As 2016 comes to a close, I can’t help but want to reflect on everything that has happened this year. 2017 is going to be a big year (graduating college & hopefully starting grad school in an unknown city?!) but before we get to all that, I wanted to hit the highlights on my favorite parts of this year!
Ryan and I kicked off 2016 in Cancun which was a lot of fun! I enjoyed being able to sunbathe, swim, and read to start the year and I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to be starting 2017 the same way (but more on that later). We stayed at a resort that was absolutely stunning and I wish I could have spent every day in 2016 there!
2016’s Epic Food
I’ve definitely indulged in some great food this year! When compiling these photos for this post, I’ve actually felt impressed with the different places I’ve found this year. Pics in order from first to last: MacMart, Green Eggs Cafe, El Vez, Green Eggs Cafe (all in Philadelphia), Black Tap (NYC), Hundred Acres (NYC), Jonathon’s (Dallas).
I was excited to celebrate my 21st birthday in West Chester and Philadelphia with a bunch of my friends. I had a ton of fun and am loving being 21!
One of my favorite things about 2016 was that my family adopted a dog. This little gal has the craziest adoption story which you NEED to read!
Summer in Upstate New York
Ryan was working in Fishkill, NY this summer so in order to be closer to him I ended up finding a job at a summer camp nearby. I loved getting to spend more time with him until he had to travel back to Pennsylvania to start a new job! You can read about my summer routine here on the blog too. I loved being a camp counselor and I miss the kids so much!
4th of July in Boston
While Ryan and I were in New York, we took the opportunity to travel to some new cities together! While we had both been to Boston separately and loved it, this was the first time we traveled there together. Of course, we loved Boston and want to go back again sometime soon. We stayed there for the long weekend over the 4th of July which was awesome! We even caught a game at Fenway which my dad was super jealous about 😉
New York City
During my last weekend in New York, Ryan and I spent a weekend in NYC. I wish we could’ve had more time there but I loved that we got to experience all of the things we did during our short trip!
Dallas + OU and Cowboys Games
I had the pleasure of getting to fly out to Dallas not once, but TWICE in 2016. Ryan and I made plans to see the OU vs. Texas game in Dallas (it’s one of the biggest games of the season!) and we went to see the Cowboys play at home the next day. Then, just a couple of weeks later, we flew back to see the Cowboys play the Eagles. Ryan’s a Dallas fan and I’ve grown up a true Eagles kid and, although the birds lost, I enjoyed rooting for them among a sea of blue and white!
I was so happy to get to meet some blogger friends in real life while Ryan and I were in Dallas. Tiffani and her boyfriend Thomas met up with us both times we came to Dallas and we loved hanging out with them and getting to know them better! Tiffani, Thomas, and Shaguna are Texas fans so we ran into them at the Texas vs. OU game the first time we went as well. I hope I get to meet a lot more blogging friends in 2017!
Oklahoma and Florida
Ryan and I are closing out 2016 with a trip to Oklahoma and then to Florida. Ryan’s parents live in Norman so for the past two years we’ve been coming here right after Christmas and spending a week visiting with them. As y’all are reading this I’m either packing up my suitcase or on a plane to Fort Meyers where Ryan and I will be ringing in the New Year and soaking up the sun for a week. I’m excited to get some reading done and maybe a blog post or two.
That’s a wrap!
Thank you guys so much for reading my blog and keeping up with me on social media. I know I’ve had some weeks where I’ve slacked with putting up posts or tweets or instagrams but I’m trying not to beat myself up over it. One of the most important things to me is making sure I’m enjoying life and making all of these fun experiences possible!
I hope 2017 has something fun in store for us all and I wish you all the best in the New Year. As always, if there’s a part of my life you’d like to see more of don’t hesitate to ask. I love blogging and sharing my thoughts with you. I can only hope you’ve loved reading as much as I’ve loved writing. Happy New Year!