Bourbon & Birdies: A Year in Review and Looking Forward

A Year in Review: 2018

This time last year I was exhausted. I had just finished up a Christmas Market in Tallahassee and just felt so drained. I looked back over 2017 and realized that I barely had any time to paint and even less time to spend in nature soaking up that old fashioned Florida inspiration. I decided to “take a year off” to regroup and focus on my art without the distractions of festivals and art shows.

During this year off, I still had a chance do some great activities including participating in the St. Francis Wildlife Association's 40th Anniversary Celebration and in Hearth & Soul’s Summer Artist Series. I also made my magazine debut in the Winter Issue of the Flamingo Magazine, Florida’s only statewide lifestyle magazine.

I also had my first podcast guest debut on the fun podcast, Hannah and Erik Go Birding. I had so much fun chatting with these avid birders about Bourbon & Birdies. If you haven’t had a chance to listen, you’ll find me on Episode 4, along with some info on the Eufaula NWR.

With all my extra time, I took the opportunity to cross a couple places off of my Florida bucket list. Some highlights were: pitcher plant bogs in Sumatra, Florida; Silver Glen Springs; and the Cathedral of Palms trail on the Florida Trail.

Looking Forward to 2019

After “taking a year off” to regroup, I’m looking forward to a productive 2019. This year, I will be journeying across the state, and taking you along with me. Each month, we’ll visit a different part of the state and learn about its ecology, history, and significance. My goal for this year-long project is to dig into the state, collaborate with other Floridians, and further reveal how special this state is.

Starting in January, I will be kicking off my daily #journeyacrossflorida series on my social media accounts (@bourbonandbirdies) with weekly updates on this blog.

Can’t wait to take this journey together. See you in 2019!