Hello friends and family! I'm so loving getting your letters and cards in the mail this holiday, so I thought I'd go ahead and share a little summary of my year for those of you who might like to catch up with me as well.
2016 started out with a few trips to the west coast: Vegas and LA, then Utah where I got to ski for the first time in nearly 2 decades and check out Sundance Film Festival for the first time. Park City is beautiful, though I'm not sure I'll be skiing again any time soon. I prefer the lodge! I also got to drive through Arizona where I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time. I'm so grateful to get to travel for my work. These trips each included work with the talented Jarred Pierce, Caleche Ryder, and Ira Wolf, who all had big years in their careers as well!
Our family's new bundle of joy, Foster, was born, making me a very, very happy Aunt! So many snuggles in 2016, and oh how this boy has grown!!
My best friend/Verticity business partner Lindsay and I signed the lease on our new studio and traveled to Portland, OR on a fitness industry research trip. We also researched the famous VooDoo maple bacon donuts. Conclusion: delicious.
One of the true highlights of my year, Mom and I went to Paris where we visited museums, ate lots of bread and cheese, climbed the Eiffel Tower, tasted escargot and crepes and wine, saw Romeo and Juliet at the Paris Ballet, and walked probably a hundred miles or more. Mom even learned a little french!
In the Spring I stayed close to home, attending some of my favorite annual events like Nashville Fashion Week, the Nashville Symphony Fashion Show, Steeplechase, and Yoga on the Field, plus The Color Run, my first TedX Nashville conference, some camping, meeting Arianna Huffington and Carolina Herrera, plenty of Sounds baseball games, and a quick trip to Atlanta.
The next stop was Mexico City where Lindsay and I went to meet a master trainer for Verticity, explored a really unique city, made new friends, went to a Mexican wresting match (called Lucha Libre) and tasted Mezcal for the first (of now many) times!
In June I was honored to be the commencement speaker at my high school's graduation in Meadville. While I was there I got to visit with Krista, my good friend since high school, and my Grandma and Aunt Nancy as well!
It was a busy summer at work with several PMG music releases, attending the CMT Awards and Bonnaroo music festival, and filming speedpainter Jessica Haas' "Art Is My Sport" video. Being on set directing videos and photo shoots is one of my favorite things I get to do at work! At Verticity we broke ground on our building and began training our instructors!
One of the "wildest" things I've ever done, in August I spent three days backpacking in the Cascades Mountains in Washington, where I got to set foot on the Pacific Crest Trail for the first time and camped in a meadow and near a lake. I carried over 30 pounds on my back, climbed over and under trees, and fought off flies and high brush. It was so hard and so incredible! The Christmas card photo above was taken on day two at Lake Sally Ann, in a little patch of snow left from the previous winter.
This fall we added a couple of new clients and a Junior Manager to team PMG and opened Verticity in a temporary "pop up" space! I moved to a new apartment and no longer have twelve bikes taking up my living room (we trained in my apartment for 2 months!). I also joined the board of Friends of Nashville Ballet and joined Mom and cousin Chris and her daughter Ronnie to run a 10K.
What do I want for Christmas? A week of sleeping in! ;)