What a year it’s been. These are a few of my favorite memories from 2016.
1. Visiting the Palace of Versailles and seeing the Hall of Mirrors with my own two eyes.
2. Easter in Zurich. The most relaxing long weekend by the Swiss Alps spent eating chocolate and exploring the town. Plus the 30 minutes we were on Mt. Rigi where 3 of us walked like incapable penguins on the insanely icy snow — cracking up while simultaneously being scared shitless.
3. April 2nd: sitting in the courtyard of the Victoria and Albert Museum with a cup of coffee, my journal, and blue skies above. One of the most peaceful days I remember.
4. Showing my family around London and loving how much they loved my second home (and generally all the time I spent in London is one giant, incredible memory. Thankful for all the amazing people I got to share the experience with).
5. A gloomy and chilly day in Amalfi when Falon and I ran into the Airbnb’s lemon grove/garden, picked lemons bigger than our fists, and made homemade lemonade.
6. Making it back to Boston in time for Victoria’s graduation, and reuniting with some of my best friends after 5 months of being apart.
7. Driving for 15 hours straight (courtesy of coffee) from NY to Nashville with Falon, and alternating between singing country music and ’00s R&B at the top of our lungs.
8. Going to Chicago with Avia to visit Arielle and Ted. One day after hours exploring, it started down-pouring and we ran into a game store in the mall where we demoed game after game.
9. Celebrating my 21st birthday in Boston with my favorite people — who were arguably more excited than I was — and experiencing my first, and definitely last, fishbowl.
10. Finally relaunching this blog after months and months of hard work, and having such a great support system along the way.
Needless to say, I’m so grateful for the experiences I had and the people I shared them with. I got to 10 before I knew it and decided it was best to stop before I wrote a novel. I really could have kept going, which made me realize just how great this year was, and how I almost forgot until I started to reflect. I know 2016 has been a rough year for a lot of us on a larger scale, myself included, but taking a few minutes to think about the things that made you smile can make a difference.
Here’s to an even better 2017!