There really isn’t one word to describe this past year. I ended 2015 on a weird, sad, note and entered 2016 with high hopes of a life changing year. Well, 2016, you were surely life-changing. Let’s just say that 2016 was nothing short of interesting. This past year opened my eyes to new things, new people, and new memories. I don’t want to rag on 2016 and complain because while there was major heartbreak, sadness, and confusion – it also brought me a lot of good and I was lucky enough to wake up every day very blessed.
To the people that this year brought, you know who you are and I couldn’t be more thankful that God chose us to cross paths. I met some of my best friends this year, strengthened friendships, and had the greatest year as far as friends are concerned. From cabin weekends with the squad to nights out with friends to the days and nights spent in watching Netflix – I wouldn’t change any of it.
In 2016 I experienced some of the greatest things yet in life. It was filled with firsts and adventures that I will never forget. I saw some of my favorite artists in concert – G-Eazy, Bryson Tiller, Ben Rector, Selena Gomez (thanks, Kayla), Beyoncé, Rihanna, blink-182, Train, Drake (twice), Kanye, and Chance The Rapper. Plus Bonnaroo, which was absolutely life changing, and a weekend at Music Midtown. There were squad trips to the beach and to the mountains, which resulted in some of the greatest memories to this day. I turned 21, which was a night with friends that will never be forgotten. I moved to the city for a fresh start and now I’m pretty sure I never want to leave. I was a nanny for a family that forever changed me and brought me three of the greatest girls ever. I traveled to D.C. to see Kayla and ended up falling in love with a city that I never expected to. I got the internship of my dreams at Modern Luxury which sealed the deal that my dream is to be an editor for a magazine, and I won’t stop until I get there. I made countless new friends and reconnected with old ones. I went alum from my sorority. And last, but certainly, not least, I graduated from college in 3.5 years! What a year it’s been, 2016.
With ups, comes downs. There was love and there was heartbreak. There were moments of rejection and uncertainty. There were times that I found myself questioning things. There were times when I really just had no clue what was going on with my life. But here’s the thing – through all of the heartbreak, uncertainty, and worry, I found myself. Am I done with figuring out who I am, absolutely not. But I’m coming out of 2016 stronger than ever, more certain than ever, and more ready than ever.
I’ve never been more excited for a year because this year already has so much in store and it’s not even here yet. 2017 will start off with a few days at the Passion conference before I head off on a journey of a lifetime. January surely won’t disappoint because it will be spent on a road trip with my best friend as we explore the West Coast! On top of taking a break from reality to breathe, January will be spent job hunting and working on my blog. I can not wait for this next chapter of my life and the new year.
Yeah, 2016 brought lots of heartbreak and sadness into this world and my thoughts are with all of those affected. But the best is yet to come, and hopefully, 2017 will bring it to us. I can’t say that 2016 was the worst year ever, because, for me, it wasn’t, but it only gives me hope that 2017 will be even more life-changing than this year.
Here’s to 2017 and it being the best year yet!