I think we all can agree when I say that 2016 sucks. However, despite how horrible this year may have been, it is safe to say that it flew by. I perfectly remember ringing in 2016 at my grandma’s house with my older sister. We stayed up till 4 AM learning how to wobble (I still can’t) and watching our favorite music videos (lots of Taylor Swift). This year, I’m celebrating 2017 in Orlando. Stay tuned for travel diaries later this week.
For today’s post, I’ll be recapping my personal highlights from each month of 2016.
I turned 20 in January! I celebrated with a cookie cake and intend to do the same on my 21st next month. Well, cookie cake and a cocktail.
In February, I traveled to the same place I write to you from now: Orlando. My sorority held a training academy there, and being on executive board that term, I went! It rained the entire time we were there. You can’t tell in the photo, but I was shivering–it was so cold.
Not much happened in March! I stayed home for spring break and my hair grew a ton, if you can’t tell compared to the previous two photos. Other than that–no major events! Here’s a picture from Easter with my baby sister, Rosie. Hard to believe she’s walking now!
In April, I tried rock climbing for the first time. Well, indoor bouldering, but same concept. Oh my gosh, I severely underestimated how hard this is. I have zero upper body strength, so that only added to the challenge. I broke a sweat by the time I was done, but it’s an experience I’m glad I tried and would love to do again.
May was a big month for me! I wrapped up my sophomore year of college and five days later boarded my first international flight. I spent a week in Rome, two days in Florence, and a week in London. This is by far the best experience of my life and I cannot wait to travel abroad again!
I started my blog in June! I didn’t know what Redhead Rendezvous would become, and it hasn’t become much at this point–but I love blogging. You can read my about me page here and my most popular post to date: Carry On Essentials.
In July, I snuck away from my two summer jobs for a weekend trip to Chicago to celebrate my little brother’s 18th birthday. You can read a detailed description of the trip here. At the end of the month, my friend’s and I traveled to Indianapolis to see Halsey in concert. (Hence the gross, post-concert photo seen above). Also, Halsey is fantastic live.
August means the return to school. This year, I’m a junior. How can I possibly be half-way done with college? This is my friend Bailey and me on one of our first nights back.
September was a blur of sorority recruitment. I’m pretty sure I did nothing else that entire month but go to school, practice door chants, and conversation starters. Here’s me smiling on the last day!
October marked my first time in Texas! We did one day in Dallas, which you can read about here. Just today I found myself telling my mom how badly I want to go back to do an all-Texas vacation. I want to see more of Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.
November brought my passion for blogging back. I didn’t post from July to October because I didn’t have time and didn’t know what to write about. Last month, in the midst of applying for internships and cleaning up my resume, I found myself wanting to blog. I have so many ideas that I have mapped out in my planner. I’m treating this blog like an extra class, giving myself due dates to get posts done. It’s midnight an I’m running on four hours of sleep as I write this, but my deadline is tomorrow, and I have no other choice. And, I love it.
For the last month of 2016, we arrive at December. I came home to surprise my best friend, Deborah, for her 21st birthday. Then, I went back to school and finished the first half of junior year. Later, I went in for a trim and impulsively cut half my hair off, which you’ll see later. Now, I’m in Orlando, relaxing on a week-long vacation, but more on that to come.
I cranked out so many blog posts in December, and it’s content truly making me proud. I have so many ideas and plans for 2017, and I can’t wait to see them come to life and watch this blog grow.
Thanks to the hundred-or-so of you who read all of my trial and error posts while I find my footing in the blogosphere.
See you next year.