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Last Year I .. | 2016 In Review

campaigned and caucused for a candidate I believe in.

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graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, which wouldn’t have been possible without my champion parents.. in fact none of this would be possible without them.

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said goodbye to the perfect little house in my picturesque hometown.

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drove 1800 miles from Iowa, to Nebraska, to Colorado, to New Mexico, to Arizona, and finally

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said hello to my new home in sunny California.

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ate lots of healthy food, shed some serious pounds, and completed my first Whole30.

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watched the sun set over the ocean more times than I can count.

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from Chicago to San Diego, I played tourist with a few of my favorite ladies.

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discovered lots of new music, and saw a few of my favorites play live.

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started working at a pretty hip advertising agency, where I’ve made my first friends since the big move.

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What a year! 2016 has got to be one of the biggest chapters in my little book of life, and I have to say, I might be sad to see it come to a close. However, after all that, I’m ready to slow down a bit in 2017.. who wants to go to the beach?

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Check out my past yearly reviews here.. 2015, 2014

Inspired by Kaylah!

Last Year I … | 2015 In Review

Last year I said goodbye to my sweet little Grammie,

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and hello to a couple of the most beautiful little girls.

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I helped to both create a Kickstarter campaign, and launch a social media campaign, with guidance from some dudes who deserve all the credit.

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I tried new food,

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and grew some of my own.

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I found a new love for all things yard related.

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I celebrated surviving a quarter of a century,

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surrounded by some of coolest girls, while one of the coolest bands in Iowa sang a song just for me.

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I watched the sunset more times than I can count, and tried to document as many as I could.

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I finally got the Katy-Perry-purple hair I’d been dreaming of.

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I hung out with this gangly girl for a weekend, and she reminded me why being a kid is the best.

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I bought a lot of makeup. Like a lot.

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I went to 80/35 for the first time, and saw Jenny Lewis from the front row.

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I yoga-ed,

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and paddle boarded.

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I got lots of new tattoos, and took my crazy cat lady status to the next level.

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I spent weekend after weekend with my girls, cultivating a friendship that will last a lifetime.

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I saw my faraway friends as often as I could, and appreciated every moment that I did.

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I brunched and lunched with inspirational people.

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I spent several hours turning myself into a skeleton for Halloween.

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I shared some of the best moments on the best adventures with the absolute best friend I will ever have.

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I hosted a show in my garage, complete with a visit from the cops, because nothing should stop you from enjoying the things you love.

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I celebrated my favorite holiday with my new blended family of friends who have made 2015 one of my most fun years yet.

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Most importantly though, thanks to the help of the two greatest parents in the entire world,

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and despite big changes and hard times, I left 2015 proud of what I accomplished and knowing I am ready for whatever 2016 throws my way.

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Here’s to 2016! Cheers!

Last Year I..| 2014 In Review

Moved me and my roommates, Max and Sally, out of the bachelorette pad.
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Ate a lot of pizza.
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Spent many fun nights out with Jessica.
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Was thrown a little surprise party by Audrey.
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Said goodbye to a job that helped me figure out what I want to do (and what I don’t)!
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Invested in a great set of makeup brushes.
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Helped prepare, and enjoyed, a bunch of new foods.
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Took a bunch of naps in our little upstairs bedroom at Julie’s.
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Grew a little tiny tomato plant.
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Went on my first sailboat ride, and even helped man the sails!
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Enjoy a bunch of backyard bbq’s.
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Got new tattoos, and watched other get tattooed.
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Went on fun trips with friends to Wisconsin, and Des Moines.
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Went to a wedding complete with fireworks.
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Moved into the cutest little house, in the best location.
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Drank a bunch of Bloody Mary’s.
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Took Audrey to the Upper Peninsula.
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Saw Peas and Carrot play a lot of shows.
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Painted 3 of the rooms in our new house.
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Spent many fun days with the best Mom.
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Hung out with the cool kids.
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Decorated a 3 Christmas trees.
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Got all the beverages with the best breakfast date.
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Fell head over heels for the most beautiful girl in the world.
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What a great year 2014 was. I am the luckiest girl in world! I am so excited to see what 2015 brings. This post was inspired by Kaylah.