How did we finally get to December 30, 2020!?! What a year it has been! Although there were almost too many challenges to count, I am extremely grateful for the extra time this year with my family and friends. On my birthday each year, I take extra time to count my blessings, think about the year that has just passed and dream build for the next year. It is always clear to me that I have so much to be thankful for: my family, friends, AWL team, partners and YOU!
(Photo by Erin Schreyer for her Porch Project in our neighborhood. She raised an amazing about of money for many charities with her inspiring work!)
I think we all have big hopes and dreams for 2021. While 2020 has truly been a challenging, there has also been also been true joy. Nothing means more to me than my family and the time we spend together. In quarantine, we celebrated milestone events at home in special ways that would not have been possible in a 2019 world. Scott and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary with the girls serving dinner and danced the night away in our dining room; and our college daughter’s 19th birthday and our youngest’s 12th birthday at home together with a special meal, beautiful table setting and of course, cake!
I am immeasurably blessed to have had this Godly man by my side for 25 years. When I said last year having someone “who is willing to do the hard things as well as the fun things that push us out of our comfort zone. Being able to support him and our girls when we have hard times is easier knowing the Lord, Jesus Christ goes ahead of us and hems us in behind. It is my hope that you personally know this as well.” I had no idea what was ahead for our family and the world. Those statements are even more true today than 365 days ago. Scott is a huge blessing and support to me and our family and I also hope you know the Lord and His love for you, as well.
Your support of Alicia Wood Lifestyle and how this community has grown in numbers again this year keeps me inspired to create. AWL is a bright spot on hard days and YOU make it possible! Your encouraging comments on the website, emails with great questions that often inspire blog posts and messages on Instagram, lift my spirits and put a spring in my step on days I need it. I truly hope this space does the same for you!
My goal is to inspire you to create memories with your family and friends through good food, entertaining at home and travel. The style and beauty posts are the frivolous fun we all need. Memories are the sweetest things we have to share with those we love.
I am working on several exciting projects in 2021 and can’t wait to share some content more directly with you. I am so thankful to my many retail partners that make this dream job possible. Their support also means the world to me. The way you responded to the AWL x Hazen & Co Jewelry Collection and AWL x Hazen Holiday Collection, the Southcott Threads Collections, Rosanne Beck Holiday Collection and Cabana Life Essentials Collections have been truly amazing! Stay tuned for more here! You can see these brands and other brand partnerships under the collaborations category.
The FABULOUS AWL team (Sydney – strategy, design, planning, post writing, website updating and more, Tracey – social media coordinator, Audrie – fabulous photography and Marc – website guru) and I have some great plans for AWL in the coming year. An email asking for your thoughts will be coming soon, so please be on the look out! Until then, I wish you a wonderful end to 2019 and a fabulous 2020.
Much love and cheers to you on my birthday!