So, this has been a year. Allow me this recap of my work:

I started 2018 by finishing researching and writing my first book, Drive & Hike: Appalachian Trail, which is scheduled to be released in 2019. I haven’t yet written anything to supplement that work, but at October I did highlight some of the breweries I visited during my research.

A piece I wrote in 2017 for October surfaced this year, too, shining a light on some of the best breweries in the Hudson Valley of New York.

My experience tasting the Hudson Valley came in handy once again, this time for Chronogram. Really proud of the scope of this one, highlighting all the advancements in the region’s craft beverage industry.

I also had the opportunity for Chronogram to dig into the Hudson Valley’s tech revolution.

Also, if you read anything in the 2018 Dutchess County Tourism Guide, you read my writing. I was hired by Luminary Publishing to be the sole writer of the publication, working on a strict production schedule and meeting multiple deadlines at any one time. I worked well with a direct editor, an overseeing editor, artists, and the clients, including the county tourism board and county executive.

I also landed my first Hudson Valley magazine cover: The July 2018 edition’s feature on the great outdoors.

And my first national magazine piece came out; I had this item about ghost town hikes in Backpacker.

I did some work for the Hardball Times, as well, including this cool piece about the definition of a “bust.”

That was the first half of 2018. In May, I decided to completely change my life. We moved to Houston and I became dining editor of Houstonia magazine. It’s been an incredible six months in Texas, and I’ve had some really cool opportunities.

I wrote a few restaurant reviews. Here’s one on two fast-casual restaurants that drew me in and wowed me at times:

I edited a cover feature on the best steak in Houston.

I wrote about cricket lovers trying to build the biggest facility of its kind in America.

I searched high and low for the best New York-style pizza in the city.

I became the eSports beat writer, I suppose.

There’s so much more on tap for 2019. I have some cool plans in place for food and drink coverage at Houstonia, and I’ll be announcing something really awesome before the year ends. Meanwhile, I’m hoping my first ever homebrew pans out, I’m slowly making friends here in Houston, and oh yeah, Sarah and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our second child.

I’m blessed, grateful, and excited. Thanks to everyone who’s helped me get to this point – I’m not great at showing appreciation, but please know that I’m thinking of you.

My family is healthy and growing. I love what I do. I have strong support from friends and family. Personally, I couldn’t have had a better 2018. Here’s to the new year.