2016 has given me a multitude of blessings.
On the 1st of the year I began a long diet journey, where I cut out all gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. It was a major transition from my processed and sugary cravings. I will say that I’m not the best at following through with many things. I’m the type of person who gets super stoked about a new project and then about two thirds of the way through I slowly lose motivation. But with my new diet, I made a point of sticking with it in order to clear up my skin, and I did keep it up. For one whole year (save the time I went to Hawaii + a few holidays) I have not eaten any junk. It may not seem like a large feat, but for me I couldn’t be more proud of this accomplishment. It was such a great learning experience, and now I know just how strong my will power is.
2016 has also given me a new job as a barista in a locally owned coffee shop franchise. I have met new people, built lasting friendships, and even reconnected with old friends.
I tapped into my creative side more than ever before. I began writing more blog posts, filming and editing a few fun videos, taking more pictures, making lots of yummy food and making artwork.
2016 has been my year of travel. During the summer, my sister and I took our first flight without our parents to Panama, South America where we visited my best friend and her family.
And later during the summer my family, myself, and one of my best friends made a trip to Hawaii for three whole weeks. It was such a magical vacation and I am beyond blessed to have been able to do as much as we did and stay as long as we did.
I was lucky enough to escape my small town numerous times throughout the year… once with just my sister and a few of our close friends on a camping trip, and other times on small family getaways. I was able to explore Oregon quite a bit and travel to places I’d never seen before.
2016 has treated me like a princess and all I can do is thank God for the great experiences I had and the many opportunities that my future holds in 2017.
Thank you all for following along on my journey this past year, your support means the world to me. Virtual hugs!! I have so many fun and exciting things planned for 2017 and I can’t wait for you to know about them!
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Here is a glimpse of my year….