Hello, 2017

Happy New Year! Can you believe it's already 2017?! I still think sometimes that 2010 was a couple years ago... Time really does go by so quickly. Though we are already a few days into the year, I thought I'd whip up a post reflecting on 2016 and looking forward to 2017.

Despite all of the devastating moments of the past 12 months (Bowie, whyyyyy?!?!), would I say that 2016 was an awful year? Probably not. While I do think the past year will be remembered for it's tragedies, I do want to cling onto some of the better parts of 2016.

I attended prom, graduated high school, spent the entire summer in Orlando, saw a bunch of my fave singers in concert, spent TWO WHOLE WEEKS on a cruise with my boyfriend and family, shared a plane home with Shawn Mendes, started uni (!!!!), and made some amazing new friends. There was so much for me to grateful for in 2016 that I would like to think that focusing on it all might help to alleviate the sadness that came out of the year.

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I can't wait for this new year, to see what it has to offer. In 2017, so many exciting things are happening. I'll be finishing up my first year of university, declaring my major, visiting New York City, spending another summer in Orlando, and much more. I began my year on the sofa in my Orlando vacation home watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with my family, as I do every year.My nine-day vacation was so needed after finals week at the end of December. It was the perfect way to relax and reboot myself for the new term ahead of me. Although I didn't get to do all of the holiday-related activities that Orlando has to offer (notably, the tragically discontinued Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights), I did visit the beautifully decorated Magic Kingdom and saw all it had to offer, including my favourite part: the Christmas parade!!

I think that, as cheesy as it may sound, the crap that happened last year might actually have made the clean slate of a new year even more appreciated, and I hope that this year can be made so much better. This year, I plan to be more "in the moment", to blog more, to enjoy everything to the fullest. I hope everyone had a safe and lovely New Years Eve, and that 2017 is wonderful for everyone!