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Well, another year has passed us by.

Are we older? Indeed!

Wiser? Perhaps.

But what I really want to know is do we hunger for anything?

When I think back to this time last year, I was wrapped up in wrapping things up.

Gifts that is.

Lately, I have been more introspective.

I plan to make many positive changes in the year ahead.

Some which you will read about here on the blog in the future.

With that said, it’s time for a year-end update on what’s currently going on in my world…

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

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Current Mood: Productive

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

You will soon learn my new Word Of The Year.

No, it’s not productive, but something similar that leads to productivity!

Please check out 2017’s WOTY if you are curious.

There is a whole slew of stuff going on right now.

In my world, and the world around me.

Somethings wonderful and exciting.

Other things confusing and murky.

I choose to focus on self right now.

Surrendering what is not within my control.

That is not to say I won’t keep trying!

It just means I recognize that the desire, or need, to control does not work in my favor.

With refocused efforts toward my own productivity, I feel 2018 will be amazing, no matter what comes my way.

Currently Obsessed With: The Curse Of Oak Island and The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer.

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

I have always loved a good mystery!

It’s ironic since a lot of my personal life has been a mystery as of late.

These two shows allow me to step out of what’s going on in my life and the world around me.

At the same time, I feel that I am learning something.

Both shows pull in a bit of history and a lot of suspense.

What I really love most about shows like these, is that the people investigating are so passionate about what they are doing!

I truly want to see them succeed.

Currently Struggling With: Patience

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

Right now I am waiting for an appointment with a dermatologist.

I have one scheduled in January.

Around here, dermatology appointments always scheduled far out.

I was surprised I was able to get one in January!

Why impatient?

I found a strange mark on my skin that could be cancerous.

From the looks of it and the brief conversation with my primary care doctor, it could be basal cell carcinoma.

This type of skin cancer is very treatable and rather common so it’s not the worst thing that could happen.

I just want to find out, do what needs to be done, and move past it.

Currently Humbled By: Lessons Learned

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I made the change over from Blogger to WordPress.

Self-hosting with Siteground and using WordPress has taught me so much.

While I started out my blog as a hobby and simply to empower others, it has shifted.

My number one goal is still to help others, and empower but blogging has also become a career.

One I never would have been able to obtain before the switch!

I honestly had no idea how many technical aspects my blog was missing.

How many things Iw as doing wrong.

I still have a long way to come to get to where I hope to be by this time next year.

The exciting thing is every day I am able to make progress.

Big changes come through the little steps along the way.

I am perfectly fine with taking little steps as long as each day I take some steps toward my goals.

One thing I promise is that I will always stay true to the original mission of Fashion Beyond Forty!

Just today I passed up a very lucrative payment on a

sponsored post.

I just didn’t think any of you wanted to read about how to obtain a Russian bride!

It really happened, I’m not kidding.

Currently Excited About: BlogPaws Conference

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

BlogPaws is a social community I belong to for pet bloggers.

Of all the blogging communities I belong to it is the absolute best.

The members are so supportive and truly care about each other’s success.

The 2018 BlogPaws Conference so just happens to be in my own backyard in Kansas City Missouri.

It takes place April 18th through 20th

I am incredibly excited to go and I won’t have to travel far!

Looking forward meeting fellow bloggers and their furkids.

Also excited to learn all sorts of new ideas.

I should come out of the conference invigorated!

Speaking of fellow bloggers…

I Am Currently Empowered By: Fellow Bloggers

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

I think in any career it takes some time to find our people.

Whether one works in an office, does manual labor, or whatever, we all have to find our tribe.

I feel blessed to have found mine.

Every day I learn something of value from them.

Some days I feel I help others.

Other days we just chat like regular co-workers do.

There is always give and take between us.

We even had a holiday card exchange.

It is very easy to become secluded in this business!

Working from home has a whole set of challenges.

Add to that my entire work life revolving around being online or on a computer.

Without these engaging, amazing people, I would be lost.

Currently Happy About: Setting Aside Me Time Again

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

Sometimes life just creeps into our lives.

Yeah, that didn’t make a lot of sense did it?

What I mean is sometimes we wake up and realize we totally lost track of time for ourselves.

I don’t know when it happens, or how.

Maybe somewhere between raising kids, work, being a wife, daughter, fur mama, etc and so on.

I used to find time to read, to explore, to meditate, pray, whatever enriched my soul.

This past year I have to admit I have lost track of me.

I am taking some time back for myself in 2018.

Actually, I have already started.

I will visit my favorite coffee shop more often, perhaps even work from there.

Lately, I have considered getting back into theatre again.

I started reading again and taking a relaxing bubble bath once or twice a week.

Yes, these things do seem rather basic don’t they!

Which makes it even sillier I ever lost track of time for myself to do them!

This all brings me to the next item…

Currently Working On Intentions Toward: A More Refined Work Week

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

At first, I was going to say a more “regulated” work week but I changed my mind.

With my personality type being over regulated is a bad thing!

I am already always stressed out about if I am getting enough accomplished.

To me, it’s not about how much I work but the quality of the work I do that matters going into 2018.

So I am seeing my sights coming into the new year ahead to have a more refined work structure.

I want to enjoy the process of writing, of connecting, of building more.

With that said, I will put this into action via manifestation and have already started.

Speaking of manifestation…

Currently Manifesting: Spiritual Reconnection

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

When I took a soft retirement from my work as a life coach I may have got a little off track myself!

Spirituality has always been an important part of my life.

For the record, I do believe there is a difference between religion and spirituality.

However, I took part in religion as a youth into my mid-twenties.

In 2018 I plan to reconnect to my spiritual enlightenment.

I will never directly preach, write about religion, or get high on a pulpit with my readers.

It is not in my beliefs of your freedom of religion to do so!

Truth is, I am not sure where this journey will even take me.

What I do know is that I got so busy with work, that my spiritual path took a detour.

I do know however that spirituality is a key factor for many things in life.

From a happy family, a strong foundation, peace, and even financial stability.

I do plan to start meditating more and seeking out other spiritual outlets.

I am excited to see where this path leads.

Currently Praying For: Balance

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

However, I do realize that I have a lot of things listed to live up to.

If I manage to do even half of these things I think I can be happy.

What I know is that making baby steps is where to begin.

Giant leaps never seem to pan out so well.

It takes daily focus, and actions.

Even the little ones can make a major difference in our lives.

Currently A Year End Update Random Musings 2017

Thank you for reading this today.

What are your aspirations, thoughts, plans, desires, and intentions for the new year?

I would love to hear about them!



  1. December 19, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I don’t want to be cliche, but I want to keep losing weight next year and focus on being my healthiest me yet! I also want to work on developing some new hobbies and skills. The new year is a great time to really re-evaluate my life and where I want to go.

    • December 20, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Does not sound cliche at all Beth! I too want to be healthier. I lost weight but I need to tone big time, and just get my cardio in better shape! Thinner does not mean healthier sadly lol. I am totally with you in re-evaluation phase! You got this Beth!! Go slay 2018!

  2. December 19, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Love this post! I am also a “Curse of Oak Island” viewer and can’t wait for Marty and Rick to find something! I hope your appointment with the dermatologist turns out well and everything will be okay. I have also been searching inside for a stronger meaning to life and spirituality is important to me. I lost my Mom in 2015. She was my best friend. Since then I’ve been able to communicate with her four times through my friend that is a medium and through paranormal equipment. I hope to be able to communicate with her on my own, but that will take time.

    • December 20, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you Gisele. I hope it goes well too. Fingers crossed! Haha right!? It’s so fun to watch and THEY are exciting to watch. Their passion for this project is so cool. I am so sorry you lost your mother. I would love to talk to you in more detail about speaking with her. If you see this – use my contact form and send me an email!

  3. lisalisa
    December 19, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    What a great post!!! Wow, time has really gone by but , I too look forward to many things you have listed above. I’m searching within myself to be a better person and a much heathier person also. I’m also learning to look deeper within my spiritual journey and I pray that 2018 bring many blessings and wisdom for us all!

    • December 20, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Indeed – I am hoping for 2018 to be a stage of enlightenment for all. So often we get stuck looking at the bad around us, and yes, that is all very real, but there is so much good to be embraced too!

  4. December 19, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I love that you actually wrote all these things down. I think virtually the same things on a daily basis. But it’s nice to reflect upon the year and try to plan and think about ways to improve in the upcoming year. I’m really going to focus on managing my time better. Work often gets the best of me leaving everyone waiting. That’s gotta change.

    • December 20, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Indeed Sue I am with you on work taking over! There are better ways to manage our time I am sure. We will figure it out!!

  5. December 20, 2017 / 9:45 am

    I need to look into the Hunt for the Zodiac killer as I am obsessed with a man that has been pegged as responsible for many of these high profile murders. His name is Edward Wayne Edwards and his story is quite interesting. I have been devouring everything I can find with him and all of the murders they have thought could have been his, including the How to Make a Murderer one, so interesting how he just pops up in documentaries including that one.

    • December 20, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Right!? and so impossible to get pinned down! They are making some amazing progress though and the show is really exciting! I need to look up Edward Wayne Edwards! You have me curious!!

  6. December 20, 2017 / 9:58 am

    What a great year!! 2017 had its ups and downs for me but like you, I was able to really find some great experiences and opportunities. I cannot believe we are already talking about year end reviews. Bring on 2018!!

    • December 20, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      I know right lol – and the older I get, the more truth I see in how time flies!! LETS SLAY 2018!!

  7. December 20, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    I love that you have a word of the year each year. I defiantly start out each year with an idea of focus in one particular area. Especially with my blogging business. Excited for a successful and year of growth in 2018 for us all!

    • December 20, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Indeed Crystal! Wishing you the most productive and successful 2018 possible!

  8. December 20, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I can’t believe it’s the end of 2017, already! I admire bloggers who stay true to their original mission. I am a little saddened that you didn’t share how to obtain a Russian bride, though! LOL Just kidding on that last part.

    • December 21, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Haha so sorry about that. Indeed about staying true. Now and then some slight tweaks need to be made but overall I try to remind myself why I started Fashion Beyond Forty to begin with.

  9. December 21, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I am ready for 2017 to be over. I had a good year but I am really excited for the new year. I have lofty goals for 2018 so I can’t wait to begin!! Have a great new year!!

    • December 21, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      I hear you Stacie! My 2017 was good until the end of it. The here and now. Some hard stuff going on that I am sure will end up on the blog in some way soon. I have high hopes for 2018 to be MY YEAR. It has to be, I have to make it so! In the words of Tim Gunn, I will MAKE IT WORK!

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