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!

 

New Beginnings: Welcome, 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope all of you enjoyed your New Years' Eves and I hope that those of you who were drinking aren't too hungover ;). I, myself, spent the evening with my parents and boyfriend here in Florida - we ate a home-cooked meal (steak, potatoes & corn, yummm), played Cards Against Humanity and watched massive fireworks go off in my neighbourhood just after midnight. It was a fantastic evening, a great way to ring in 2016.

For many - including myself - the start of a new year is metaphorical, and synonymous with a fresh beginning. In the words of the great Natasha Bedingfield, "Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten". Yes. I really did just type that.

Many people create "New Years' Resolutions" for the forthcoming year, but I don't really believe in "resolutions" as it seems that they have such a bad stigma surrounding them, that they're bound to be broken by January 3rd - at the latest. Instead, I refuse to call anything by the name of "resolutions", and I make up my own personal goals for the year. Without further ado, here are my 2016 goals!

1) Become healthier and more in shape

It has become disappointingly apparent to myself recently that I have been eating really crap the past 6 months specifically, and I've not been exercising as much as I should be. So, in the new year, I plan to create an exercise planner that will assist me in keeping myself on track

2) Leave the past, in the past

The first bit of 2015, most specifically, was not the greatest. And when you go through hard times, it's easy to get completely, perpetually wrapped up in those moments. Which I have done. And it really just ruins your overall mood to be harping on about such horrible things. That's why I vow this year to move on and focus solely on the present and the future, for my own sake. There's no point in letting terrible people distract you from enjoying your life

3) Take care of myself

This includes drinking more water, getting a good night's sleep, sometimes putting myself first. It might seem basic, but making sure you're okay can sometimes take a backseat to the bigger (more stressful) things in your life. I have a tendency to put everything and everyone before my own well-being, but I intend of giving myself a break a bit more often this year

4) Read more often

Reading has always been something I'm incredibly passionate about and at one point, it was one of the most important things to me. But the past year or so, I've been so wrapped up in school, homework, extra-curricular activities and spending time with family/my boyfriend/my boyfriend's family, that I haven't given myself much of a chance to just relax and read. Since I've just recently created a list of all the books I want to read before I turn 20 years old (most of which are classic literature), I've decided to dedicate more of my time to reading than before in the new year

5) Try new things

Whether this be trying a new restaurant, learning a new language, going downtown by myself, trying a different type of food than my typical dishes - my goal is simply to broaden my horizons, to step out of my comfort zone and see what lingers beyond. It's exciting to do something out-of-the-ordinary on occasion