December 31, 2015
CELEBRATING 2015

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Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you have plans this evening that are perfect for you. We are planning to order pizza then head to Lower Broadway to see Kings of Leon and Chris Stapleton perform.

This past year is certainly worth celebrating. I started working for Elizabeth Suzann last January, and I can’t believe a year has passed since that time. I enjoyed listening to Ben Rector’s Brand New and Johnnyswim’s Diamonds. I gravitated towards the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Steve Jobs, and I read as much as I could about Islamism, jihadism, and cultural extremism (and what each is and is not). I constantly returned to A Cup of Jo and NPR for a daily dose of wisdom and news. I also watched too many hours of The Office, Homeland and a handful of documentaries, including Iris.

Below are a few more memories of 2015 for which I am incredibly grateful. In last year’s post I wrote, “I hope that when you look back over the past year, you realize the hardships have strengthened you in some way. I hope you have allowed them to teach you and to mold you. I hope that when you look back, the goodness casts shadows over the difficulty, too.” With all that has happened in our homes, communities, cities, and world this year, I hope we choose to shed light on the good. I hope we continue to educate ourselves, to push ourselves physically and emotionally, and to work hard for ourselves and for those around us.

Thank you for being a part of this past year with me. Remember, as always, the best is yet to come.

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We teamed up with West Elm to compile a list of ways to unplug at home.

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We made lots of trips to Ohio to see dear friends and family.

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We ventured south with family to spend a week together on the beach. Remember this moment? I can’t get enough of those two. Once returning home from the beach, I headed to New York City with Elizabeth Suzann for one of my favorite photo shoots to date. I then put myself on a train to Boston to visit dear friends in that special city before heading home to Nashville.

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My dear friend Laura Lea and I spent less than 36 hours in Chicago hunting for wedding goodies.

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We spent a long weekend in Tulum, Mexico for our one year anniversary. You can read about my favorite moment from our trip on Instagram here. We went from Tulum to Amelia Island, Florida to witness two of our favorites humans say “I do” to one another.

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I visited The Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama.

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We teamed up with West Elm once more to create a boozy recipe in time for Halloween! We still make Rhubarb Tennessee Mules regularly around here.

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We continued to make our home our home. We finally framed our wedding photos and added a few new friendly plants to our window sills.

Here’s to the New Year, friends! Let’s do this.

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