2015 Year End Review

With a sigh, I am happy to close the door on 2015. It has been a year of very high highs and very low lows. It has definitely been one of those years of shaping and molding, and I wouldn’t trade it, but I’m ready for a new year and moving forward. But before we move into 2016, let’s take a look back at 2015.


2015 kicked off with a girls night out with some friends to Whiskey Blue. My family and I did a trip over to Alabama to visit with my grandmother, and we did a quick stop in Huntsville to check out the 101 Inventions That Changed the World exhibit.


March was full of getting everything at my old job wrapped up since I received a job offer on St. Patrick’s Day (#luckoftheirish). I also participated in the Around the Horn link-up with Kasey and Jessa to kick-off baseball season!


I started a new job, which almost 9 months later I still love! Other than celebrating Easter in Birmingham with my family, it was a pretty quiet month spent getting acclimated to my new job.


May contained my first major trip of the year. I crossed New Mexico off my bucket list when I attended a photography workshop in Santa Fe with National Geographic and explored Albuquerque for a bit. My momma and I did a girls weekend in Asheville, North Carolina for Memorial Day weekend.

The Sandia-Manzano Mountains welcoming me to Albuquerque! Let this western adventure begin!

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In July, my church choir and orchestra traveled to Transylvania, Romania for a choir tour and mission trip. This was my first time visiting this country, and the people absolutely captured my heart! I also had Megan, Anna, and Kasey on the blog as guests!

Bran Castle was just the cherry on top of a pretty fantastic week in Romania. ??

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August brought the celebration of my birthday month. I turned 27 this year and celebrated by “hiking” Brasstown Bald. I also celebrated The Sound of Music’s 50th birthday by watching it at the Fox Theatre.

my birthday weekend has officially begun! ? soaking up some much need sun! ☀️

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October was a whirl-wind of a month. It kicked-off with Southern Exhilaration turning one! I witnessed Alabama teach the Bulldogs to win in Athens, drove up to Nashville for a quick work trip but toured the Country Music Hall of Fame, and then ended the month with a work trip up to Cincinnati, which allowed me to cross another state off my bucket list: Ohio!

? blue suede shoes & music city ? #SouthernExperiences

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November was a bit of a breath after my crazy November. I attended a PRSA conference in downtown Atlanta, spent Thanksgiving with my family, and just soaked up the beautiful fall weather. I also booked my second photography workshop with National Geographic…so watch out Texas, I’m coming for you in April 2016.

boots and leaves. i love this season.

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The last month of 2015 kicked off with a weekend getaway to Philadelphia. I have been to Pennsylvania several times, but this was my first time exploring The City of Brotherly Love and I absolutely loved it. Otherwise, it was filled with evenings watching Christmas movies, weekends Christmas shopping, celebrating Christmas in Alabama with my grandmother and in Georgia with my family, and watching Alabama play football tonight to kick-off the new year!

“wherever you are, be all there.” jim elliot With Love, Philadelphia XOXO // #LovePark

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Thank you for sharing in the journey, and I anticipate seeing what 2016 has in store!

2015 has been a year of surprises so hit me with your best shot 2016, I’m ready for you! #2015bestnine

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