Friday, December 30, 2016

What an incredible year.

I loved this year. More than anything, I think it's because I stepped outside of my comfort zone in many ways and tried new things and had new experiences. 

Music was a huge part of my year. We lost some legends and some of my favorites this year, but I was also fortunate to see some of my favorites live. This year I was able to see Dierks Bentley, Mo Pitney, Dixie Chicks, and Kacey Musgraves. Every concert was memorable in its own way. And we've already got tickets for 2017...we'll be seeing Eric Church in April.

I've always been close with my parents and sister, but this year we were just as close as they helped Chris and I so much with our first home. The holidays were even more wonderful, too. I was also fortunate enough to take two trips to Arkansas with family to see my great grandparents and extended family. Those were some moments I'll forever treasure.

I devoted as much time to writing as I possibly could this year. I wrote columns for a local blog about my newlywed life. I freelanced for a local newspaper. And I was published in the magazine for our local geneaological-historical society. Each publication and each byline thrilled me as much as the last.

Jacob Haish project
But the one project that meant the most to me? In April I started a blog dedicated to my 4th great uncle, an original inventor of barbed wire, and an underdog in history. Through the project of documenting his life and his stories, I've met so many wonderful people and have learned so many amazing things. My life is forever changed because of this project, and I am so happy to continue working on it.

My work life
My work life has been absolutely insane this year. I've been in three departments at my company this year alone, all in an attempt to make the most of my creativity and drive. Well, I can now say I've landed right where I belong, and I've been put to work. My work is allowing me to speak up in important conversations, implement change, and even travel. It's been quite a ride, and I'm so excited to see what 2017 has in store...

My home life
And last, but certainly not least, so much has happened on the home front. Christopher and I celebrated one year of marriage in October, and celebrated it by putting in an offer on a house. It was accepted, and we moved in the day after I turned 26. Finding, buying, and "building" our home has been so much stress, and it has been so worth it. I want to remember these days for all of my life.

What a great year. I'm truly humbled by it all. I'm so looking forward to building upon all of these things in 2017. 

Happy New Year, friends.

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