Monday, January 2, 2017

Best of 2016

Since I've started blogging almost 3 years ago this March I have done one of these posts (2014, 2015). It's fun to reflect back on the year and see all of the fun, incredible and amazing things I've accomplished. It also makes me think about all the things I didn't do and want to do for the upcoming year. 2016 was a wild ride for everyone. For society, the world, I think every single person on the planet was effected. It had it's good and it's bad but nonetheless we conquered another year. It was also the year of a lot of firsts for me so with that being said let's get into all the firsts of 2016!

First Year in California

October of 2016 marked the first year of my family and I living out in California! That's crazy to me that we've already been there a year. It doesn't feel like just one but like ten! I've split my time between Kansas and there but love it. From the weather to the people and just the great atmosphere out there. I have loved my year in California!

First Time Traveling to Hawaii 

Every year I travel more and more and check off more places on my bucket list. This year I checked off Las Vegas, Hawaii and Fiji. It was my first time to Hawaii and I absolutely loved it! I had the best time and can't wait to go back and explore the other islands! 

First Time Traveling Internationally 

Fiji (Coming soon!) 

It was also my first time traveling internationally which was quite the experience. From getting my passport in 3 weeks to going through customs to traveling back from Fiji by myself. But now I can say I've done it and now I feel like I can do anything! In 2017 I want to travel abroad more and have my sights set on Australia, England and Mexico. We'll see where the year takes me! 

First time to Disney

In May one of my best friends came out to visit me for the summer and we went to Disneyland for the first time! We spent the entire day up there and had the best time of our lives. It was so much fun and we had a blast. I can't wait to do it again!

First Time Taking Public Transportation

I know it seems bougie of me that it took me 22 years to take public transportation but it has! It's easier to drive everywhere in Kansas and get places faster than it is in California. I first took the train when I went up to Disneyland in May and since then I've taken the trains and buses all throughout Southern California from LA to San Diego. They're really nice, pretty inexpensive and can take you basically everywhere. I will definitely be using it more this next year!

First Event Job

If you didn't know I am studying hospitality management with a concentration in event management aka event planning and I plan on becoming an event planner. In California I saw a lady looking for an assistant to help her with her vintage event rental business. I reached out and sent her my  resume, we had an interview and I was hired! While it's only been a few months working together I love it! My boss is amazing and I love what I do. It's given me the opportunity to step inside the event world and get a taste for what I would be doing and meeting all of the industry professionals in the area. It has been an amazing experience and I can't wait for more in 2017! 

First "Business" 
This summer one of my best friends Katie came to me and told me about this idea she had of starting an online community for girls where they can come to and feel encouraged, supported and inspired. I told her I LOVED the idea and I want to be a part and support her 100000%. Within a couple of days Tribe 21 was born. We launched in October and since then our response has been unbelievable. We couldn't have expected or predicted the response we got from launching. It has been one of the best things about 2016 and I honestly can't wait to see where it leads in 2017! 

2016 was a year of a lot of firsts for me and a lot of new experiences but it made the year amazing, unforgettable, incredible and one of the bests. 

Thank you to all my readers, followers and friends for sticking with me on this journey and helping me along the way. I honesty couldn't have done it without you. 

Here is to a great 2016 and an even better 2017! 


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