I am constantly amazed by how fast time flies by. As I found myself once again reading through stacks of Christmas cards, I thought that I would stop and look back on 2015, which was for the most part, a really joyful year!
We had an amazingly beautiful snowstorm on a Saturday, when I had nowhere to be, but in my pajamas. I started Christmas baking and it was fabulous.
We took an awesome random day trip to New Glaurs, Wisconsin. It was a sunny November day and we enjoyed every second of it.
I did a lot of photgraphic exploration around Elgin this year in conjunction with my new book project, The Many Faces of Elgin.
I did some fun macrophotography work this year with balloons.
I spent an incredible day in downtown Chicago, where I got a backstage tour of the Joffrey Ballet and then did an Out of Chicago nighttime photography tour.
I spent a bit of time at a couple of different botanic gardens this summer doing a lot of flower photography.
We took the most amazing 28-day road trip this summer that took us from Chicago to St. Louis to Memphis, to NOLA to Houston to San Angelo, TX to Santa Fe to Denver to Wyoming to Montana and then across the Dakotas back home. It was incredible! If you want to read more about this trip, there are a ton of blog posts in the archives.
I celebrated my 40th birthday with my best friends in Boston and Cape Cod. We had fabulous seats at Fenway and then spent four days laughing together on Cape Cod. It was a trip I will never forget.
Our good friends introduced us to a lot of amazing wines this year!
We got to see Joe Bonamassa at the Chicago Theater with dinner at the Purple Pig before the concert. It was one of the best meals we have ever had.
I was honored to be asked to have an exhibit at Katie’s Cup during the Rockford ArtScene. I met loads of fun people and got to share my photography with a lot of friends and family.
I continued to revamp and rework my website. I am excited that I finally created a look that embodies the joy I feel when I make photographs.
We spent a lot of time with family throughout the year, which brings us both tremendous joy!
We continued with a spring beer exchange and hosted our second annual 12 Beers of Christmas exchange in December.
I continued with my zentanglng obsession and have started digitally coloring the designs for cards.
I went on amazing hiking trip to Starved Rock with my best friend.
I had an incredible birthday celebration weekend with my husband. We took a mini road trip to Evanston to see a band at Space. Our dinner at Boltwood was phenomonal.
After many years off of a bike, my husband and I both bought new bikes and we have been hooked on riding.
I took my students on a Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour of the German influences on Chicago architecture this spring.
No idea what 2016 will bring. I will sit down soon and write up my goals. Part of me just wants to do whatever comes next. For now, I choose joy!