By 04.18.17. 7 Comments

Let me preface this by saying there’s a good chance that if you are reading this post you are either (a) my mother; or, (b) one of my four closest friends. But in the event this draws readership outside of my inner circle (here’s to hoping!!!), I thought it would be a good idea for me to introduce myself and give my readers a glimpse into who I am, why I started The Hollyday and why I think anyone should trust my travel recommendations.



To keep from putting you to sleep, I will make this brief. Growing up, I loved to write.  I got a journalism degree from Ole Miss, but happened to graduate in one of the worst years for getting out of school and starting a career. So I stalled for a few years, then got a law degree and moved back home to Knoxville, Tennessee to practice law. But it didn’t take me long to realize I had lots of passion and a few talents that I wasn’t using. Cue lots of brainstorming and months of trying to “find myself” or whatever you want to call that fun phase of early adulthood.



 I remember being on a beach vacation with my family one September, sititng on the couch flipping through local guide books and reading Yelp reviews on my phone, trying to find a decent sports bar where we could go watch the first Ole Miss game of the season. After reading about 100 Yelp reviews, I realized there wasn’t really a resource out there where I could go for recommendatinos I knew I could trust. From there, the idea for The Hollyday was born. I wanted to create an online destination where people could come for travel inspiration and recommendations, knowing what they were going to get. And as my idea for The Hollyday developed, I found a way to combine more of my passions into the project — writing, photogrpahy, holidays & celebrations, and even style, beauty and wellness tips.



I hope this will become a lifestyle destination and trusted source for recommendations, tips, and inspiration for people who love to travel. I also hope to give you little reasons to celebrate, even if you’re just sititng at home on a random Tuesday night. Mostly, I want The Hollyday to be a positive space in the digital world that encourages people to enjoy this life and the things it has to offer.

It will take time to build, but I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. Stay tuned for a post on how I go about selecting the places and things I recommend in my travel guides, as well as the L.A. City Guide (it’s *almost* done!), lots of travel inspo, and plenty of ideas on how to celebrate summer (hint: cocktails involved).


Join the discussion 7 Comments

  • LaDonna aka MOM says:

    You are beautiful, sweet, charming, caring and so intelligent and inspiring! I only trust for all of my travel, fashion and celebration inspiration! You’re the best and I’m so proud of you.
    From: YOUR MOTHER 🙂

  • Teresa says:

    Your beauty and creativity shine through your Hollyday and inspire all who read it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Courtney says:

    Absolutely love this post!! So excited for you and all that’s to come!!

  • Nettir says:

    Congrats Holly! I can’t wait to see all the places you will take us!

  • Alyssa Skarke says:

    So excited to see where the Hollyday goes! I have loved reading every by of it. Love you!!

  • Jilly says:

    So proud of you and this blog. You’re an inspo for this bored mama!

  • Lisa Spoone says:

    Well your cousin Lisa read it Nd I think you’re awesome!!! Maybe someday soon I will get to travel with you!

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