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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

P.S.

Helene in Between
This post was part of Helene’s (from heleneinbetween.com) 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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Farewell Summer Of 2016

By on September 19, 2016

2016

Ahhh Summer. You’re such a good ole’ friend to me. We’ve had twenty years of of fun adventures every year, this year being no different.

We had some crazy adventures this year, summer! Let’s take a look back on all the fun we had.

To start, I graduated with my Associates Degree and got accepted into an amazing university where I am currently getting my Bachelor’s Degree!

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We went to Nashville (new place number one) and had an amazing (excruciatingly hot) time!

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We ate great food, saw many sights, and almost drowned in our own sweat (gross) but it was a great way to start the summer!

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 4&5 

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Abby and I got stuck in what was basically a monsoon at a baseball game and sprinted (read: got completely drenched) with her dog in my arms and we laughed for thirty minutes.

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Abby and I also went to Kian and JC’s Don’t Try This At Home Tour and had an amazing weekend!!

My family also stopped in New Orleans before we went on our vacation and it was definitely an experience! (That I blogged about here!)

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I got to check off a bucket list item of eating at Cafe Du Monde!

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We had an amazing and relaxing vacation in our favorite place in the world, Sanibel.

Add in a couple of concerts between all this traveling! I also took my sister with us to the 5 Seconds of Summer concert the day before seeing her favorite violinist Lindsey Stirling!

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My dad, sister and I also went to Atlanta for Dragon Con! It was a weekend filled with comic books, tv shows, celebrities, and never wanting to come back to reality. I’m so happy to have this memory with them!

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Other cool things that happened over the summer:

  • Absolutely Ariana turned one!
  • Babysat A LOT and had some fun adventures at the pool, the park, the movies,toruing an ambulance, and getting snowcones
  • Got my best friend hooked on Teen Wolf
  • Let’s not even discuss the PLL summer finale
  • Grew as a person and learned some more things about myself
  • Started school at a large university (where my English class turned out to be about comic books and superheroes)!

 

Overall, this summer was crazy busy. Actually, I’m now busier than I have ever been in my entire life. I love having stuff to do but also love my “me” time so it’s taking some getting used to.

Summer 2016, you were definitely one for the books. As always, you were fun, crazy, HOT, and a fun adventure. Sadly it is time to say farewell. Until next year summer!

 

Now, bring on the fall!! What adventures did you have over the summer? Share them below in the comments, I would love to hear about them!

xoxo Ariana

 

 

 

 

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Vacay Recap: NOLA and Florida |2016

By on August 22, 2016

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As you guys know, this girl loves a road trip and loves to travel. (Maybe not so much a 12 hour drive less than a week after having wisdom teeth removed but its all good anyways). My dad had a trip to Louisiana so we piled into the car and started our vacation early. After he was done with his business trip, we took a quick overnight trip to New Orleans because why not?! It was eye-opening, fun, hot and humid, and a good little side trip!

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Of course the main thing we had to hit up was Cafe Du Monde, the most popular coffee shop in the world! It was wayyyyyy to hot and sticky to drink coffee so we all got ourselves some nice cold drinks and had yummmmmmyyy beignets!! They were honestly the best things ever. If I remember correctly, its the French way to make doughnuts. So amazing.

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The next morning we woke up and walked down to see the Mississippi River in the daylight and walk around Jackson Square. There amazing artists out, a lot of live music, you know the good ole’ jazz you come to New Orleans for. It was still really hot for it being like 9:30 in the morning but that’s water under the bridge. I would have loved to take a ferry ride but we sadly didn’t have time for one! Next time I’m there, a ferry ride is on my to-do list!

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After that, we were off the Florida and on our way to our piece of paradise, Sanibel Island! Gosh, I love that place. Every time I’m there, I literally never want to leave. I always picture what would happen if I just stayed there. But that being said, I don’t know if I have the guts to do that (yet).

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We stopped at Walmart to get food and got caught in a MASSIVE storm and raced it to the island.

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We had a very relaxing and enjoyable trip! We had ice cream by the pool, on the beach, homemade pizza (some of the best pizza EVER),found some AMAZING shells (even if we couldn’t keep them all because they were home to a couple of sea critters), got a couple books read, enjoyed some tanning and just being by the ocean. I swear, the ocean is really the best therapy, at least for me. I do my best thinking there, I feel at peace there, and that all my worries and troubles will be okay. Aside from a storm every after noon, it was a fairly sunny trip! It’s Florida, the weather changes just like that, it’s expected. However, one of these storms did make the fire alarm go off in the unit next to ours (no fire, just short circuited!). I wish I could go back but…. until next year!

 

Also, I hope every one has a great back to school week! I start this week and I’m really excited and amped for this semester! Feel free to leave a comment and tell me about your vacation this summer!

xoxo Ariana

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