As compared to last year, January started off in a sprint with two week-long work trips almost back-to-back. This month, I spent 12 nights in hotel rooms, and we took a few additional day trips to nearby cities like Chattanooga and Huntsville.
And the third work trip of the year happens soon in February, which you’re invited to join me on! Remember how I went to St. George, Utah last spring to participate in an InstaMeet at Zion National Park? And I explored Snow Canyon, hiked Observation Point and visited all the other state parks around St. George? Welllll, there’s another InstaMeet slated for Feb. 16-18 also in Zion—and you can come! Here are the details, and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.
But back to what happened this month:
We went to Canada! And had so much fun! Have you read my posts on winter travel to Alberta with Canada by Design? If not, you can catch up on them here.
We also went to Texas. Actually, we’re here now! I love me any excuse to visit the Lone Star State and this content project with the tourism board had us visiting corners I’d never been before. And we’ve had an absolute blast—one of the best trips we’ve taken in ages. I’ll be doing one big trip recap after I’m home, but in the meantime, you can follow our day-to-day coverage via Texas Tourism’s Facebook page and, of course, my Instagram Stories.
I wrote three pieces on my alma mater, Knoxville, for Marriott Traveler. I also have one HUGE content project due for another client next week, so hopefully February’s recap will include that.
We got snow in Tennessee! The last thing I expected the morning I flew home from Canada was a) temps 30 degrees cooler than when I left Banff and b) that I’d still be needing my ski clothes for the duration of the week! The schools in our town were out an entire week, and we pretty much holed up at our house and tackled a pile of work.
We signed another couple of big projects for the spring. The way the year is shaping out, it looks as if we’re going to be on the road at least every other week from now till fall. Whew!
We also re-signed our contract with the Opry. Meaning another year of really cool content collaborations and some unbelievable shows. Working with such an iconic Nashville institution this past year and change has been an absolute dream, and I’m thrilled they want to bring us back for another year of content marketing goodness.
I got a stomach flu, yuck. I haven’t gotten a stomach bug since I was in Switzerland in 2009, so go figure that would happen on day three of our Canadian adventure. The upside? My mom was there to take care of me. And this might be the one trip I didn’t come home having gained weight!
And I also got frostbite. I know, right—who gets that? Apparently, a girl standing outside for an hour in -26 degree temps while weathering the flu. Three weeks later, I almost have full feeling back in both big toes.
No sleep for the weary. Our next door neighbors installed a spotlight that shines directly into our home from 6pm to 6am and lights up the entire thing like a Christmas tree. Annoying? Definitely. So SVV and I have not been having very restful nights—I guess it’s a good thing we’re on the road so often? Anyone ever dealt with light pollution and inconsiderate neighbors before?
And with that, it’s February.
What was the highlight of January for you? What are you most looking forward to next month?
All of my past monthly highlights can be found here.