So, here we are, two days after the day this blog should’ve been posted. What can I say? I’m not at school, I’m not at work. How am I supposed to keep up with what day it is? Sorry.

As this is my last blog of 2016, I figured I’d talk about my 2016. Of course, everyone is talking about how 2016 has been the worst year ever. And while I don’t entirely agree, there’s a reason there are so many memes about this year being one gigantic dumpster fire.

But, that aside. Here’s a short rundown of my 2016:

  • I struggled through and survived my first year at Yale.
  • I lost my cousin.
  • We celebrated my nephew’s first birthday.
  • Justin and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary.
  • I had a 20th birthday.
  • I started a really cool job where I get to hang out with kids every Friday night.
  • I held in a lot of resentment and bitterness; and I worked on letting it go.
  • I started working at Cracker Barrel.
  • I worked as an intern at the Gaston Gazette.
  • Justin and I went to Universal studios.
  • I returned to Yale, and took the classes I wanted, and still struggled.
  • I wrote a novel in 30 days.
  • I rode a horse. The horse dumped me off. I rode a horse again.
  • I stood alone on a street corner in New York City at 2 am.
  • I began working as a Research Assistant in a psych lab.
  • I choreographed a couple dances.
  • I made new friends and got closer to my old ones.
  • My aunt moved away from Gastonia. I call(ed) her every day.
  • I took a Linguistics class and learned a lot about how I talk. (My vowels are all wrong.)
  • I spent Christmas with my family and Justin’s family and Mikaela’s family.
  • I started a blog, and I almost always posted on time.

I’m sure I’m forgetting things. That is inevitable. But a lot happened to me and my family in 2016; some of it very bad. But some of it very good. Does it even out? I don’t know. I can say that personally, I’ve had worse years; or at least years with worse moments that irrevocably tipped the scales.

But, 2016 only has 3 days left. I guess that means it’s time to start thinking about 2017. I’m not good about looking forward to the future, even the very near. But, I know I’ve got to. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions because, like most people, I never keep them. And as Linda always says “The only thing constant is change.”

I hate change, but I know it happens regardless of how I feel. And I have to learn to accept that. Maybe I will in 2017. But probably not. After all, I hate change.


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