Monday, January 1, 2018

What I Did in 2017

I was umming aand ahhing over whether or not I wanted to write this post. But I really want to put more effort into blogging this year, so as an attempt to blog more I decided to bite the bullet and do it. Honestly the biggest reason why I couldn't decide if I wanted to make this post or not is because I so often feel like my life isn't exciting enough and/or I didn't achieve enough to be worthy of a post like this, which is all just silly talk. Before sitting down to write this and reflecting on my year I honestly thought that I would be struggling to come up with cool things that went on throughout the year.

Just as every year 2017 certainly had its ups and downs. But for the sake of this post I'm going to be focusing on the positives of this year, which I was horribly bad a blogging this year so I think anyone out there who reads my blog deserves an update on my life! So without further ado here are some of my favorite things to have happened in the year 2017.

1. Started off the year in Baltimore
I kicked off 2017 in Baltimore with some of my favorite people at Cru's Winter Conference and what better way of kicking off the year than with a dance party and worship?!

2. Made an effort to enjoy my last semester of college
Entering my final semester of college my roommates and I all decided that we wanted to make sure to do all the things that we have been talking about doing for the past four years. So we made sure to go on hikes and do all of the exploring we had been meaning to do.

3. Turned 22
What better way than to ring in my 22nd year than with brunch and mimosas with my favorite people?! Feelin' 22 this whole year. I don't think Taylor Swift could've put it better when she said, "We're happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time." Which I don't think are feelings that are exclusive to being 22, but I'm just starting to realize that I don't think I'm ever going to feel like my life is together which is equally scary and freeing.

4. Went to New York City
While most people take off to the beach over spring break my roommates and I decided to go up to NYC, which it was freezing and snowy but we still had a blast! It also replanted to seed of wanting to move there one day!

5. Graduated!
Perhaps my biggest accomplishment of this year was graduating college!! Graduating was an emotional roller coaster that I feel like I'm still not completely off year and I still can't believe that I am done with school. While I'm not opposed to going back to school in the future, the fact that at this moment I am done with school is still crazy to me!

6. Went to Italy
To celebrate my graduation my family took a "little" trip to Italy. Which I feel so blessed to be able to have done! We got explore Venice, Florence, Rome, and Positano and it was honestly a trip of a lifetime as I have been dreaming of going to Italy for as long as I can remember. Which I must say Italy is exactly as beautiful as it looks and the food is just as good as you think it would be!

7. Went to the beach
Went to the beach with friends a few times over the summer which was so much fun! Not only to I go back to Bethany Beach, where my family has a beach house, but I also got to go to the Outer Banks for the first time!

8. Got my first job!
I am employed! Right now I am working retail at Kate Spade which I can't say this is my dream job. But I have a job and I am making money and technically working in the industry I want my career in, which is fashion not retail. So while my career is not ideal at the moment,  I am definitely saving money and working my way to hopefully be living and working in NYC. Plus in a way I feel like I am paying my dues, I feel like people in the fashion industry like to see retail on your resume.

9. Went to some concerts
Had some crazy concert experiences this year, mostly revolving around a band called Frenship! So I went to see Bastille back in late August which was so good!! They were playing near where one of my friends lives so I went down to visit her and go to the concert, which Dan Smith (the lead singer) walked through the crowd during the show and he literally walked right past us. Anyways Frenship opened for them and we got to meet them and get our picture with them after the show which was cool! Anyways later that week we realized they were playing near where I live but it was sold out, long story short they got us into their sold out show and we meet them for a second time! Which was the craziest experience.

10. Volunteered at Fall Retreat
Went back down to school and volunteered at Cru's Fall Retreat. Every year Radford Cru has Fall Retreat at this Boy Scout camp that is nearby, the grounds are super beautiful as it is in the middle of nowhere in the mountains. But it was kind of cool going back as not a student but as a volunteer and it was also just a really relaxing, refreshing, and renewing weekend away.

11. Saw Les Mis
To finish off the year I saw Les Mis the other day in DC with my family and that show never gets old. This is my second time seeing it and I have to say I appreciated it way more this time around than the first, which I suppose knowing the story definitely helps. The story is just such a tragic and beautiful tale of redemption and on top of that the music never fails to give me goosebumps.

To anyone out there reading this thank you so much for tuning in!! Here's to welcoming in a new year together and lets us all make this year even better than the last!! Happy New Year!!

xox,
Amanda 

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