In honor of the end of 2016, I wanted to round up and share some of my favorite blog posts from the year. No matter where you’re spending your New Year’s eve (or how, there’s no shame in relaxing at home, am I right?!), I hope it’s warm and lovely! And be safe out there (:
The Best of 2016
2016 was full of traveling for me. From my clinical internships where I spent 3 months in North Carolina and 3 months in Florida, to a long weekend in Vail for the International Dance Festival, to interviewing for jobs in California…it’s been a busy year! Here are some of my favorites:
- Three Sisters Spring
- A Day at the Beach
- North Carolina Mountain Trip
- Vail Weekend
- San Luis Obispo Trip
- San Francisco Trip
I had a few fun DIY and home decor posts to share this year. Makers gonna make, you know?
- Felt Wall Hanging
- Gallery Wall DIY
- DIY End Table Makeover
- My Sewing Machine Story
I love to cook, and mostly I love to eat. Here are a couple of recipes and food-related posts from 2016!
- The Perfect Green Smoothie
- In the Kitchen Recipe Roundup
- The Best Chicken Stew
- Delicious Coconut Bundt Birthday Cake
I had a few random posts that I was really grateful and happy to share here on the blog, that don’t really fit into any other categories.
- My dog’s 14th birthday
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- G5 Hop Farm
Happy New Year!
I’m having a little freak-out moment over here. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I’m turning 24, and this year just feels like it’s gone so fast and 24 just sounds like such a serious age…I know, I sound kind of silly. But I think (hope?) it’s normal to have some little anxieties around birthdays…mixed emotions, really, because nobody loves a good birthday week celebration like me. I’m basically the queen of birthday week. And yet I’m still a little nervous about the big two-four.
Anyway, all freak-outs aside, I’m doing a little reflecting on the past year of my life and I thought it would be fun to think of 23 things I’ve done as a 23 year-old before I turn 24 tomorrow. So on this magnificent birthday-eve, here’s 23 Before 24:
- I lived in 4 states while I was 23 – Colorado, Pittsburgh, Florida, & North Carolina
- I finished graduate school
- I started eating burgers again
- I saw 200 manatee (all at the same time) and it was amazing
- I went back to ballet after a 3 year hiatus
- I started getting serious about eating right and exercising again (just in the last 2 weeks)
- I worked really hard on expanding my blog in a purposeful way
- I started preparing for the biggest exam of my whole life — NBCOT here I come
- I ate no real ice cream (lots of lactaid ice cream though)
- One of my best friends got married and I was there in spirit! I’m still drooling over her gorgeous photos.
- I’ve been in 15 states – Pittsburgh, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas
- I’ve been working on breaking the bad habit of biting my nails
- I went to a dueling piano bar because apparently that’s a thing now
- I ate fried green tomatoes for the first time ever (SO GOOD)
- I relied on a laundromat for 3 months. It wasn’t great, I wouldn’t recommend it
- I dyed my hair for the first time in my life (just highlights, but a big deal for me!)
- I made a list of trips I’d like to take next *hint: it’s a looong list*
- I lived without a kitchen for 3 months
- I confirmed that the career path I thought was for me, actually is for me. Yay!
- I found an amazing photo-editing app that I will probably be loyal to forever
- I started wearing my hair more natural instead of blow-drying it every day
- I was happy 95% of the time (a big portion of that sad 5% went to school stress)
- I realized I wanted to move back to Colorado for good
With Finals coming up next week and my transition from being a “first-year” grad student to a “second-year,” I’m feeling a little sentimental and doing a lot of reflecting on where I’m at in my life. I can’t believe how fast time is moving this year!
When I look back over the last year, I realize how much my life has changed. I graduated from college, moved across the country to Pennsylvania, and started grad school. I met the most amazing group of people (Pitt MOT Class of 2016 shoutout!) and I’m so glad to have all of them in my life. I’ve truly never felt closer to any group of people! Which kind of makes sense, considering we spend 8 hours a day together in the same classroom. It was such a whirlwind of a year; things happened so fast.
Now that I’m finishing up my first year of OT school and preparing to enter my last year of school (hopefully forever, how cool would that be?!), I can’t help but think about what the next year of my life will bring. There’s so much uncertainty right now, and it’s kind of cool (and also pretty scary) that I have no idea where I’ll be in a year. I know that I’ll be in my clinical rotations for school, spending 40 hours a week in a real-life OT setting learning by doing, but I have no idea where I’ll be. I’m almost certain that I’ll be in different states (aka, not in Pennsylvania) for my rotations, but I can’t say for sure. I’d be lying if I said that I was really calm about it, but I do appreciate how exciting it is waiting to find out what my future holds. In June, I should know where my clinicals will be, and until then I’ll be anxiously waiting to hear.
Uncertainty is something that is really hard for me to deal with. I’m a Type A, organize-everything freak with some anxiety issues and the need to plan everything in advance. It kind of stresses me out to not be able to plan my housing arrangements and start figuring everything out in my head for the next year. And that makes me a kind of impatient person–I don’t like waiting! But I have a really good feeling about the next year. Just thinking about how much uncertainty I had just a year ago about the future and realizing how well everything has worked out makes me feel a little more at ease. Not knowing is so hard, but I know it’ll work out. And waiting to hear where my clinical sites will be is the hardest thing ever, but I know it’ll be so worth the wait.
My life is pretty unstable and I often feel like the ground under my feet is shaking. That’s when I turn to my friends and family for support, when I try to persuade myself that everything will work out. Something good is always coming, and I find comfort in knowing that.