In the fall of 2003, I had just entered my sophomore year at The University of Georgia and moved into the Kappa Delta house. I turned 20 years old and celebrated with friends.
I broke up with an on-again-off-again boyfriend, stayed busy taking journalism/advertising classes, going to football games with friends and dressing up for sorority socials and date nights.
In November of 2003 I met a cute guy at a Georgia/Georgia Tech tailgate. My friend, Kristin, and I just wandered into his room looking for a place to sit. After our first real date I told my parents I found the guy I wanted to marry. A few months later in early 2004 he took me to his Sigma Chi formal in Charlotte, NC.
College life continued through 2005. Full of late nights, themed parties, a few tough classes, traveling to football games, pictures I can’t find and shouldn’t post anyway and spring break cruises.
As seniors, the girls spent many nights together. Laughing over our crazy college antics, thinking about the future and just enjoying our last year in Athens.
In 2006, at 22 years old, I graduated and moved to Atlanta. I got a job at an advertising company, hit up happy hours, made new friends and enjoyed living right in the middle of the big city.
The cute guy from the tailgate and I started dating more seriously and by the end of the year, I’d decided to move to Charlotte. In 2007 we packed up the u-haul and off I went!
I found at job in advertising at CBS Radio, moved into the most happenin’ apartment complex in Charlotte (Eastover Ridge) and a month after I turned 24, we brought home the cutest little vizsla puppy.
2008 turned out to be a big year. In May we got engaged on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We set a spring date for the following year and I moved in to David’s place, our first house together.
I quit my job and became a health coach. I spent the year wedding planning and visiting friends.
In 2009, at 25 years old, I said I do to David in the North Georgia mountains.
We honeymooned in St. Vincent and the Grenadines at a little spot called Young Island. We spent two days sailing to nearby small islands.
I started my own nutrition company doing metabolic testing and health coaching.
Later that summer I went with girlfriends to LA. We instantly became famous and starred on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
In 2010, at 26 years old, David and I bought our first house together, just north of Charlotte.
We went on a ski trip with friends.
We traveled to Germany for Oktberfest.
And at the very end of the year, we saw two pink lines.
In 2011, David turned 30 years old. We celebrated with friends and told our families we were expecting.
Then I got hugely pregnant and in September, we welcomed our beautiful Hailey Ann into the world.
We fell instantly in love.
In 2012 we took family vacations to Hilton Head
and Bald Head Island.
Our sweet Hailey turned 1 year old 5 days before I turned 29.
In early 2013 David and I took a week vacation to the BVIs where island hopped and enjoyed the time together on the water.
And today, September 20, 2013 I welcome a new decade, the 30s. An age I might have once feared, I’m now embracing with open arms. The 20s were about finding myself, setting up the life I wanted and enjoying being footloose and fancy-free. The decade took my from frat parties to creating our own family and the journey has been incredible. I can only imagine what these next 10 years will bring.
By no means was I able to capture all the family, friends and events that filled the last decade with all it’s love and laughter. To capture all of it in a post would be impossible. Thank you to all my family and friends that fill my life with so much richness and joy.