One Day In December | Highlights and Thank Yous

This year has been a whirlwind. One of those years where some days I look back to things that happened earlier this year and feel like it was 50 years ago, and some days I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. Mostly the latter. I can NOT believe Christmas is in 10 days. How on earth did that happen???

Logo by Cris of Kiss My Tulle

Some of my lovely friends from TWIPS (a community of wedding bloggers and vendors who support one another in business and life) have joined together for One Day in December, a sort of Advent Calendar of sorts in which someone shares each day about the highlights from 2011. Check out yesterday’s heartfelt post from Jen at Blush Printables, and tomorrow be sure to visit Shafonne at Divas and Weddings to see what her highlights are.

In my personal life, this year has been filled with lots of challenges and blessings. To name a few…. I moved to Salinas, CA at the beginning of this year, and in with my sweet roommate, who gave birth to our third roommate in August. Just recently I became that little girl’s Godmother, and part-time nanny. For those who don’t know, my day job is at a group home with teenage girls who have mental health and substance abuse disorders. Every day I learn something new from them, and there is rarely a dull moment. God has also taught me more than I bargained for this year through being on leadership in the college and career group at my church. The unexpected challenges in ministry were accompanied by big life lessons that I didn’t even know I needed to learn. Four of my good friends were married this year, and it was a blessing to share in each of their weddings. I continue to wait (some days more patiently than others, but always in hopeful expectation) for the man God has for me. On November 3rd, (my 28th birthday) we lost my sweet Grandmother at age 94, who will be dearly missed. And, in March of this year, I started this blog! It has been a busy year.

In the world of blogging, it has been quite an adventure in these 10 short months. I would never have imagined things going as well as they have, considering that I started out as every blogger does, talking to the empty void in cyber space. I owe much of the blog’s growth to the TWIPS, who have commented, tweeted, stumbled, and shared so much of what I have put out there. Without that community I would probably still be talking to the void. And they have also offered support and advice as I tried (and continue to try) to learn the ropes of the wedding industry and blogosphere. They also offered an outpouring of love and kindness when my Grandmother passed away. (Shoutout to Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events, who is the sweetest person ever sent a very thoughtful card by mail!!) So they have definitely been one of the highlights of this year.

And, I would not have gotten anywhere with this blog (and in many ways, life in general) without my amazing friend Jess, who redesigned the blog so beautifully (another highlight!) and was a real life person to talk to, get advice from, and bounce ideas off of in regards to the blog. I got together with her and several other awesome vendors to create a styled shoot for the blog, which she photographed beautifully, and which was another blog-related highlight of the year.

Images by Jessica Velarde Photography

I will stop with those highlights, because I could go on forever and don’t want to bore you. But since highlighting my year in blogging turned into thanking those that made it happen, I also want to thank all the brides, grooms and incredible photographers who shared their real weddings on the blog this year. Thank you to all the brides and bloggers who shared guest posts with us. Thank you to the sponsors who have partnered with us. And of course, a great big thank you to everyone who has visited and followed the blog this year. Soundtrack To I Do would be nothing without you!

I can’t wait to see where things go with this blog, and life in general, in 2012. I can’t wait to find out what God has for me in the months and years to come. Every challenge brings a lesson and every blessing brings joy, so I know that I will continue to learn and grow and laugh and love next year and those that follow.:)

Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events} - December 15, 2011 - 1:36 pm

Wow I never knew what your day job was. That is amazing! You have been through a lot this year and can’t wait to see what next year brings for you too! I love following your blog and now with spotify I can even turn your song lists into playlists!!

Orly {the boutique photographer} - December 15, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Way to go lovely very inspirational xox

WrappedCouture {Lissahn} - December 15, 2011 - 1:56 pm

Glad this year has been mostly great for you. I too, love to be a part of TWIPS!

Jessica@TWB - December 15, 2011 - 3:06 pm

I always knew you were busy but I never knew specifically with what. Cheers to 2012!

louise {bijouxbride} - December 15, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Wow, what an amazing day job! TWIPS are truly inspirational ladies :) Can’t wait to read what 2012 has in store ~ you never know, that perfect man might just be waiting around the corner ;)

Adrienne O'Connor (Ruffles & Tweed) - December 15, 2011 - 11:12 pm

what a great post – congrats on everything 2011 has brought you and the best of luck for an even better 2012!

Katie @ Lovebird Productions - December 15, 2011 - 11:24 pm

It makes my heart happy to see your successes! Thank you for your support you have shown to my little blog. You are a dose of sunshine Colleen! Cheers to the close of 2011 and the bigger challenges, blessings and lessons of 2012!

Alicia {The Charity Wedding} - December 16, 2011 - 12:26 am

Wow I had no idea that was your day job! How amazing! I am thrilled to see what the next year brings for you!

bree [capitolromance] - December 16, 2011 - 8:28 pm

you’ve accomplished SO much Colleen, and I am so happy I found you/your blog and have gotten to share in your blog journey along the way :) keep gettin’ it girl!

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