The Good, Bad and Ugly of 2017

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boutique 2If there’s one thing I learned in 2016 is never get used to anything. It was a tumultuous year for a lot of us. My son was born in January and I lost my little sister in May. It was the single most joyous and devastating thing that happened to me. A lot of us didn’t experience extremes such as these, but it sure did make me realize what’s important in life: how we foster and sustain relationships with those closest to us.

I got this deep nesting feeling; I really just wanted to stay in my bubble, in my area, in familiar territory. Shopping local was something I did on small business Saturday but it took on a new meaning for me last year.  I started really frequenting local events and became more connected with my city and the people that make up the heartbeat.

There was bad and ugly in 2016, but it’s all how you look at things. Digest the bad and come up with a way to turn it to the positive in 2017. For me, I’m going to shop local as much as I can, care about where my clothes and meals come from, go without my phone every now and then and talk face to face with the people I care about, just to name a few!

Since Hope for Women is based in the Midwest, I scoured my network for the best of the best, so check them out:


Mulberry and Me:

Lori’s shoes:


Claire Clark Boutique:

Magnolia Boutique:


Paperdolls Boutique:  

Blush Boutique:

What are YOU doing differently style wise this year?!

Myaann Payne is a personal branding expert based in Dallas, Texas. Her calling is to help people discover and portray the best version of themselves so as to conquer their world...stylishly, of course! She also is the creator of MYN Style Box, a custom subscription box service. Twitter: @mynstylebox Instagram: @mynstylebox Facebook: and

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  1. Selena

    January 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Great article!  I truly believe in turning our tragedies, unexpected negative situations, etc. into positives as well.  Congrats on your son and my deepest sympathy for your sister.  My tragedy turned positive was in 2011 when I lost my eldest daughter at the age of 18.  We were given the chance to endow a softball scholarship in her name for the college she was attending and in 2015 we did it.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Your fellow Hope Contributor,


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