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4 In Fashion/ Home/ LIFESTYLE

4 Years

I have written, and re-written this post so many times now, each one coming out completely different. I wanted to share why I started XO, Maci, what I’ve learned through blogging, and why I’ve made the decision I’ve made, but each draft just didn’t feel right. So here it goes, my last attempt- quick and simple.

4 years ago I was 21, newly married, living in North Carolina and bored out of my mind. I wasn’t working and I was in the process of transferring schools. I needed a hobby desperately! I was reading blog after blog, and finally one day it hit me. I should start my own blog. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, but I had the time to research everything I could and a little wine to give me the courage to take the plunge. One night at about 9 PM I created XO, Maci. It took me forever to get my website looking presentable before I even started drafting my first post. A few months in I was finally getting the hang of things and felt ready to show the world what I was working on.

I couldn’t believe that people were actually reading my blog. Not just my family and friends, either! Total strangers and people from different countries stumbled across XO, Maci. It was a miracle. For the past 4 years I’ve been creating meaningful content to share with anyone interested in reading, and it has been a total blast. It’s been extremely difficult and time consuming as well, but always worth it.

I learned that I can do things I never thought would be possible. I learned that I absolutely LOVE photography and creating beautiful images. I’ve met new people, formed friendships through social media, and put myself out there more than I ever thought I would. Blogging has morphed into much more than a hobby, but instead of continuing on this path I’ve decided to create a new one for myself.

This year one of my goals is to be more present and spend less time on social media. I don’t want my free time to be spent researching how to build a blog, photography techniques, website design, and endless scrolling through Instagram. I want to use my free time to build my career, really dig into my passions, and put more energy into my family/home. At the end of the day the things that are most important to me are my family, my faith, our health, and LIVING. I want to get outside, have some adventures, and really DO something.  I think 2017 is going to be amazing for me and Cameron and I’m super excited to see what lays ahead.

Even though I won’t be continuing XO, Maci, I do still want to continue learning about photography, health, and fitness. I’ll be keeping my Instagram the same, and using it to share those things with you just like I do now, only not everyday.

To end this blogging journey, I thought it would be fun to share some photos with you guys from day 1 to now. Enjoy, and thank you so, so much for continuing to come back and read my posts all this time. It really means the world to me!

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XOXO, Maci

2 In Home/ LIFESTYLE

Home Design Inspiration

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http://www.littlehouseoffour.com/2016/02/goodwill-mid-century-modern-dresser.html:

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Minimal Southwestern Ranch- One Little Minute Blog-39:

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black ceiling! Please paint your ceiling people especially your dinning rooms. Entry's and hallways can always look more finished. It's in the simple details that really pull a room together.:

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Living room - love the contemporary leather sectional, the oversized round mirror, and the natural wood floating entryway shelf/cabinet:

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It’s official! Cam and I are in our brand spankin new home! We have only ever lived in small apartments together so it’s really strange to be in this big empty house. Even Grace is a little freaked out by the move. I honestly could not be more excited though to be in a space that is ours! We can finally have friends over,  buy a grill, paint the walls, and all of these other little things that just make a place feel like home. Right now we are in the process of buying furniture and coming up with a game plan for the overall house “feel,” but trying to give each room it’s own special character.  I’m obsessed with the combination of a little bohemian, modern, and industrial. Trying to create the perfect balance is a little tricky but Pinterest has been my best friend lately! If you’re lacking a little inspiration follow my page, I’ve got TONS of things saved that are sure to inspire you.

What’s your favorite style of home decor? I’d love to know!

Have a great week guys and thanks for stopping by!

XO, Maci

0 In Home/ LIFESTYLE

Fitness Friday: A New Perspective

It’s crazy how a new perspective can change your whole mindset. Cameron and I changed gyms recently and the very first time we worked out there, I felt this wave of energy. I saw all of these people in fantastic shape working hard and it gave me this whole new motivation that I’ve been lacking for a while. I have a new determination to work hard, eat well, and be my absolute best. It’s what I always strive for, but without motivation it’s nearly impossible to hold yourself accountable and follow through. If you have been lacking motivation in your efforts to get fit, maybe you need a change of scenery.

What have you guys been doing to keep your fitness goals on track? I’d love to know what motivates you!

Have a great weekend!

XO, Maci