Out With the Old…

As I’m sitting here sipping my coffee and listening to the ocean waves and soaking up the sunshine (rough life right?), I can’t help but think about 2016 and what’s in store for the next. I mean it is NYE afterall, right?

ICYMI, here is my St. Maarten oceanfront view. Definitely not the worst way to ring in 2017.

While this year had its moments of ups and downs, and let’s be honest, what year doesn’t have those? I’m actually quite sad to be saying goodbye to 2016. This year was actually a truly amazing one for me.

For starters, I graduated.

This was probably the biggest moment of this year for me. Up until this point, I had spent 18 years of my life in school. To finally walk across the stage to celebrate my Master’s degree was such a huge moment, and honestly, I’m so thankful it’s over! Which leads me to another big moment of the year for me…getting my first big girl job post grad school.

For those of you who don’t know, I work in Higher Ed Administration. It was very nerve wracking trying to find jobs and figuring out what exactly it was I wanted to do now that I had my degree in hand. I had already had 4 years experience in Higher Ed, and now was my chance to continue that passion and get my first full time opportunity in what I loved doing thanks to my Masters degree. I have loved every moment and every challenge that has come with the experience and most of all I love getting to work with students on a daily basis. Let’s be honest, I was there up until 8 months ago and I do whatever I can to help them through it!

There were also some very fun moments for me this year. For starters, I got to spend an afternoon at DVF in NYC.

I still die over this moment. I also still die at the fact this dress now hangs in my closet, and I got to wear it walking across the stage at my graduation. There is nothing in this world that could’ve have made my fashionista dreams come true more than this moment.

You can read about my collab in my 3 part series here, here and here. Linked are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 respectively.

You can also read about the most amazing NYC adventure the Blonde Side Best and I had here

One of my other favorite moments I shared with my BSB was getting to see The Biebs in concert. There were tears, there was singing (lots of singing) and there were homemade Bieber tees.

Yes I’m 25 years old, but something about Justin Bieber makes me turn into a 13 year old. It was also the best concert ever, and I say that proudly!

On a gushy note, I know, I never do this, I fell in love this year too. Just when I was about to throw in the metaphorical dating towel, I met the most amazing man in the world, now affectionately referred to as the Blonde Side Beau, and I’ve never been happier.

I also have the best friend in the Blonde Side Best, and a super amazing supportive (sometimes dysfunctional, but aren’t they all?) family. Don’t be afraid to leave the people who don’t deserve to make it into 2017 with you in 2016. It’ll only make your life more positive, and better! You deserve nothing but the best in life.

So 2016, I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave. See what I did there 😉 I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store, because there is always an excitement in new beginnings! Have a wonderful, and safe end to this year and make sure to follow me and all my Blonde Side adventures into the new one. I’m so grateful for each and every one of you! Otherwise, I’d just be talking to myself, am I right?

Happy NYE!


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