Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dear 2016...

Every year I like to reflect on the past year when the new year arrives to remember all the things that happened and to help improve for the coming year. The past two years I have made a video highlighting all my top moments of the year. Though this year I really just did not feel like doing that so I thought I would write a post and share some pictures with you from the past year! I wanted to write a letter to 2016 to reflect and move on from the past year. This is a bit different from my normal posts but I really wanted to share it with you.

Dear 2016,

If I am being complete honest I am glad you have come to an end. This past year has been one of the hardest and trying years of my life so far. Though this year helped me learn a lot about myself and life so in away I am grateful I went though the experience I did. I try to keep my blog upbeat and positive so it might come as a surprise to you that this past year at times was anything but that. I had a lot of highs but also a lot of lows. I experienced my first taste of living away from home and working a "real" job.  I had to make a lot of hard decisions around school, my interests, and friends. I have no doubt that this year tested me and sometimes made me question myself. Though I can now go into 2017 stronger then every before. It's funny because when I first started thinking about what I would write in this post I was focusing on all the negative things that I experienced in this past year. I was planning on talking about how 2016 really sucked at times. In my head all I could think about was the bad. Though I decided to go through my photos and blog posts before writing this post and I began to realize that a lot of really great things happened in 2016. Some of the things that happened I completely forgot about. As I thought about it more I realized this year really was not that bad I simply let the bad cloud all the exciting things 2016 gave me. If their is one thing I learned in 2016 it's that if you are not careful everyday life can easily suck the life right out of you. I think more then any other year I learned this year that life is hard. Their is no way to get around that so you have to learn to accept the lows but keep your eyes focused on the highs. So here is to 2017 the year of fun. The year where I focus on the highs and let go of the lows.

To keep with this theme I decided I would recap some of my highs from 2016! I will be sharing my resolutions for 2017 in another post. 

Celebrated The New Year In Massachusetts and Vermont 
Traveled To Florida 
Got Initiated
MY Sister Came To Visit 
Traveled To San Diego For A Conference 
Meet The CEO Of Lilly Pulitzer In San Diego 
Traveled To Florida Again For Spring Break
Saw A Double Rainbow On St. Patrick's Day
Attended Formal
Celebrated My Mom's Birthday 
Moved To Maryland For The Summer And Had Family Visit In June and July
Ate Lots Of Crabs
Toured Baltimore
Had My Roommate Visit Me
Went To An Orioles Game
Celebrated My Birthday In Baltimore 
Vacationed In Hilton Head And Florida 
Went On A Hike With Friends 
Walked In Light The Night
Had Fun In Canada 
Celebrated My Dad's Birthday In Ithaca 
Got A Little And Had My Big Surprise Me
Took A Panting Class
Ran In The Turkey Trot
Cut Down The Christmas Tree 
Plunged Into The Freezing Cold Water For The Polar Plunge
Celebrated the Holidays And Ended The Year With A Shopping Trip 

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