2015 was full of some pretty great things. There were many adventures and trips, plenty of alcohol tastings, many memories made, some killer songs and albums released, and plenty of other good things to come of 2015. Looking back on the year, holy cow it’s been quite a year. 2015 was the year of big things for me, or so it seems.
I did the most traveling I’ve ever done in my life with topping out with 10 flights, a handful of road trips and plenty of places I’ve never been. I got to experience the lovely Sarasota Florida, BFE Ohio, KC MO, Germany and Poland. Talk about all around the world.
I laid by the pool while everyone was freezing in Wisconsin and ate ice cream for lunch every day, I got to see the beautiful Gulf and dolphins while in Florida. I got to spend some time with boy in Ohio. I got to experience the night life and wonderful food of Kansas City, Missouri. I got to travel the streets of Germany, drink beer for lunch, see the Berlin wall and all the history that the beautiful city of Berlin has to offer. I got to see the tiny history or little Polish towns and taste their delicious dumplings and watch their goats butt heads in the town square.
I advanced so far in the world of photography and owning a business. I got to shoot some of the biggest country singers including Sam Hunt, The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley and Chase Rice. I had the busiest senior summer I’ve ever had that topped out with 19 seniors. I added some new loot to my collection with a new camera and a sick new fixed lens. I grew my clientele, and crossing my fingers for them to return in the future.
I became a lacrosse coach – having my sanity be tested when I spent every day with high school girls who were supposed to look up to me and learn things from me.
I continued to work at the best job anyone could ask for. Although I worked many, many weekends, I gained another family – a family that not only includes humans but pups as well. I got to go on brewery tours, watch Family Fued at lunch time, bettered my ping pong skills, laugh until my stomach hurt and go on road trips with the best co-workers anyone could ask for.
I celebrated the big fancy 21 with friends and family, and even my work family.
I tried many new foods and drinks, including sushi and a variety of Thai food, so many random beers that Ryan told me to try, and a Brandy Old Fashioned. (Yes, I had never had one until December of 2015.)
I got to see so many concerts, and fall in love with country music over and over again.
As for albums that killed 2015,
Brett Eldredge – Illinois
Canaan Smith – Bronco
Cole Swindell – Down Home Sessions II
Kip Moore – Wild Ones
Maroon 5 – V
Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up
Old Dominion – Meat & Candy
And songs that I love from 2015
Learn It From the Radio – Thomas Rhett
Playing With Fire – Thomas Rhett
Fix – Chris Lane
Raised By A Good Time – Steven Lee Olson
Mirror Man – Ella Henderson
White Lightning – The Cadillac Three
Summer Forever – Billy Currington
Hide Away – Daya
Yours – Russell Dickerson
Wild Ones – Kip Moore
Stay a Little Longer – Brothers Osbourne
It Feels Good – Drake White
I lost some friends, but also gained some pretty damn great ones. I learned who I am as a human, and who I want to be. Don’t get me wrong, while there were plenty of ups this year, there were always those rough moments and downs that I had to get through. But I’m honestly so thankful for the friends, family and work family and support team that I have. I kinda sorta (maybe) have an idea on what I want to be when I grow up, but I’m sure that will change by next month.