South Congress street in Austin will always be home to some of my favorite memories. Every time I find myself sitting around a table in the low light of Hotel San Jose's patio til they close the place down. My little home away from home.
1. Cape Town window view
2. Cape Town Coastal highway stop
3. Pretoria, SA drive
4. Early morning South Africa helicopter ride
5. Two Son smilebooth in Nashville, TN
7. Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO
8. Tulsa, OK pawn shop
9. Tulsa Pawn Shop
10. Tulsa Pawn Shop
12. City & State in Memphis, TN - amazing coffee & shopping
I landed in California around 6pm & headed straight to Sarah's loft in downtown LA. After a quick conversation & a last minute decision we were in the car and heading to the desert. I was in the middle of the busiest season I had ever been in & was just wrapping up the largest project I have worked on to date. I was exhausted. An impromptu no wifi, no cell service visit to the desert was exactly what I needed. We rolled in late, greeted by a tumbleweed (my only goal for the desert: see a tumbleweed. Check!) we iPhone flash lighted our way to the door. After dropping our bags we pulled a few lawn chairs to the middle of the courtyard and stared up for a while. I can't remember if we even talked very much, just sat and stared until our eyes wouldn't stay open anymore. We called it a night & woke up right as the sun started peaking through our blinds & rushed out the door for a drive through Joshua Tree in the morning light. The next few hours consisted of laughing, spinning, trying to take self timed photos (hard), yoga poses, and yelling at the top of our lungs on some rocks because WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT AND THAT IS WHAT YOU DO. Especially when you have Sarah Shreves at your side. Sarah is the type of person who elicits that kind of freedom. After a while of hanging around our motel we packed up and made the journey back through the desert to LA... which turned out to be a giant circle and an hour later we were still in the desert. Luckily, when surrounded by Joshua Tree you tend not to mind getting lost a little bit. Grateful for that 12 hour rest before hoping back into the busy & to have Sarah along for the ride to keep me laughing.
Ooooooklahoma, thanks for taking care of us.
I finally saw the arches, even if was for just a few seconds out a window. Still counts.
Memphis, you won me over with your YAY coffee & your spacious Best Western. It's the little things.
Hellllllllo Ryman, you make a good first impression. First night out with the Muddy Magnolias was one for the books.
2014 moved in hyper speed.
227 days of shooting.
70 photo shoots.
6 music videos.
1 People.com feature.
1 BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE ALBUM COVER. (WHAT?!)
2014 held my first country festival. first (and final) attempt at cooking curry. first office space outside of my house. first ever intern (ohhh hayyyy Brooke Bennett). FINALLY someone to help my schedule challenged self: Courtney@marycarolinerussell.com (case in point, I thought yesterday was new years eve). And as of right now, my first ever blog post.
It has been swift, but one of the sweetest years to date.
These are a few of my favorite moments of the past year, some you have seen, some no one has ever seen. Grateful for every person who has made this possible. Completely overwhelmed when I look at what all 2014 brought. More than I could ask or imagine.
Passion Global Dates 2014 - Abu Dhabi. Hyderabad. Delhi. Manila. Singapore. Hawaii.
2014 you were good to me, but I can't wait to see what 2015 has up it's sleeve.
HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!