It’s been one year since we decided to put down roots in Bryson City. It feels like we’ve been here for more than a year, I recounted just to be sure. Yep, just a year. This small little town in Western NC has welcomed us right in. Just a little recap:
1. Last January we moved into what we like to call the House on Hospital Hill:
We’ve spent the last twelve months turning it into this:
2. After finding this eyesore for sale in downtown Bryson City:
Brett spent the coldest part of the winter renovating it to be a outfitters retail space with his new partner Ben. They used almost all reclaimed windows, reclaimed barn wood, and locally sourced hemlock in the process. They started a new blog called Life Outside to encourage people to get outdoors.
5. Max joined our family. The decision taught me a lot about being a parent, mostly getting out of my daughter’s way.
6. In March, Brett and Ben held the grand opening for Bryson City Outdoors, an outdoor outfitter complete with kayak/paddleboard rentals.
7. Boo learned to play the piano and had her first recital. She wore a dress!
8. I joined Crossfit. I was so against even trying it at first. I love it. It’s changed my life. I’ve found the most supportive community of new friends too.
9. Boo started Crossfit with a lot of boys. Growing up strong!
10. Boo learned to kayak and paddle board.
12. We started to renovate the old depot:
And we built a picket fence and a raised bed garden to go with it:
13. This was my 4th year working with Michaels and I made a lot of things!
14. Brett grew a beard. Yes, this is newsworthy in our family.
15. I read a lot of books:
16. We went on a lot of adventures and saw a lot of cool things:
I don’t know how we ended up here but I’m glad we did. I don’t have any resolutions for this next year except to continue writing. Last night I just finished a 316 page memoir draft that still needs a lot of work but I’m excited to have finally put the pen to paper. And I might be the only one who had no interest in winning the lottery this week. I like my simple, quiet life…even all the uncertainty that comes with it.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for the encouragement. Thank you for sharing your own stories. Thank you for taking your own leaps.