mental health · reflection · Wellness · womanhood

Farewell, 2016

Woo mommmy, was 2016 a YEAR. Social media indicates that a lot of people have strong opinions of like or dislike for the past year. I will be honest: there were times during 2016 when I scratched my head and wondered if this was real life….. But there were also times I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming because it seemed too much like a fairy tale.

While the verdict is still out on 2016 as a whole, I cannot ignore the fact it was a transition year for me. 2016 was my first year out of college. In the span of January 2016 to December 2016, I held three different titles within my company, and I am about to transition to a fourth. I bought my first vehicle. Benny and I welcomed a new fur baby into our family. In the span of about six weeks, I became 100% responsible for every financial aspect of my life. We moved into our first apartment together. I BECAME A WIFE.

2016 was frustrating a majority of the time, but I don’t think I begrudge it because it was a huge teacher in patience as I investigated what I truly value in life. A lot of crazy shenanigans took place throughout the year across the globe, and in my own home. I think I am better for it though.

A walk down memory lane; this one’s to you 2016.

I rung in the New Year with two of my rock star girlfriends.

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We celebrated our graduation and engagement with our loved ones.

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Pure Barre Huntsville turned 5!

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We took a day trip to Birmingham and visited funky districts with friends.

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Rooney ran (walked) his first 5k!

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I got to teach Amanda’s 100th Pure Barre class.

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I became a pro Easter egg hider….the kids getting older means me having to get tougher!

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Benny and I attended a young professionals summit.

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Haley graduated and got her first job teaching!

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We visited Atlanta, I got to attend a Pure Barre training, and we flew Benny’s mom in to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day.

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We spent a long weekend in Chicago where I got to see the Terracotta Warriors, cheer Venezuela on in their Copa America win against Jamaica, and view incredible art I’ve always wanted to see first hand.

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My niece Kali got her first batch of chickens. She’s so amazing with all animals, and her love for the chickens is pretty fun to watch.

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We adopted Piper into our family.

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We moved into our sweet apartment.

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I really felt the love at my gorgeous bridal shower.

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My girls and I took on Nashville for the most amazing bachelorette!

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Aaaand we also took on Huntsville for my lingerie shower.

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We took the muffins hiking on Labor Day.

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My KD family tree welcomed a new member…my GRAND LITTLE!

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Friends and family flew in for our wedding. Seriously the craziest, most exhilarating feeling to have all those special souls gathered for us.

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Benny picked and carved his first pumpkin.

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Halloween was fun and laid back!

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We honeymooned in the Bahamas, and ate our weight in gourmet food.

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We rocked out at a Moon Taxi concert!

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Thanksgiving was up on the mountain, and it was Piper’s first time to go up to my family’s land. She loved it!

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Pure Barre Christmas party was a delight.

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We enjoyed attending my company’s Year End Business Review underneath the Saturn V.

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I spent my birthday with amazing company.

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Our first holiday as Mr. and Mrs.

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I said bye to 2016 with the same company in which I greeted it!

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2016 wasn’t perfect. I had to say some goodbyes, and I made some mistakes. I am thankful for the good it brought me though.

Onward march, to 2017!

 

[W]IT GIRL

 

 

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