To say 2016 was life changing for me would be an understatement. It was quite the year. I don’t usually share personal details on the blog, but today I am.

There were some unbelievably wonderful moments and some sad ones as well. If I’m being honest, it was a hard year. But a necessary one. 2016 was humbling, a reality check. I knew it was going to be the “shake up” year, but I never knew much that saying would come to be.

This year I experienced my first blizzard, moved to a new city (DC > RDU), started working from home, went through a breakup, got my first real place of my own, lost my childhood dog (RIP Zack), started the blog, comforted sick family members (such a blessing everyone is now well!), attended 4 beautiful Weddings, took 14 plane flights and traveled to 10 different cities.

There were 3 big lessons learned in my 26th year…

I’ve learned that you should never take your friends and family for granted. I didn’t know how much I truly needed them until these past few months. I want to give a special shout out to my loved ones for cheering me up, for helping with the move, for the fun nights, for the great laughs- for everything. Relationships should be cherished because they are more valuable than anything else in this life. If you ever need a reminder of that, sit in the Arrivals terminal at your local airport for about an hour.

I’ve learned that nothing is ever guaranteed and that plans don’t always work out. Someone told me earlier this year that it’s not a bad life- just a bad month. It couldn’t be more true. Things will happen when they are supposed to happen. Patience is a virtue (I’m still working on this). 

I’ve learned that change isn’t as easy as I thought. Being that I’ve always viewed myself as pretty adaptable, this was a hard one. No one can prepare you for the transition of moving to a new (and different) city than your previous one. I did as much research in advance to prepare me for the “new’ lifestyle and yet there are still hard moments (6 months in). But I’m very happy to be back in my home state that’s for sure!!

All of these lessons we have to learn at some point, so why not knock them out all in one year….right? 😉 Hard times are temporary and you can’t fully appreciate happiness unless you experience those hard patches. I’m more than grateful for the lessons!

Highlight of the year? My 27th birthday! Friends came from afar to celebrate with me. My friend Megan whose been living in Amsterdam for the past year and half, surprised me with her arms full of cupcakes. It was an awesome (shocking) moment!!

Last but not least, Happy New Year to everyone! A huge thanks to you all for reading along and supporting me in the first year of the blog, it means the world to me.

Adios 2016, you will not be missed. And hello 2017…I can’t wait to meet you 🙂


Since everyone (and I mean everyone) is of the “fresh start” mentality, I’ve created my first 101 Things in 1001 Days listI can’t wait to get started! Check it out here.



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