2016 (with lots of pics!)

December 30, 2016 in About Me / College

Yeah, I know. Another year recap post is prob what you’re thinking lol. But I actually love reading these so let’s dive on in!


I dove right on into the blogging world full force. Joined the BGB community and started writing more regularly! And I headed back to school for the second semester of my freshmen year. 🙂

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I visited my best friend at her college then my other best friend came too! It was like a little high school reunion at UMASS Amherst hehe. I also spoke for my school during NEDA week and shared my story which was scary as heck but I did it!



I went to Florida during spring break with my friend  Gabby and my brother. We stayed with my uncle in Ft. Lauderdale!


Gabby and I 


Me, my brother, and Gabby 


I went to the spring concert at my school. Later on in the month I went to the NEDA walk with my friends Paige and met up with my friend Jessie and my mama there!


Me, Jen, and Katie 


me, Jen, Shannon, and Katie


Paige and I 

I also went to my school’s spring dance with my best friends!!


Jen and I 


My friends Jillian and I went to the coolest yoga studio ever and took a really fun class!


Paige and I rocking our PB shirts 🙂 

In May I finished my second and final semester of freshmen year!! I also got a job at GNC.


I enjoyed spending time with my high school friends again and reconnecting with them!


My best friend Maria and I 

My mom and I went to the Florence&the Machine concert which was incredible!

I visited my roomie and best friend Jen at her beach house in Rhode Island!


Jen and I 


I WENT ON A YOGA RETREAT! Seriously one of the best weekends of my life!!


And I went on a church retreat which really strengthened my relationship with the Lord and Jesus.



My best friends from college went to the beach and spent the day together!


My beautiful friend Katie and I 

I visited my bff Jillian in her town and also met up with another friend from school! We all got lunch and went shopping. 🙂


I met MARINA!! (aka adancersliveit) in Boston! We had breakfast and walked around the city. So cool to meet my blogging bestie!


Marina and I 

My family and I went to Maine! And my mom and I hiked a big mountain which was lots of fun.


My mom and I at the top of the mountain

I went to the Blink 182 concert with my best friends!


Shannon and I 


Ceara, me, and Maria 


I went back to school for my sophomore year and go to see all my amazing friends!!

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I volunteered a lot at Best Buddies too!

(In September I also got a boyfriend which y’all know about… just thought I’d include it in here even though we broke up!) 


I got interviewed for my school paper and was featured on the Nutrition Matters podcast!

I hung out with my friends 🙂


My pretty friend Meg and I 

I went to my schools pep rally!


Meg, Katie, me, and Jen 

My roomie and I dressed up as PB&J for Halloween and I dressed up as a hippie the other night!


Jen and I 


My bff Jillian and I as hippies! 


I finished up the last few weeks before Thanksgiving!

My best friends visited me at college!!


Maria, Hannah, me, and Ceara 

I enjoyed Thanksgiving with my family.


I turned 20!!


In November and December, my depression got very high; and my self-worth got super low. I’ve talked about on here before. I lost a lot of myself to someone else: I felt drained in the relationship I was in. I cried a TON at night. I felt like I was walking with a giant dark bubble around me. The person I was dating didn’t make me feel whole. I didn’t feel supported in my passions and I felt that my relationship with God weakened.

I self-harmed twice in December, entered a group therapy program, finished up finals, and got myself up and going.

I enjoyed time with my family.

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I reconnected with my friends.

I enjoyed Christmas with the people I love.

I prayed more, and started putting my trust back in the Lord and Jesus Christ.


||Psalm 112:7- She confidently trusts the lord to take care of her.||

I did a lot of yoga. I got stronger in the gym and I plan to get stronger in both yoga and lifting.

I started working again at GNC. Spent time with my best friends from high school.

December was a month of recovery. It was a month of hitting lows. A month of climbing back up that ladder. A month of goal setting. A month of tears, frustration. A month that I was at first SO angry about. And to be honest, a month that I still do get a bit angry about. Angry that all of this happened, angry that I built myself up so high this year to be torn down. But the thing is, I’m looking at this as a blessing from God. Something that I can truly blossom from. God put this pain in my life because he knows I can handle it. He knew I could endure it. He wanted to show me that I should NEVER settle for any guy that makes me feel less than whole. He wanted to show me that sometimes I need to fall and stumble to get back up and rise stronger than I did before. Because I fell and I stumbled for sure. But here I am, getting back up.

That painful time in my life is already helping me develop into something that I most definitely couldn’t have if none of this happened. It has shown me that I still need to work on my self-confidence and be 100% secure in myself; because  if I did have more confidence, I would have been able to walk away from someone that I didn’t fully love without the fear of being alone again and feeling good enough to do life alone. That painful time showed me that I am not a whiner, I am a warrior. It showed me that even though I felt lonely and scared, I am never alone- I have God. I have my best friends. My family.

So how was 2016? It was a great year! I grew a lot. Met some new and amazing friends. I hit some lows, but I hit some amazing highs too and had a lot of fun. 2016 showed me all that I have to be thankful for, and I learned the power of gratitude.

Thank you all for reading this recap. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the pictures even though there’s lots, and this somewhat lengthy post! 

Now tell me: one high and low from 2016. Would love to hear ’em! 

Have a great Friday babes! Enjoy the last of 2016. Make these two days GREAT <3

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  • Reply Jen Lepine December 30, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Such a great recap Lyssie I love you ❤️

    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:56 am

      i love you so much best friend <3

  • Reply Lynne (Lynne's Recipe Trails) December 30, 2016 at 10:03 am

    This is a fantastic post of your 2016, I enjoyed all the pics 🙂 Happy New Year Lyss, I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2017. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:57 am

      thank you so much Lynne! Hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve!

  • Reply stephanie cristadoro December 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    What a wonderful year you had and thanks for sharing. Life sure can throw some curve balls at us but if you believe in that higher power you will get through it and be wiser because of it. So, my best time of 2016 was taking the time to golf and getting a bowling ball to bowl!. Love you my dear Alyssa, be strong, be confident and more importantly be happy with just being you!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:57 am

      thank you mom, I love you and am so incredible blessed to have you in my life!!

  • Reply Kate December 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I loved reading this! I’m so glad we’ve become friends this year. I have been encouraged and challenged from your posts, so thank you.
    No doubt, you’re a survivor. I have a feeling that 2017 will bring you more successes!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:57 am

      I am so glad too Kate. You have really inspired me so much!

  • Reply kat December 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Though 2016 may have had some bumps for you, all in all I would say it was a really great and memorable year. You should be proud of how far you’ve come and what you have been able to accomplish this year – even with the small setbacks. I know that 2016 didn’t end on the best note for you but I am hoping and praying that you go into 2017 on fire and ready to kick some booty!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

      thank you Kat, I am so grateful to know such a strong woman like you <3

  • Reply Emily December 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    YES Lyss, God does not give us beyond what we are able, but He always provides a way of escape. <3 And He will KEEP you. We were just reading Psalm 121 yesterday, and that really stood out to me. He will keep us, no matter what happens, and I see His keeping grace and power and might in your life this year. <3 Can't wait to watch you grow closer to Jesus, knowing our Heavenly Father more, and loving others. <3 You are a precious sweet friend.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

      I love that verse! I can’t wait to watch you grow as well love <3

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It December 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Meeting you was the BEST PART of my 2016!!! 🙂 Love you girlieeee! xoxo
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:59 am

      I love you so much!! <3

  • Reply Taylor December 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Great post!!! You have had quite a year!! 2016 was filled with a lot of highs and a lot of lows for me too. I am very ready for a fresh start in 2017! Happy New Year!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Yay for fresh starts huh? Happy NY!

  • Reply Megan Hallier December 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    What a crazy year 2016 has been. My high point was getting baptized and my low point was getting my heart broken </3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 4:59 am

      I am so proud of you for getting baptized!!

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot December 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I love reading these too! Such a year of growth for you! I can’t wait to see what great things God has planned for you and this blog in 2017!
    One high for me was traveling with my husband a good amount and one low was lots of anxiety and worry over things I can’t control.
    I’m hoping to let things go and trust that God’s got a plan for me in 2017!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

      I struggle with anxiety as well Heather. Praying for us both so we can trust in God’s amazing plan for us!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law December 31, 2016 at 1:10 am

    What a year you’ve had! And a year so full of experiences and opportunities for growth. I am sure 2017 will be amazing for you, sweet girl! <3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

      thank you so much!!

  • Reply Ellie Pell January 1, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I love your peanut butter shirts! Reading about your December has made me respect you even more than I already did. You are able to be so vulnerable, but also take responsibility for your stuff. That’s amazingly admirable Lyss <3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

      thank you so much for your kind words <3 and I got the shirt from amazon 🙂

  • Reply Sarah January 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Out of your struggle comes your strength <3 Happy 2017 Lyss! The low of my year was relapsing bad . However, one of my biggest highs was pulling myself out of it without having to be hospitalized or put into an inpatient treatment center. I dedicated myself to real recovery 9/1/16 for the first time since I was diagnosed in 2010, and I am not looking back!

    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:01 am

      I am SO friggin proud of you for coming back from that stronger than ever. I love you <3

  • Reply Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves January 2, 2017 at 1:07 am

    What a year! I am so glad that we’ve connected more through our blogs and social media this year, Lyss. I am in awe of your perseverance, vulnerability, and love for others. Keep on keeping on. Your relationship with God is truly the most important thing ♥︎
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:01 am

      I am so glad too!! truly hope to meet you soon. Love you Alison <3

  • Reply Melanie January 2, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I loved reading this and seeing the fun memories you made with family and friends this year <3 you grew a lot and what you went through has made you stronger. "God wouldn't have allowed a challenge to happen if He didn't plan for something good to come from it." I'm excited to see what the New Year has in store for you- 2017 is going to be a great year!!!

    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:02 am

      Aw you are so sweet. Love that quote <3 and I am praying you are off to a good start this year!

  • Reply Mackenzie January 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This is one of my favorite recaps I have seen! What a year for you, girl! You have accomplished sooo much and learned an incredible amount.. not to mention how you have poured into others at the same time. I pray that you receive so many blessings in this year to come, beautiful!!!! xo

    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:02 am

      aw mackenzie you are so sweet <3 thank you!! hoping you are having a great first week of the new year!

  • Reply Susie @ SuzLyfe January 4, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Yes, you had a down time during December, but I am so glad that you are seeing how fantastic this year was for yoU!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

      aw thank you Susie! You are so sweet <3

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