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2016 RECAP

By on January 3, 2017

Wow, I cant believe it’s already a new year! 2016 was a big year for me. So many amazing, incredible, once in a lifetime things happened to me and I’m so blessed for it all! Let’s have a recap, shall we?


Things that happened in 2016:

  • Turned 20 years old
  • Met Sadie Robertson at her book signing which resulted in the funniest picture EVER
  • The Panthers made it to the Super Bowl (gotta represent the home team!)
  • Graduated with a 2 year degree (at the same time my cousin graduated with hers!)
  • Baby sister turned 16 *cries*

  • Traveled to Nashville for the first time (You can read about it here,here, and here!)
  • Got accepted into my #1 school
  • Road tripped with my mom, sister, and best friend to Atlanta to meet Kian &JC on tour
  • Got Abby hooked on Teen Wolf
  • Took my sister with myself and Abby to soundcheck at the 5SOS concert
  • Went with my family to see Lindsey Stirling perform the next day (read about both concerts here!)

  • Had all four of my wisdom teeth removed
  • Traveled to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where I check off a life bucket list item of eating at Cafe Du Monde
  • Had the annual family beach trip to Sanibel immediately after

  • FREAKED OUT over the PLL summer finale
  • Got obsessed with a handful of amazing new television shows
  • Celebrated my one year blogiversary!
  • Babysat A TON (and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, love those kiddos!)
  • Traveled back to Atlanta with my dad and sister for Dragon Con (and met some of Hollywood’s finest)

  • Started my first semester at my new school
  • Took a “Children’s Literature” course that was about comic books and superheroes and the homework was to watch the correlating superhero movies (a dream come true in the college world, at least for me)
  • Took a family weekend trip to Boone

  • Baby sister learned to drive (again *cries*)
  • Voted in my first presidential election
  • Best friend got accepted into Hogwarts (delivered by a special anonymous owl *wink wink*)
  • Had a MAGICALLY WONDERFUL time at the happiest place on earth!!! (Magic Kingdom and Epcot!)
  • Developed a new love for Star Wars
  • Started learning Italian (buongiorno!)
  • Made all A’s and B’s
  • Celebrated a wonderful and very merry Christmas at home with my favorite people in the entire world

And just like that, it’s a new year!  A whole new year full of new experiences, new people, new places, new knowledge, new accomplishments. I am QUITE excited about this new year. I feel different about it, different than I ever have. I feel like some big things are going to happen this next year. Maybe not big to other people, but big for me. And I’m ready, ready take this year on head first! Let’s do this 2017!

What is something you are looking forward to in the new year?

xoxo Ariana


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This post was part of Helene’s (from link up party! Thank you so much for hosting this Helene!! It was my first link-up EVER so I already have a New Year’s Resolution checked off  ✔

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2015 in Review and 2016 Goals

By on January 3, 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everybody is having a lovely start to 2016. I sure am! I’ve been chilling out, not stressing, and last night I finally got to see the new Star Wars (geeking out because it was AMAZING). 2015 was a pretty good year for me.


I went to a bunch of great concerts with my best friend! We met Shawn Mendes, went to Taylor Swift’s 1989 show (where we both got brave  enough to wear red lipstick, channel our inner Taylor and Abby got mistake for Taylor Swift countless times), and we also got EXTREMELY CLOSE AND AMAZING seats to see one of our favorite (maybe our most favorite) band 5 Seconds of Summer! (where I also touched Ashton Irwin’s hand, no biggie) I went to the beach with my best friend and we had so much fun! I also went on vacation in Florida, home away from home, with my family where I paddle boarded for the first time and it was so much fun! My sister went to her first homecoming dance and let me fix her up for it. The whole family, most recently, took a class on shooting arrows, something I’ve always subconsciously wanted to do!

I also started this blog this year! While it may not be exactly how or where I want it, that’s okay! I’m still learning and I’m so happy I took a leap of faith and adventure to start this! I’m still figuring it all out, but that’s okay with me. This blog is like my little baby that will grow and develop as I do.

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I learned so much in 2015. I gained so much more knowledge and experience. I feel older and wiser. I learned again and again how no matter what, God has my back. I learned that family is what keeps me calm and holds me together. I learned how important friendship is and the balance that has to be there. I learned how truly grateful I am for my best friends and my family. I learned more about my best friends and family. But I really feel like 2015 was the year I really started to learn more about myself. I realized what some of my passions are, even if they had been there the whole time. I discovered I love old jazz music (20s, 30s, and 40s, stuff). I discovered my love for old classic movies (hello Audrey Hepburn and Gene Kelly). I learned more about what makes me tick and what keeps me calm. I even figured out my major, elementary education! I really just honed in on what makes me me and I’m still figuring it all out. But that’s totally fine with me! I hope I continue to do that in 2016.

Taken on New Year’s Eve on my iPhone, the last sunset of 2015

My Goals for 2016:

  • Grow closer to God and further develop my walk with Him
  • Get more into blogging
  • Not to be as shy about the blog and promote it more
  • Develop a good skin routine and keep it up
  • Try new adventures (even if small and seemingly insignificant)
  • Develop healthier habits
  • Procrastinate less
  • Get back into reading books and make time for it
  • Keep learning and keep smiling
  • Drink more water

I never really make serious resolutions or hold myself to them. I don’t want to much pressure on myself because I probably do enough of that already! I just like to have a few goals to keep in mind to have an amazing year! Now I have this post that I can come back and check when I’m feeling down and out.

If you’re reading this, thank you! Please keep coming back and checking the blog out! And Ariana, if you are reading this later on during 2016 or years later, be proud of yourself, don’t stress, and don’t give up. You got this!


Love, Ariana


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