As 2016 has come to an end, I’ve taken the time to reflect on all the memories that 2016 has given me. Many people have been referring to 2016 as “the worst year ever”, but for me, it was a pretty damn good year. Surrounded by family and friends and making new memories, I couldn’t imagine any better way to spend my year. This year has been a roller coaster of new adventures, and more to come. Although this year has contained so much that I would love to share with all of you, I managed to pick the top 8 highlights of my year…
I’ve always been fortunate enough to travel throughout the years, but this year I had the amazing experience of traveling for the first time forever alone. (And by alone I just mean not with my family). It was something I’ve never done before, but it was such an incredible experience to be able to have that independence and see the world on my own.
2. Discovering My Safe Haven: Greece
Between all the places I’ve traveled to in my 17 years, no place has ever captured my heart like Greece did. The peace and serenity being on the Greek islands brought me is a feeling of a thousand words. Everything about Greece became my safe haven; the sun, the sand, the ocean, the smell, the people…it is a place of pure peace.
3. Big Sister’s 18th!!
“Wouldn’t your sisters 18th be her highlight of the year, not yours?” I feel like is a question some of you may be asking. That is a very good question, but the answer is yes and no. Yes, it would be a huge highlight of her year, but it was also one of my top highlights because my sister is my best friend, my soul mate. The connection we have is so close that her becoming an adult was a huge milestone for me as well. I’m so proud of how far she’s come in her 18 years, and I was just so happy to be able to celebrate it with her.
4. (Not My) Graduation
Who’s graduation?? My sister’s of course. Just like her becoming an adult, her graduation was something I couldn’t be more proud of. It was a highlight. She graduated with honours and the many choices of Universities that accepted her. As far as she’s come, she still has so far to come and I cannot wait to be by her side throughout it all.
5. IMTA Convention: New York
I had the amazing opportunity of attending International Model & Talent Association in New York in July, and it was more that I could’ve ever asked for. Being able to act in front of hundreds of casting agents and directors was a dream come true. Not only did I discover my agency through this convention, but I had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing people as well as winning so many awards; something I will be forever grateful for.
6. Family Roadtrips
I believe making time for family is a crucial part of life, especially while still young and living at home. Once you move out, life becomes busy and you may forget to make that time for family. Family roadtrips is one way I love to bond and spend time with my family. Driving through the mountains, seeking out new places we’ve never been before, it’s all an adventure I’m glad to be able to spend with them.
7. Lake Life
My cabin has been apart of my life ever since the day I was born. With so much family being at our lake, my sisters and I grew up there. Every summer we would spend it at our lake, making new memories and remembering the old ones. It’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world.
8. My Pregnancy
As unexpected as this was, it was certainly a highlight of my year. Although I only found out about my pregnancy 5 weeks ago, it has completely changed my outlook on life and the way I’m living it. My pregnancy is a blessing, wanted at this time or not. And I am so thankful for this blessing that 2016 has given me.
Each highlight is a blessing to me, and even though there are so many more I wish I could’ve shared, I hope my highlights have made some of you reflect on your 2016 year, and found the blessings in yours. If any of you have had amazing memories and blessings throughout the year, please comment them below, I would love to hear them!
I hope 2017 brings each and every one of you love, happiness, health, and new adventures.
Happy New Year Everyone!