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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.

Memories from 2013

As always, as another year draws to a close, its time to look back and remember some of the best (and worst) memories of the past 12 months. So here are some of my memories from 2013:


064: Happy Birthday, Rick & Joyce
Fiddle & Steel Sock hop

West, Texas
West, TX Explosion
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cruising the Smokies
Gatlinburg, TN Vacation!
Cameron Yoe vs Lexington Eagles
Another State Championship for Cameron Yoe
Wilson County Fair 2013
Wilson County Fair 2013
280: CASA golf
SEC vs ACC golf tournament benefiting CASA
269: Frist
Our first trip to the Frist to see some amazing cars
257: Jimmy Fortune w/ Brassfield Aly
I got to see Jimmy Fortune perform
Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville Sounds Baseball with Friends
I got to meet Mel Tillis!
Joe Diffie at Riverfront
My husband played the Riverfront stage during CMA Fest.
199: Natchez Trace: Water Valley Overlook
Amazing drive out (a few times!) with my husband on the bike.
197: Views from the bridge
My sister-in-law visited!
An Afternoon at Arrington Vineyards
Several wonderful visits to my parent’s house and them here.
151: Born to Win
My niece and her softball games are always memories to treasure.
148: Downtown Uncorked
Quality time with my girls!
Loaf Love Tour
Three words: LOAF LOVE TOUR
115: Chip Esten with the Time Jumpers
My first time seeing the Time Jumpers… which is darn close to going to church if you’re even remotely a music fan.
Printer's Alley Christmas
We made it snow in the Alley
360: Cheekwood
Cheekwood beauty
Katie & Ryan
LOTS of fun photoshoots!
Carving pumpkins
Anne came to visit right before Halloween!
Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé took the top spot in my “concerts I’ve ever seen” list
Nashville Fall Color Run
My first 5K with amazing friends. COLOR RUN BABY!
Laughter and good times with Friends
Laughter and good times with Friends
Surrounded by love and family.

2013… you were very good to me! THANK YOU!