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Merry Everything and a Heartfelt Thank You

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Hi Friends,

We all experienced 2020 in different ways, but it’s safe to say it’s been a long and arduous year for everyone.

If you’re feeling tired and worn out, I’m right there with you. I have about a million things to do for work, but I’m hitting the breaks this week, so I can pull Christmas together for my family and give myself a chance to enjoy it too.

Fourteen years ago, I started my journey as an entrepreneur. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I did know I wanted to balance my career with motherhood.

There were so many years when that balance was way off. For the longest time, my time leaned more toward work than my kids, and I hated it.

Yet, somehow, amidst all the chaos of the past ten months, I feel like I might have gotten it right. And I realize I don’t need to strive for balance as much as I need flexibility.

It was messy. I hit the pillow hard every night. There were plenty of nights I fell asleep wearing the same thing I woke up in. But I was able to be the mother I always wanted to be.

Merry Everything

My girls: Madeline, Ava Grace, and Vivian

I have much to be grateful for this year, and so much of that comes from this incredible community of women.
Thank you for your support, your kindness to me and each other, your grace and sense of fun.
You’ve helped me build a business and family I’m proud of.

We might focus on frivolous topics here, but it’s been through those very conversations that we’ve created a community of supportive women, which has been a shining light in a year filled with stress and sadness.

It’s crazy to think that so much of my joy this year came from a group of women I never met in person. But it did, and I’m so grateful for it and to you. 

I wish you and your families the happiest of holidays. I hope this time, however spent, sets the table for a peaceful, health-filled 2021. And I pray that the New Year brings about the healing, change, and normalcy we are all craving. 

With lots of love, 


P.S. For the rest of the month, we’ll feature our best, popular posts of 2020 along with share some behind the scenes content on Instagram. I’ll be back with fresh, daily content on Monday, January 4th. 

And don’t forget, our 2021 Wardrobe Challenge Starts on Friday, January 8th!

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Merry Everything and a Heartfelt Thank You

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Terri, Ohio

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Your daughters are absolutely gorgeous! Love your latest photo. And thank you for all your articles...especially during Covid...a bright spot of normal amidst the craziness.

Merry Christmas!

Robin Skiles

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Meg, Your work is not only informative but the kindness behind it makes it even more special. Often now when I'm pulling out one of the 'go to' pieces from the closet, it is something you have recommended! Thank you for sharing your special gift with all of us! Savor all the special moments of the holiday season. Robin

Joanne Hudson

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you all be very blessed throughout this Christmas Season and stay healthy and well. We've already had an 100.4 degrees day, I am in Australia!

Looking forward to your emails, I love how you keep it real! Thank you Meg for your hard work and dedication.

Tracy Gray

Monday 21st of December 2020

Merry Christmas to you! I know it’s important to slow down and enjoy family. My girls are older snd on their own and I cherish all my time with them. I’m so thankful for The Well Dressed Life. I look forward to it.


Monday 21st of December 2020

Thanks for the genuine, heartfelt, useful service you provide. Your emails are always a bright spot. And I love how you keep it “real.” 2020 brought lots of challenges, but lots of great lessons and new insights, too. God bless you and your family and have a wonderfully MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


Monday 21st of December 2020

Merry Christmas, Meg! I just found your blog this past spring, but it was just at the right time to enjoy your heartfelt advice and great recommendations. Thank you!


Monday 21st of December 2020

Have a joyous Christmas with your beautiful family! Love your site and your advice!

Christa M. Tinari

Monday 21st of December 2020

I love being a part of your journey! We have so much to be grateful for, despite the difficult times we're experiencing- and much of that stems from the relationships we have and the kindnesses that we share. Here's to more of that in 2021. Thanks for always reminding us about what is most important. And thanks for sharing the gorgeous photo of your girls- wow, so much of a resemblance of you in each of them!

Cynthia B

Monday 21st of December 2020

Meg - as a working mother who traveled most of the time while my kids grew up, I can totally sympathize with the pull you feel to balance it up on the side of your kids. Thankfully, you took steps to do so and we’re 100% able to deliver on that this year. You should give yourself a big hug! Hug your kids too, while your at it!❤️😘


Monday 21st of December 2020

You have a beautiful family! Enjoy every minute this holiday season. And thank you for your hard work on our behalf! Merry Christmas!


Monday 21st of December 2020

Thank you Meg. I enjoy your posts and will look forward to 2021. Merry Christmas! Sue

Norma Cardoso

Monday 21st of December 2020

Mery Christmas to you and your Family!

Karen flores

Monday 21st of December 2020

Merry Christmas to you and your family, you are so spot on when you say this year has been something like no other, but through this community of women who have never met I have gained strength, joy and togetherness as well as some confidence in my inner self. Be safe and enjoy life

Karen flores

Annina Fabbioli

Monday 21st of December 2020

Merry Everything to you! Your site was recommended to me by a colleague and your daily posts -- expert, timely advice mixed with such personal and real messages have been a bright spot in a tough year. Kudos and thanks. Happy 2021 to us all!

Ann B

Monday 21st of December 2020

Your oldest daughter is a dark haired version of her mother! Both beautiful!


Monday 21st of December 2020

Merry Christmas....enjoy your family..see you in 2021...Diana