Change can lead to amazing things

By ALLISON MAREK
Dec. 27, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Dec. 28, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Allison Marek

Allison Marek   Photo contributed by Images by Dayna for The Victoria Advocate

Every year at about this time, I begin to reflect on the past year and start looking forward to the next.

2017 was a rather unexpected year. If you had told me one year ago that my life would be what it is now, I wouldn't have believed it.

Fashion-wise it has been a blast. I had more opportunities to do something that I am truly passionate about and style photo shoots for one of my favorite photographers, Dayna.

I got to try my hand at "walking the runway" thanks to my always inspiring and resilient friend, Christina, and quickly learned that my love for fashion can only carry me so far.

I had the opportunity to stand amongst a group of amazing women all clad in gold sequin gowns and watch my girl, Jennifer, get married.

I moved downtown and I'm slowly learning the many challenges of living in and redecorating a 142-year-old house.

This has also been a year of great loss and major life decisions. A few months ago, I lost my lifelong friend, Sara, to cervical cancer. She was 36. Though we didn't see each other often in our adult lives, we always kept in touch.

When I found out she was sick, I went to visit her. That was a little over a year ago, and, for a while after that, it looked like she would kick cancer's butt.

Less than a year later, she was gone. I got to see her one last time before she passed.

Sara reminded me of how precious this life is that we never really know what will happen next and that all we can do is live every day like it is the last. To make the effort to try new experiences and to never apologize for being happy.

Seeing her in her final days, reminded me of the really hard decisions I'd made during the last year, and that those decisions taught me the true value of supportive friends and family, to trust my gut and to always have courage, no matter how heartbreaking something might be.

2017 was a year for change, but what does that mean for 2018? You'll just have to wait and see because some of those life changes have also been pretty incredible and make going forward unimaginably exciting. I won't give away too many details just yet, but needless to say, this year is going to be busy.

I will leave you with this thought: In the last year, because someone wanted to show me what it means to really live, I got to drink a glass of wine while looking out at the Pacific Ocean from Northern California, walk amongst the majestic redwoods of Jedediah Smith State Park, explore my beloved New York City in less than 24-hours notice, stroll down a quiet street in Atlanta amid the most brilliant of fall colors and follow a band from city to city just to hear one song.

Change can be scary, but it can lead to amazing things.

Cheers to 2018 and the great adventures still to come.

Allison Marek was born to shop. For more information on any of her fabulous finds, go to facebook.com/FGGPersonalShopping or email her at fashionablegirlsguide@yahoo.com.


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