Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in a nutshell.

And just like that, 2015 has flashed before our very eyes. Perhaps it's because the summer never officially left us; temperatures have been hovering anywhere from 80-90F. I think Christmas was around 86 degrees...ugh. Needless to say, it feels like I am on an endless loop of August. However, tomorrow happens to be the start of January (and 2016, in case you hadn't heard).

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 went to California for the first time ever! (I blogged about Venice here and Hollywood here).
-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.



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