As we celebrate the very last weekend of 2017 (can you believe it?!), I thought I’d share a round-up of my favorite looks this year and take a look back at my journey into adulthood. I love doing this every January to remind myself how far I’ve come and to set goals for where I hope to go. Keep scrolling to see my favorite outfits by month and to read about how I found my faith this year!

 

FEBRUARY

MARCH

 

As I reflect on 2017, let me first start with the happy ending (how all stories should begin, am I right?). This may be the first time in my life I’ve felt completely at peace – not just content, but truly, genuinely happy. While the year is ending on a good note, there’s no denying that 2017 was tough one. I don’t exactly think I went into the year with my head on straight and I certainly didn’t know what my new “adult” life was going to look like. I started my first full-time job in NYC and let me tell you – it. was. HARD. (Anyone who is a recent college graduate will understand…it’s a complete lifestyle shift going from college to the working world!) In February, I moved into a new apartment in upper Manhattan. Again…it was HARD (see my Guide to Apartment Hunting in NYC here!) Then, I dove head first into the NYC dating scene. Woof. Ha! – okay, it wasn’t THAT bad. Let’s just say I met a lot of… interesting people and none of them were exactly a match. Hey – I really gave it the ol’ college try!

 

APRIL

 

It was around June when my life started to change. I remember feeling really down about how my year was going and I just didn’t feel excited about anything in my life. My best friend had sent me a package to cheer me up – inside was candy (duh!), candles, a coloring book, sage, a crystal and this book. I was a little hesitant to read it because it was a Christian book and (even though I considered myself religious) I honestly didn’t think I’d like it. After giving it a read, it finally occurred to me what was missing in my life; why I was so unhappy. One word: Faith. Where in the world was mine?! I realized that I had very little faith in myself and even worse, I didn’t even know that I could put my faith in Jesus. Maybe it’s going too far to say that this book “changed my life,” but it dang-near did.

 

MAY

 

JUNE

 

JULY

 

I decided to start attending services at Hillsong Church in NYC. Even though I grew up in church and I “believed,” I was really nervous to go somewhere that was SO different. When I got there, there were thousands of people just like me. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting that. Week after week, I continued to go. No matter how I was feeling or how desperately tired I was, I dropped everything and went to church. Soon, I started to see my life changing in front of me. I began to see things and people differently. Situations that would’ve normally infuriated me (like train delays or plans that fell through), became opportunities to be a “light.” My friend and I always joke about being a “beacon of light” in an otherwise dark city. It makes NYC sounds like a sad place, but it’s not! I think a city that hustles 24/7 just needs a place to pray every now and then. Hillsong has become that for me!

AUGUST

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Whew! Reflecting on an entire year can be both happy and a little painful. It’s not always a joyful hop and skip down memory lane. Especially in the world of social media where everything is “perfect,” I think it’s important to reflect on the bad times, too. May we learn from them, may we grow from them!

 

OCTOBER 

 

NOVEMBER

 

DECEMBER

So here’s to 2018! Sending all my love –




One thought on “Reflecting on 2017 + How I Found my Faith

  1. Hi Katherine. I love your blogs, photos and words of wisdom with a personal touch!
    I am a “WaWa” ( your mom’s girlfriend group from junior high school) and I am so proud of your mother! She is amazing, and she is very proud of you!
    My son Todd Alsup, has lived in NYC for 22 years and is a singer/songwriter. I dropped him off at NYU when he was 18 and he never came back home (except to visit). I give you, and Todd, kudos for spreading your wings, experiencing life in so many new facets, and staying strong in a city that can really beat you up!
    I am excited to keep up with you through this website and will look you up next time I am in Manhattan.
    Linda Alsup Mosier

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