So now that the exciting travel and wedding hoopla has slowed down, I wanted to spend a little time and reflecting on 2016 and looking forward to 2017.
The Best of 2016
- Getting engaged – when I moved down to Atlanta and bought a house with L, I knew that we were pretty serious. I didn’t know when I went away for a ‘girls’ weekend’ in March that he’d be proposing in front of all our of friends and family on the beach in Savannah! It’s been an amazing year with L furnishing our home and getting ready for this wedding!
- Starting this blog -the idea for this challenge started in late 2015, but on May 10th of this year I actually put it into action! NAOR has been an amazing avenue to refine my writing skills, connect with others, and challenge myself to not shop!
- Finding Humira – previously, I was managing my ankylosing spondylitis with an anti-inflammatory pill called Naproxen, which only worked about 70% of the time. Since swapping to Humira, I’ve been so much more comfortable and happy. It’s worth those miserable shots!
- Making friends – I moved to Atlanta almost a year and a half ago and I’m so excited with the amazing group of people I get to call my friends. Without LB I’d be completely lost and this year would have been a heck of a lot tougher.
What’s Coming Up in 2017
- The wedding – it takes a lot of time and energy to plan a wedding, so I’m excited to see the fruits of our labor. Our honeymoon plans to Jamaica make it extra sweet!
- My job – I’ve mentioned it a few times on this blog, but I’ve struggled a little bit with my job. I’m really excited to continue to prove that millennials are great employees (LINK) and to help drive our business. I have a feeling that this will be my year!
- Staying healthy (mentally and physically) – My entire life I’ve struggled with some low-grade anxiety and OCD. When I was in fourth grade, I started planning my days down to the minute and timing my walking commute to ensure accuracy. Since then, I’ve bounced back and forth trying to maintain a healthy balance of structure and spontaneity. Since this year is going to be slam-packed, I need to make sure I make staying healthy both physically and mentally a priority.
- Staying in touch with friends – in 2016 I was lucky to reconnect with my beloved college friends through a trip back to Ithaca (link) and a visit to NYC (link). This year I’m looking forward to staying in contact with my friends – plus maybe a few trips up to NYC and Baltimore!
- This blog – on May 10, 2016 this challenge will officially be over, but I don’t see the blog stopping anytime soon. There may be a slight revamp (L’s voting for a refresh that doesn’t involve him taking pictures every day). I’m still working through the logistics, but I know I can’t wait to share it with you!
Once again, thank you to everyone who’s tagged along in 2016. I love taking pictures and writing a little bit about my life and I love sharing it! Here’s to a fabulous 2017!
Sound off: what is your goal in 2017?
Top: LOFT gifted for my birthday (similar, similar)
Bottoms: ThredUp (Gap) purchased one year ago for $22 (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (exact, similar)
The next morning was tough after last night. A group of people headed off to ski, but I kept L company since he was a little worried about skiing on his knee. Another couple headed into the town of Asheville with us instead. For lunch we ate at Blue Dream Curry House and it was so good. I absolutely love spicy food – but I’m still trying to train L! We also wondered around to shop. This challenge sucked, but I did pick up some wine. We headed back to the cabin in the mid-afternoon for an amazing night full of champagne, spaghetti, and beer. We counted down to the New Year based on someone’s hand-watch because of the whole no connection to the outside world. To be honest, it was magical.Sunday we wanted to kick off healthy 2017 with a hike. We piled into a couple cars and found a national park to go explore. We followed a pretty mellow trail for about 3 miles so we earned our lunch! From there we headed back to our cabin to pack-up and head out to one last dinner all together. The Early Girl Eatery was the only restaurant in Asheville that could take our huge group, so we ended up there. The food was super healthy and pretty good. The prices, especially the price of beer, was AWESOME! L, PJ, and I spent the night since we’re cake testing the our wedding tomorrow. After this weekend, we passed out bright and early at the hotel!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Congrats on making it through 2016 and cheers to 2017!
Outfit Details #1
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased ten months ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Jacket: The North Face purchased four years for $70 (exact, similar)
Jeans: LOFT purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Sneakers: Nike Frees purchased five years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Outfit Details #2
Top: Purchased from a college track meeting five years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Bottoms: Krass & Co purchased one year ago for $40 (exact, similar)
For New Year’s Eve, we headed up to Asheville, North Carolina with a group of L’s college friends. There was eleven people and two dogs in total, jammed into an awesome cabin in the woods. The best part was we had NO cell reception, NO internet, and NO cable television. You might be scratching your head at that statement, but it was so amazing to disconnect from technology and truly be engrossed in the conversations around.
I spend the morning at an early-morning barre class and then headed to get my hair done at the salon. Since L graciously offered to drive, I took the opportunity to enjoy some red wine while I finished up packing. In the mid-afternoon, L, his best friend PJ, and I headed on the three-hour journey to Asheville. When we got there, we made some questionable pizza and waited for the whole crew to arrive. The last couple trickled in around 1AM, but our party was just getting started!
I wanted to be comfortable for our travel, but my hair brought my whole outfit up a notch. Thanks Alex at Salon Red!! I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years Eve!
Top: J. Crew Factory gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased nine months ago for $55 (similar, similar)
Boots: Marshall’s purchased recently for $40 (similar, similar)
What a whirlwind day! Today was my only day in the office this week, so I had a full inbox and meeting scheduled all day. Once I made it through the workday, there was so much laundry and packing for our next big adventure: a weekend in Asheville, North Carolina with a group of friends for New Years! Although it was a long day, the idea of being off for a long weekend pulled me through!
Today I wanted to wear something comfortable; plus I knew I could get away with a pretty casual outfit since no one was in the office! I love playing with grey with different and bright colors – I think it may be overtaking black as my favorite neutral right now. These brick pants were a total impulse buy a few years ago at the J. Crew Factory near my parents’ house and I love pulling them out when I need a pop of color.
Sound off: where are you headed for New Year’s Eve?
Top: Popbasic purchased 1 year ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: LOFT purchased second-hand two years ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory purchased ten months ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Heels: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $40 (similar, similar)