Hey there! It’s been quite a long time since I wrote on here. Almost two years, in fact. In 2016 I wrapped up my last web design projects and decided to focus on real estate full time. Though I miss some of the creative aspects of my old career, the variety of what my day looks like as a real estate agent really suits me and I’m totally in love with what I’m doing now.
I feel like a lot needs to be said about why I’m here now, but I also feel like there is a window in which you can talk about the previous year and I am in danger of missing it. Don’t worry, I’ll unpack it later. I have plenty to say.
It means a lot to me to be able to look back on these year in review posts (2016 was the first year that I didn’t do one, but I did a pretty good job tracking some of the highlights in my bullet journal) and since we’re only a few days into 2018, I want to start here. My overall feeling for 2017 is that it was a pretty scary year on a big picture level, but it was my best year yet in my career and writing this post has made me realize how many great personal moments happened along the way. I’ve gotten out of the habit of documenting my life in photos for blog content, so my apologies if the words and the pictures often don’t match.
Brian and I kicked off the new year by watching Harry Potter miniseries-style (we watch like an hour a night until we’re done.) We do it every year, it’s the best way to curb post holiday / winter blues. Around the middle of January we got on a plane to visit dear friends in Los Angeles, and when we got back Brian bought a new car.
February was pretty crazy with work. But we managed to squeeze in some fun, like a trip to Lucketts, a winery for a friend’s birthday, and the Spy Museum.
In March my mom and I hosted a client appreciation event and attended the conference in Richmond that we attend each year.
We headed Dominican Republic for a trip Brian won through his job for a few days at the beginning of April. It was Brian’s first time leaving the country! And my cousins visited from Chesapeake.
In May we got a lot of winery time (between Mother’s day, a bridal shower, and a work event) so enough said, it was a pretty good month. Spring finally happened and I actually made it to the Lucketts Spring Market in Berryville.
In June we had our hall bath remodeled, we made it to a local fair, a Nats game, and a U2 concert, and two of my best friends had babies!
One of my childhood friends got married in July, and we tagged along with my parents to Bethany Beach (where we were struck with terrible food poisoning, sadly.)
In August we attended my 10 year high school reunion (then had a mini friend reunion with babies later in the month), saw Coldplay in concert, fenced in our backyard, and visited a local sunflower farm.
September was all about getting ready for our trip to Italy! We decided to start painting our cabinets on Labor Day weekend… still not done. And we saw Arcade Fire!
We flew to London and then Italy for a trip that’s been on our bucket list for years. I celebrated my 29th birthday on the beach (a first for this October baby) and then needed a lot of recovery time when we got home from our trip. We were The Sims for Halloween and got some exciting news at the end of the month! (More on that later.)
In November our kitchen started to look a little more functional again, we saw Lore live, and we saw the Shins in concert. We split Thanksgiving with our families, and got in a Friendsgiving as well.
December was busy in all the usual ways, but we got in lots of down time as well. And we had an early snow this year!
Thanks for reading if you made it to the bottom! Here’s to more blogging and reconnecting in 2018!
If you’re curious, here are my year in review posts for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.
Denise Margart says
Congratulations on your soon-to-be new “boss”:)))
I was hoping that you would still be doing blog design…if not, would you be able to recommend someone who shares your design style and aesthetic?
Thank you so much!
Thank you! Unfortunately, I haven’t taken on blog design clients in quite some time, and because it’s been so long I’m afraid I’m not really in a place to recommend others. I think Pinterest tends to be the best way to find designers with a similar aesthetic :)