In 2016: My Year in Review

In 2016: Highlights from the Year

Oh, 2016, I can’t say I’m sad that you’re over. While you brought me my best work year to date, you also delivered a number of gut punches, many of which stemmed from my dad’s ischemic stroke on Valentine’s Day.

2016 Year-End Recap

To get over you, we retreated to the mountains of Washington for a week of reflection, to push the reset button and to set out intentions for a much better 2017.

In 2016: My Year in Review

But to be honest, 2016 wasn’t all bad if I think about it. It had plenty of highlights, a number of awesome trips, and a lot of time with friends and family. And what more can you ask for than that, really?

2016 Year-End Recap

The year started off in Knoxville as we’d been at the wedding of a friend, immediately after flying home from our now-annual work retreat in Washington, where we spent the last week of last year, as well. January is always a slow month of travel, so we use it as time to catch up with loved ones. We went to Memphis for an MLK weekend getaway to see my cousins and Team Mayhem came down to visit from Ohio.

2016 Year-End Recap

In February, Dad’s stroke happened and Mom and I stayed by his side at Centennial and Vanderbilt for the better part of five weeks. It was a blessing I had no trips planned that month as my schedule was fully open to devote to my family, though we did still welcome some beloved visitors during that point as well.

In 2016: My Year in Review

In March when it was apparent Dad was in the clear, though still in the stroke rehab facility, I stole away to Florida to visit Angie in Jacksonville and Jade in St. Augustine.

In 2016: My Year in Review

April was when my work travel really picked up and didn’t really abate until late fall. First, I went to Panama City Beach for a girlfriend getaway project with my bests, then on a coastal road trip to California to see SVV’s family, then straight to South Dakota where we stayed in Sioux Falls for a campaign with the state tourism board.

In 2016: My Year in Review

In May, it was back to Florida for some more content around the Florida Panhandle, then off to Utah for the quickest 48 hours ever in St. George and Zion National Park.

In 2016: My Year in Review

June brought a girls’ weekend at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts with Angie and Alex—during which we squeezed in a quick 48 hours in New York at Alex’s home in Albanyand my favorite event of the year in hometown, Bonnaroo, one of the biggest music festivals in the country.

In 2016: My Year in Review

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  • January 1, 2017

    Here’s to a year full of adventure and hoping our paths cross in 2017!

    • January 9, 2017

      Not hoping, making it happen! =)

  • January 2, 2017

    2016 seems to have been the year of bad news, also for me & my family. 2016 also marks the year I picked up diving again! This year has had ups and downs, and I’m happy it’s 2017 now!

    I see you mention the amount of books you’ve read this year, are you planning a book post? The last one you wrote provided me with some good tips and I’m looking forward to some more good advice! 🙂
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  • January 2, 2017

    Highlights, well for me, standing at Tangboche monastery looking at Mount Everest with my 11 year old son. Having a brilliant 6 weeks in Thailand. Making so many new friends all over the world. Watching my husband do superbly well in Ironman Wales, Finally making it to Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Christmas and New Year in Romania and my websites finally funding our lives. I’m in a happy place, I don’t care what year it is!
    Alyson recently posted..2017 New Year New Theme! How & WhyMy Profile

    • January 9, 2017

      What a fantastic year, Alyson! Sri Lanka and Thailand (and Indonesia) are still on my to-do list! Ironman, however, is not 😉

  • January 4, 2017

    These are just amazing memories that you have shared with your audience. I must say you are enjoying your life at full and getting the needed things are required by a human.
    Cheers!!!
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    • January 9, 2017

      If you don’t enjoy life, then what’s the point of living, right? =)

  • January 4, 2017

    Hooray 2016 for Team LunaVV! I hope 2017 is better in EVERY way, and that your Dad continues to improve!

    xox
    Feisty Harriet recently posted..2017 ResolutionsMy Profile

    • January 9, 2017

      Thank you, dear friend! I’m also hoping 2017 brings us out to Arizona to reconnect with you!

  • January 7, 2017

    There was me reading going to say what a busy year you had, then I saw there was a second page!

    Fantastic write up, and glad to see the highlights.

    On the other hand I am terribly sorry to hear about your dad.

    Lets hope 2017 is a better year all round.

    Hope you had a great Christmas.
    Braai Brothers recently posted..Top 10 Instagram Travel Accounts To Follow For 2017My Profile

    • January 9, 2017

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Dad’s in good spirits and healthy, so at the end of the day, that’s all we can ask. Even though the doctors say stroke patients plateau after three months, we’ve still seen (slow but gradual) improvement in speech so I’m confident he’ll continue to improve!

  • January 8, 2017

    Hi Kristin, based on the pictures, it seems that you have quite enjoyed year 2016, and I think it gave me an idea to do the same thing this year. Lol! Anyway, hoping you the best this year!
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  • January 9, 2017

    Happy New Year! This post is like an ode to your cute travel wardrobe!

    I had a great travel year this year and 2017 is going to be epic…can’t wait!
    Leigh | Campfires & Concierges recently posted..Year in Review: 2016My Profile

    • January 9, 2017

      Ah, you’re too sweet! I’ve wondered if I should ever link to things I’m wearing (occasionally someone asks) but I didn’t know if that was too vapid since a style blogger I am NOT =)

  • January 10, 2017

    Awesome re-cap – looks like an exciting year! Really enjoying your posts and photos, thanks for sharing and all the best in ’17!
    Paul recently posted..2017 – A Year of Travel PossibilitiesMy Profile

    • January 11, 2017

      Thank you, Paul! Wishing you an awesome 2017, as well =)

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