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. 🙂
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!!
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.
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