December 31, 2017

My Year in Adventures {2017}

Although I've been slacking off as a blogger lately, I've been eagerly anticipating the month of December because recap posts are my favorite (to read and to write!). Whether it's personal reflections or newfound obsessions, I love looking back at the past year. I've been highlighting what I loved in 2017, and today it's adventures! I loved the idea of ending the year reflecting on a few of my favorite memories from the last twelve months. This is certainly not a comprehensive list, however, since some of the most meaningful moment can't be captured with a camera.

Deanna Raybourn + Joshilyn Jackson Signing - I decided to go to this signing on a whim, even though I'd only read one book by each author at the time. I'm so glad I went because I ended up loving what I read next from both authors!

Visiting Monroe + The Story Shop - This is only on my list once, but I could have mentioned it multiple times. Whenever we were in need of a bit of adventure, we hopped in the car and headed to this gorgeous children's bookstore. 

Colleen Oakley Signing - I adore Colleen's debut, and Close Enough to Touch was just as fabulous. Since I'm a huge fan of her work - and she's a local author! - I had to attend the launch party for this release. So much fun!

Samantha Shannon Signing - I binged the Bone Season series just a few days before attending this signing, and I'm so glad I finally had the motivation! I loved hearing Shannon talk about the world she's created - and what's to come.

Kelly Visits Atlanta - Back in April, I finally got to meet Kelly in person! I got her hooked on Happy Planners and soaked up every second we got to spend talking, planning, laughing, and snacking. Boo, long distance friendships!

My Boy Turns One - This little boy is such a bright spot, and I am so very thankful that I get to be his mama! I can't believe how quickly time is passing. I know it's cliché, but I feel like he'll be off to college in the blink of an eye.

Trips to the Zoo + Aquarium - We took multiple trips to the Atlanta Zoo and the Georgia Aquarium this year, and it was so fun to see them through my son's eyes. He's obsessed with animals, which makes me so very happy!

Exploring Tallulah Falls - Nick proposed to me here six years ago, but we hadn't been back since then. It was so wonderful to explore it with our son and marvel over how far we've come since that day on the bridge.

Beatriz Williams + Karen White Signing - This was my second Beatriz Williams signing of the year, but it was the one right after I'd completed my Bestie Beatriz Binge. I loved telling her about reading them with Kelly!

Visiting the Mountains - I was bummed we didn't get to go to the beach this summer, but we were able to spend a week in the mountains. From the cute little towns to the gorgeous views, we had a blast getting away as a family.

Moderating Sarah J. Maas' Event - Honestly, I still pinch myself when I remember that I moderated Sarah's Tower of Dawn tour event! This is definitely a highlight of 2017 and one of the coolest things I've been able to do as a blogger.

Botanical Gardens - Having a toddler has made me more pay more attention to the adventures we can find close to home, and this is an example! I didn't realize we lived near a botanical garden, and it became such a fun afternoon. 

Kelly Visits Again - Once we confirmed that we liked each other just as much in person as we did over the phone, I convinced Kelly to come back for a second visit. Haha! I loved having her stay and was sad to send her home,

Stone Mountain - We forgot to visit a pumpkin patch before they closed for the season and then came up with this alternate Saturday escapade. We were freezing from the unexpectedly windy day, but we made great memories!

New York City - In November, Nick and I took our first trip together since our son was born! We had the best time exploring the city, shopping, eating delicious food, seeing shows on Broadway and spending time together. 

What adventures did you go on in 2017?
Here's to a happy 2018!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful year! You are so right about the adventures close to home with a toddler! There’s lots more to explore near us, but I’m glad of all the things we’ve found so far (even if a couple parks and trails are mostly on repeat certain times of the year!) It’s nice to find stuff nearby also because I didn’t grow up around where we live now like my husband did — so it’s all still new! Though I also know I didn’t take advantage of all there was near where I did grow up being a 40 minute train ride from NYC!

    Happy new year Hannah! Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy one with lots more adventures :)


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