Last year was the first year I published my coveted holiday newsletter on my blog. I normally only mail it, but I ran out of stamps and figured instead of going to the store to buy more like a normal person, that maybe there were other people who would enjoy it beyond my address book. So here we are again.
Oops. This letter is late. But you know the kind of girl I am. This letter is one of my favorite traditions. I couldn’t let the fans down. I’ve gotten so many texts and messages about if I was doing it. I knew it was gonna be late I just didn’t know how late. So… apologies. And thank you for still loving me despite my tardiness.
2018. This year was surrounded by BIG events. The biggest being… I can officially call myself an adult now because I bought a couch – not just any couch. The literal name was the “Brette” couch. FATE! Oh, AND I moved out of my parents house. WOW GUYS! That process was emotional. Y’all know I’ve been working as a photog for 4 years so I’m SO thankful that my parents let me live the unconventional life at home for (let’s not actually count) years after college while I was working/quitting to pursue photog life full time. THANK YOU MOM AND DAD! (let me puffy paint that on my moving out grad cap. Tassel is flipped to adulthood). I’m thankful for sisters who pushed me… even when I was annoyed, I know they pushed out of love. I learned to accept that not everyone has the same path and mine was just a little different than most.
BIG DEAL: I moved to Richmond (RVA)
While I did MOVE to Richmond in April, I hear: “but did you actually? Because you’re never there.” Which is TRUE. With weddings/workshops/family trips, I was out of RVA… 141 days. Two bachelorettes, work/wedding trips, fam vacay, photography workshops & retreats. Lawd – it was good but long!
Travel from April to December: Nova-RVA-Charleston-RVA-Nova-TX-DC-RVA-Nova-RVA-Nova-Bethany Beach-Nova-RVA-Nova-RVA-VA Beach-RVA-Nova-DC-Miami-Nova-RVA-DC-Nova-VT-Montreal-Nova-RVA-DC-RVA-Nova-Waco-Sun Valley-Nova-RVA-DC-RVA-Nova-DC-RVA-Phoenix-Key West-RVA-Nova-Blacksburg-Nova-RVA-Nova-RVA-Nova-Austin-San Antonio-Austin-Nova-RVA
Yes. Lots of miles. Lots of flying. Lots of suitcase life. Lots of “get home from trip. Do laundry. Pack same clothes in suitcase. Sheesh. I’m excited to be suitcase-less and actually go to the grocery store.
BIG DEAL: ERICA & THORNE GOT MARRIED! #MeantToBeMichaels
I’m honestly pretty sure that I have a record in the guiness book of world records for all that crying I was doing. I can’t even find the right words to describe the day so I’ma go with speechless. It was – incred. I think I invented a new feeling of happiness that day.
BIG DEAL: Finally went to Nashville. I don’t think you understand the happiness that trip brought. It was a top trip for me and a dream come true (I sound like a Disney character).
The 2018 run through wouldn’t be complete without my new series of what I loved, disliked, and LOL-ed at. ENJOY
Things I loved:
Things I disliked:
Things that made me LOL:
What a year – don’t I say that every year? Yeah probs. Get over it. It was filled with so much happiness, love, new friends, laughing, goal setting, dancing, more laughing, good beer – def shoutout to the good beer. Let me stop before I melt into a puddle. But thank you to all of you – near (like 4 minutes away) and far (I think the furthest this going is London) for being in my life… in real life, a quick text, a message on my blog, a DM on Instagram, a phone call for 2 hours, a coffee date here, a dinner date there, an inside joke to laugh upon, – whatever capacity you are – you’re important to me and I wish I could hug ya right now! Visit me ANYTIME (let’s put it on the calendar right nowww – you all know how I like to keep that planner lit up with activities.)