Thursday, January 7, 2016


I'm a little late to the game, but happy New Year, y'all! 2015 was quite the year. Without a doubt, last year was the most challenging, rewarding and unpredictable year of my life. Oh, and full of changes. Life is sure a wild ride, isn't it?

I've been focusing a lot on reflection lately, and I wanted to take a moment to share some with you all. If I had to categorize my year in one word, it would be change. If you've been around here for a while, you've probably seen a lot of the change firsthand. 

I finished out my senior year of college having the best of times with my closets friends. I graduated from a university I absolutely love. I moved away from home for the first time in my life. Far away. Across the country far, like Washington, D.C. far. I started my first "real" job. I learned how to live out of a carry-on and have spent many hours on Boeing 737's. I loved deeply. I learned a lot.

Not all of the change was great, though. I cut ties with people who were once very important in my life. I watched loved ones suffer through hard times. I started over in a new city with no friends. People I trusted lied to me. There were days I felt hurt and alone. Change I didn't want and couldn't plan for. 

I'm starting 2016 in a very different place than I did last year. Unlike last year, I'm building my career instead of being in school. Unlike last year, I'm in a new city learning to adjust to my new life. Unlike last year, no obstacles stand in my way of creating the life I want to live. I'm embracing a fresh start in this new year.

I want to thank you all who have been along for any little part of my journey these past 23 years. An overwhelming sense of gratitude fills my heart when I reflect on the positive moments and new experiences I've had. I can't wait to see what this year will bring. 

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art. Write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman


  1. What an amazing experience! I'm excited to see what this year brings :)

  2. What a great year! This is my first time visiting your blog and I can't wait to see what you do this year!

    Amanda ||

  3. I definitely agree with you on that first sentence. 2016 was a super rewarding but tough year. It was definitely a year of growth. I can completely relate to everything you wrote here. I remember when I graduated from college. I felt so lost (and honestly I still do sometimes). I hope 2016 proves to be an amazing and successful year for you!

  4. It sounds like last year was one of change and growth. How exciting to be in a place in life where you can really push through and achieve your dreams. I am excited to see you grow this year.

  5. Cutting ties is really important and I'm the kind of person who hates doing things like that. It makes you feel so much better.