Here I Am: Onward and Upward, Finding Happiness

Basking in Burgundy Onward and Upward

Why hello. It’s been a while.

Have you ever said life just got away from you?

Where you were caught up in the timing of unplanned circumstances?

Paulo Coelho said,

“Life has a way of testing a person’s will:

either by nothing happening, or everything happening all at once.” 

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That’s where I have been the past year. Life has happened offline in a way that I felt I couldn’t fake a happy picture online. A mental breakdown, a divorce and a cross country move later I feel I can again post a happy picture that isn’t a farce. I must say you could fathom that the three were intertwined. Part of the breakdown was because of the divorce and the sole reason I had to move was because of the divorce. I could get the best divorce attorney overland park to see through the legal process, but the other two, I could find no antidote to. But things have settled and the smile in these pictures is true happiness, confidence in myself and knowledge that I am growing into the best possible version of myself.


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My personal mantra this year has been:

Onward and Upward.

In my life this mantra means moving constantly onward in life while looking upward toward eternal life. My challenge has been to be present in each moment and not living in the past or the future. However, like a late 15th century Titian painting, I am “non finito“. While I have learned there is beauty in every piece of art finished or unfinished, I struggle to accept each brush stroke not being perfection.

Onward and upward is allowing myself to let go of my need for perfection. To be raw and broken, open and unfiltered with the hope of enabling others to find the same self love.


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With great pleasure I announce the relaunch of Basking in Burgundy! With a fresh focus and new content focusing on finding your personal style- through fashion, beauty, health and travel, I hope you are as excited about this new beginning as I am.

So cheers babes! Let’s more onward and upward together!


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Basking in Burgundy Onward and Upward


  1. lauryn
    May 13, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Congrats to you! Taking the time for mental health is so important! More people need to slow down and find their happiness! Respect.

    • May 19, 2019 / 6:35 pm

      YES. I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive remark. Hugs!

  2. Ifeoluwa Anani
    May 9, 2019 / 8:54 pm

    Sometimes you need to recharge and refresh! It’s great to have you back

    • May 10, 2019 / 9:29 am

      Thank you! It’s definitely important for everyone to take that time for themselves.

  3. May 8, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    Congratulations for finding happiness! Can’t wait to read your next blogpost!

    • May 10, 2019 / 9:31 am

      Thank you gorgeous! I have been loving your content recently. Keep up the fantastic work!

  4. Molly Clifton
    May 7, 2019 / 9:46 pm

    I’m crying babe! You have been through soooo much this past year and you are stronger for it!! Im happy to see your beautiful shining face in this space again. You are a light in this world and loved so so dearly.

    • May 10, 2019 / 9:31 am

      Thank you Molly! You were a fantastic example of how to keep fighting. I appreciate you so much!

  5. Tara
    May 7, 2019 / 10:52 am

    life definitely has a way of kicking us in the pants..only to find out it’s the growth we need. so glad to hear you’re onward and upward!

  6. May 7, 2019 / 7:28 am

    So glad you’re back! Good to hear you’re doing well and you’re thriving!
    On a completely unrelated note, the quote is by Paulo Coelho, not Pablo Coelho (sorry, it’s one of my favorite quotes and I just wanted to give you a heads up!)

    • May 10, 2019 / 9:32 am

      Argh typos will always get me! Thank you for pointing it out!

  7. May 7, 2019 / 6:22 am

    Welcome back, girlfriend!!! Thank you for your sweet honesty.

  8. May 6, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    Absolutely love this post and so happy to hear that you have reached this place of happiness and peace! You look so beautiful and happy!

    cute & little

    • May 10, 2019 / 9:33 am

      Thank you babe! It’s been a journey and I’m so glad to be at a point that I can share.

  9. Anonymous
    May 6, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    Welcome back! You have definitely been missed! So happy you are in a better place! xo

  10. May 6, 2019 / 3:15 pm

    You sure have been through a lot, but look at you GO, girlfriend! You’re just showing up even better than ever. I can’t wait to see how you move forward with that gorgeous smile of yours!

    • May 10, 2019 / 9:34 am

      Thank you Stephanie! This shoot really helped to boost my confidence after everything.

  11. Taylor Aube
    May 6, 2019 / 11:13 am

    I am so excited for you! I missed your posts and I am so happy to hear you’re in a better spot now. Good luck babe, I know you will kill it!

    • May 6, 2019 / 11:31 am

      Thank you so much Taylor! That means so much coming from someone who is definitely killing it.

  12. May 6, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Welcome back girl!!! Wish you all the happiness and health! I’m excited for all the content you have planned for us ????

    • May 6, 2019 / 11:28 am

      Thank you lovely! I hope it’s worth the wait!

  13. May 6, 2019 / 10:27 am

    WOW. Welcome back! I applaud your outlook and honesty! I’m so glad you were able to step away for some soul-searching and self-discovery. Can’t wait to see what’s to come! Onward and upward <3

    • May 6, 2019 / 11:28 am

      Thank you so much Megan! Your kind words are wonderful encouragement. I wish you the best week ahead!

  14. Liz Reynolds
    May 6, 2019 / 9:20 am

    My, oh my. I’ve missed that smile. So much has shifted. Stay beautiful.

    • May 6, 2019 / 11:27 am

      Awww thank you Liz! I hope it has shifted for the best.

  15. Anonymous
    May 6, 2019 / 9:18 am

    This is amazing girl! Welcome back! I want to get with you on blogging, etc. I think at 33, i wanna give it a try….

    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2019 / 9:19 am

      Just realized I clicked anon. Its Jenn Shipp :p

    • May 6, 2019 / 11:26 am

      You should totally do it Jenn! I think you would love it. Hugs!

  16. May 6, 2019 / 6:27 am

    You were missed, love! So happy you’re finding your true self and are happy. Your smile is contagious! Can’t wait to see all that you’ve been up to and watch you thrive!!!! xox

    • May 6, 2019 / 11:26 am

      Thank you so much beautiful! I’m so happy to reconnect online. Sending you hugs!

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