Contrary to the title it may be a new year but I am in fact the same me (btw happy new year everyone!). And for starters I hate myself that was the most creative title I could come up with, so forgive me I’m a little rusty. What I can say is that I have another year of lessons under my belt, a new blog design if you haven’t noticed, and a shiny new gym membership (I give this resolution a month since that’s all I’ve paid for so far so don’t get your hopes up too high folks). I’m here to give you a little life update since I didn’t post really at all last year. Instead of sitting down to blog I found myself starting 7 new shows on Netflix…none of which I finished. Like testing to see how much wine I can consume by myself. And like stalking my favorite tour guide’s husband’s hot best friend’s photos on Facebook…you know, just the essentials.
I don’t know where to start with this life update so let’s get right into it.
This past year was full of ups and downs and in the wise words of Kylie Jenner, 2016 was just a year of like realizing things. I’ve realized I now cuss like a sailor, everything I eat now goes to my butt, and racked up three new piercings (sorry mom). Also after turning 22 last year, contrary to Taylor Swift, everything will not be alright if we just keep dancing like were 22 because I found it tends scares people off and they just give you weird looks. Though she was right about being “happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way.” Now I won’t recount everything 2016 brought me because we would be here forever but let’t just say I’ve realized more about what it means to be a friend, what it’s like to live on my own in another country, how much technology hates me, that the dating scene is the actual worst thing to happen to humans and timing is not on my side. Queue me crying many times alone in my room watching Eat, Pray Love and maybe going overboard on the sassy Instagram captions. Sorry not sorry boys. My dating life actually gave a whole new meaning to can’t get a text back. My hotline bling went cold and I’m starting to see an unfortunate pattern here. Stay tuned for a more detailed book on these events coming out in the future. or not. I don’t know yet.
But not everything was bad though. I studied abroad last year so unless you lived under a rock and didn’t know this, you’re probably tired of me still talking about it. Again sorry not sorry it was my only highlight and the only time I peaked. I found myself beach hopping for almost five months and eating my way through four different countries. Shout out to Tim Tams and Snickers gelato you’re the real MVP. I became an official Style Guru for College Fashionista so go and check that out because XO XTINA went pretty MIA. I found myself at a music festival where I realized nothing else mattered except for the good vibes, good music, and good company I spent it with (and just how sheltered I was growing up). I started my last year of college. I still can’t wrap my brain around it because I’m not sure I’m prepared to be an adult in the real world post graduation. (sorry dad still working on those job prospects. I promise I’m not just laying in my bed avoiding responsibilities. ok I am). And to top it all off I met so many amazing people from every corner of this county and even the other side of the world. Shoutout to each and every one of you who made my year so unforgettable.
Each of these instances made me realize how much I have grown this past year and just how much I have learned from the good to the bad and everything in between. With that, I’ve brainstormed what I consider to be the most important lessons I learned in 2016.
10 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2016:
- For every high, there’s an equal or even deeper low. It’s important to keep going.
- You are so much stronger than you know and will most likely be tested of this daily.
- When the going gets tough, pray. To anything for anything.
- Negativity can consume you, always look for the light. Your mind is a powerful thing.
- Family and friends will always support you, even when they don’t.
- Silence can feel deadly but it’s also extremely healing.
- Patience, patience, patience.
- Things come and go and that’s okay. Relationships, feelings, dogs, blog designs. Go with the flow.
- Actions speak louder than words.
- Everything happens for a reason. Life is a journey and we have to embrace it.
So if you’ve made it this far into the post I applaud you I tend to be a bit long winded. After recapping my year in two short paragraphs, which I consider pretty impressive, I want to tell you a little bit more of what I hope for this blog to bring this coming year. I love to write about fashion and it’s always been in my blood but I’ve learned I enjoy writing more about my life and my experiences. I personally have done this almost everyday in my little journal you can find on my nightstand. But I’ve also realized I actually kinda suck at getting myself dressed in the morning let alone talking about what I’m wearing long enough for it to sound remotely interesting for people to read. Hell, I’m lucky if I even manage to get out of my apartment wearing makeup or anything more than yoga pants. Therefore I want to tell you guys more about what’s going on in my life in the unedited version of myself and overall hopefully entertain you along the way!
Stay tuned for more content coming soon!