7 REASONS WHY 2017 was the BIGGEST YEAR OF MY LIFE



hot dang. 2017. i did so many new things, met so many new people, made new friends, and learned so so so many things. 2017 was a year of growth - one that has shaped and changed me in many ways.  i think it's safe to say this was, in fact, the biggest year of my life. here's a few reasons why:


#1 I GOT MARRIED


this is the biggest one. I mean, holy smokes, WHAT??? WHAAAAT. *endless happy dance* after a long deployment which involved months of being apart, we were so ready to promise ourselves to each other forever. I'm so pumped about this guy. he's kind of a big deal to me - a huge deal, in fact, I could rant and rave about him for hours, but I will control myself. he's amazing, he's supportive (he's ridiculously attractive), he's my best friend, my love, my favorite adventurer, and my husband (woohoo!!). deciding to get married is, we've agreed, our favorite. decision. ever.


#2 I PUBLISHED MY FIRST NOVEL


this one still feels so surreal. I've dreamed of being able to type that sentence since I was eleven years old. I've written many stories - many. but when i wrote The Blood Race, something clicked inside me, and I knew this would be the first one i would send off into the world. it's such a personal book. i swear it swallowed my heart and soul, and now i'm forever trapped inside the Dimension. (not that i'm complaining. at all.)


#3 I WROTE ANOTHER NOVEL


I wrote the second book in The Blood Race series... *collectively screams into a pillow* I'm just a little tiny bit excited about it. I wrote it, finished it, edited it, sent it off to my wonderful editor and got the final round of revisions back (about to get started on those). so a TON of the process for book 2 took place this year - basically all of it. this one for me, is... pssshhhwooww. how to describe??? straight magic. I love this book. I loved writing this book, and I am pumped as heck to share it with you guys. you can read a bit about it here.


#4 WE BACKPACKED THROUGH EUROPE


my husband and I decided to skip the wedding, (except for the cake we never skip cake) elope, and proceed to run away to Europe and live out of backpacks. we both thought this was a fantastic idea so that's exactly what we did. we carefully documented our crazy adventures with loads of snapshots and a heck of a lot of video.(if you've been following my recent wandering posts, you've seen a lot of Rome and Venice). We walked the Spanish steps in Rome, where Tyler bought me a rose while i pretended to be Audrey Hepburn, we ate gelato and rode a gondola among the twinkling lights in Venice, and we wandered the Louvre until our feet ached, and picnicked on paninis & french fries at the base of the Eiffel tower in Paris. as a christmas surprise, my beautiful sister Abbiee completely blew my mind with this video, documenting our trip. have a watch above.


#5 WE MOVED INTO OUR FIRST PLACE


we were pretty darn stoked to move into our own little habitat, tucked away among the many, many many, pine trees dotting the base of one of the many mountains in this beautiful state. we spent most of the spring making this place our own. Tyler helped build it, and assemble all the complicated furniture, and i helped with the many many hours of designing and implementing our ideas. basically we played Chip and Joanna Gaines. was it fun? ooohhh yes.


#6 I GOT MY FIRST CAR


yes, it's both of ours - and our first as a married couple. BUT, but, I say my first car, because this is also the first car I've ever owned. so that's just a little exciting. I'm looking forward to strapping some surfboards on the roof and hitting the road with this baby!


#7 I STARTED WRITING THE THIRD BOOK IN MY SERIES


... i guess it's safe to say this series has me hooked. i dove into book 3 after only a week (or so) from finishing book 2. I'm not going to say a single word about book 3....but... ohhh man, I'M EXCITED.


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so there we have it -  a few highlights from the past year. a year, which, i might add, was even more amazing because of each and every one of you who have left comments, sent messages, written reviews, and supported the book. i seriously cannot express my gratitude (i know i say this all the time, but it does not get old for me) for each and every one of you. i love you guys.


WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE 2017 HIGHLIGHTS? name your top three favorite 2017 adventures and/or discoveries! Oh, and what about 2018 plans?? Any special goals??? I want to hear all about your year in the comments below!  hit me up!






lOVE,
kATE

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  1. This post is amazing and has me excited for you!
    Top things of 2017? I graduated high school, I got my adult driving permit (I'm late to the driving crowd, lol), and I started my blog. Yep, I'm kind of boring. XD

    Goals for 2018: PUBLISH MY FIRST NOVEL!! I'm super excited about this one, honestly. I'm also hoping to start a business selling bookmarks. But publishing has me more excited. XD I will most likely self publish and I'm just freaking out. XD

    Your book has honestly inspired me in many ways, though the topics of our books are completely different, the way you've published has inspired me to take control and not let my writing be changed. So thank you.

    ~Ivie

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    1. Ivie, that means the world to me that I could help to inspire you to chase your own dream with your book. I cannot wait to be one of the first people to buy a copy!! Keep at that dream of yours!

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    1. WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE AIN'T JUST SCARY. <3

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  3. YOU HAVE HAD A BIG YEAR GIRL!

    1. Your wedding looks so so so so beautiful and I'm so happy you're happy. Like my goodness. ALSO if you want to post more pictures of it I WOULDN'T MIND.

    2. That picture is absolutely adorable and your hair gahh. And CONGRATULATIONS on your book and following your dream!!!

    3. Ummmm, are your fingers not dead?!?!?

    4. THAT VIDEO IS SO BEAUTIFUL #goals #whywasntiinvited #sobeautiful

    5. I would pin that. So so so cute.

    6. WOah girl, that is amazing. Congratulations! And so road trips are in order, right?

    7. ^See #3 but add explanation points.^

    LOVE YOU GIRL!!!

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    1. i just realized I said girl like seventeen times I KNOW YOUR NAME IS KATE IM SORRY

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    2. HAHA NO I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND XD I use "dude" and "man" allll the time so I can relate. Thank you so so so much for all of your kind words, Elissa!! I hope you had an absolutely wonderful year yourself! <3 Love you too!!!

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  4. Wow! 2017 looks like it was such an incredible year for you!! Getting married and writing all the books and traveling Europe. Like can I have your life please? ;) jk. But for real though! I'm glad you had an amazing year. I hope that 2018 treats you just as well!

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    1. Dude, you're gonna be in Paris one day soon, I just know it. I'm amazed by how far you are going with learning the French language! You must give me pointers!! Happy new year to you and your family, girlie! I hope your 2018 is beyond blessed!

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  5. Oh my word Kate! You've had a big, BIG year!! Congratulations on LITERALLY EVERYTHING. (also can we have a blogpost just all about you and Tyler? pleaseeeee??? complete with adorable pictures like the one above??) Your home looks adorable too (and can we have a house tour please too? I swear I'm not creepy it's just all too cute and I want to see more XD)

    I'm so glad I 'met' you this year!
    (Also! I ordered the physical copy of The Blood Race for Christmas and I. AM. PUMPED.)

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    1. I AM SO GLAD I MET YOU TOO, HANNE!! <3 I hope you have a beyond blessed 2018!

      Bahah, not creepy at ALL, I love seeing people's houses. I have gotten so many requests for a me & Tyler post - may have to fulfill those requests some day!

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  6. AWWW!!! Reading this post just made my heart warm. Especially since I don't know a ton about you and this being the first couple things I learned was just SO. DARN. COOL!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Amelia Ruth!! It's nice to meet you!

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  7. All of your weddings photos are so cute! Like ahhhhh!! Loved reading this. :)

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    1. AHhhhhh, you are so sweet, thank you, Nabila!! I hope your and your family have a beyond blessed 2018

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  8. Dude, what a fabulous year! Congrats on all the excitement! I just got the first book in your series for Christmas and am so stoked to read it. WOOP WOOP! <3 :)

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    1. YEEEAASS!!! I can't wait to hear what you thought of the book, Erin! I hope you like it. Thank you so much for the kind words, my friend! <3

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  9. Kate, wow I don't think I ever congratulated you on your wedding. I remember seeing it, but did I say anything?? Well, CONGRATULATIONS YOU LOOK HAPPY TOGETHER, AWWWW. : )

    *major fistbump* for all your writing accomplishments. You're a superhuman.

    Your house is #pinterestgoals, that is all. Also it's unfair to you that I'm commenting before I watch the video, but I will watch it later, I promise. : )

    For me, the biggest/greatest thing of 2017 was starting a blog and doing NaNoWriMo. Those are my favorite things about this year, but there's a lot more that won't fit into this comment. I feel like I have learned and grown so much this year, you know, in all of life.

    Hope your 2018 is stellar.
    k.

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    1. Thank you so so so much, Keira! <3 Major props to you for WRITING A NOVEL & starting a FLIPPIN BEAUTIFUL blog!!

      I hope 2018 is beyond blessed for you!!

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  10. Wow, it looks like we had a pretty similar year! I love your wedding picture and I'm so jealous of your backpack through Europe. #goals I got married this year too and we did a roadtrip down from southern Alberta Canada into Idaho, Washington, and up into BC. What was your favorite part of your Europe trip? Your house is beautifully decorated, and your book looks super interesting - I'll have to check it out! I published my first novel this year as well. It's really cool to see someone else sharing so many similar experiences! I'm glad to have found your blog through your sister. Happy New Year to you!

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    1. AHHH CONGRATS TO YOU, EMILY! It sounds like you had a beautiful year as well <3 I just checked out your amazing blog - you've gained a new follower! Favorite part of the Europe trip?? Oh man, that is a HARD question! I'd have to say Paris though. <3 Thank you so much for your sweet words!!

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  11. Looks like 2017 was the Year of Kate. The trip looks absolutely amazing (and go Abbiee for that AMAZING video).

    I hope 2018 is just as amazing for you!!! :)

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    1. Right??? ABBIE ROCKS. Thank you so much for your kind words, Evangeline! I ope you have an absolutely INCREDIBLE 2018!!!

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  12. What a great year!! It was so much fun to read about all the things you've accomplished this year. Congratulations to everything!! Wishing you another great year to come!
    Simply Me

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    1. Thanks so much, Vanessa! I hope you have a wonderful 2018!

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  13. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH KATE!!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR AMAZING YEAR! I hope your 2018 is just as awesome but, idk man, getting married AND publishing your first book is pretty amazing! It'll be hard to top all of that. ;)

    I can't wait for book 2 and 3! Also; you and tyler are GOALS. <3

    xx Kenzie

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    1. AWW MAN, you are so sweet & amazing, Mackenzie! Thanks so much, and may 2018 be the best year yet for you!!

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  14. Heyo! I just found your blog through Instagram (thanks for the follow by the way) and I'm loving your blog. Can't wait to read more - Happy New Year and 2018!

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    1. And thank you for the follow as well, Kara! I am so glad you're enjoying the blog. Have a wonderful 2018!

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  15. DUDE WHAT A YEAR!!!!!!! So many big and amazing things!! CONGRATS ON IT ALL MY FREN.

    I hope 2018 is all that you dream of and more :))

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH DUDE!!! <3 you are a gem, Autumn. I hope 2018 is blessed beyond measure for you!!

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  16. Following along with you this past year has been an absolute joy. So, so happy for you. <3

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