Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thanks, 2016

Happy New Year's Eve! Thank GOD 2016 is finally almost over! This year has felt like many many years all rolled into one. Don't get me wrong, there were definitely some highs... but overall I'm thankful that this chapter is closing and another one is opening!

I had so many lows this year. Friendships changing, goals seeming further and further away, family emergencies... it felt never ending. The only thing getting me through this year were all of the highs that either outweighed the lows or totally masked them for a while.


I started this blog! // I've always blogged. Ever since I was 13 I've had a blog, but I've never stuck with it. This summer, partly due to being unemployed (definitely a low), I just decided to push myself to stick with it! I published a post 6 days a week and am thankful I did. I wish my schedule during the school year had been less hectic, but hopefully in the next few weeks I'll find my blogging groove again and publish more posts more consistently.

I went to the Middle East // 2016 was an interesting year for international travel, but it's now more than ever that I think it's so important! If you're staying put, the evil in the world wins. I jumped on the opportunity to go to Oman when it was announced as a Maymester term through the USC journalism school.

I (tried) to get fit // This was a huge goal of mine in 2016. I did pretty well over the summer, but unfortunately once again classes and being on a meal plan made it really difficult to workout consistently and measure my calorie intake/outtake. I'm definitely going to carry this goal over into 2017... which brings me to my next big event...

I graduated college! // I graduated early this December. I have no idea what I want to do with my life. Normally people have that "crisis" their freshman year, but I decided to wait until I was out in the real world! Ha! I have a general idea... and I know I'll figure it out... but I hope it's sooner rather than later!

I found happiness // I'll end with a big cliche... but toward the end of this year I felt genuinely happy. This post goes deeper into that... but the feeling of happiness hasn't left!

The beginning of this year was really hard for me, but I got through it and through those experiences I know that I can get through almost anything. I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store!

22 comments :

  1. Sounds like a good year! Happy New Year!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  2. Love this post! Its so important to focus on the good to make the bad more manageable. Wishing you an incredible 2017!

    xoxo,
    Casey // adolescentadulthood.co

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    1. I totally agree!! Happy New Year!

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  3. I could not agree more that I am so thankful 2016 is over and I can start fresh this year! Also congrats on graduating:)

    xoxo, Hannah

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  4. CONGRATS on your early graduation! And traveling to the middle east sounded amazing. Big things are to come for you!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  5. so crazy that you got to go to the Middle East-such a unique place to visit. Also congrats on graduating! I graduated this year too and it's still not fully hit me yet haha x

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    1. It definitely hasn't hit me, especially since I graduated early! The FOMO is going to be so real!

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  6. Congrats on graduating! I did this past May as well, so nice to be done with school!

    xx, Jamie

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    1. I can already tell I'm going to love post-grad life!

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  7. 2016 sounds like an amazing year for year! Congrats on graduating and Happy New Year!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you as well!

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  8. You go girl! Here's to an amazing 2017 for you.

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  9. Congratulations on graduating! I'm excited to see what 2017 holds for you :)

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  10. Graduation is such a big deal! Congrats! Posting 6 days a week is awesome, I can barely make 2 posts happen per week!

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  11. Haha I had my crisis when I was out in the real world too! My only recommendation is don't go to grad school and elongate the crisis while throwing money away! Congrats on graduating!!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

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  12. Right there with you on lots of low lows! Glad you had some great ups though! Cheers to 2017!

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  13. Woohooo I graduated college too in 2016! Isn't it the best feeling?! Congrats!

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  14. Congratulations on grad!!!! looking forward to 2017

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