2015

December 31, 2015

Last year, I did my first annual year in review in this style. Maybe it’s self-serving, but I love looking back on these things and seeing how I have (or haven’t) grown in the past year. 2015 was a little less eventful than 2014 for me. Maybe because I’m getting old and realized I need to actually chill out and relax every once in a while. I worked my ass off this year, but that meant I didn’t get to take quite as many pictures for myself or make videos of my travels. 2016 is going to be quite the opposite, as I jet off to travel for a few months in February so I can focus solely on personal projects and figure out what my future is going to look like. It’s going to be weird and scary and (hopefully) wonderful. But before I get ahead of myself, here’s what my past year looked like in bullets and photos…

January

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  • Freelanced… a lot.
  • Moved my grandmother to assisted living in Des Moines.
  • Shot my first winter wedding.
  • Made a goal to leave the state of Nebraska at least once every month. Actually did it this year.
  • Flew across the ocean with Alex to explore our first countries together.

February

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March

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  • Spent time photographing bands at SXSW for the third year in a row.
  • Talked cameras with Bob Boilen. Fan-girled a little bit.
  • Shot a live video for one of my favorite artists, The Mynabirds.

April

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  • Finally got to see Sufjan Stevens live.
  • Welcomed tons of people to Flywheel’s beautiful new office space in downtown Omaha.
  • Started investing more energy and time and money into my freelance business.

May

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  • Saw Elle Luna, who I look up to very much, speak at Big Omaha.
  • Turned 24, apparently. Spent my birthday night dancing with great friends.
  • Helped move Alex out of his lovely downtown apartment into a lovely new home with some great friends.
  • Romped around Chicago with best friends that I hadn’t seen in far too long.

June

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  • Spent an amazing and exhausting week traveling around the state of Nebraska, interviewing people for Hear Nebraska’s Good Living Tour.
  • Did a lot of yoga.
  • Shot what was pretty much my favorite Flywheel video, ever.

July

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  • Nearly ran myself into the ground freelancing and traveling, but still came out alive.
  • Saw Bon Iver live for the first time ever at Eaux Claires Music Festival and cried a little.
  • Volunteered for Omaha Girls Rock and had a blast photographing amazing women and girls doing great things.
  • Spent hot days in Kansas and KC drinking beer and getting sunburned with friends.

August

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  • Spent a week and a half in Portland, Seattle, and Idaho with Alex visiting friends and hanging out.
  • Learned that it’s really hard to work remotely when you’re also vacationing.
  • Was in my first podcast.
  • Camped! And hung out with some of my favorite people at Hear Nebraska’s annual retreat.
  • Helped plan/host one my favorite Sofar Sounds shows at Flywheel.

September

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  • Decided that maybe I want to try cooking. Started cooking. Decided I kind of like cooking.
  • Loved on good friends surprise visiting me in Omaha.
  • Photographed a bunch of live shows for the first time in a while.
  • Watched my baby brother turn 16.

October

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November

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  • Quit my job. Launched into a strange new world of change.
  • Celebrated two great years with Alex (a couple weeks late… but who’s paying attention, anyway?)
  • Started having regular family dinners with friends; quite possibly the best decision we’ve collectively made all year.
  • Hung out with a lot of dogs.

December

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  • Went to NYC to visit Hannah. Ate good pizza and saw lots of Brooklyn.
  • Visited Chicago to celebrate the amazing work Lauren is doing, and spent good time with old friends.
  • Bought a plane ticket to Bangkok. Started planning a southeast Asian adventure.

I’m both immensely scared and incredibly excited for 2016. It’s gonna be a good/weird one. Onward! And as always, thanks for reading.

2 comments

  1. Comment by Kathleen

    Kathleen Reply January 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Hi! I wanted to start a “wanderblog” on my website of my travels this year and googled to see who else does the same idea. Your blog was the first to come up and I’m glad it did! I just wanted to let you know I love it and hope mine comes out as cool as yours! Great photography and fun adventures! Thanks!

    • Comment by Bridget

      Bridget Reply January 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Ah, thanks so much Kathleen! Loving your blog, as well. Thanks for reading :)

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