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So Long, 2016

2016 is coming to a close and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind year. Like most years, it had some high and lows, but overall I’d say that for me, 2016 has been great. Here are the highlights, in no particular order.

Weddings, babies and graduations, oh my!

I was lucky enough to celebrate a cousin and 4 different friends getting married, 2 of which I was honored to stand along side. Well, that ended  up being standing beside just one, but more on that later. I also had one dear friend have her first baby and one complete her PhD. It brought me such joy to celebrate these people with showers, bachelorettes, parties, and gifts. I wish them all the best of marriages, new families, and new jobs. All of this alone was enough to make 2016 a great one!

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Moving Friends

A good friend moving away is not a good thing for anyone. It’s sad and difficult to come to terms with. But if it has to happen, you might as well make the best of it with a 7 state road trip in a car packed to the ceiling, complete with an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast. Definitely a highlight of the year, albeit a sad long term outcome.

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Disney & Universal

My nephew is 2 ½ and you have to pay for children to get into Disney at age 3, so of course my Disney-loving sister-in-law had to plan a big family trip this year. Best. idea. ever. I didn’t get around to doing a whole post on this trip as the end of the year got away from me, but I feel like a Disney expert now. Although I’m sure I still know nothing compared to people who go all the time. This was my first time there since I was 8. And it was magical. The week after Thanksgiving is a great time to go if you can take time off. And I was really surprised at how much stuff there was for my nephew to do! It was an awesome trip and definitely a highlight of the year.

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Travels

2016 was a year of many travels. In addition to the trips already mentioned, I made it to cities, states, and another country! Locations included two trips to Nashville, TN; multiple trips to Daphne, AL; Denver (plus south of Denver for work); State College, PA; Nicaragua; Austin, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Asheville, NC; McCormick, SC; Orlando, FL; Helen, GA; St. Augustine, FL

So many places, so little time!

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Hospital

The downfall of social media is that all you see is the wonderful, happy pieces of everyone’s life. Although a lot of great things happened this year, it wasn’t all sugar and spice. The night before my friend’s wedding – one I was supposed to be in – I landed myself in the ER, which turned into the ICU, with some kind of infection. And yes, that’s the most diagnosis I ever got. Needless to say, I missed my friend’s wedding and was devastated. It was also a miserable two weeks being in the hospital for 3 ½ days then recovering. But it was made tolerable and I made it out stronger because of my incredible family and friends. It was a reminder of how lucky I am to have the people who are in my life.

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This guy

As incredible as everything was this year,  this guy takes the cake. We met in our condo complex with the dogs out on the lawn [cue the AWs]. Adorable, right? We grabbed dinner and drinks for our first date on a nearby patio and we hit it off. But little did I know how amazing this year would be together. He is kind, funny, thoughtful and caring. He made it through a stay, by my side, in the ER and ICU just 6 months in. I can go on and on about how much I love this guy, but I’ll spare you. He is easily THE highlight of this year and I can’t wait for the year to come.

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Books

I completed my book challenge by 10 books and had some great ones of the 30 I read! I think I’m going to up my challenge to beat my 30 next year.

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I know not everyone had a great year. I am ignoring some major events that happened in our country this year to focus on my little insignificant life. If it wasn’t a great year for you, I hope for everything and more for you in 2017. Happy New Year!


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Whole 30

I am not really one to jump on bandwagons – especially diet ones. I love food way too much. And I typically do pretty well eating healthy (enough) and exercising. This holiday season, however, I plummeted into an eating abyss. Sweets, sugar, snacking, chocolate, late-night snacks, sweets. Oh, and by the way, my number one problem is sweets. I know it sounds crazy and luckily (or maybe hopefully) you would never notice unless you were with me constantly – but I have an unbelievable, and at times uncontrollable, sweet tooth. And eating sweets leads to just eating more junk and stuff I don’t need. And honestly, I do believe that eating better would just make me feel better overall, but again – I like food too much and haven’t been willing to give up stuff. But I want to give it a shot.

So to start the year (beginning today), I’m restarting. I’m not going on a diet. I’m letting my digestive system, metabolism, and eating habits take a break and reset. I’m going to do the Whole30 – I’ve had numerous friends do this and they all loved the results, mainly how they have felt. And it’s only for 30 days. Anyone can do anything for 30 days! Obviously the ideal, after the 30 days, is to not fall right back into the old habits, but knowing myself, once I can reset I can better control my habits.

The overall goal isn’t weight loss. I don’t even own a scale, so this would be difficult for me to track. The goal is to feel better: physically and mentally.  I know I’ll be able to do it, but I know it won’t be easy. Honestly I think the hardest part will be the planning (and maybe yogurt…I love yogurt). Anyway, I’ll post updates here: how I’m feeling, recipes, etc. If you’re also doing this to start the year, feel free to share some recipes and/or ideas. Megoirs is giving me a great start, but the more the better!

Wish me luck! And good luck to everyone on their new years resolutions, whatever it may be!

START DATE: JANUARY 5

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Top 10 of 2014

As each year comes to a close, I think it’s important to look back and consider what you went through, what you learned, and how you grew as a person. I’m pretty sure everyone, in the course of a year, experiences the good and the bad – both of which are actually great depending on how you react.

Overall, 2014 was good for me, but I am looking forward to 2015 and an even better year. I wanted to do a short review of the year and what better way than to list the best? Especially since you know I love lists. So here’s the top 10 – they’re kind of ranked but really all of them helped make this a memorable year, and the top 5 especially are extra great, so really they should all be at the top. Bring it on 2015!

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10. Garth Brooks concert. I love concerts and go to them fairly often, but this was an event to remember. Garth Brooks was one of my first music loves – maybe even my very first. And he more than exceeded the hype. If you can see him live in your lifetime – do it.

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9. Crossed off 12 of my 30. Almost half of my 30 before 30 list is complete! I have a little less than 10 months to finish it off and I’m looking forward to all that’s left!

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8. Grandman Triathlon. This was my third sprint triathlon but it was by far my favorite. Not only did I get to visit family, but I also enjoyed the race in Fairhope, AL. The swim especially was better than the others I had done. If you’re looking for a tri in the southeast, I highly recommend this one!

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7. Weddings. I had the honor of witnessing numerous friends get married and had tons of fun celebrating at the receptions!

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6. San Francisco. A great friend moved out to the west coast with an awesome new job, so of course we had to go visit! It was a wonderful long weekend packed with sites, hikes, and catching up. I can’t wait to visit again!

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5. Greece. If you want details, start here and read about a weeks worth of posts! Amazing is not a strong enough word to describe it. See all the pictures on those same posts also!

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4. UpStreet. I’ve been going to Buckhead Church for 2 years now and have tried a couple different routes to get more involved. If you know me, you of course know I love kids and so helping out in kids church seemed to be a good fit. The last six weeks of the year were getting started and settled in with Kindergarten which has already been so much fun – and kids really do say the darndest things.

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3. Job. I love my office and coworkers and was lucky this year to stay int he same place but transition to a new position of coordinating a research project. Technically it’s still the same title but is a very different job. I’ve been challenged and have learned a lot in coordinating sites in 3 different states – and could not have survived it if it weren’t for some great coworkers. I also – right before changing positions – had a great time at a conference in New Orleans with a few of those same wonderful coworkers!

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2. Small group. Another way I have gotten more involved at church is by joining a small group. I joined with 2 friends from a previous group and I could not have asked for a better group. I’ve known these gals for about 4 months and I couldn’t ask for a nicer, cooler, or more caring group. I can’t wait to get to them all even more in 2015!

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1. Nephew! I haven’t actually written any posts, but if you’re friends with me on social media you know that I have the most adorable nephew ever seen! Ok, I’m a little partial. But he is seriously cute and smart and sweet. Although they do not live super close, I’ve been able to see them here or there pretty frequently. He’s now 9 months old and it is such a joy to watch him grow (rather quickly I might add), learn, discover, and play.