Happy New Year everybody!!
2017 is officially behind us. Hasta la vista! My final year of being a teen is gone. Yikes.
Every year, as a new year is upon me, I like to reflect on the past year. It's always good to reflect on the good times, even the bad ones, before you move on. I thought I'd share some of my favourite and some of my not-so-favourite moments of 2017 with you guys!
1) Moving House
The first half of this year was a whirlwind. It was full of moving boxes, tape guns, and bubble wrap as I packed up all my belongings and prepared to move out of my house. The move was a huge adjustment. It's always going to be a hard time moving out of the house you grew up in. I was so uneasy about the idea of leaving my house, leaving my hometown, and the life I was so familiar with. But, in the end, moving away was such an amazing decision for myself and my family. It introduced me to a town I absolutely adore. I'm so in love with my house. It's been such an incredible experience, all around. My family's so happy!
2) New York City
New York City. Wow. One of my favourite cities in the whole world. I immediately fell in love back when I visited for the first time in 2009, and ever since my last trip in 2010, I've been dying to return. This past spring, my family finally booked another trip back - but this time with my boyfriend, an NYC newbie. I was so thrilled to see New York again, especially since this time I had the opportunity to show my boyfriend around.
This year, my anxiety was at an all-time high. I spent the better part of this year suffering from severe anxiety, social and general. After many, many years of battling this disorder, this was the year I finally said, 'Enough is enough'. It was time for me to focus on myself, and take a step forward in bettering my mental health, for the first time in pretty much ever. It's been a hell of a hard time, but I'm glad to have finally taken this step, and I'm ready to see what I can accomplish in the new year!
Of course, Disney has been a huge part of my year, just like it has been for the majority of my life. I think my love for Disney grew immensely this year - if it's even possible for it to grow any more! I have found a new admiration for the parks, the resort, and all things Disney-related. For the first time in nearly a decade, I got to stay on property at the parks, at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort in August. I stayed with my boyfriend and it was our first ever trip together alone as a couple. It was so fun to show him around, as he'd never stayed on property before, and to experience all the things about staying at the resorts that I loved so much as a kid. We're already saving up for our trip in 2018!
Keep up to date with my Disney travels on my Disney Instagram account: here
5) Friends & Family
This year, my relationships with my friends and family have become so much closer and so important to me. When you're struggling with a mental illness, as I am, it can be so hard to keep up with your friends as you're constantly feeling blah. But my friends have been so amazing this past year. They're the kind of friends that you know will be with you through thick and thin - you always know they're there for you, no matter what. I am so grateful for my friends, but also for my supportive boyfriend and parents. I honestly don't know what the hell I'd do without them :) haha
I am so eager to see what 2018 has in store for me. I'm not a firm believer in resolutions - in fact, I hardly believe in them at all - but I definitely have a few things I'm going to hold myself to in the new year, which I look forward to sharing with you all! I hope you all have a very fun, very safe New Year's Eve. I'll talk to you very soon!!