My First thoughts when I decided to post this were, how will I pick my favorites? There are SO many things I did in 2016, and truly it was such a great year. It was the year of growing, learning, finding myself, adventuring, blogging, and lots and lots (and lots) of laughs.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite memories from 2016 with you all (not in any particular order)

1. My Blog

2016 is the year I started my blog! So it’s only been a year that I have been doing this. I have loved every moment of it- even the hard times. I look back on old posts and pictures and it’s so fun to see how far that I have come in blogging. I have learned SO much this year of blogging, and I have had SO MUCH FUN.

2. Spending The Year in Utah

I moved to Utah, trying to start a blog and do hair, but it turns out that Arizona is where I would need to go to do that (my internship!) but I still got to live in UT for part of this year. It was a VERY different experience for me, but it was one I would never take back. It was my first time really living away from Michigan without any date of return, and it was the scariest thing I did, moving to the West!

3. Moving to Arizona

If I thought moving to Utah was scary, moving to Arizona was even scarier. I knew next to nobody, save a few good friends, and it was probably one of the hardest moves I have ever made! I have loved living here, and it has been such a fun expereine to see other places, and live somewhere you’re not used to.

4. Getting into Aveda for my internship

Getting this internship was really amazing for me. I started in Utah trying to get into the school there and when they told me I didn’t have enough “credits” I would have to do an internship in Phoenix, Arizona, I was nervous as could be. I didn’t know single person at the school, or very much about my internship and how hard it would be. It was (and still is) a huge opportuity for growth, and learning. There are only a few internships like this in the country (within Aveda) and so it was something I knew I needed to do, and then when I actually got in, it was the best feeling ever. I was so happy! 

5. My Trip To California

It was simple, but so much fun. I loved seeing California for the first time, and to this day I am obsessed with Carlsbad! It was a roadtrip I took with a friend to go to another friends wedding. There ended up being a lot of friends there, and it was so fun to hang out with all of them in California, even though were are all from different places! It was such a good trip, I loved California and fell in love with the beaches.

6. Experiencing Temple Square for the first time

It was the most amazing place! 

7. Being a Nanny

I spent almost a year being a live-in nanny and it’s an experience that I am so grateful for. I learned so so much, and I fell in love with the most precious kids in the world.

8. Getting to be in so many weddings!

Once you get to a certain age, all your friends start to get married! Which is totally amazing and fun and I got to be in so many weddings of my closet friends. Seeing them so happy was the most amazing feeling! I loved it.

9. The Amazing Friends I Made

I have made so many amazing new friends this year! I love getting to know people and learning their stories, it’s one of my favorite things in the world. So you can imagine how much I love meeting new friends. I’ve meet the most AMAZING people this year.

10. My Trips Back Home

As much as I have done and as many places as I have gone, my favorite place in the world is still home. I love going back to the country of Michigan, and seeing the faces that I love most in this entire world.

There you have it 🙂 All of my favorite memories. 2016 taught me so much, and I am grateful for those experiences, good and bad.