Stories & Spaces; 2017 Goals & Inspiration

“Welcome Blogger Babes” Paige is so creative and cute!!

Paige set up a beautiful table spread for all of us, including a sweet handwritten card!

I chose to bring my Adventures for the Soul book, my A Wilder Life book, my journal, my favorite crystals, my “T” mug, and my passport!

“Change and rediscover” some of my main goals for 2017!

Our vision board for January, with all of our main goals and quotes to represent 2017!

My three notes that I created: “change and rediscover”, “new opportunities…new beginnings…exploration.”, and “finding myself, becoming one with nature”

Paige’s sweet dog, Max!  Check out his adorable Instagram @thegreatgoldenmaximus

Paige’s perfect apartment, which matches her perfect, beautiful soul!

Hello everyone, happy Monday!! It’s a brand new week, and I’m so excited to announce that my Café Chat group and I decided to change the name of our monthly series!  Instead of Café Chat, we brainstormed a bunch of different ideas and created the name “Stories & Spaces”!  Since we all love focusing on inspirational/motivational topics, and since we are constantly discovering new places to explore, the name was incredibly fitting.  Our content and monthly set up will still be the exact same as before, just with a new name!! 

For January, Paige invited all of us into her beautiful home and set up her dining room table with art supplies, fresh sprigs of leaves, and the sweetest handwritten note!  Her sweet pup Max joined us for the conversation, and we all enjoyed some hot coffee/tea while discussing our goals and dreams.  Paige shared three different questions with us, all relating to reflection and growth for the upcoming year!

What is your number one goal for 2017?

My number one goal for 2017 is change.  This year is going to be a very big year for me, with a lot of very exciting events happening, and I cannot wait to see what each day brings!  Not only am I anticipating a lot of change in my lifestyle, but I am also making a personal goal to change my overall health and wellness.  As most of you know I am a huge advocate for crystal healing, meditation, and good vibes/daily self-care, and I really am looking to make that a much larger part of my life.  I believe in natural health through those techniques, as well as through exercise and healthy eating, and I am excited to start furthering my discovery into these techniques!  This relates to my second main goal of 2017, which is to truly become one with nature.  I will be able to share a lot more throughout the year when I practice both of these goals more, and I cannot wait!!

Sum up 2016.

2016 was genuinely a phenomenal year for me, because a lot of opportunities and incredible things happened throughout the entire year!  2016 was the year I was able to fall in love with myself, and fall in love with every aspect of my life, so I will always cherish that year as a whole!  I also did a lot more traveling/exploring, I ran my first half marathon, and I truly found myself (to name a few)!  While I had a lot more wonderful moments, and a few not so wonderful moments, 2016 I believe can easily be summed up into two words: growth and new beginnings!

What adventure(s) do you plan to take this year, and why?

The adventures will be endless for me this year, and I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited!  Not only are Doug and I taking multiple trips/adventures to beautiful places, but I am also on the adventure to live life to the absolute fullest.  This includes becoming one with nature, and embracing all of the beautiful change that is happening this year, as well as opening up my soul to these brand new experiences!  Doug and I are planning a huge two week trip in August where we are going to drive across the country, and stay in some of the most beautiful places we can find!  13 states in two weeks, and a 70 hour round trip, talk about a soul-opening experience!  I cannot wait to take on this huge adventure with my best friend, as well as all of the other events we’ve planned out!

This month’s meeting was one of my favorites, and I am so blessed with the best blogging tribe!!  Check out Paige, Ally, and Alyssa’s posts over on Where The Wildflowers Are, A Touch of Tulle, and Pretty, Young & Motivated!  Each of us has huge plans for 2017, and I cannot wait to take on the year with my best friends by my side!!

Love & Good Vibes


Today’s Inspiration


  1. January 30, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Love seeing that you ladies get together for this type of support! I also am loving your goals for the year. I just did mine too for personal and for blogging. This was such a great read!

    xo, Amanda

    • Tessa
      January 30, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much Amanda, I really appreciate your kind words!! Happy Monday!! <3
      xo, Tessa

  2. Heather
    January 30, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    How fun to be able to have a group to meet with that inspires you and that you can brainstorm with!! Lovely post!

    xo, Heather /

    • Tessa
      January 30, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Thank you so much Heather!! Happy Monday!! <3
      xo, Tessa

    • Tessa
      January 30, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      It’s actually Paige’s dog, but I definitely wish he was mine!! Thank you so much!! <3
      xo, Tessa

  3. January 30, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Tessa, I admire your outlook and positivity towards life. You are going to do such amazing things! You continue to inspire me every day and I am so thankful to not only have you as my roommate, but my best friend. I love you!!

    • Tessa
      January 30, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you so so much Ally, I love you so much and I’m so blessed to have you as my best friend! <3 Thank you for continuously making my life so wonderful!!
      xo, Tessa

    • Tessa
      January 30, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      I love that!! Change can be such a good thing, we’ll definitely tackle it together!! And I completely agree, he is so adorable!! Happy Monday!! <3
      xo, Tessa