2015: A Year in Review

2015 – wow, what a year! I can’t believe this is all coming to an end. Without a doubt, this has been the craziest year of my life. Let’s take a look:

I tried and loved a lot of new food

traveled across the country (and back)…


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  • drove 5, 756 miles across the US
  • …and flew 4, 678 miles to Oahu, Hawaii
  • spent approximately 100 hours in the car for that drive across the US
  • drove through Arby’s about 246 times because #college and #noparents AND #curlyfries (!!!)
  • called my mom around 1,459 times because, again, #college. Life is hard, y’all. Moms make it better.
  • packed up all of my stuff and moved 6 different times after transferring to a new school because one and done just wasn’t my thing (actually, my apartment complex had some issues, but that’s another story for another time).
  • added 2,200 pins to my board
  • designed 3 websites
As far as firsts, I have…
  • eaten rattlesnake tacos in Colorado
  • been on the set of Jurassic World in Hawaii
  • backpacked through the mountains of North Carolina
With Always, S, I have…
    • expanded to 11 blogging networks and communities
    • created a Twitter account
    • established a presence on Pinterest
    • rebranded with the work of 17th Avenue and the beautiful design of my friend Valerie

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Here’s a recap of my 2015 goals:
      1. Ride in a hot air balloon
      2. Travel outside of the US
      3. Attend a protest in Washington, D.C.
      4. Make the Dean’s List
      5. Start the training process to become a doula
      6. Become CPR certified
      7. Learn how to snowboard or ski
      8. Learn how to drive a stick shift car
      9. Go to a concert
…and here are my goals for 2016:

▴ Declare a major

▴ Travel outside of the US

▴ Expand Always, S in SOME way

▴ Ride in a hot air balloon

▴ Go to a concert

▴ Watch the ball drop in Times Square

▴ Attend a blogger meetup

▴ Run a 5k

▴ Host a blog link-up

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Without all of the support from my family, friends, brands, and readers like you, this blog wouldn’t be where it is today! I am so thankful for all of your love and encouragement. So THANK YOU for reading. Thank you for commenting with your sweet words because hearing from you makes my day. Thank you for supporting me when shit hit the fan and life got tough. So blessed to be surrounded by amazing people!

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  • Congrats on the great year!

    I can’t wait to see where 2016 takes you.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah Ward

      Hey Jenny! Thanks so much! I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in hold for you as well, your blog is amazing!

  • mQs

    All those new foods looked so yummy! I’m glad 2015 was good to you, I hope 2016 brings you many more opportunities for prosperity.

    XOXO
    mQs

    • Savannah Ward

      My favorite part of 2015 was definitely all of the new food!! I hope your new year is off to a great start!

  • Kristine Circenis

    I could definitely feel the adventure and excitement of your 2015 through your pictures. May you have an even more productive and adventurous 2016!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thank you so much for commenting! I hope your 2016 is your best year yet 🙂

  • These are wonderful goals, especially coming off of such a fabulous 2015! I’m excited to see what 2016 holds for you and to follow along as you accomplish your goals!

    • Savannah Ward

      I’m anxious to see if I can complete this year’s goals! I LOVE your blog and can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for you and A Peachy Sonder!

  • What an incredible year for you! I’m so happy for you and all that you’ve accomplished. I love (and I’m jealous) that you were able to travel so much and have some amazing first experiences (I mean, eating rattlesnake tacos – WHAT?!). You accomplished so many of the goals you set for this year, and I have no doubt that you’ll find so much success and happiness in 2016. Happy New Year, Savannah!

    • Savannah Ward

      Happy new year, pretty girl!! Thanks so much for being a great friend and a listening ear. Without your advice and kind words I would be so lost! I hope 2016 has started off wonderfully and I can’t wait to see how you and your blog grow this year!

  • What a great summary! Rattle snake tacos sound scary, lol! I can relate to calling my mom a ton.

    • Savannah Ward

      Whenever I tell my friends how much I talk to my mom on the phone, I get the funniest looks! We never really run out of things to talk about. Happy 2016!

  • I hope 2016 treats you even better! Have a lovely year love!
    http://www.fashionovermatter.com

    • Savannah Ward

      You too, Maria! Thanks so much for commenting! Happy New Year! 🙂

  • it seems like you had an AMAZING year, and those food photos are making me hungry! I’m so excited to see what 2016 has in store for you and to follow along as you check off more goals on your list 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • Savannah Ward

      I’m SO excited for Seersucker Sass and I’m so glad I found your blog through MBN. I can’t wait to see how you and your blog grow this year and hope your 2016 is off to a great start! 🙂

  • Merisa Ferrell

    So much awesomeness in one post! It looks like you had an incredible year from your absolutely gorgeous photos! Love the breakdown of your year by the numbers as well as your goals. Happy New Year! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks so much! It was hard to figure out a layout for this post and I might have included waaay too many pictures. Oops. Thanks so much for reading and Happy New Year!

  • Sound like you had quite the year! Cheers to an ever better 2016!

    • Savannah Ward

      Cheers to you as well! Hope 2016 is amazing for you so far!

  • Miss ALK

    What a year you you!! Oh my gosh! So many exciting travel adventures too. 🙂 I know 2016 is bringing big things your way!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Bring big things MY way? Oh geez, I can’t wait to see what 2016 does for YOU! I’m so glad I found you through MBN and thanks so much for giving such great advice when I need it! Happy 2016!

  • Kayleigh

    Looks like a great year for you!

    http://www.kayleighskloset.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Happy 2016! So glad I found Kayleigh’s Kloset last year and can’t wait to see more outfits that you put together 🙂

  • Wow, sounds like you had an amazing year! I hope 2016 goes just as well. Also, I love the way this was broken up!

    Cassie
    My Pop of Color

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Cassie! I loved putting all of this together. Happy 2016!

  • I love how you broke this down. I loved seeing all of your photos.

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Lindsey! I hope your new year is off to a great start and I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for you and your blog!

  • I love this! It ooks like it was a great year, I’m excited to see what 2016 brings you!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thank you so much! Happy New Year!