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Welcome 2024!

Happy New Year, Friends!

Two weeks ago, I took a little break from work, the longest I’ve unplugged in at least a decade.

During my first week “off,” I ran around like a mad woman trying to prepare for Christmas. Despite my best intentions to get ahead of the schedule, I was picking up last-minute gifts at the mall two days before Christmas Eve.

We did get to spend some good quality time together as a family, and we wrapped up the holiday by hosting a big party on Christmas night, which was so fun.

Then, once everyone left, I slept for three straight days.

I couldn’t believe how tired I was. When I woke up from a nap on day two, I thought I’d have difficulty falling asleep that night.
Nope, I was out cold by 9 pm. The same thing happened the next day.

Happily, I’m feeling well rested today, though a bit slow to start this morning.

I did want to get a lot more done work-wise. I know this sounds ridiculous, but still struggle with the idea that if I’m not manically productive all the time, I’m somehow failing – or, worse, I will be punished for it.

So, in 2024, one of my themes is rest. I’m scheduling real rest into my days and weeks and trying my hardest not to feel guilty about it.

Welcome 2024!

One thing I didn’t love about last year was how I pushed through for too long on pure adrenaline. I did what I had to do to get by, but I survived on stamina for the last six months of the year, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I crashed as hard as I did.

To help unplug and create better habits, I started logging off my phone by eight at night and not picking it up until eight the following morning, giving my brain a chance to reset. I don’t run an urgent business, so I have no reason to be plugged in all the time.

I’ve replaced mindlessly scrolling with reading – that was easy, and my middle daughter and I have started to learn needlepoint – not so easy.

Besides that, I’m looking forward to building on the healthy routines I established last year.

Because 2024 will be a big year for our family, I want to feel as good and present as possible.

As many of you know, I rarely post photos of my family, especially my kids, but I thought I would share this one from our holiday card. I’ve been blessed with readers who have known me since I was pregnant with Maddie – who will turn 17 this year!

Welcome 2024!
Our 2023 Christmas Card
photo by Ashley Griffin Photography
Quick Family Update:

Our oldest, Maddie, is going through the recruitment process to row in college. She’ll have her signing day in the fall, and I’ll probably spend the rest of the year crying as we inch closer to graduation.

Our middle, Ava, was recently accepted to the same high school as her sister and has a busy spring of travel softball ahead of her. She incredibly talented; watching her pitch is both exhilarating and the most stressed I have ever been in my life.

And Vivi, unbelievably will start kindergarten. If you’re new here, yes, we have a wild age gap and it’s the best.

I’m just so proud of all of them I could burst.

And, of course, I’m excited to continue to grow The Well Dressed Life and our community; I’m delighted you’re here and look forward to sharing all the fun and informative content we have planned!

I hope 2024 is prosperous and peaceful for you and the ones you love.

Happy Happy New Year!

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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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Jennifer H.

Monday 8th of January 2024

Megan, thanks for sharing your life with us and posting the lovely family photo--what a beautiful family. Enjoy this next year--it will fly by. And thank you to reader Virginia for her suggestion on her "Three a Day" list. I am struggling with trying to do too much and love her ideas. They just might help me "slow my roll" a bit too, and live more intentionally vs. reactively.


Thursday 4th of January 2024

Happy new year! With you on scheduling rest


Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

I love the comment Jenny B wrote - so well said!! Take it to heart Megan! Love your family photo - beautiful. Thanks for sharing advice on a variety of subjects and helping us take care of our "whole selves"!

Jenny B

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

I’m so happy for you to have taken the time off for yourself and your beautiful family. The photo is fabulous. Welcome back. As much as I look forward to your messages and style help I really hope for you to find time to continue to take care of yourself. Just remember that you need to put your mask on first before you can help anyone else.


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

What a beautiful family! Megan, thank you for all your hard work. I look forward to your emails to make my life well dressed! May 2024 bring you and your family many blessings!


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

So good to hear from you again, Megan! Stephen Covey’s “The 7Habits of Highly Effective People” lists #7 habit as “Sharpen the Saw”, calling it “the habit that makes all the others possible”. Hard to feel guilty about doing that, right 🤗?


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Happy New Year! My first year of “retirement” was 2020 with both my husband and I losing our jobs and his esophageal cancer diagnosis coming the same day he lost his job. Talk about stress and running on adrenaline! I had a “To Do List” a mile long and along with it, an exorbitant amount pressure with demands I was putting on myself. I was the one telling myself what I thought had to be done! Early in 2021 I was overwhelmed and numb from all that happened the previous year. Something had to change. So I developed what I call “Three Things a Day.” Each day I plan to do three things which is a manageable amount for me. If I do all of them, it’s a great sense of accomplishment without the overload. One can be as big as cleaning out the car or as simple as doing one load of laundry. It’s my decision what one thing will be. Once the three are done and if I decide to do more, it’s a bonus. If the three are done and I decide that’s it for the day, I’m good and I don’t have the pressure of not getting everything done. My “To Do” has changed into “Might Do” or “Maybe Do” lists. I’m much happier for it and my husband appreciates my “un-busyness.”


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

I love needlepoint. It is a great hobby!


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Thank you for the beautiful post & sharing your beautiful family. You bring some much joy to our lives. I wish you the very best 2024!


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Happy New Year! Your girls are getting so big and are embarking on some huge milestones! Enjoy every second - the days are long but the years are so very short!


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Happy New Year! Happy that you were able to rest. I too struggle with guilt and taking time for myself. Something for me to work on in 2024! Thanks for all you do!


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Happy New Year ! Wishing you & your family a wonderful, healthy, prosperous 2024! I'm right with you on the slow down, disconnect, take care of me, too, resolution !! Thanks for sharing & for all the work you do on the blog !

Bonnie H.

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Beautiful family! The best is yet to come with your children as they grow up and head off to college. Take care of yourself so you can be there for them (and your husband,) We appreciate all the fashion and practical advice you give us along the way!


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Happy New Year Megan! I look forward to another year of your wonderful emails. I wish we a a UK Megan A huge thank you for all you do. Carol from Scotland


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Happy New Year! I hope that 2024 is filled with peace and blessings for you and your family. Thanks to you, I am focused on dialing back a bit myself and being more intentional with my time and who has access to me. I have recognized that my smart phone is more of an addiction/distraction than it should be and have decided that I need to break free from its grasp! To help with this and to return to a once-loved hobby and am striving to read 25 books this year. I started a TBR pile for my evening wind down and am working on my word of the year which is “Release” to help me lighten the load and embrace a more authentic version of me.

Cheers to 2024 for all of us “Well Dressed Lifer’s”!


Kelly A Everhart

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Best wishes for you and your family this new year!

Terri Willoughby

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

This is my last week of work, I am retiring from my full time job as a CFO for a local County. So, 2024 will definitely be different! I have worked full time for a very long time, so this should be an interesting transition.

Melissa Hawes

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

What a beautiful family! Can't believe how grown the girls are. Happy New Year!!

PS. Don't feel guilty about slowing things down a little. Your slow will be everyone else's turbo speed!

Michelle McDonald

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

I hope you can truly relax and permit yourself the luxury of taking it easy a little more in 2024! Many of us are uber type-A's; we drive ourselves so hard and feel we don't deserve to simply relax and put our feet up. When I worked full-time with one child (and you've got THREE!), our child's caregiver referred to my "computer brain" that "was on full time, all the time" in order to remember everything required to manage work and a household. I suspect you've got one of those computer brains, too, and I wish you self-kindness for 2024 :-).

Karen Flores

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Happy 2024, Beautiful Picture. Yes, I feel every word, I felt like I ran a marathon the last 6. months of the year, so as Christmas was done my body said sleep and I did exactly the same 3 days in bed. As we get older we are so blessed to have knowledge and know when to listen to our body. Thanking you from the bottom of my heart for all you say and do. We live on opposite sides if the country, yet I feel we live next door. Looking forward to a wonderful, meaningful and successful 2024.


Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Only you can take care of you. Never feel bad for allowing yourself time to rest and refresh. You, and we your followers, will be better for it. You only have this moment in time now. So make the most of your family and their journey. Happy New Year!