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Five years later

#TBT to 5 years ago this weekend when Nashville flooded.

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Last night, I read (and shared on social media) my blog post from May 2010 and the Nashville flood. It was interesting to read my memories from those days of rain, flooding and recovery. Over time, details fade from the memory and sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of those details.

A friend shared her thoughts about the flood and how her life has changed since then, and it really made me think.

Five years ago, my husband and I lived in LaVergne, TN. I can definitely say that in the last five years, my memories of that house went from being mostly negative to now remembering all the good times we had.

If you’d told me in May 2010 I’d move from that house in seven months, I’d have not believed it. I’d certainly have not believed I’d make huge financial decisions at the same time. I’m not sure I’d have even believed I’d start bartending regularly, make big strides in photography, and ultimately buy a house in Gallatin. Heck, I’d have probably laughed at you.

Where I am today versus where I was during the flood are night and day different. Sometimes it’s hard to believe five years have passed since the flood. Other times, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been longer.

Nashville… Nashville has changed a lot. I think the flood gave the city something of a rebirth. Many buildings that needed to be remodeled got the much-needed upgrades. Efforts to avoid future floods have been made. And all of us who lived through the flood continue to have something of a bond. Nashville definitely can be said to have a “Before Flood” era and “After Recovery” era.

I think the recovery possibly paved the way for the fast paced building going on here. The way the city bonded together turned heads, and perhaps that helped turn us into an “It City.” We’re facing a different kind of flood these days: a flood of newcomers and condos.

Yes, five years later, Nashville looks a lot different. All of us do. I’m curious what we’ll see in another five years. I suppose we have to just stay tuned…

Valentine’s memories

Oh Valentines Day… A day people either love or hate. For me… It’s one that makes a lot of memories through the years.

I remember in high school, the parade of girls called to the office to see flowers sent by their boyfriends. My first taste of the day feeling like it was more about showing off to your friends than being shown love by someone.

My first concert ever was on Valentine’s Day. Bryan White headlined in 1997 in Waco, Texas. I’m serious when I say this Valentines was a pivotal one In my life. It lead to my going to Fan Fair that year, which made me fall in love with Nashville. It lead to me meeting the people who would eventually lead me to meeting my husband.

One of the first times I ever got flowers in general was on Valentine’s Day from a guy thanking me for being his friend. He became my husband years later.

In 2006, I was struck with an abscessed tooth on Valentine’s Day. It lead to years of extensive dental work (still a work in a progress) that gave me a new smile and a new confidence I never thought I needed.

Valentine’s lands during tax season, so I’m usually in Texas. As such, it’s been five years since I spent the day with my husband. But every year he’s sent me flowers. At work. And I gotta admit… I love, love, love it.

Flying right now to Nashville and I am all kinds of excited to spend this evening with my husband. Love him with all my heart, and I can’t wait to just curl up on the couch together with Netflix and our cats.

I confess… I asked for flowers again. Because I just love getting flowers. Never thought I’d be that girl, but I am.

And yes… Yes there will be pictures. Consider it me parading to the office to see my flowers and show off to everyone else.

Roses

2014…

I suppose it’s time to do a yearly recap and look forward to the next year. I’ve had hours on end in a vehicle to reflect and dream, going to and from Texas for Christmas.

Everyone always says, “Where did the year go!? Time sure does fly!” This is one year, however, in which I go, “It’s been a long, full, good year.” Because it was.

2014 –

– we visited Oregon and spent time with my husband’s family. We were blessed with unseasonably warm and sunny days while we were there.

– We saw Steve Wariner twice and we got to catch Merle Haggard at the Ryman. I saw Jack Ingram in Houston, and The Departed in Temple, TX. We saw Wade Hayes do a show, and I again got to attend the Opry when my husband played. I never take any of these for granted.

– on my birthday, I had four country music recording artists wish me a happy birthday. While all are people I consider friends today, the old high school aged fan girl in me squeeeeeeed every time.

– I got a whole new smile. It was honestly something I never thought would happen nor put much thought into… But now that it’s happened, I love it and definitely feel a different confidence today than before the makeover.

– I felt it my honor to help raise money for both MDA and CASA. Both are amazing organizations and both have come to be deep in my heart.

– went to San Antonio, TX to see my nephew play with the high school band, which has been named the state honor band. Flew home for my niece’s 13th birthday. Got to attend relatives’ 50th Wedding Anniversary. Made it to Texas for a whirlwind Christmas trip. Family is so very, very important.

– worked. A lot. But this year I brought in my personal best income for the year. I’ve worked hard for it. It feels good to say that! But I’m also now terrified of how much I’ll owe in taxes. LOL Being self employed rocks up to tax season. Then it’s, “Aw man!”

– we experienced negative wind chills. And I didn’t like it.

– made it through Fall without getting a sinus infection. First time that’s happened In years!

– got a Fitbit and lost 10 lbs. Pretty sure I found them back over Christmas, though. Oops!

– was quoted in a book about Texas High School football. I still need to order my own copy of it, and I have to admit I pinch myself about it.

– took lots of photos and have sold a bunch of canvas prints of some of them. Maybe this picture taking thing is more viable than I thought.

– we bought a house. Let me repeat that. WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. I’m still pinching myself, and I admit… I am super excited to do some serious nesting come January.

– came to really realize how blessed and rich we are in friendships. I’ve been humbled by the amazing souls around me more times than I can count in the last year. And I am so thankful.

– I was on TV a few times talking about Printers Alley. And we are having to say good bye to the bar I’ve worked at the last 7.5 years in one capacity or another. I’ve put more heart and soul into this bar than even I realize sometimes, and I am slowly finding myself more and more scared and lost realizing it won’t be there any more.

– started laying groundwork for the biggest project and potentially life-changing career plans. I’ll talk more about this in the future, but suffice to say there are exciting things on the horizon.

So. Yeah. It’s time to start a new chapter… Chapter 2015. I’m admittedly a little scared. I’m going into the new year with so many variables that I can not predict, but I’m also very, very excited. Praying for health, happiness and prosperity… For myself and all those around me.