Despite the fact that the last few months have been unbearably stressful, 2015 brought so much good into my life. In fact, I would say that it has been my biggest year of personal growth to date.
-I set some goals (not resolutions), and I'm happy to say that I made progress/completed many of them.
-We took Einstein to the beach for the first time on New Year's Day.
-I talked about why social media is a bit of a lie before Essena O'Neill lost it.
-I gave five reasons why you shouldn't get a dog.
-I went to Gasparilla with old friends and new friends and had a drunken blast.
-We went to our first wedding of the year!
-I talked about how life happens when you're busy making other plans.
-I spent a Sunday in the sun with two of my favorite friends and had a photo shoot in downtown Tampa.
-I gave five things to do on Valentine's Day instead of going out to dinner.
-I bought my first DSLR camera on a killer sale and took it on a walk.
-I began my transition to becoming a brunette.
- My sister, boyfriend, and I went to the Strawberry Festival in Plant City for the first time.
-The beginning of something entirely different.
-I had my official last day at work.
-I talked about why it was important for me to have my ugly, chubby years.
-I started serving tables again.
-I gave new college grads 6 "No B.S." tips about life post-college.
-Ryan and I visited one of my good friends, Annalise, in Chicago!
(We also adopted a small child, to the right).
-I got serious about studying for the GRE.
-I turned 24 and talked about 15 things I'd learned by 23.
-Ryan took me to Orlando for my birthday...we made homemade margaritas at the hotel and went to Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon!
-I spoke ironically about how to save tons of money.
-I gave my first (and um...only?) book review on Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
-I took the GRE for the first time...and did well! Mostly.
-I got to spend the day before the fourth of July on a boat!
-I dyed my hair dark. Real dark.
-Tampa was underwater for a weekend. No, but really.
-I enrolled in speech-language pathology post-bacc classes. AH!
-I took the GRE round 2 because sometimes life is just unfair.
-Ryan and I moved in together!
-I took my first trip to Key West for Kaylee's bachelorette party!
-Life started to kick me in the ass. Real hard.
-I talked about why I hate the word "basic" (yet proceeded to refer to myself as such for the rest of the year).
-My horse that I'd grown up with for the last 16 years passed away.
-I got to go to Taylor Swift's last 1989 tour in the states!
-Ryan was best man in our friends' Mark & Lauren's wedding! October was certainly the month for weddings because...
-Kaylee got married, and I got to be a bridesmaid with some beautiful friends!
-I talked about what I was thankful for this year.
-I officially started to apply to grad school...dun dun dun.
-Ryan and I ran the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and I actually ran the entire 3.1 miles. It was a shocker for everyone.
-I went to my first and only USF tailgate of the year!
-I had the most hellacious finals week of my life and somehow managed to survive, just barely.
-Ryan turned 29!
-We spent Christmas with Ryan's family in Fort Myers for the third year in a row :)
-My best friend, Sable, got engaged to her boyfriend of five years...and I got to photograph it!
If I could sum up 2015 in a word, it would be "change." 2015 was certainly the year of change for me, in most major aspects of my life. I cried a lot...but in some ways, I've also never been happier. I know that 2016 will be filled with just as many surprises: I find out where I get in (or, you know, don't get in) to grad school and we may or may not have to move. It's all up in the air. What a crazy feeling that is, right?
So happy New Year's Eve, everyone! BE SAFE, and do not drink and drive and all that jazz. You know.