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Cheers to 2015

Cheers to 2015

A quick review of all that 2015 had to offer.


My mother gave me a necklace a few years ago for Christmas in the shape of a compass, the phrase there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going etched in the back.

2015 seems to have been a testament to this saying, an example of the long strides made in life. This year marked a shift, as we moved from recent college grads to young adults [at least we’re trying to adult].

While Logan and I talk often of the future and an eventual plan to migrate to the Caribbean and run a scuba shack [we’re still working on the logistics], it’s nice to reminisce on all that we’ve accomplished this 2015.


In the spring we welcomed Floyd to our little family. He’s been a perfect boxer puppy: fast growing, often overly excited [with an expressive wiggly behind], and a grade-A snuggler.

By May, we closed on our house and started our next great chapter. Eight months in and I think we’ve found a groove, fitting together as neatly as the vintage bricks.

The summer was busy with preparations for my older sister’s wedding. The day ended in perfect beauty, despite the organized chaos which preceded “I Do,” as is typical for all weddings. Of course, I haven’t stopped dodging questions of when I’ll be the next to tie the knot [thanks Kate].

October hosted a trip to the Bahamas, which was much needed after a long, busy summer.

With the support of my friends and family, in November I finally launched Always- Jo, a project that I had talked about starting for several years, but never taking action. Thank you all for the continued support and readership!

And, just last week, Logan and I celebrated our first Christmas together in our new home. Decorating turned into a hodge-podge of Grabarek and Perry holiday heirlooms, which never failed to leave our house feeling cozy [I’ll admit, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to all the coziness].


I’m confident that 2016 will offer a new set of adult challenges and milestones. For now, I’m content reminiscing with a glass of bubbly and few last games of fetch before midnight.

Cheers 2015!







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