ten highlights of 2014.

Happy New Year, friends! I am thrilled for this new year because it already has so much to offer and I can't wait to dive in to the new opportunities that are on the rise. 2014 provided incredible experiences and I know for sure that 2015 has even more in store for me. I have listed ten highlights of 2014 below to remind myself that the positives of last year far outweighed the negatives, and I have a whole lot to be grateful for. My next post will be a list of goals for this year. I have to say, I felt pretty accomplished when I took a moment to look back at last year's post and see how much I was able to do in a year. Excited to share what I have planned for this year.

These are in no particular order. Except for number 1 of course. ;)

1. Love. I fell in love with the person that was made for me. We've experienced so much together. I can hardly believe that in just a few short days we will have been together for an entire year. He loves me so deeply and I am beyond grateful that he does. Isn't he handsome?! (insert squinty eyed flushed cheeks emoji here)

2. Nashville. Jeremy and I went to Nashville. Probably one of the best experiences of this year. I can't tell you how giddy I was the entire time. From the 1960's Shasta camper that we stayed in to meeting a few makers that I've admired for some time to the coffee and the food, it was an amazing trip. 

3. The Makers Summit. Looking back on that post I'm reminded how frustrated I was with my situation, but what I didn't realize at the time was how much inspiration that event would provide and how far I would come in the months that followed. Not to mention the people I'd cultivate meaningful friendships with.

4. Learning. I took some creative classes this year and explored things that I had been wanting to try. A photography workshop with Paige French and a calligraphy workshop with Olive Hebert. I also had my first garden. A whole lot of work but totally worth it.  

5. Became a yoga instructor. The teacher training provided me with such insight about myself. Definitely one of the best things I've ever done for myself, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Teaching has been really exciting for me, as I've gotten the chance to help people feel better. Grateful for the people that have attended my classes.

6. Expanding my online presence. Having my work featured on new sites such as Scoutmob, Art to Aid, Houzz, Great.ly, and The Broad Collective Shop.

7. Gather Workshop. Spending a summer day learning from intelligent, creative ladies that I get to call my friends, and meeting lovely new friends is always a good thing. And, I had the pleasure of dyeing some bags for the fall workshop. I am thankful that my work is admired enough to be shared with others.

8. The NotWedding. While this experience didn't necessarily provide me with business (you learn what works and what doesn't), but it was still an amazing opportunity that I am glad I participated in. It gave me the chance to collaborate, and I love doing that. 

photo by Kaitie Bryant.

photo by Kaitie Bryant.

9. New creative friends. Expanding on the above highlight, getting to meet so many talented ladies and work alongside them was quite an honor. I'm looking at you Kaitie Bryant, Whitney Downs and Elizabeth Sheppard of Whitewood Events, Mattie Tiegreen of Green Tie Studio, Amanda Knight of The Creative Porcupine, Lindsay Troutman of Copper and Torch and 200 MillChloΓ© GiancolaJessie Jordan and Chelsea Hobson of Poppy La'Rue Photography.

10. Doing outdoor things. Skiing with my family in Maggie Valley and a few hiking adventures, one in Stone Mountain with my mom and sisters and one to Amicalola Falls with my man. 

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