my pledge for 2014.

teacups on portobello road.
 {Notting Hill}

A very happy 2014 to you! This is my first post in nearly two weeks, marking my longest blogging hiatus since I started blogging in November 2010. It came at the perfect time. The last few months of 2013 proved to be rather crazy, both personally and professionally, so the time away was just what the doctor ordered.

the ritz london.
 {The Ritz London}

I wish I could give you a grand plan for what I'll be doing differently in 2014, but I was a little busy during that time away. Our European vacation {best documented on Instagram} will give plenty of inspiration for posts in the coming weeks and months. {After taking nearly 1000 photos, the iPhone photos in today's post will have to do until I sort through all of them.}

Here's what I can promise you in 2014: I pledge to bring you my best. I pledge to blog when I have content of value to share, rather than simply pushing content for content's sake. I pledge my honesty and sincerity in the posts I publish. Most of all, I pledge to be me. I won't apologize for the less than glamorous daily life I lead. In my opinion, this blogging world has become a bit idyllic and {dare I say} fake. While this can be a pretty world to live in, I didn't start blogging to live in a dream world. I started blogging make the world I do live in better--in my own little way. I only hope you'll stick along for the ride... xoxo {av}

13 comments:

  1. love this and i cant wait to see what 2014 has in store for you! :) love you lots. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. I am incredibly excited to read/see/follow the realness of your real life. I, too, struggle to only blog the glamorous, leaving my everyday (rather boring) life conveniently undocumented. I want to change that this year. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  3. Alison your posts are so genuine and REAL! I love that about your blog. It's a place where anyone can feel connected! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Amen sistah! Here's to a good 2014!

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  5. Love this too and cannot wait to follow along into 2014. It's definitely time to bring real back!! xx

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  6. Love this!! So true!! Happy New Year!! I thought I was alone in feeling like this, thanks for making me feel better. Your positive attitude always encourages me.
    Best, Mree

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  7. I absolutely love your resolutions. It's all so true and the blogging world has definitely become quite idyllic. Gotta stay true to our roots and who we are! Happy New Year :)

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  8. I also pledge to be me! I love blogs that are open & honest, & I've been working on making mine more like that.

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  9. You never cease to inspire me! Thank you for always being so true to yourself and us <3 xoxo

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  10. Found your blogthrough Pinterest, love it! Read through all of your posts about blogging and Pinterest pinning...so helpful. Thanks for all the info!

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  11. Hi lady! I'm right there with you! The last time I blogged was December 20 and the time before that was December 7. Things were definitely hectic with the holidays, going to an out of state wedding, work, and of course loving our baby girl! I didn't feel like I had much to say and I wanted to live in the moment instead of being stuck behind a computer. Now that I've had some time off, I'm starting to feel ready to blog again.

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  12. Just found your blog and am so excited to get to know you better! Can't wait to follow along:) Love Katie xxoo

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