What a year we had! 2017 was the year of so much growth and change in the Goodson household and one that won't soon be forgotten. I recently shared a recap of the past year on Instagram Stories, but wanted a more permanent piece to live here on the blog. So without further ado ---

We started the year off with a trip to Portland, Oregon to celebrate our third wedding anniversary! We met the amazing Dawn Photo and she took photos of us on the most beautiful cliffside near the the Columbia River Gorge! We spent our days in Oregon exploring more of Portland, sipping lots coffee and taking a short road trip to Cannon Beach. It was surely the best way to start off the new year!

Once back home, we started focusing more time on our space and working to update things in house here and there. Our sweet little home is still a work in progress, but it's surely our favorite place to be!

In February, Scott had surgery to repair a few damaged nerves in his left hand. He's doing so much better today, and we truly couldn't be more grateful! In March, we also had a booth at the spring Phoenix Flea -- Scott's first market back post-surgery, and it felt so great to see him back out there doing what he loves!

Toward the middle of March, Dawn came to town and we had the most amazing time shooting in the desert at one of our very favorite spots! This evening truly felt like magic and we'll surely cherish these photos forever and ever!

Man, March sure was a big month! I had the honor of partnering with one of my all-time favorite brands, VANS! We partnered up for a week long style-a-thon to celebrate their classic styles. This partnership was a dream come true and something I'm still pinching myself about! 

April was another huge month for Scott and Citizen Home Decor! Did you know that you can now find our handmade pieces all throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Flagstaff, Arizona (along with online, of course)? Our small business continued to grow and flourish in 2017, and we sure can't wait to see what 2018 will hold for us! 

In May, I turned 29 and welcomed my last year of my twenties with open arms! I shared one of my most favorite posts of the year to celebrate the special day. It's crazy to think that my birthday is now only four months away and I'll be entering into a whole new decade! How did this happen, ya'll? I was barely 21 when I started this blog! 

We also welcomed our dearest friend's newest baby girl into the world in May, and had the honor of taking her photos just minutes (literally) after she was born. It's surely an experience I'll never, ever forget. 

I was also featured in a print magazine, Luxe Design! I've been writing for years (I was a reporter in another life), but seeing your name in print definitely hasn't lost its charm! 

Scott and I also spent some time in San Diego, California, visiting our besties and soaking in the sand and salty air. We had the best time in SD and hope to go back again this summer! 

June was a bit of a whirlwind as we prepared for our across the pond trip and worked hard on Citizen HD, but in late June we headed to Salt Lake City to celebrate the 4th of July. We had also had the chance to visit the #CentsOfStyleWall, which is just as cute as you would imagine. 

July was also a huge month for Citizen Home Decor, as we were welcomed into the West Elm Local family! You can now find select Citizen HD products at the Phoenix and Scottsdale West Elm locations! Just typing that gives me butterflies! 

At the end of July, Scott and I hopped the pond and headed to London, England and Paris, France for a two week European vacation! This was my first time in Europe in about ten years, and Scott's first time ever --- so it felt extra special to be experiencing these beautiful places together! 

While in London, Scott and I had the chance to experience the infamous teahouse, Sketch! It was one of the first reservations I made when we confirmed our trip and it was everything I hoped it would be and more! 

After spending a handful of days in London, we hopped on the Eurostar and headed to Paris, France! I'll admit, going to Paris felt a bit intimidating since my French is subpar and I had a not-so-friendly experience previously in France, but truth be told it was a magical place and we had an incredible time exploring this romantic city together!

Word to the wise -- never ever underestimate the power of taking a walk along the Seine River!

In August, Scott and I had some BIG news to share -- our home was featured on the West Elm blog, Front + Main! It was such an honor to have our home featured and it was definitely one of those "pinch me" moments of 2017!

The month of September brought our first time as a vendor at the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market! This three day market was a big step for our small business, and we already can't wait for our second Junk market this coming April!  

October was a busy month around here and we kicked it off by heading to South Dakota for a weekend of fall weather, exploring new cities and getting to see these beautiful autumn colors at their peek!

October also held to two very celebrations -- Scott and I celebrated 11 years of love AND he turned 29 just days later! It's crazy to think how young we were when we got together, but I truly feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow up and experience so much of life together during all those years before we were married. We waited over 7 years before we tied the knot, and while at the time I might have told you I wished we had gotten married sooner (we were just so in love!), today I look back and see the value in waiting all those years we did because today we are SO strong because of it! 

In November, we were welcomed into the newly-formed Mezona Market family and feel so honored to have a home in this beautiful, locally owned collective shop in downtown Mesa! Here we are during the opening party, surrounded by friends and loved ones -- celebrating those great days and months to come in this beautiful shop! 

We also celebrated the start of our busy season with a little shoot in the cotton fields with our dear friend, Katie! Katie and I were introduced earlier this year at my full-time job and I truly couldn't be more grateful for all the love and support she's shown us this year! She's also super amazing at anything she puts her mind to and is as sweet as they come! 

Scott and I also celebrated another successful Small Business Saturday at Phoenix Flea! It was by far our busiest market yet and we felt so blessed to have been a part of this beautiful day for another year! 

The end of November through December was a bit of a whirlwind --  we sold at 10+ markets, got ready to celebrate the holidays, shot the most darling family photos with our talented friends, Kelsey and Michael, baked cookies and made fudge, celebrated Christmas with our family and friends and shared a whole lot of fun posts here on the blog! What a beautiful end of the year we had!

2017 was an incredible year in so many ways, but Scott and I sure are excited to see what 2018 will hold of us! Here's to an amazing year, friends! We can't wait to share all about it here with you, just as we have for the past 8+years! ECK! Here's to 2018!

-Chelsea xo