2017 Year in Review

2017 review

I can’t believe it’s already time for me to write another one of these, seeing as I can still recall exactly where I was and what I was doing when I wrote last year’s post. I love writing these because it gives me a chance to reflect on all the amazing things that have happened over the past year. There have been ups and downs, we lost my Nana over the summer which was very tough for me and my family, but all-in-all I can say that 2017 was a good year for me. I learned a lot about myself, as I do every year, and I saw the relationships I have continue to blossom. I am so thankful for my life and the people that continue to have a part in it. Now, without further ado, here are 2017’s biggest personal highlights:

New Years in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Ryan and I kicked off 2017 by watching fireworks on a balcony overlooking the beach. I got so much reading done on this trip and we tried some fun food places of course! The weather was just about perfect and I always love getting to kick off the New Year in a relaxing way (and getting to do lots of reading!)

fort myers beach

Road Trip from Florida to NOLA.

One of the biggest highlights of my year was the road trip Ryan and I took from Florida to New Orleans and then up to Nashville. Our first stop was New Orleans (you can read more about that trip!) and I had so much fun touring around the city and eating as many beignets as possible.

lafayette cemetery

cafe beignet

nola french quarter

Road Trip from NOLA to Nashville.

This year, Ryan and I fell in love with Nashville. We spent a few days here during our road trip and we discovered some pretty awesome places while we were there (read about it!) Surprisingly, this was one of my most popular posts this year! V excited to share the Nashville hype with everyone. It is such a cool place.

Biscuit Love Nashville

Hattie B's Hot Chicken

nashville skyline

Danced in Hootathon.

This was actually on my bucket list and I got to check it off this year! I had a lot of fun dancing FTK surrounded by some of my closest college friends.

temple university hootathon

Nashville for Spring Break.

We loved Nashville so much that we went back a few weeks later for my spring break and we brought my roommate Jess along! This time we had a whole week to explore and we loved getting to show Jess around the city!

jess and kayla nash

Got Into Grad School + Started Grad School.

Ummmmmm. Yeah. That happened. One of the most stressful times of my LIFE came in 2017. Lots of worries, self-doubt, and tears lead to this moment. I feel very lucky to be able to live my dream!

ud ID

student clinician badge

Graduated from Temple.

#TempleMade forever and always!

Temple university graduation

speech pathology grad cap

Brendan Graduated from HS.

My brother Brendan finished high school! We weren’t sure if he could do it but he proved us all wrong! 😉

brendan graduation

Summer in the Poconos.

I got to spend the summer working with Ryan on a job up in the Poconos! It was a busy summer and we didn’t have much free time to explore, but it was fun for me to be able to get a glimpse of Ryan’s world and learn what he does on a day-to-day basis! We also got to go to a Drive-In movie theater which was on my bucket list for a while.

circle drive in dickson city pa


Moved to West Chester with Ryan.

Perhaps one of the biggest highlights was that Ryan and I moved into our apartment in West Chester. We absolutely love where we live and it’s so much fun during the warmer weather. We can WALK to brunch. Hello? Is this heaven?

thankful thursday

welcome mat

Weekend in Charlottesville.

My brother started school at the University of Virginia and my family went to visit him for the weekend! It was honestly one of my proudest moments to see him in that UVA uniform. He works so hard and it really has paid off!

UVA baseball

UVA baseball

Oklahoma + LA.

Ryan and I are closing out the year with another trip. Right now I’m in Oklahoma visiting with his family and then on Christmas Day we are flying out to LA to spend the rest of my break there! Definitely keep an eye on my social media for some updates on where we are and what we’re doing.

Peace Out, 2017!

That’s a wrap for this year. I can’t believe all the amazing things that have happened. Tell me some highlights from your year in the comments! And if 2017 wasn’t a great year for you, I hope you stay optimistic that 2018 will end up being life-changing.

  • I’m so glad you loved Nashville! I lived there for 5 years and I love it so. I’m hoping to go back at least once this year!

  • I loved reading all your posts this year and I love reading year in review posts to relive the year! You did so much in 2017 and I hope 2018 will be awesome for you! 2017 was a big year for me in terms of personal growth especially and I’m excited to write my 2017 year in review.

  • Miss ALK

    Wow- what a great year for you filled with travels and special memories! Congratulations on beginning grad school. :) I love reading everyone’s year end recap posts!

    xoxo A


    WOW! You had a very busy, but productive year! Congrats and good luck on your studies !

  • Sounds like you had a wonderful year, Kayla! Here’s to an even better 2018.

  • Wow…what a fun year for you, with tons of travel! Hoping 2018 is just as good or better!

  • You’ve had such a big, exciting year! My husband and I LOVE Nashville and have been twice, we can’t wait to get back. We also have NOLA on the agenda for this year, so I would love to read any tips you have on visiting there!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  • What a great year you had! Love seeing all of the pictures from your travels. I totally want to visit NOLA and Nashville this upcoming year!

    Katie | http://www.millennialonthemove.com

  • Sounds like an awesome year! Love all the trips you took!

  • Ash Neverson

    Wow what an adventurous year you had! Cheers to 2018!

  • Taylor Mead

    What a wonderful year! Congratulations on graduating from Temple!! I was also in Nashville this year and I cannot wait to go back!!! Hope your 2018 is as wonderful as this year was for you!

    xo, Taylor || Generation Tay (www.tayloramead.com)

  • Azanique

    I love following your trip to NOLA! Congrats on grad school :)

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Sounds like you had a great year. Congrats to your brother

  • It sounds like you had a great 2017 with a lot of fun new opportunites and exciting trips! I love love love Nashville, and would love to go back and take time to explore more sometime. Next time you go, you have to go to Santa’s Pub. It’s a hole in the wall karaoke bar and it is perfection!

  • New Orleans is by far one of my favorite cities to visit! Everything about it is enchanting! Looks like you made fantastic memories for 2017!