New Year’s Eve inevitably makes us contemplate on the past year and the upcoming one. And I know just about everyone says this every year, but this year was a big one for me, full of many ups and downs.

2017 brought incredibly difficult emotional challenges that I’m still struggling with. 2017 brought new hobbies that helped me explore my creative interests and relieve stresses. 2017 brought the growth of new and old friendships. 2017 brought a huge professional opportunity and a challenge that I’m still shocked I was able to handle. 2017 brought my 10th wedding anniversary.

Here are the big things that shaped my year.

When people find out we’ve been married 10 years, they all have the same response: Shock. And a little bit of confusion. I see people’s eyes glaze over as they do mental gymnastics trying to reconcile that fact with all else they know about me. It doesn’t help that we…

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Last September, Joseph and I took a vacation to Southern California. The draws? Disneyland (of course) and visiting my friend Genevieve. As lovely as all that was, we were really pleased with some of the last-minute additions to our trip: a day at Huntington Library and a few days in…

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