Here’s to a New Year {+ Giveaway}

Hello 2018! The new year is finally upon us and I am feeling at peace with it. I’m only 12 hours in, but I can tell this will be a very relaxing and growing year on The Enthusiast.

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If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know today is my blogiversary. Seven years ago I started The Enthusiast {then titled Teenage Enthusiasm} and I’ve been doing it ever since. Blogging has been a big release for me and is one way that I connect to the world. To think I’ve been doing it for seven years – which is about a third of my lifetime – is bizarre, but I love it. I’m excited for the blog to grow this year, more than it has in a long time.

Along with this blog growth are my own “focus words” for 2018. I stopped believing in resolutions a while ago – does anyone ever actually lose 30 pounds? – and started using focus words as ways to reach my goals. These words help me focus and don’t have the heavy commitment of a resolution. My focus words for 2018 are 1) Hygge – the Danish term for feeling contentment, connection, and cozy 2) Achievement – anything can be an achievement if you make it feel worthwhile and 3) Health – while I really do try to be healthy, there are certain changes I’d like to make this year

I’m looking to this year like I do a sunrise, the beginning of something new and beautiful and completely in my hands. Let’s see what we can do!


To celebrate seven years of The Enthusiast, I am doing my first Instagram giveaway!

I am giving away a copy of Polly Shulman’s Enthusiasm, the book that completely changed my life and what inspired me to start The Enthusiast so long ago. It’s a great read and hilarious! I also am giving away one of my homemade candles. This is a mental reset candle with lavender, lemon, and mint, meant to waft away bad energy and bring in mental clarity and relaxation. It is in a beautiful Magnolia Hearth & Hand bowl with gold glitter because we all need a little sparkle in our lives!

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To enter this giveaway, go to my Instagram (@PotatoesHegarty) and follow the prompts on my most recent post.

The winner will be announced on Friday!

Stay classy, Internet,


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