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7 Things I Learned About Life in 2017 (PLUS: I’m Going On Hiatus! whaaaat)

2017 was a year of change. A year of growing, stretching, tripping, falling, getting back up again…A YEAR OF LEARNING. It’s been a wild ride, but I know that I’ve learned some important things about life this year…so I can’t say I would do it any differently.

The funny thing about learning is that you don’t notice when it’s happening. A lot of times, the struggles you go through will leave you a wiser and more mature person. It’s often not fun to learn, to stretch, to fall on your face…but it’s necessary. Because if you never experience the struggles, you never experience the joy of success.

SO TODAY, MY FRIEND, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT LIFE. More specifically, what I learned about life this year. Y’all love my philosophical wisdom pieces, don’t you?? WELL HERE’S A POST FULL OF THAT EXACT THING. *nervous laughter* In case you’ve been living under a rock or a similarly large and heavy object, this post is the final installment in my series: What I Learned About ____ In 2017. You can read the other two posts here and here. NOW LET’S GET STARTED.

 

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE IN 2017

#1: EMPATHY IS COURAGEOUS

 

I’m a very empathetic person by nature, and sometimes I wish I wasn’t. THERE I SAID IT. Sometimes it sucks to care so much. People will disappoint you and turn on you and betray you. You’ll get hurt by the world – even if the world doesn’t specifically hurt YOU. I’ve been hurt by the world…and sometimes I wish I could just be numb to it all, and not care so much. But I discovered (quite recently in fact) that I CANNOT STOP CARING ABOUT PEOPLE.
 
Lately I’ve been thinking about my heroes – the people I look up to as role models: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malala Yousafzai, and Martin Luther to name a few. All people with incredible capacity to love humanity and to show others their true potential, despite how much hate and violence is directed their way. I am amazed by this thing that is Love. This thing that is unshakeable, live-changing, heartbreaking. This motivation to serve others – to show them who they really are.
I want to be more like those people I mentioned. I want to be unapologetically convinced that my cause is just and true. I want to let the hate roll off of me like water and just keep moving forward – because I’m not just living for myself. I CAN’T live for myself. I live for everyone.

#2: I’LL NEVER REGRET SPENDING TIME ON THINGS THAT MATTER

 

And by “things that matter,” I don’t mean social media. Or YouTube. Or Spotify. There is never a time where you look back on how you spent your year and say to yourself, “I wish I had listened to more music” or “I wish I watched more of YouTube” or “I wish I had spent more time scrolling through Twitter.” I’M GUILTY OF GETTING DISTRACTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Aren’t we all? And according to Spotify Wrapped, I spent 21,000 minutes of 2017 listening to music. I’m not saying I regret that (because I LOVE MUSIC HAHA) but I’ve learned that it’s important to pay attention to the things you spend time on.
 
What would you really like to spend more time doing? Maybe reading books or hanging out with your family or creating something…whatever it is, swap it with the thing you DON’T want to spend time on. That’s what I aim to do in 2018. 🙂

#3: EVERYTHING IS A CHOICE

Every emotion, every feeling, every thought. We have the ability to CHOOSE what kind of words we let out of our mouth. We have the ability to wake up in the morning and put a smile on our face, even if life isn’t working out the way we’d like it to. We have the ability to choose happiness! Every day, every hour, sometimes every minute. You can choose to face a situation with love, patience, and grace. The world can only bring you down if you allow it to.

 

#4: “NEVER SUCCUMB TO THE TEMPTATION OF BITTERNESS”

This is a quote by none other than my hero, Martin Luther King, Jr. I love this quote because it speaks to me on a spiritual level. Remember how I talked about being super empathetic and how sometimes that can come back to bite you? IT’S SO TEMPTING TO BE BITTER. It’s so tempting to take one look at the hate and violence in the world and be like “You know what? Forget it.” But the beautiful choice is to not succumb to that temptation. The beautiful choice is to love – no matter what. Lately, this quote has become my mantra. It’s become a stark reminder that I’m capable of loving no matter what.

#5: I PUT FAR TOO MUCH TRUST IN THE WORLD

I said before that I spend too much time on social media. Well, in all honesty, I don’t do it for fun. I actually don’t like social media that much??* But I think it’s a powerful tool if you’re an entrepreneur (like me) and hardcore indie. That being said, I put A LOT OF TRUST in platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Statistics have the ability to make me happy or disappoint me. WHY?? Because I DON’T KNOW. THEY MEAN SOMETHING TO ME. And my point is…they shouldn’t.
 
My success doesn’t come from how many people follow me or unfollow me. My worth has nothing to do with organic reach or engagements or profile views. We’re constantly informed about the power of social media – but without it, am I still successful? YES. Why? Because my trust is not in the world. My trust is in Christ. I had a kind of epiphany about this in October (and actually wrote a song about it?? lol COMING SOON) because I realized something about myself: I put too much trust in the world. I allow people I don’t know to influence how I feel. HOW RIDICULOUS. I’m trying to fix this, slowly but surely.
*not sure if I’m actually a millennial lolololol

#6: ONE THING IS NEEDED

It seems so simple and obvious, but…wow. It just hit me in a new way this year. Take a minute to zoom out. WAY, WAY OUT. (I do this often and sometimes it leads to a crippling existential crisis, but WHATEVER.) What are you doing? Why are you doing it? What is the point? Do you get distracted by things that everyone else WANTS you to get distracted by? Like money and fame? Do you wish you had those things?
 
I can’t deny that I do. But recently I heard a verse from Luke chapter 10 drop into my heart: “You are anxious and troubled about many things… but one thing is needed.” I really believe that’s what it all comes down to. And if we don’t have that One Thing? Everything else is meaningless.

#7: I NEED A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOGGING

HAHA. DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING DID YOU?? The truth is, I need a break. I feel out of touch with reality and my creativity is beginning to suffer. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ALL YOU LOVELY PEOPLE WHO READ THIS BLOG. Because I would be lost without you, my beautiful friends. <3 But I’ve felt too dependent on the internet lately and I think I need to disconnect for a little while in order to reconnect with life.
 
I’ll be on hiatus for the first two weeks of January. (1st – 15th)* AND WHILE I’M GONE…the blog is going to experience a bit of construction. SDFGHJKALSKLA SO STOKED. I want it to be a total surprise, but for now I will let you know: I’m moving to WordPress! *screams into pillow* I’m super excited but also super daunted… I know this is the best option for me (especially since I already own a domain and hosting that’s been collecting dust… *nervous laughter*) and I know that this is the best time to make this move. But don’t worry! I’ll make sure y’all still have a way to follow me if you’ve been following via Google Friend Connect. FOR NOW, HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.
*I will still answer emails and private messages on Instagram!

TALK, BRO

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! What have you learned about life this year? Anything you relate to in this post? What do you think about wasting time on social media? SHALL WE HOLD EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS?? Will you miss me whilst I’m gone?????? :””’)
 
rock on,
abbiee

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59 Comments

  • Reply Lydia S

    Thank you for sharing! I know how much you will be missed, but I TOTALLY understand why you’re taking a break!!!!!! Ive only been blogging for a little while and I already feel the pull to be on the internet ALL THE TIME. Can’t wait to see your new+improved site!!! <3
    Lydia

    December 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      EEEP THANK YOU SO MUCH LYDIA <333 your support is so appreciated. 🙂 *hugs* Welcome to the blogging world! I'll totally have to check out your site!

      December 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Grace

    These are so great, Abbiee!! I love looking back and seeing how much God has done in our lives… like wow, Jesus you’re amazing. <3

    I think one of the biggest thing God really showed me was to be content in the present. I’m the kind of person who is an over achiever, I set goals, and I make dreams and all that fun stuff… it’s not wrong!! But it got to be where I was unhappy with where i was at because I was so consumed with what I didn’t have and what I needed to achieve. It’s good to set goals, but it’s more important to be content where God has you, what he’s given you, and what he’s giving you. He knows my heart’s desire and his timing is perfect 🙂

    Another thing has been related to LGBT. With all that’s going on, there was so much to learn, not only with lgbtq but also with people in general. We are all sinners, no sin is worse than the other, and we all need Jesus. I love that God has shown me and has given me the grace to love all his creation with no prejudice… it’s not perfect, I still struggle sometimes, but he’s revealing to me things that blow my mind. He is literally so awesome!!

    And those are probably the two biggest things. There are more, but yea XD love you and praying for you!! MERRRRRRY CHRISTMAS GIRL <3

    December 23, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY JASMINE <333 and I can totally relate to this: "I think one of the biggest thing God really showed me was to be content in the present." << SO MUCH. I'm definitely the over-achiever type, too! Sometimes it's so hard to be content in the present…but that's SO COOL that you've been learning more in that area. *high fives* AMEN X10000 TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID UP THERE. Also it's so cool that you've had a revelation of love and grace…SO SO COOL. God is totally awesome <333 LOVE YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU TOO GIRL !! 😉 have a happy new year!

      December 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Olivia Knight

    THIS ALMOST MADE ME CRY BECAUSE I ACTUALLY RELATE ON A SPIRITUAL LEVEL SO YEAH THANK YOU A TON FOR THIS I LOVE YOU A LOT AND I'M REALLY PROUD OF YOU AND I HOPE YOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTELY GLORIOUS TWO WEEK BREAK FOR THE NEW YEAR

    December 23, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      OLIVIA I LOVE YOU SO MUCH YOU ALWAYS ENCOURAGE ME BEYOND BELIEF <33333 *ALL THE HUGS* THANK YOU THANK YOU AHH

      December 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Ilsa Nite

    I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE MOVING TO WORDPRESS YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND! merry christmas and a happy new year

    December 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      sdfghjskldjalkjKLJALDJAS I'M EXCITED *flails happily* merry Christmas and a happy new year to you, too! 😉

      December 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Clarissa

    The first lesson…..yes oh yes. THANK YOU for saying that for all the empaths out there (especially ones with a high level of it like me as an INFJ. I have thought that so many times as I'm crying at night. WHY DO I HAVE TO CARE SO MUCH?
    But then I remind myself that I have a natural gift in empathy, because some people struggle to cultivate it. It is a gift that is a blessing to the people I care about and it is a joy to care so deeply and passionately about everything.
    But I still have those moments.
    I loved this post, and I'll miss you during your hiatus but I completely understand because I've been doing it myself lately
    just let us know about your new blog so I don't miss anything!

    December 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    • Reply Musicgirl121

      You care so much because you have a heart for people and a passion for understanding people. There have been times when I struggled with that, but overall, I'm a fairly empathetic person, I think. I've been betrayed by people I thought were my friends (This isn't you, I promise. It's someone very different) and it hurts because i still wanted to care about them. Hang in there, girl. <3 if you need to talk, please don't hesitate to text me, I'm here for you girly. 😉

      December 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      YES YES YES. I RELATE SOSOSOSOSOSO MUCH CLARISSA :''') it's difficult sometimes to care so much…and it's heartbreaking, too. but you are so right on: it's a gift to be so empathetic. We've been given beautiful souls meant for healing and restoration. *whispers* INFJs unite! haha 😉 AND EEEP I'M STOKED FOR THE MOVE. Don't worry, the domain name will still be the same! So everything will (hopefully) be exactly where it belongs. 😉 Thank you so much for reading, girl!!

      December 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      @musicgirl121: I AGREE SO MUCH. it truly is awesome to have a heart for people. It's a blessing and sometimes I lose sight of that because it is painful sometimes to be let down again and again. I've been betrayed in the past too, by people who I thought were my friends. *hugs* I CAN RELATE 100%. I'm always here for y'all, too!

      December 27, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Rebecca | Joy Unspeakable

    Oh my goodness, I feel the same way! I need a break to "re-charge" my creative juices! And you're exactly right, our trust should always be in Christ Jesus. Great post, Abbiee!

    December 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      I'M SO GLAD YOU CAN RELATE TO THIS POST <333 thank you, Rebecca! *hugs* I feel the same way. 😉

      December 27, 2017 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Evangeline Yackel

    You've had a lot of awesome lessons this year!!

    My biggest lesson has been realizing just how much everything pales in comparison to the One Thing. He is the reason that I do everything, the reason that I have hope for my life, and yet I so quickly forget that He is what is behind my writing and my everything. This year has been such a process of building a stronger relationship with Him so I can carry it with me through everything.

    December 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      PREACH IT GIRL!!!!! I AGREE 10000% and that's definitely something I lose sight of a lot, too…the reason behind why we do everything we do. So so SO COOL that you've been reconnecting with your purpose lately. *fist bump* GOOD FOR YOU, GIRL. 😉 have a blessed new year!

      December 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply MaryShelley Reid

    You are such a bright light, my friend. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with the world! I resonate with this so much. I think these lessons are things we all learn as we grow older and more mature; I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who's been experiencing these growing pains 😉

    I hope your hiatus is productive & inspiring, and I can't wait to see what you create!

    Love you! xx

    December 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      MARY SHELLEY YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION. *many hugs* thank you so much, girl! I'm so glad you can relate. They are growing pains indeed :''') but a good kind of pain. AAH THANK YOU GIRL I WILL TRY MY BEST TO CHILL. haha xD

      December 27, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Ella Marie

    WHAT? I'M GOING TO MISS YOUR POSTS SO MUCH! AND I'M SI EXCITED YOU'RE MOVING TO WORDPRESS! But also offended you're leaving us Blogspot friends. Just kidding, it'll be great and I can't wait to see what everything looks like!

    I'm actually Taking an unannounced hiatus, too. I'm going out of town, and then I think it'd be nice to just take a little break.

    ~ Ella Marie

    December 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      AAAAH AND I'M GOING TO MISS YOUR POSTS ELLA MARIE <333 but yes sometimes a hiatus is much needed. :") and I shall return before you know it, with lots of fun new content! 😀 AND I WILL STILL READ ALL MY BLOGPOST FRIENDS' BLOGS DON'T WORRY <33333 I LOVE Y'ALL SO MUCH. oooh have fun on your trip! and thank you so much for reading! *hugs*

      December 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Vanessa

    Empathy really is courageous. I've never thought about that but you are TOTALLY RIGHT. And zooming out on what we are doing in life is SO useful! I love these posts, they always bring things to my attention that I never would have thought of if it weren't for a post like this!

    I'll miss your posts while you are on break! BUT YOU 100% DESERVE A BREAK! Looking forward to new changes!

    December 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      EEEP THANK YOU SO MUCH VANESSA <3 Your comments always brighten my day. 🙂 I agree 1000%!! AND I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE NEW CHANGES. It will be awesome. Have a happy new year!

      December 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Amelia Ruth

    Such an amazing post!!!! This was so good for me because I myself am a ridiculously empathetic person. I love deeply, I hate strongly, I trust fully, and I feel others emotions as intensely as I feel mine. It's hard because If someone is bitter, it is so easy for me to be bitter, or to be sad or depressed. Someone's moods and actions really influence mine on an emotional level, and so often I don't want to love as deeply or hate as strongly because so often I AM LET DOWN. But you know where I am never let down? In Jesus. His love for me has never failed, and I am never disappointed.
    I learned a huge amount of myself this year. Like, I think I learned more about myself than I ever have before. <3 <3

    December 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm
    • Reply Amelia Ruth

      And also, I don't know if you replied to my other comments about this lol — but is there any way I could get your email so I could invite you to my blog??????? And also, girl, you make me so happy, you bring smiles to my face and springs in my heart and beautiful thoughts in my brain. YOU ARE LOVELY. xxxxx

      December 23, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      ASDFGHJKL THANK YOU SO MUCH AMELIA RUTH. YOUR COMMENTS ALWAYS BRIGHTEN MY LIFE X1000000000 *hugs* wowowowow yes I agree and can relate to everything you said up there. SO COOL that you've been learning a lot about yourself this year!! I FEEL THE SAME EXACT WAY HAHA <3 and dude yes I think I did give you my email? it's abbieemusic@gmail.com < SO EXCITED TO BE INVITED TO YOUR LOVELY BLOG!! AHH OMG STOP I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES *hugs you and gives you all the waffles ever* YOU'RE THE BEST, AMELIA RUTH. :''')

      December 27, 2017 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply Amelia Ruth

      Oh man I bet you've replied to like six comments with your email and I just forgot to check back to see them. xDDD SORRRYYYY!!! <33333

      January 4, 2018 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Musicgirl121

    COME MOVE TO WORDPRESS. WORDPRESS IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. (Haha, when you move to WordPress i promise I'll officially subscribe to follow your blog, how about that?)

    Take that hiatus, girl. I completely understand that sometimes you just have to unplug from the social media/internet world to reconnect with the things/people that matter. 😉

    December 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      I'M COMINNNNNNG!!!!! AND SO EXCITED TOO. I would be honored if you followed me :') haha thank you!! UGH YES I NEED TO UNPLUG SO BAD. it will be awesome. and I shall return recharged and full of creativity!! EEEEP. *hugs* THANK YOU FOR READING!!

      December 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply Musicgirl121

      *hugs* I'll be your WordPress buddy and you will be my squishy. (Yes, I just made a bad attempt at redoing a beautiful, poetic quote by Dory.)

      YES COME BACK TO US WITH ALLLL THE CREATIVITY!! YOU'RE WELCOME FOR READING YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORDS???

      December 27, 2017 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Erin Marie

    This post is just the jam. I totally relate to everything you're saying here – the stress of social media, the desire to reconnect with Christ alone, to focus on where we spend our time. That's what matters! I love your genuine heart and how willing you are to share these things, dude. I'm going through similar stuff and might need a blogging break of my own. I hope that you have an awesome Christmas and enjoy wonderful food and family time!! <3

    December 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      GAH YOU'RE AWESOME ERIN. *hugs* thank you so much! tbh your authenticity inspires me to be more authentic <3 I love how you always speak from your heart on these things too!! ENJOY YOUR BLOGGING BREAK, GIRL! You deserve some chill time 😉 I hope you had a lovely Christmas and may you have a blessed new year too!

      December 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Abby M.

    So wise!! And that's really smart of you to take a break from the internet. You deserve a break <33 Merry Christmas!!

    December 23, 2017 at 11:57 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      OMG THANK YOU ABBY <333 YOU'RE THE SWEETEST :') *hugs* Merry Christmas and happy new year!

      December 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Hope

    The caring too much thing?? That's me 10000000000%.

    December 24, 2017 at 3:04 am
    • Reply Abbiee

      YES YES YES :''')

      December 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Hanne T

    YAY! You're coming to WordPress! (Also dude of course you switch once I *FINALLY* add you on GFC lol)

    And I so relate to #5, putting trust in the world (and on the internet). That's definitely something I'll have to work in in 2018!

    Wonderful post as always. Have a Merry Christmas and a refreshing hiatus!

    December 24, 2017 at 3:57 am
    • Reply Abbiee

      YAAAAS AND I'M SO PUMPED TOO ^.^ aw, haha, sorry! I hope to find a way to preserve all my GFC followers but I'm not sure how yet… :') SO GLAD YOU CAN RELATE TO THIS POST. and #5 specifically… I'm glad I'm not alone! <3 thank you so much Hanne! Happy new year!

      December 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Grace Osas

    Not only is Martin Luther King Jr your role model but ALSO Martin Luther? That's pretty boss.

    And get that break. We'll be waiting for you when you get back <3

    December 24, 2017 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Grace Osas

      And also, I'm currently reading Malala's book.

      December 24, 2017 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Abbiee

      YAAAAS <3 thank you so much, Grace! Oh, awesome! how is Malala's book? I've been wanting to read it! 😀

      December 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm
    • Reply Grace Osas

      It's pretty good so far (though I've been slow, to be honest). It reads like an interesting YA Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction-esque book.

      January 1, 2018 at 1:19 am
  • Reply Ivie Brooks

    Girl, I will miss you, but I so understand what its like to need a break. I'm kind of on hiatus at the moment, really just until next Saturday for my wrap up post. XD

    I know what it feels like to be dependent on the internet and its not good. You will so enjoy taking a step back. And I can't wait to see what is in store for this blog! I love coming here and reading your posts because its a place that feels so happy and genuinely caring.

    As for the millennial sidenote you put, I thought I was a millennial, but Millennials are within the age range of 1977 to 1995, though those numbers often change a little. I've found I'm in the age range of Gen Z. I don't know what year you were born, but hopefully that helps. 🙂

    Great post. This was really inspirational. Thank you, Abbiee. <3

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

    December 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      AHH IVIE I WILL MISS YOU TOO <333 but yes I definitely feel like I need a break. So glad to hear you're taking some time off too! good for you. 😉 omg your kind words about my blog… that seriously just put a huge smile on my face. THANK YOU SO MUCH. that's like..the best compliment ever! :'''') *hugs* WHOA WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW THIS. I guess I'm not a millennial! I was born in 1997. huh! interesting! xD thank you so much, Ivie!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. 🙂

      December 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Hannah Deno

    I love this post more than I can say.
    –> "The funny thing about learning is that you don't notice when it's happening." Ain't that the truth. I specifically loved what you had to say about empathy and choice. Spot on! I feel that a lot.
    I also totally feel the need for a break. I've taken many social media/blogging breaks (though not always intentionally), and they are so refreshing and revitalizing. I can't wait to see you come back slaying and completely recharged!

    December 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      SO HAPPY YOU LOVE THIS POST <3 and gosh yes those are two things that are very close to my heart and that I've learned a lot about this year so :") mmm YES that's exactly what I want: to come back slaying and completely recharged. I WILL CHILL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ON MY HIATUS. 😉 hehe thank you so much for reading, Hannah! your comments always brighten my life. <3

      December 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Keira

    ALL OF THIS, YES. Preach it for #5. Social media has this uncanny ability to make us feel like the world is actually a good place, and also to make us feel like it isn't. It facilitates both the greatest good and the worst evil. And that's a hard thing to see happen in front of you.

    You enjoy your hiatus, girl. It's well, well deserved. So happy you're moving to WP, and I can't wait to see the new design!!!

    cheers.
    k.

    December 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      KEIRA YOU GET MEEEEE <3333 and I feel the same way about social media ugh…if ever there was a "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" in today's society. 😉 I definitely need a break from it. THANK YOU SO MUCH, GIRL. YOUR WORDS INSPIRE ME AND UPLIFT ME IN SO MANY WAYS AND I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU <3 *hugs*

      December 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Grace

    I am the same way about social media! I feel like I need to use it for various reasons, but I really dislike it and wish it was practical to just not use it at all. But it isn't, unfortunately 🙁

    December 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      YES YES YES I FEEL THE SAME WAY GRACE :') it's a "necessary evil" I like to say…haha. but I hope to come back refreshed after my hiatus. <3 thank you for reading, girl!!

      December 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Autumn Raelin

    so SO PROUD OF YOU DUDE. Everything you learned this year & this post & how far you've come. You are a HERO.

    AND WORDPRESS!!! Ahhhhhh all the coolness there 😀 Can't wait to see you soar to new heights in 2018. Keep slaying, Abbie <3

    December 26, 2017 at 12:44 am
    • Reply Abbiee

      ASDFGHJDKLJALSDJ AUTUMN I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES AND A BIG SMILE ON MY FACE :') THANK YOU SO MUCH *hugs you forever* omg you inspire me to no end anD I CANNOT EVEN EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR YOU !!! <3 <3 <3

      December 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Rachel Alison

    These are super awesome lessons that, I think, apply to all of us 🙂 Have a lovely break!

    December 26, 2017 at 1:41 am
    • Reply Abbiee

      AHH THANK YOU RACHEL <3 LOVE YOU SO MUCH

      December 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Sam Valladares

    Such a great article! There's so many things I could say but what jumped out at me the most is #5. Being born into the world we're groomed to trust other's opinions of us: we're conditioned to let their perceptions of us influence what we think about ourselves. But in truth, it's God's Word that sets the standard for our lives, and it's God's Word about our lives that really matters. So little by little, we learn to filter out the quality scales of the world by renewing our mind and placing our trust deeper and deeper into His loving arms. Thanks for being such a powerful voice for God, Abbiee! I'm truly glad we've found each other on this massive internet! <3

    December 26, 2017 at 9:44 am
    • Reply Abbiee

      Thank you so much, Sam!! I'm so glad you could relate to this post! 🙂 And yes I agree 100%… and it's difficult to go against the grain and speak up for what you know to be true — especially when you want to be liked. Because most of the time, truth is an unpopular opinion! But it's my life goal to make it popular. 😉 Thank you so much for this comment… it brightened my day!

      December 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Nabila

    These are all lessons I think a lot of us need to learn. I’m going to miss you on your hiitus but I’m excited to see your new blog!

    December 26, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply Abbiee

      You're the best, Nabila!! <3 thank you so much!

      December 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply herecomesajla

    Love your post dear ♥ Your blog is amazing !
    If you want you can check out my blog.I write about fashion,beauty and lifestyle.Maybe we can follow each other and be great blogger friends !

    http://herecomesajla.blogspot.ba/

    December 29, 2017 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Grace Anne

    This is the loveliest, warmest post ever. <3 HAVE THE BEST HIATUS EVER BECAUSE YOU SO DESERVE IT. And try to get some rest, eh? 😉 <3 LOVE YOU SO MUCH MY FRIEND.

    January 1, 2018 at 5:03 pm
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