Hard to believe it’s time for another monthly recap. It seems like I just wrote up October’s highlights! Then again, I was on the road a lot this month with little to no time to blog—this is only my sixth post in the last 30 days—and you know what they say about time flying.
In November, I spent 14 nights in hotels and Airbnbs, though SVV was gone even more than that as he tacked on a bro camping trip in the Tennessee mountains to his agenda. The best thing about November was that, Smoky Mountains weekend aside, Ella was with us all month! Which means, yes, you can expect her to return to her dog-blogging very soon … when her schedule allows.
We completed the Tennessee Whiskey Trail! If you don’t know much about my state’s flourishing distillery scene, I implore you to go read the other posts we’ve written. We still have one final installment of our journey to share later this month, but man was that one FUN (and time-intensive!) project.
We went to the Smokies during peak foliage. This was our third trip to East Tennessee this fall and the prettiest one yet!
We took an actual vacation. Some ridiculously kind friends loaned us their beach house in South Walton for five days, and we kicked it with Ella. It was a bit too chilly to lay by the beach, but we got in some quality reading time, SUP and naps, went to aerial yoga at my favorite studio and visited a few of my favorite restaurants in the area.
I’ve been working hard on improving my site’s SEO. This is a long process, one we started with an expert in Holland back in the summer, and I’m chipping away at the game plan in any downtime I have. It feels like every time I finally learn something valuable—10 years into blogging, no less—the algorithm changes! Grrrr, Google.
We visited Universal Orlando Resort during the opening of the holidays extravaganza. And what a magical experience it was!
WE SWAM WITH MANATEES. On our drive back from Orlando, we swung by Crystal River for a quick 24 hours to see these peaceful creatures in their natural habitat. And it was life-changing! Blog post to come (obviously).
We’ve really started to chip away at our 2018 business plan. I feel like I’ve been on the phone nonstop for the past two weeks as we’ve had so many calls with new, potential clients that we’re really excited about.
We had a fun, delicious Thanksgiving with a boatload of friends. And I managed to not take a single picture, too! My sister and Josh were in Charleston this year, so Mom, Dad, SVV and I went to our good friends’ home and celebrated with all (20+) of them.
I had to back out of the St. Jude half marathon I was running. But it’s because of a high: I’m flying to D.C. tomorrow for a work project instead!