child. However, I was severely unhappy.

To make matters worse (in my case), Evan and I had started a habit of co-sleeping. While this habit is preferred and even cherished by other parents, it just wasn’t working for us. And even though it was making me miserable, I couldn’t bring myself to try to oh-so-controversial “cry it out” method.

One weekend in August, I went to see my bestie in Chicago (you can read about that here) and left Evan and Rory behind.

While I was gone, Evan turned our bed-hogging co-sleeper into a baby who slept in her own crib. I’ll be eternally grateful because SWEET JESUS, I feel like I have my life back.

And I’d like to say I miss those co-sleeping snuggles but nope. Just nope.

Finding a Diet & Exercise Plan That Works

For years… and I mean YEARS, I was always uncomfortable in my own skin.

I’d like to say something specific triggered my take-charge/girl power/kick-ass attitude in 2017 but I honestly don’t know what changed. I guess after so many years of hating my body, I decided I was done and was gonna go for it. And by “it” I mean a body I was proud to dress and to live in. ‘Cause it ain’t like I can just sell this one in move into something a bit smaller.

I started incorporating weightlifting with my usual cardio and I changed my eating habits.

It’s nothing sexy, or cool or even some like, exotic fruit from Amazon that makes you drop weight in an instant.

Yup… just some old-fashioned working out and eating healthy.

To give myself a little break and something to look forward to (cuz, Christ… I really love chocolate), I allow a cheat day once a week.

With this plan, I’ve managed to get myself in the best shape I’ve ever been in the healthiest way possible. And well, that’s something I’m pretty proud of.



I hope everyone has some awesome moments to look back and remember 2017 by. And I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds.

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