15 HIGHLIGHTS OF '15

  1. 1.
    Ran a quarter marathon
    Before training for this, I could barely run a mile. My only goal was to run all 6.55 miles without stopping, and I did! I was/am so proud of myself and my body! It's definitely helped me be more body positive. And I ran something with the word "marathon" in it!
  2. 2.
    The 7 Experiment
    This is a really cool experiment/book/class by Jen Hatmaker about living with less, and how that benefits you and can benefit others! This kickstarted a lot of generosity in my life, and has helped me start living a simpler life with not as many possessions.
  3. 3.
    #SCgirltrip
    Although I was SUPER hormonal/depressed during this vacation due to birth control being a bitch to my body, I got to spend oodles of quality time with two of my favorite and most influential women in my life: my mom and my sister in law, Coralie. Cor's parents live near Charleston, so we went to spend spring break with them. This was while Cor and I were training for the quarter marathon, so there were some physical ups and downs and emotional breakthroughs on this trip. Plus, the beach. 🌴🌊
  4. 4.
    Walk the Moon concert
    I looooooove concerts, but Brett and I rarely go because of his *introvert status*. But we both love Walk the Moon, and so I got us tickets. It was the night of the SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage, and since Walk the Moon have always been big supporters of that (#differentcolors), it was a really special night. It rained the whole time, and we danced in our trash bag ponchos holding neon lights. ❤️💛💚💙💜
  5. 5.
    Got a bunny
    I wov my fluzzy fluffy wittle bun bun!
  6. 6.
    My brother's wedding flowers
    It was so special to get to do the wedding flowers for two of the people I love most in the WORLD: my brother, Joel, and his wife, Lizzy. They've been dating since sophomore year of high school, so it was the most adorable wedding ever.
  7. 7.
    Bowling with extended fam
    The day after my brother's wedding, all of my out of town family was scheduled to fly back to California and New York. We had a morning to kill, and somehow we ended up at the bowling alley. It was a blast! We rarely see these folks, but I love them dearly, especially my Pappou, my Greek grandpa who had never bowled before in his life!
  8. 8.
    Drive to Lake Eerie for a friend's memorial service
    My friend Ty passed away from terminal brain cancer this summer, after surviving for a year and a half. He + his wife were a year above me in college, + I was really close with her + admired their relationship. She was the one I always went to for relationship advice, from "talking" to marriage. They had many of the same long term goals as Brett + I, and were so encouraging to us. We lived in separate states post-college, but his death hit me super hard.
  9. 9.
    (Continuation of last one) When Ty passed away, Brett was on a 2-week work trip...
    I was a lonely, grieving, weeping mess. I drove by myself to Lake Eerie for his memorial, listened great music the whole way, + later got burgers and went to the beach with friends to remember Ty's life. After everyone left, I stayed to write in my journal + process all I was going through. It was a wonderful, painful time of listening to what Jesus wanted to tell me + letting Him into my pain. I left with so much peace after arriving with so much anger.
  10. 10.
    Brett's new job/more time spent with this hunk of hot stuff
    My husband had a very crappy job for two years. Basically, they had no regard for his personal life and would send him out on 10-day trips with one day's notice, leaving him exhausted and unable to keep other plans and left me lonely a LOT. He finally quit that gig and got another one where he doesn't have to travel at all!
  11. 11.
    Vacation in Tybee island
    It was my first vacation with my husband's family! The seven of us stayed in a condo on the beach. Highlights: beating my in-laws in Euchre over and over again, long walks on the beach in the middle of the night with Brett and his sister and her husband, tickling my one-year-old niece, going to Wet Willies (alcoholic slushie place in the South 👌🏼) with Brett and taking it on the beach, beach hair + freckles.
  12. 12.
    Invite my neighbors over to take our stuff for free
    It was amazing. I wrote a list about it: WHAT WE DID FOR GIVING TUESDAY
  13. 13.
    Created a capsule wardrobe
    This was the result of doing the 7 Experiment, during which for one week you choose only 7 times of clothing to wear (underwear not included). It was so fun and time-saving and removed so much stress that I decided to apply the concept to my life full time! I am 97% done with my capsule at the moment. I blogged about the process at hannahafner.wordpress.com
  14. 14.
    Participating in a local ethical business photoshoot
    Garment Collective was started by a friend out of love for fashion and redemption and her son, Zekey, who passed away last year. She designs clothing which is made ethically in Nepal by women who are starting a new life after being trapped in slavery. She asked me to do flower crowns for the clothing line launch photoshoot, and I also got to model in it! Garmentcollective.com
  15. 15.
    A crisis of faith
    Sometimes a highlight of the year can be a painful thing. This year I've asked a lot of questions about my faith, and wondered who I really think God is. I'm still figuring out the answers, but any new phase in my spiritual life is progress one way or another. And I feel like this year I've been put in a really safe place with a lot of support, so it's been pretty good timing to ask questions.
  16. 16.
    Watching this little girl grow.
    I'm godmother to my niece, Meridith, and she's the first baby to enter my family in many, many years, so she is pretty special. And so cuuuuute! Especially once she got those goofy little teeth. But I don't want one. Seriously, no. No babies for me. Nvm she's not cute.