when things don’t go quite as planned… a 2020 year in review

I love doing a yearly recap blog post… seeing what’s transpired over the last 12 months, all the fun that my little family has had, things we’ve accomplished + completed = you know the “normal” year in review. But let’s all be blatantly honest, 2020 has been anything BUT normal and the fact that we are all still here–healthy and happy–is something to celebrate in of itself.

You know by now I am a always a glass half-full kind of girl so it’s time for me to sit down, think about all the GOOD that came my way this year and then start crossing my fingers we NEVER have a year like 2020 ever again… a wish we’re all hoping gets granted! Having said that, I’m thankful for another year of doing what I wholeheartedly love–sharing the ups and downs of life, giving you a daily dose of happy to help uplift and inspire, working with brands I’ve dreamed about for years, but most of all, making this a positive space for all who visit. Big hugs friends, OXOX.

Now my proper monthly recap + review for the most strange year yet:

2020 Year in Review

JANUARY 

started a brand new word of the year… quite fitting for 2020 if you ask me

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: clip art image of the word Joy.

got back on the FWTFL train… felt good to get back in my workout and food groove

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking on a Matrix rowing machine.

spent some time playing at the new Graduate Nashville Hotel… the anything but ordinary boutique hotel experience

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing pajamas and sitting on a canopy bed in a hotel room.

headed south to Florida for the 30A Songwriter’s Festival, courtesy of Hilton

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking and friends at the 30A Songwriter's Festival.

hit up the Heart Ball Late Party with my hubby to celebrate with friends

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking and her husband at the Heart Ball.


FEBRUARY

headed to NYC with girlfriends to help shop market for KMcCarthy at Coterie

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a group of women standing together.

got to experience the most incredible week with my girls + Mimi with Disney at their Creator’s Celebration,
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I will never forget

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two girls wearing matching Mickey Mouse dresses and Mini Mouse ear head bands at Disney World.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two girls and their grandma on the Toy Story ride at Disney World.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom, grandma, and two young girls standing with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the Disney Cruise ship.

travelled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a long weekend getaway celebrating Jordan’s 40th birthday

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing ski gear and drinking an alcoholic beverage outside.

played in the snow with my little bunnies when the white fluffy stuff came down and called school out

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls building a snowman outside.

MARCH

did a little sleepover staycation with Caroline and her besties for her 8th birthday at Gaylord Opryland + Soundwaves

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of four young girls wearing matching swim suits at an indoor waterpark.

headed to Rosemary Beach for Spring Break… the week before everything shut down

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of four Young Girls standing outside at Rosemary Beach.

APRIL

hosted Easter brunch at our house… just our little family celebrating Him and all the blessings even during a crazy year

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together on their front porch and holding their doodle breed dog.

searched Pinterest high and low for ALL the activities to keep us occupied during quarantine

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together on some chalk art.

created the work-from-home-school office for the girls… thank heavens for our incredible teachers

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a purple caddy filled with colored pencils, gel pens, markers, scissors, tape, sight word cards.

MAY

celebrated the end of the school year and kicked off summer with a fun photo sesh with Allie Golden

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two girls standing together in a field.

started my six month brand ambassadorship with OxiClean… oh how much fun it’s been sharing this with you

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing an all white outfit and holding Oxi Clean products in her hands.

visisted the Russell Nashville for a colorful photoshoot to share their brand new digs for out of town guests

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking at Russell Nashville.

showcased our love affair of baking and Rice Krispies for a fun mommy + me spring campaign

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking and her two daughters standing together in their kitchen and holding Rice Krispies products in their hands.

opened up the lake house for the 2020 season, complete with lots of overnight guests and loads of fishing + fun

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together on a boating dock.

JUNE

celebrated this little lady’s 7th birthday with a fun sleepover with her besties

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a young girl on a electric scooter.

FINALLY mastered the art of wakesurfing… oh the trial and error of sooooo many attempts but now I’ve got it!

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking kneeling on the back of a boat and holding a Mission board.

JULY

released my first ever personalized product design in partnership with Social Threads, which has since sold out 4 additional times… such a fun experience that helped me start more work in all things custom and fab

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Social Thread bag.

celebrated Independence Day with family and good friends… lots of things to be grateful for, EVEN this year

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together on a set of stairs and wearing matching 4th of July outfits.

came out with my first ever Gibson collaboration where I got the chance to design this gorgeous maxi and ruffled up romper for summer fun in the sun… a BIG goal I was thrilled to get to complete

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a white Gibson dress.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Gibson romper.

spent my birthday weekend at the lake with some of the best friends a girl could ask for

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of three women standing together outside.

AUGUST

prepped my babies to go back to school… a bit different than ever before as we
started 2nd grade for Carson and 3rd grade virtually for Caroline–goodness we love Scales!!

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two girls standing together in front of a yellow school bus.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together outside while walking their dog.

spent the weekend away with the bunco babes doing what we do best

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a group of women standing together by a lake.

SEPTEMBER

the girls scored our very first official collaboration with Target… guess all those #targetthursday
roundups paid off and we had a BALL sharing all sorts of girly goodness 

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together in front of a flowering bush.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together on a couch and wearing activewear.

welcomed some of my blogger besties in town for a fun staycation, Nashville style

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of four woman standing together outside.

hosted our friends for the Survivor Soiree benefitting our favorite non-profit, Survivor Fitness Foundation

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a fall tablescape.

particiapted in all the dress-up days for our school’s big INVEST fundraiser

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing on the front steps to their house and wearing their Halloween costumes.

celebrated Tucker’s very first birthday, complete with a doggy cake and all the presents

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a goldendoodle puppy eating some cake.

OCTOBER

joined forces with Truist to talk all about shopping small and local… now more than ever! 

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking at the Shop the Mill event.

came out with my first ever stationery, homegoods and drinkware line with Clairebella Studio! a collab that was more than 6 months in the making finally came to fruition and it’s been better than I ever could’ve imagined

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Clairbella Studios travel mug and Clairebella Studios phone case.

had my very first Anthropologie collaboration–a big brand check off my bucket list = over the moon happy

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking standing next to her espresso maker.

released my brand new custom camo + colorblock tote via Social Threads… months of prep with the perfect detail = design done right for holding evetything you need day in and day out… it’s sold out twice now and we cannot wait to bring it back

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Social Thread bag.

celebrated Fall Break in the happiest place we love, Rosemary Beach… with a fun new adventure, too

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking, her husband, and her two daughters standing together.

got all dressed up as the zookeeper and all his crazy animals for Halloween

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a group family standing together outside and wearing animal costumes.

NOVEMBER

spent the afternoon with our dear friend Kelly Terrell Art creating a custom art commission with C+C

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls painting together.

headed south to Reynolds Plantation for a fun little group getaway to celebrate Bev’s birthday

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a group of grownups standing together at the Reynolds Plantation.

checked off another collab bucket list item, this time with JCrew.. a major milestone for my #1 retailer — it was absolutely so much fun sharing the latest and greatest from the preppy, yet traditional brand I love

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking standing outside and wearing a J. Crew blazer, J. Crew tartan button up, jeans, and carrying a red purse.

released my signature holiday jewelry and accessory collection with Accessory Concierge… working with this brand is near and dear to my heart and I am so thrilled to see how many of you enjoyed shopping this curated debut

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing Accessory Concierge items.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing Accessory Concierge items.

Carson got to participate in her very first dance convention at Gaylord Opryland

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a little girl wearing a dance outfit.

Headed east for a few days of fun with our cousins and Meg and Aaron

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of 4 young kids standing together and holding hands at the beach.

took our little turkeys to Mimi and Pap’s for a proper Thanksgiving Day celebration

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together and wearing matching plaid dresses.

DECEMBER

hosted my annual 12 days of giveaways with SO many influential companies I am proud to partner with! a truly memorable and makeworthy time to surprise some of you this holiday season with special tidings and fun giftables, too

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing together outside and wearing a pink dress, pleated pink skirt, puff sleeve sweater, and knot headband.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking standing in front of a Christmas tree and wearing a cream dress and red statement earrings.

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Social Thread strap, green sweater, Gucci belt, button up jeans, and gold bracelets.

signed, sealed, delivered… we closed on our very 1st beach bungalow + began renovations = cannot wait for it to be complete on Ro Sham Beaux Rosemary, and yes you can rent it here

met the Jolly Old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus so we could finalize our holiday wishlists!!

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls sitting on Santa's lap.

Spent a weekend cooking all the caramels and candy with Pappy and Mimi

Year in Review by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of two young girls standing n the kitchen with their grandpa and wearing matching red aprons.

 

I know our 2020 didn’t look quite as planned and I know yours was totally “off” when it came to trying to check your yearly trips, lists and such, but again… new memories were made, new traditions were formed, and we got the chance to slow down, savor it all a bit more and count our blessings, both big and small. Now let’s cross our fingers that 2021 will be much more ORDINARY, right?!?!?

What does your year in review look like?  Let me know in a comment below!

1 Comment

  1. January 7, 2021 / 1:33 pm

    What a magical year filled with so much JOY even in the chaos and craziness of the pandemic. So proud of you and all you have achieved in 2020, you have worked so hard and launched so many incredible partnerships and collars – can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for you and the new beach house project x

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