In vs. Out: 2015 Edition

in vs. out

So excited to pair up with Allison and do another In vs. Out post! I’ve decided since it’s so close to the end of the year, to make this one all about the ins and outs of 2015! It has been really therapeutic to look back on all of the good and bad things that have happened this year and I hope you’ll enjoy getting a glimpse of my year!


Death and cancer

I feel like this is an obvious one. My family has had a rough year with the loss of my Pop-Pop and my Nana battling cancer for the second time. But thankfully, my Nana is getting better and although we are still missing Pop-Pop everyday, I am starting to take comfort in knowing he’s watching over me and keeping the family safe.

Never having enough money

Another obvious one. I’m thankful to be making money from the blog now but I still feel like it disappears way too quickly! I’m hoping that in 2016 I can start managing my money better.

Balancing classes + being involved

My GPA hasn’t suffered too much this year but it has been getting more and more difficult to do everything I want to do at school. I love to be involved in as many things as possible but it’s hard to do when you have to spend more and more time studying every night. After taking 6 classes last semester, I’m relieved to only be taking 4 in the spring. I’m hoping that will allow me to take a break and refocus my energy into the right places.

Not working out

I know this is practically everyone’s New Year’s resolution, but I really need to get my butt to the gym more often. I (embarrassingly) gained 5 lbs this past semester and I do not need to keep continuing on with that trend!



Of course, family is always in! We haven’t had the best year ever but I’m thankful that we are all still close and there for each other.

Phi Sigma Pi

I feel like I’ve gotten a lot closer with my brothers this year. I love my little, Elaine, and am starting to get involved with a lot more within the fraternity. I hope that eventually I’ll feel confident and comfortable enough to take up a leadership position before I graduate but it’s so hard being busy and also wanting to do more within the clubs I’m involved in!

Phi Sigma Pi


Another awesome club I’m in is Special Olympics Temple University. We had a crazy semester because we had to get approved to actually become a club at Temple but we finally did it and I’m so excited to see where we go. I also participated in a Polar Plunge at Drexel at the beginning of December which was a lot of fun. I originally didn’t want to actually jump in the water but I ended up doing it. It was pretty freakin’ cold but the cause was well worth it!


This year was an amazing one for Temple University. We had a record-breaking 10 wins this year for the football team and it was awesome to get to see them play Notre Dame at home with my family and Ryan!

Family Tailgate

Warm weather

Even though this can’t mean good things on the global warming front, I’m so happy for the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had this fall/winter. I really hate the cold and it’s 10000x worse when you  have to walk to all of your classes! Thankfully, it only rained 3 or 4 times this semester and the coldest day was probably around 40 degrees. I can only hope that 2016 will start off just as warm and sunny!

A new apartment

The start of my junior year brought a brand-new apartment about 3 blocks from campus. My roommates and I absolutely love our place and I finally feel like my apartment at school is just as homey as my real home!

Halloween Costumes

Summers with the boyfriend

I had such a blast living in Pittsburgh over the summer and having a full-time internship during the week! It was an added bonus that I got to stay with my boyfriend and we didn’t have to do long distance for another summer. I loved the adventures we went on and the trips we took together over those three months. Ryan has said to me multiple times that our quick little weekend trip to Erie was probably his favorite vacation we’ve ever been on!

Lake Erie Trip

Working with my brother and best friend

So excited that I had the chance to work alongside these two over Thanksgiving break! It’s even better now that my brother has an actual job there. It makes working a little bit better when he’s there!

Sibling Coworkers

A best friend who always comes to the rescue

I’m thankful to have a best friend who will always let me borrow her clothes. And she’s always there to help whenever I have a crisis such as not having a dress for formal…

Best Friend


I’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities come my way this year on the blogging front. I’m thankful for all of my family and friends who have supported me with blogging whether it has been just clicking “like” on my Facebook page or reading a post. I appreciate it all more than you’ll ever know!

A good partner in life

That sounds super corny, but I’m so thankful and happy that I have such a good guy in my life. Thanks for taking me on any date I’ve ever suggested and not getting too mad at me for never knowing what I want to eat for dinner. You’re the bomb and I love ya.

Winter Formal

  • I like how you formatted this as your entire year. How cool!
    Hope you have a 2016 that’s just as amazing.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • I am so glad your grandmother is getting better and I will keep her in my prayers!

    XO, Brooke

  • I am so with you! Death and cancer are totally out for me. It looks like you have an amazing group of people surrounding you though!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  • Kayleigh

    I swear money is always an issue this time of year! So glad your Grandma is doing well.

  • SOTU sounds amazing! What an awesome organization to be involved with :) When I was in undergrad, I was involved with establishing a food pantry, and I was amazed at how much red tape was involved with trying to do a good thing!

    I hope 2016 is an amazing year for you :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • I love your Ins this year, so so cheerful! I’ve been horrible about working out the last few months too, I guess we both need a little motivation!

  • All of your ‘Ins’ made me smile :) I hope 2016 is just as incredible.

  • Miss ALK

    Sounds like you had a productive and wonderful year!! Junior year is such a big year in college- and it starts to go by super fast after that so enjoy the rest of that year!! :-)

    Happy Holidays!

    xoxo A

  • Lauren Ashley

    I’m so sorry about your loss. But it sounds like you’ve had a great year nonetheless. <3

  • I am so sorry to hear about your family but glad to hear you are keeping yourself busy through it all! Happy New Year!

  • Kristine Circenis

    Junior year has definitely flown by for me too! Here’s to a fantastic 2016 and finishing out the 3rd year of college with a bang! Merry Christmas, Kayla!

  • So sorry for your loss. I know if can be especially hard around the holidays! THanks for letting us IN on all those great moments in your life. Those wonderful relationships in life are a true blessing.

  • I’m sorry for your loss, but it definitely seems there were more ins than outs this year! I loved your ins, I hope 2016 is just as great for you!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  • Elana Lyn Gross

    There have been some ups and downs this year but I’m so happy you’ve had the so many ups!

  • I’m sorry for your loss, and I totally feel you on the never having enough money and not working out. But there are a lot of ins in your life, which is wonderful!

  • Aww how fun. Sounds like you had a great year!

    Diary of a Debutante

  • Losses are hard to handle, but I am so happy that you were able to make 2015 a great year! Hoping you have a wonderful 2016 as well.