Celebrating Milestones

All photos taken by Amanda Dale + Char Cole Photography


For many of us, we so get caught up in the hustle of building a career, a business, taking care of a family, (or just #adulting in general) that we forget to celebrate the milestones in our lives.

I’m not talking about birthdays or wedding anniversaries…these should be a given!  I’m talking about those big moments for us, either personally or professionaly, that rock our worlds but could easily go unnoticed if we let them.

I believe in life we reach milestones that remind us how precious and priceless life really is…they are almost like wake up calls to stop, slow down, and pay attention to what is really important.


Doreen’s 5 Year Cancer Free Anniversary

The term “5-year survival” is a term doctors and researchers use as a benchmark. And for cancer survivors, this 5-year achievement is an important landmark. The longer a survivor goes without any evidence of cancer, the better the prognosis.

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to have a convo with Doreen about her personal battle with breast cancer, you know you are talking to a woman with amazing strength and resolve.




Not only did Doreen kick breast cancer’s ass, today she is a champion for self examinations and regular mammograms. She wants women to learn to listen to their bodies and to seek a medical opinion if they notice even small changes in their health. She encourages women to lead healthy lives so they can be the best version of themselves.

When my sweet friend Aimee and I learned that Doreen was coming up on her 5 year breast cancer free anniversary…we refused to let THIS milestone come and go!



We decided to throw an intimate dinner party in one of our favorite new neighborhoods in the burbs…City Line in Richardson. Nestled into this new-ish community is an amazing little sushi and robota restaurant called Edoko.

We reserved the private room and brought in some table decor to go down the center of the tables (glass candle holders and white candles from Hob Lob!), art work for the side tables, and of course…a tacky gold balloon!

We had a blast making memories and celebrating our dear friend’s milestone!





Remember…every single milestone or achievement holds significance! If you have a milestone coming up, let your friends and family know so they can celebrate right along with you.

This is your life, and you only get one.

Remember each moment. Cherish the stories. And of course…CELEBRATE!




  1. Courtney
    January 29, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I had such a great time…and you’re right. We can’t forget to celebrate life moments like this one.

    Thanks for hosting A and K! Congrats on your fearless journey D!!

  2. Doreen Schneider
    January 29, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I love you! Thank you for being YOU! I completely cried when I read this. You captured everything perfectly. Thank you for recognizing that we should celebrate milestones and to make my 5 year mark one I will forever cherish. XoXo

    • January 29, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      I am so happy you’re happy!!! LOVE you and thankful for you! 🙂

  3. Denise
    January 29, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Thank you for reminding us to celebrate every single milestone.

  4. Aimee
    January 29, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    This was such a special occasion because of the timing of when we met. My life would not be the same without you, Doreen!
    I’m thankful for everything we’ve shared over the past 4+ years and I look forward to what’s to come.
    What a beautiful blog Krista!!!!
    How lucky am I to have such amazing women in my life! ???

    • January 30, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Love having you in my life Aimee! Love ya!! 🙂

  5. Lindsay West
    January 29, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    Love you so much Doreen! What an incredible milestone this is for you and your loved ones!!! Great job Krista and Aimee for hosting – I wish I could have been there!! ?? much love!

    • January 30, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      We missed you Linds….wish you could have been there! Can’t wait to see you in Feb! 🙂

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