Every year has it’s ups and downs, and looking back on the best parts is a fun way to end the year.

As this year comes to a close, I’m seeing a lot of people posting their “Best 9 of 2017”. I always enjoy seeing these and making my own. It’s really incredible how much can happen in just 12 months.

However, I’m not big on judging the best moments of the year on what got the most likes. So instead of entering my IG handle into a best 9 website for calculations, I combed through my year in pictures- lots and lots of pictures- and selected 9 of my favorite shoots from the year. Here they are, in no particular order…

This glimpse back really warms my heart. It was quite a year of celebrations and adventures! I’ve certainly learned a lot and tried a lot of new things.

As a bonus, I’ve also compiled 6 of my favorite personal moments of 2017…

In 2017, I finally checked ‘nose piercing’ off the bucket list (Thank you, Keri at Addicted to Ink!), practiced falconry for the first time in almost a decade (and found it to be like riding a bike for me!), welcomed 2 birds, Ukey and Fiddler, and a pup, Tuukka, into the family, met the incredible Jen Blackwood (and got lots of her artwork,  which we adore!), and we had the experience of viewing and sharing the solar eclipse!

Whew. Well, that was fun.

Here’s to even more creation, growth, and new experiences in 2018!