2017 in 1146 words

December 29, 2017

In February I visited my cousin in New Jersey for her 23rd birthday. It was the first time I was going to my hometown without mom. The last thing she told me before leaving was "remember to go spend time with your grandparents! They already know you're going to be in town." It wasn't that I didn't want to come over, the problem was my brain in party mode. The night of Leilas birthday we went to a club in the Tropicana. We were guaranteed dancing for two reasons, latin night and our uncle was the dj. Watching us from the dj booth he decided to treat us to a section and ciroc bottle that seemed never ending! I'm guessing four cups later it didn't matter what type of music was playing we were dancing the night away. What left me in shock was the bartender pouring the leftover ciroc in to go cups! Something that would never happen in Orlando. One too many cups later I poured it out in the elevator while the birthday girl is dancing to elevator music. With time to kill at the airport I destroyed a cheese steak wondering how my life would've turned out if we never left New Jersey. Would I have the same friends? Would I still be into the same things? The sole reason I visit is to see family members but they’ll be moving to Florida soon. One thing about New Jersey is that it never changes.. no matter what month or year you go back. I sat in my seat on the airplane happy to go back home.

 

April was a memorable month because I went to California! Somewhere I never thought I'd visit! The flight was long but the scenery made it worthwhile. The traffic stories aren't a myth but living in Orlando I'm used to it. My first stop was a mall on Hollywood blvd to see the infamous Hollywood sign. My tour continued onto the Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood walk of fame. I arrived to Venice Beach pedaling and out of breath. The way the sun reflected on the water it was hard not to stare. If I could go back I would've watched the sunset. A crowd cheering on dancers in the background along with multiple people skating, walking, running and bicycling. In Chinatown I had two donuts that changed my life! Who knew cereal tasted good on donuts?! Both were glazed and filled with icing, one had fruity pebbles and the other had cinnamon toast crunch on top. Till this day I can't decide which tasted better. Every area in LA was full of life but skid row reminded me everything isn't always as good as it seems. After sightseeing in LA all day we began a six hour road trip to San Francisco. I didn't realize it was a hostel until I arrived. One thing is for sure that stay taught me having your own bathroom and shower is a luxury, not a necessity. At first I hated every thing about the hostel, towards the ending I was glad it was apart of my vacation. I never saw myself in a Japanese Tea Garden but this trip was full of new experiences. It is never a bad idea to enjoy the quiet and realize all the things nature has to offer. The last stop before going to the airport was the Golden Gate Bridge. The first thing I did when I got there was facetime my mom because I knew my words wouldn't do what flipping my camera would. Traveling was never a priority to me until that trip and I'm so grateful!

 

I never thought I would recover from the heartbreak I dealt with in June. It was a time in my life I questioned so many things including myself. I wondered what could possibly make me feel better or forget about what happened. Advice I would give to anyone going through a difficult time feeling like they aren't strong enough to overcome is TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS. Some days I felt happy and ready to conquer the world. Other days I cried for no reason at all. Crying doesn't mean you're weak, your tears run out. "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin and "The Three Choices" by Jorge Cruise are books that helped me along the way. The best decision I made was focusing on bettering myself inside and out. Today, I feel the breakdown was necessary for my build up. June wasn't only an emotional month for me, it was also the month I started this blog. I can't thank you enough for reading! I'm excited for the topics and experiences the new year will bring.

 

September is my birthday month but this year I lost someone I hold extremely close to my heart. I wish we took pictures together and created more memories together. I can't wait for the day we meet again, Alexis you will never be forgotten. I love you. Tell someone you love them today. Hug someone today! Tomorrow is not promised.

 

October was nothing short of fantastic considering it was my moms, step dads and aunts birthday back to back but most importantly my mom got married! I always imagined the day but when it came it felt surreal! When my mom asked me to be her maid of honor I knew we were best friends. Having the same name isn't enough, the question confirmed it. Her bachelorette party was one of the best nights of my life! The bar was set so high I hope my bachelorette party is as memorable. Watching my mom get ready and put her wedding dress on brought happiness I cant explain. The entire day was full of love and laughter. I gained a step dad forever. I pray your marriage brings nothing but light into your lives.

 

Three concerts that made my December unforgettable was Sempris, H.E.R and Ozuna. Extremely different genres but brought the same amount of joy to my heart. Music is a huge part of my life whether I'm listening to the same song on repeat for hours or shuffling my library. Not every artist can make it but an artist I hope never quits is Sempri. Your performance earlier this month effortlessly showed your growth and potential. Whenever you feel like giving up I hope you remind yourself why you started in the first place. Life is too short to do things we don't love. Speaking of doing things we love I decided to brush the dust off my guitar a week ago. It's easily one of the best decisions I've made this month. I encourage all of you to do something you love every day. No matter what the hobby is, there's enough happiness to go around! I hope your year was as unforgettable as mine.

 

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