You can usually tell how my new year is going by how long it takes me to post my "year in review." January 9th isn't too horrible, right? It could be worse.

Anyhow, cutting to the chase... Two thousand fifteen was pretty extraordinary. (And if I say that about every year, well, I really mean it this time. In fact, 2015 put the year before it to shame.)

For starters, Scott asked me to be his wife last January. Eight months later, we got married in the beautiful Texas hill country, with 150 of our nearest and dearest as witnesses. September 19th, as cliché as it sounds, was one of the best days of my life thus far—and our honeymoon in Canoe Bay, Wisconsin was the sweetest cherry on top of the whole experience.

After a year and a half of working as an Engineering Technician, July offered me a blessing in disguise when I lost my job at a rather unstable oil company. What does one do when jobless? Travel, of course! My mom and I joined our best friends in a girls' trip to Charleston, where we ate our way through downtown and drank our weight in red wine and coffee.

Other travels throughout the year included a four-day trip to New York City to visit a beloved friend, a long weekend in New Orleans with the siblings, a beach vacay in Florida, and a family reunion in Fredericksburg.

In August, to my relief and elation, I was hired on at Weddings in Houston Magazine, an award-winning regional publication (and the first company I ever interned with in college). The last quarter of 2015 was spent getting to know my amazing team members and learning the ins and outs of my industry of choice. Four months later, I'm still excited to go to work every day.

Needless to say, the close of 2015 marks the beginning of a long journey ahead. The dawn of married life with my best friend, and the start of a career I'm passionate about. Good as 2015 was, I dreaded the end as it drew near. Too many exciting changes and good memories are wrapped up in that one year, and it was tough to leave it all behind.

Two thousand sixteen will be about settling into this new life of mine, growing comfortable in my surroundings, and finding joy in the little things. A beautiful unfolding.

Honestly, I have a feeling 2016 will be my favorite year yet.

Photo of wedding by Chelsi Johnston.