Well, friends, if you’re reading this, it means we made it through 2017! It’s been a year filled with both ups and downs, but I’m pretty sure I came out ahead!
My 2016 recap was more of an acknowledgment of the then-new political climate. No need to worry – this recap won’t mention NEAR as much politics. Just this: Even though some disappointing bills are being passed, more progressive candidates are being elected into state office, meaning that there’s more hope for the midterms this year! Hooray!
Anyway – onto things that more directly relate to my life + the blog. As I said, 2017 has pretty much been a rollercoaster of a year. Let’s just break it down month to month, shall we?
January: Honestly, not that much happened that I can remember this month. I started the penultimate semester of my college career (which I didn’t realize until a few months later). I got into reading more and finished two books – another small victory! I also started planning more for the big fashion show my
university alma mater puts on every year! Otherwise, I binged a couple shows and worked my part-time job. No biggie!
February: My birth-month! I turned 21 on February 10th! My parents gave me a new DSLR for my birthday, which was definitely needed since the DSLR I was using was manufactured around 10 years ago. It’s still a good camera, but the quality of the pictures is not as high as I would like! I also continued fashion show planning and internship applications. ‘Twas quite a busy month!
One of my co-directors and I for The Fashion Show at a volunteer event!
March: Stress on stress on stress on stress! This month was filled with event planning for the fashion show, more internship applications, work, and school. Regarding the fashion show, my committee held our first event where people were able to meet and greet the judges for the 2017 show. My fellow co-directors and committee members worked really hard on it, and we were so glad to see it succeed!
April: Finally, my stress was relieved! Not only did the fantastic team of producers, directors, and committees put on an AMAZING fashion show, but I also finally found an internship! It was such a relief since I had been applying since OCTOBER. So if you’re currently trying to get an internship, don’t give up yet – there is still so much time! This month was also when I decided to graduate a semester early from college, meaning I only had one more semester left! Yikes!
My best friend and I at a Fashion Show-related event!
May: Okay, so May was pretty rad! I finished my penultimate semester and I started my internship in Chicagoland! I got my first taste of 9-5 corporate life, and I gotta say – I loved it. My internship also made me realize exactly what I wanted to do after college, and that felt so awesome! I also got to visit the city for the first time in quite a few years, and ticked off a lot of the tourist attractions: The Bean, John Hancock tower, and Michigan Avenue! I also got to see the houses and neighborhoods they film Shameless in. So cool!
June: Admittedly not the most eventful month! I interned during the week, and I spent the weekends wandering around the mall and seeing movies at the theater. My mom and niece visited one weekend, and I got to take them around the city, which was SO fun! It was my niece’s first time in Chicago, so she loved it!
My niece and I at Navy Pier in Chicago!
July: The last month, or week, rather, of my internship! I am so thankful for the opportunity to get more experience and work at an awesome company. The first weekend of the month, my parents visited and we went back to the city! My dad hadn’t seen The Bean before, and my parents also wanted to try out the Tilt at John Hancock. We also took a pretty cool walking tour about gangsters! A couple weeks later, we went on a family vacation to my uncle’s house in the North Carolina mountains. It’s a beautiful area, and I always love going to visit. A highlight of the trip: getting to go to Dollywood on the way home! Such a fun park!
August: I started my last semester of school EVER! I also quit my part-time job to focus on school and blogging, and I dyed my hair back to brown. I loved red, but it was time to return to my roots. Get it? Hair pun.
September: Another uneventful month! I worked on school and the blog, and started stressing a bit more about post-grad plans. The best thing this month was going to Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery. Believe it or not, it was actually for a homework assignment! Tip: if your school offers a wine tasting class, definitely take it!
The bar at Cedar Ridge Winery
October: I would consider this month to be a transitional one. I got a new job lead (more on that later), spent a couple of weekends in my hometown, and cut down the posting schedule for Five Foot and Fabulous. Sure, that’s not the definition of super exciting, but I really enjoyed this month!
November: This is where the excitement starts again! At the beginning of the month, I read my monthly horoscope from Vice, and it told me that something good will happen for my career on November 7th. Fast forward to that date, and I had a successful job interview at my internship company! A few hours after, I was offered the job! I kid you not, my horoscope predicted that. Never underestimate the power of astrology! My mom and I headed to Chicagoland over Thanksgiving break to find myself an apartment. As far as the holiday goes, it was a quiet day at home with family – just the way I like it!
December: Oh boy, was this month a whirlwind! Not only did I GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE, but I also moved to my new apartment! It’s crazy how fast the transition was from student to full-fledged adult, but here I am!
Mantra for 2018: Stay positive!
Although 2017 did have many highs, I also had quite a bit of anxiety surrounding certain parts of my life. I’ve always been a bit of a worrier, but it elevated in 2017 for some reason. This year, I want to think more positively and stay more grounded. I’m not sure how easy this will be for me, but I’m definitely hopeful!
Hope you all had a wonderful 2017, and I wish you the best 2018! Thank you always for reading!
What were your highlights of 2017? Do you have any mantras or resolutions for 2018? Let me know in the comments!
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