My Highs and Lows of 2017

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my 2017 and decided to document how my life has changed for the better because of this year. Read below about my highs and lows in chronological order:

  • Moved to Virginia (February) – My kids and I lived in Greensboro NC, while my husband worked in VA. Every Friday night, he would drive down to NC to stay the weekend with us and drive back early Monday morning straight into work.
    Hair growth from March to December.

    We decided that we didn’t want to live apart anymore and we all moved to Virginia to be together as a family again.

  • Big Chop (February) – After we moved to Virginia, I decided I was ready to do the Big Chop. The Big Chop is the act of cutting off your relaxed hair, leaving only your newly grown hair. I had been toying around with the idea for about a year before I finally decided on it. I did the chop myself and it was a complete and total mess! Luckily, I was able to find a salon that could take me on short notice and the young lady fixed me right up. My hair was the shortest it had ever been without a perm. I embraced it even when others didn’t. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have made for myself.
  • Girls Trip (August) – 2 of my closest girlfriends and I went on a girl’s trip to Montego Bay Jamaica! It was my first trip out of the country that didn’t include official Army orders lol. The trip was just what I needed. No kids, no husband, no worries!  I laid on the beach everyday I was there, went snorkeling, got dressed up nightly for shows, and just had an overall great time with 2 of my very best friends. We’ve decided to make our girl’s trip an annual tradition!

    Girls trip to Jamaica.
  • Meat? No thank you (August) – I remember the day like it was yesterday. I’d come back from Jamaica refreshed, ready to get back into my routine. I decided to make meatloaf for my family my first night back. I remember preparing the meat as usual and I was even looking forward to eating because it smelled so good while cooking.  I sat down to eat and couldn’t choke down the meatloaf! I thought I was just tired from traveling and decided to put my food up and try again later. Nope. Tried later and gagged the entire time the meatloaf chunk was on my plate. I’ve been meatless (seafood excluded) since August 8th and haven’t turned back since.
  • Buying our first home (October) – My husband and I have decided that Virginia is going to be our forever home where we raise our children. We are both Army Veterans who are not use to staying in one place for more than 3 years. We agreed to hold off on buying until we decided were ready. Well, we’re blessed to say the builders broke ground for our home October 23rd. It was one of the best and most stressful decisions we have made as husband and wife. We actually got
    The foundation of our new home.

    to chose our floorplan, backsplash, floors, counters, everything! God willing we will be moving in our home February 2018.

  • Started a Blog (November) – I initially wanted to start my blog to get thoughts that I felt were stuck in my head, out. There was information and stories of being a mom and wife with food, fitness and life included. More than wanting to, I felt the NEED to start my blog. Writing is very therapeutic for me and I honestly feel satisfaction when I publish a blog post that may help someone or that someone can relate to. I am proud of myself and I have a lot more that I plan to write about in 2018. A very special thank you goes out to my subscribers for rocking with me!
  • Entrepreneur with Market America (November) – My best friend saw potential in me as an entrepreneur and partner with a fortune 500 company and I haven’t looked back since. I am able to have the freedom financially to manage my business from home. My customers and I get paid to shop, we take advantage of wonderful products that benefit our quality of life, and I am able to help others realize they too have the potential to work towards financial freedom. Read more about what I do, here.
  • Re-dedicated my life to Jesus (December) – This year we moved to Virginia and I was determined to find a church home for my family. In my heart I knew I wanted my relationship with God to be stronger for my family and I and I knew I needed a strong church to help me do that.
    Us at our new church home, Strong Tower.

    I found Strong Tower on Instagram and followed their social media pages and even attended church online before my family and I visited. We decided to visit the church one Sunday and on the way, we listened to “Holy Spirit” by Kari Jobe, one of my favorite songs. True story, the choir sung the exact song that I had played for my family earlier that morning. Next Sunday came around and I’d played “We’re Blessed” by Fred Hammond on the way to church. The choir sung THAT song as well that day. Y’all. TRUE STORY. God was showing me that Strong Tower was to be our church home. My husband and I joined the church and when I re-dedicated my life to Jesus December 24th 2017, and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was overcome with joy. I felt my life changing that day for the better and life will never be the same.

  • Family dynamic changed (January) –  Initially I thought my son leaving our household to go stay with his dad was a low, but I’ve changed my mind. I don’t see it as a low. It’s a high for him because he is now able to receive love from his dad’s side of the family as well as our side of the family. More people to love him. He is now able to grow a healthy relationship and bond with his father. It’s a high for his dad because everyday, he is able to see the awesome young man and son that AJ is. It’s NOT a low for me because I trust my son’s parents and I know they are taking very good care of him. He is in sports and is an A/B student. They also keep me in the loop with pictures, videos and updates. It’s not a low for me because we all have grown as parents and we are able to co-parent without third party intervention and that says a lot.

I know I’m supposed to list lows as well as highs, but I honestly can’t think of any “lows”. My faith has grown and continues to grow. It is by my faith that I have pushed past what were supposed to be considered lows. This year has been a great year and I’m excited to move on happily to even bigger and better things that God has in store for my family and I. 2017 was great, but 2018 will be even better.

Cheers to my last post of 2017!

The kids and I during Thanksgiving break.

What are your highs of 2017? Share them with us in the comments below and please tell us how your 2018 will be even better!


Shavonne Marie


  1. LaTasha Benn

    January 1, 2018 at 11:30 am

    You truly had an amazing year! I’m so proud of you and your accomplishments. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you and your family! And, let’s start planning that next girl’s trip!! Love you, boo!

    1. shavonnerice

      January 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Hi LaTasha,

      Awww! This means so much coming from you. You have been such an inspiration to the women who know you, but me especially! Thank you Tash, and yasss boo, I’m ready to get to plannin’!

  2. Kai

    December 31, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    This is a great post! Congrats on the move and just everything!!!

    1. shavonnerice

      January 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Hi Kai,

      Thank you so much! I am thankful for 2017 because I’ve definitely grown as a woman and a mother, but am even more excited for 2018!
      Happy New Year, beautiful and thank you for commenting!

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