New Year’s Eve is probably one of my favorite holidays. Whether it’s spent in fancy clothes or comfy pajamas, whether we’re drinking champagne with friends or making smores at home in the microwave, the year still comes to an end…and a beautiful new one begins.

If we’re lucky, we will have 365 more chances to live our dreams.

The new year gives us the opportunity to reflect…to release old thoughts, to let go of self-limiting beliefs, and to forgive old hurts. The new year also brings fresh beginnings, exciting new experiences, and the promise of new connections.


 “Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”

— Charles Kettering






Last year LH and I decided to skip the new year’s resolutions. Instead, we came up with a theme for the year: FUN!

We promised to spend our year in fun mode…we traveled as much as possible, we chose adventure over routine, and we celebrated our lives.

Choosing goals together that enriched our lives kinda took the pressure off the first year of marriage…and it brought us closer together.






In fact, it worked so well, LH and I have decided to stick with our new-found tradition of choosing a theme for the year.

For 2017, we are going to stick with the theme of FUN…and add in a little FOCUS.


FUN + FOCUS = 2017!



In true Hayes style, we had to end 2016 in FUN mode! However, this year we decided to skip the stress of the city and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the ‘burbs! #thisisthirty

First stop was downtown Plano, and then we headed to our favorite local restaurant Seabreeze Fish Market & Grill.

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz of McKinney, we kicked off the year in style.






Choosing a theme for the year is an easy way to filter our experiences and stay true to the life we want to live.

Join us in choosing a theme for the year that enriches your life.

What will yours be?






Grateful for the past and looking forward to the promise of the future.

Happy New Year!







  1. Cramsey
    January 2, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Love everything about this …great pics too!!

  2. Jenny lhotka
    January 2, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    That was so fun love to see more.

  3. Sophie
    January 2, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Happy New Year sweets! Great pics! Love ya!

    • January 2, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you!! Happy New Year to you too! Love you! 🙂

  4. Denise
    January 2, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Love the idea of a theme for the new year. My theme? I think More sums how I would like to spend 2017. More: fun, creating, love, road trips, sunsets, focus, quiet time, etc.

    Happy New Year!

    • January 2, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      MORE is the perfect theme for 2017! Love ya girl! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  5. Doreen
    January 2, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Love the theme and a splash of focus! You guys look great and I love the themed color you guys have going on . My favorite pic is the last one ! Excited to share another year with you guys ! Blessed!

    • January 2, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      We DEFINITELY need a splash of focus up in the Hayes house! Haha! Thanks for reading and commenting. Love you lots and lots! 🙂

  6. Erin Noblitt
    January 2, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Love love love the pictures! Stunning!!!!! And I’d have to agree with the theme focus for the year. We started ours with “bucket list dates” …. I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog for some great new ideas. Looking forward to it! Happy new year!

  7. Anne
    January 3, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    I love this! We’ve never done New Year’s Resolutions, which sometimes feels lazy – but we do touch base each month about goals and re-group when we need to. A theme is a nicer package, though, so maybe we’ll copy you and do it! How about “Visit Texas” as a theme??

    • January 10, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Haha that’s a great theme! We loved having you here! 🙂

  8. Aimee
    January 7, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Can’t wait to what’s to come for you in 2017! ??

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