Payton Reed


Payton Reed

Cheers to 23

My twenty-third year was by far the best year of my life. During this year…

  • I got engaged. I will never ever forget the pure joy of celebrating this commitment with our friends and family. Wow, I am so blessed! You can read our story here.

  • I got my first job post-grad…and I FREAKIN’ LOVE IT! I am a Copywriter at a marketing firm and it has been too good. I get to write ALL DAY, which to some people sounds like a nightmare, but to me, it’s a dream! If you aren’t sure what a Copywriter does, you can read my post here.

  • I started Public Display of Accessories. You guys have been so supportive and encouraging and I am so glad that I took the leap of faith and decided to pursue a passion of mine. Here’s a post about why I started.

  • I moved to Greenville, SC. I finally feel at home here, after almost a year, and I seriously love it. I talk more about that here.

  • I gained two nieces. Maxwell and Selah Kent - welcome to the world!

  • I got MARRIED to my college crush. My husband…man he’s one of the good ones.

  • I moved into a new apartment. It has been so fun making our cozy little apartment a home.

  • I got my first freelance job. It is pretty cool being my own boss on the side!

  • I started working with Beautycounter…wish I would’ve done that sooner. Sharing better beauty with the people around me has become a huge part of my life!

  • I celebrated the marriages and engagements of several friends and it makes my heart explode to see my loved ones so happy.

  • I made new friends. A lot of them. This is a perk of moving states. Probably the best perk!


What I Learned

So, 23 was awesome, but there were also LOTS of mistakes I made and experiences I had that taught me important stuff. Here are some of my takeaways from year 23…

  • The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I quit a job after a week. Yep, you read that right: a week. I thought that the commute was the most important thing when it came to a job. I learned very quickly that being in an environment where you are learning and growing with people you enjoy is worth the drive! Some things you learn the hard way.

  • Budgeting takes time, trial and error. I over drafted my bank account…a few times. But I have finally learned the best way for our family to budget and save. It didn’t happen overnight or without a few mistakes here and there but heyyy we’ve got it (mostly) down now.

  • Blessings abound outside your comfort zone. I hated the idea of moving. I did not want to move 8 hours away from my friends and fam in Mississippi. Of course I was going to, because I wanted to be with Hunter, but I had a less-than-desirable attitude about it. (If you have just recently started following along, Hunter is in medical school in Spartanburg, SC!) But this move has been so incredible for me and for us. I have made some really sweet, special friends and learned to be independent outside of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t change a single thing about where we are or what we are doing.

  • Healthy eating is a lifestyle, not a diet. I yo-yo dieted. Oops. Moving and planning a wedding will have you all out of whack! I finally decided to approach food as fuel instead of as a way to reach a certain number on a scale. I have felt so much healthier and more energized since I started caring less about my jean size and more about my strength and ability in the gym. That doesn’t mean I eat whatever I want, it just means I eat more of the right foods.

  • Dogs are allergic to grapes. I almost killed my dog. Literally. Who knew grapes were super poisonous for dogs!? Thank goodness Nala was okay. I, however, suffered a severe trauma.

  • Salary and satisfaction aren’t synonymous. When you truly enjoy what you do, don’t let a “more money” mentality lure you into something else. I promise you that when you are satisfied with your work and happy with where you are, that is so much more fulfilling.

  • You get more when you give more. When I put more into my relationship with God and spend more time in conversation with him, I can hear His calling for my life more clearly. Put in the time to make this relationship one of continued commitment and you’ll feel more connected to Him every day.


Wishes for 24

  • Be more consistent in my daily devotionals and prayer time

  • Do better at staying in touch with friends who don’t live in my city

  • Improve my baking skills - cookie recipes anyone?

  • Talk less and listen more

  • Start making jewelry again…love this hobby but got too busy this year to keep it up!

  • Plan more intentional date nights with my busy hubs

  • Get strong enough to do pull-ups

  • Start volunteering at our new church

  • Grow PDA to encourage a wider audience

  • Share better beauty with more women and promote within the Beautycounter organization

  • Send handwritten letters more often

  • Continue to build my freelance writing business

  • Invite new friends over for a home cooked meal

  • Be real on the internet, and be on the internet less


Outfit Details

Animal print…just yes! Here’s a whole Amazon board full of snake, leopard and gator styles just for you! My exact pieces are linked below:

Shirt | Jeans | Shoes | Belt

What are your goals for your next year of life? I have been so fortunate over the past year and I pray that this year I will be able to return the Lord’s blessings on my life by sharing and investing in the people and things around me.

Thanks for an amazing year. Each of you who read my blog and follow along with my crazy, unorganized and sometimes silly life on Instagram, make this blogging thing so enjoyable! If there’s anything you’d like to see me write about over the next year - you know where to find me.