My 2013


I always enjoy looking back on the year to remember just how much I experienced and learned.


We traveled quite a bit during the first 2/3 of the year and boy did our wallets feel that. I wouldn’t trade our trips to NYC for anything and I’m already scheming our next trip. I hope that 2014 can be a year of travel to the west coast. Seattle, Portland, Vancouver + Cali are all calling my name.


What else?

  • I turned 26 but got the stomach flu the day after
  • My brother moved in (and back out into his own place)
  • I made amazing new friends
  • We cherished time with friends + family who live afar
  • I hardly read any books (sad)
  • We were blessed with amazing clients
  • I felt inadequate, I felt confident, I laughed, I cried
  • I shot my first wedding

Oh, and I did it all with this guy. My best friend, husband and co-conspirator.


I am so excited for 2014. Adam and I are off to Michigan to retreat to the lakehouse and scheme/create/plan. I’ll be back next week. I hope to see this blog stay consistently¬†me.¬†I finally looked at my stats yesterday and saw that my blog hasn’t grown this year. It’s decreased in visitors and yet I feel more authentic than ever. For those that do read, thank you. I visit your blogs, know your names, read your comments and would honestly hug you if I met you in real life. And I don’t even like to hug that much.

Happy New Year to you all! 

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  • Reply Mary

    I love everything about this review. Wonderful year!!

    December 31, 2013 at 8:08 AM
    • Reply Allison

      I love YOU! Thanks for making it awesome M :)

      December 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • Reply David

    Wow, you guys rock, can’t wait to see what you both do in 2014!

    December 31, 2013 at 9:22 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Thanks David! You were a huge part of our year. Excited for next year.

      December 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • Reply Carrie

    Looks like it was a great year! I read (or look to see if there are new posts) every day. You’ve got a faithful reader in me! Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for you!

    December 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Aw thanks Carrie! While I don’t mind about losing readers – I hope to keep ones like you! And to post more often in 2014 ;)

      December 31, 2013 at 7:02 PM
  • Reply Angel Y.

    A fantastic year indeed! So excited to continue this journey with you and see where 2014 takes you. :)

    December 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Me too, Angel! Happy New Year!

      December 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM
  • Reply Allie

    Following your journey via your blog, Instagram, etc. has been awesome, you’ve accomplished so much– I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

    December 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Aw thank you Allie!!

      December 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM
  • Reply Laura

    This is a beautifully put together review!! Wishing you all the good luck into the New Year!

    December 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Thank you Laura! Good luck to you too :)

      December 31, 2013 at 7:05 PM
  • Reply Meghan

    Loved reading/looking at this. You have such an amazing talent and it’s been awesome to watch you grow. I was going to e mail you about possibly guest posting on my blog and possibly being a guest on yours. I feel like your a classier version of me haha. Lots of the same passions, but we go about them differently. I respect you and love reading. We are at our lake house now dreaming and relaxing. Hope y’all have a great rest.

    December 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM
    • Reply Allison

      GIRL! I’d love to do that!! And you are totally classy. Don’t let me fool you. I can be a huge turd sometimes ;) Let’s chat after the new year!

      December 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM
  • Reply Cheryl Harrison

    Happy 2014!

    December 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM
  • Reply Valerie C

    what gorgeous photos, and lucky you to embark on so many fun trips! out of all mine, i think nyc was my favorite too. :)

    ps- i signed up for death to the stock photo a little while back, and love love the concept. glad i get to follow your career journey on here, too!

    xo, valerie @ lily on fillmore

    December 31, 2013 at 12:16 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Honestly NYC is one of the only places where my heart aches because I want go back so bad! I think we’ll return in September. Thanks for signing up for DTTSP!!

      December 31, 2013 at 7:08 PM
  • Reply Kory

    Wow! You have done SO much this year, Allie! That’s great. I love how you pointed out that your visitors have decreased yet you’re okay with that. I think many bloggers get lost in the numbers and the income and forget to be authentic on their blog. It’s great that you’re just focusing on you and what you enjoy! :)

    December 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM
    • Reply Allison

      It definitely took awhile to be okay with it. I wasn’t always like this. I’d rather love blogging vs feel anxiety and pressure. Thanks for reading and commenting, Kory!

      December 31, 2013 at 7:09 PM
  • Reply Jenny

    Congrats on a year filled with love and travel – the best way to spend time, I think. Best wishes in the new year and looking forward to seeing how your blog grows. If you end up coming to Vancouver, let me know! I would love to send you a list of must-sees. :)

    December 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM
    • Reply Allison

      I totally agree. My favorite way to spend money = travel. I’ll let you know if we make it that way! I appreciate it ;)

      December 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM
  • Reply Liz

    You have done so many incredible things this year and you are truly an inspiration! Maybe 2014 will hold that double date for us :)

    December 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Aw thank you Liz. You’re amazing!! And I can’t WAIT for that double date.

      December 31, 2013 at 7:12 PM
  • Reply Jess

    I’m not going to lie. I’m a little jealous of your 2013. I can’t wait for my years to be full of traveling and growing my own business. Congrats on all your adventures!

    December 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Once you’re there – you’ll LOVE it. Sometimes I get nervous that 2014 won’t live up! But I know better…

      December 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM
  • Reply Danelle

    Congrats on all of the amazing endeavours you’ve experienced this past year Allison! I think 2014 will be an awesome year for you two and your business! :) Happy New Year! xo

    December 31, 2013 at 10:50 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Thank you Danelle! You’ve been such a source of encouragement and inspiration this past year. Glad we are internet friends.

      January 2, 2014 at 2:54 AM
  • Reply Diana

    I’m new to following your blog, and I have to agree that it is definitely your authentic voice (and lovely photos!) that drew me to it. All the best in the new year and I’m looking forward to following along with more of your adventures!

    January 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Aw thank you Diana! I just checked out your blog and love it! Excited to follow along.

      January 2, 2014 at 2:59 AM
  • Reply Amber

    What a wonderful year you’ve had! I’ve loved following your journey and adventures here on the blog, and have been so inspired by your story and accomplishments. My intention for 2014 is to make it my “launch” year. I hope my 2014 year in review looks as bright and well done as yours does!

    Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Amber, I’m so glad you commented. Your blog is AWESOME. Excited to see your 2014 explode (in the best ways). Happy New Year!

      January 2, 2014 at 3:00 AM
  • Reply Paige Brooks

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog the past few months. Congrats on a productive year!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Thanks Paige!! Loved your most recent camera posts. So fun.

      January 2, 2014 at 3:01 AM
  • Reply kokolada

    I have been following your blog for quite a long time and I am glad you did not change in order to satisfy the public. Actually, you are one of my benchmarks for creating a blog – where I would expose my true me, not someone’s expectations. Don’t change and keep it going like this!

    New Year’s greetings from Poland!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Totally translated your blog and am loving it! Exposing your true self feels amazing. I’m glad you wouldn’t want me to change either :)

      January 2, 2014 at 3:02 AM
  • Reply Gray

    Happy New Year! Great post–I to agree with above commenter, kokolada. Sticking to what makes you happy with blogging is best choice…always.

    I look forward to reading more in 2014!

    January 2, 2014 at 7:16 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Happy New Year to you!! Thanks for reading, Gray! I’ve loved meeting you through blogging!

      January 5, 2014 at 8:56 PM
  • Reply whitney

    what an amazing year! i, for one, found your blog this year sooo there is a new reader for you :)

    happy new year!

    January 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM
    • Reply Allison

      YAY! Checking yours out now!

      January 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM
  • Reply stacey k

    i’m a new reader, and so far love what i see :) happy new year! here’s to even more adventures in 2014…

    January 3, 2014 at 10:16 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Hi Stacey – nice to connect! Reading your blog now!

      January 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM
  • Reply Juli Williams

    I just found your blog and I love it. Can’t wait to continue reading on.

    Juli Xx

    January 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Aw thanks Juli!! xo

      January 17, 2014 at 2:26 AM

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