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2016 recap, 2017 goals

HAPPY 2017, FRIENDS! I hope everyone’s new year celebrations were wonderful!

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted to write a 2016 recap post or a looking ahead for 2017 post, so I’m going to try to combine them.

At the beginning of 2016, I resolved that it would be my year of yes. I wanted to really try and say yes to things that I might have shied away from. How did it go? Well, in February I took my cousin and her fiance’s engagement photos. I didn’t write about it because I wanted to keep that special for them. It was an interesting experience that, if they wanted to do again before the wedding, I’d do in a heartbeat. We took them in the same place they got engaged, in Long Island City.

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These two were naturals from the first photo. I was nervous because I wanted everything to be perfect for them. I guess I did something right since they used them for the save the date cards.

In July, not only did I watch one of my oldest friends get married, I performed the ceremony.  It was a cool and surreal and satisfying all at the same time. For right now, I’ve made the decision to hang up my robes, but you never know what the future brings. I think that decision can swing the other way if I find out I could get a Clergy parking permit.

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Also in July, I started the last year of my twenties. I was torn up about it then and even more torn up about it now. 30 is 6 months away. yikes. I’ll be ok. It’s fine.

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I went to New Orleans in May, which was a destination on my travel bucket list. I’d go back for the beignets and the spirits. My tarot reader said I might be taking one or two trips in the coming year, which I was kind of disappointed in since I want to go EVERYWHERE but who knows.

In January, I had published 200 posts. I probably shouldn’t have included that fact since I haven’t hit 300 yet and I promised to post more, but there’s always 2017. According to my stats, I really fell off in June and wasn’t able to get back on track.

That being said, in October, I reached 10,000 page views. I’m pretty sure 9,500 were from me, but it’s still an accomplishment.

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In May, I saw Billy Joel in concert. I said it in my original post but it bears repeating. Being in Madison Square Garden, singing Piano Man with Billy Joel and 30-40,000 other people is an experience. I highly recommend it.

In August, I checked “walk across the Brooklyn Bridge” off of my bucket list. I have to do it again though since now I know what to expect. It was a little nerve-wracking the first go around, but now I’m ready to go again (as soon as the weather cooperates).

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In April, I started a (new)nother job. It has its ups and downs. (like New Years Eve was nightmare inducing) I like it enough, but hopefully 2017 brings more professionally. I think I’ll leave it at that.

I got through the first year of the One Direction “break”. I’ve found a new celebrity husband in Sal Vulcano. I programmed the Entertainment Weekly SiriusXM channel in my car so the celebrity gossip train is still going strong.

I didn’t write as much as I wanted to last year, but I do have some posts that I like better than the others. #badblogmom. The one about the Erin Andrews verdict came out pretty good, I think. I also love the one where I unearthed my dance festival video.

In 2017 I am going to try to not take myself/life so seriously. I’m a worrier by nature so I;m sure this “resolution” has already gone to the wayside by the time you’re reading this. I’m going to make a conscience effort to laugh at myself a little more. To not let things get to me. To not succumb to stupid drama. Life is too short.

My other hopes and wishes for 2017 are to meet someone. You know, that special someone. To be happy and healthy, to grow professionally. For my family and friends to be happy and healthy and successful. I want to write more, photograph more, promote myself more and be my own biggest supporter. To keep saying yes.

What do you hope 2017 holds for you?

Let’s discuss!

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It’s Friday! It snuck up on me again this week- i don’t know how that happens– so I don’t have any favorites prepared. That and this week was pretty blah. Like, so blah that I have an overwhelming 2003-esque desire to write vague Facebook statuses to make myself feel better. Then I remember that I’m 28 years old and have reached a level of maturity where I can deal with my issues like an adult – with wine. except i don’t even like wine. what.ev.er. let’s pretend i do, ok?

Anyway, I just wanted to do a little housekeeping and announce that I finally got around to making an Instagram page for my blog! The fact that you can switch accounts painlessly now helped tremendously in that decision so thanks, Instagram!

If you want to follow me you can either click on the photo below or on the Instagram logo on the sidebar. Either way, come on by!

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While you’re at it, stop by my Facebook page too!

What’s up with you? Any fun plans for the weekend?

Let’s discuss!

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linky dinkys!

please excuse the title. i’m corny and it’s late.

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It amazes me how some weeks I am a fountain of things to say, ideas, pieces of wisdom and general hilarity. Other weeks I’m.. meh. I still don’t have much to say, but I’ve been poking around the internet and wanted to share some things that I’ve found.

The only dairy I take in my coffee is cream, thanks. Also, in New York, the last one they showed is called a Manhattan Special and it’s definitely an.. acquired taste.

If marrying Harry Styles is not in my future, please let my husband be a native Bostonian. I could only imagine our children’s accents.
*the whole video is basically the f bomb and a few other words with extra ahhs. #fairwarning*

Even the best weddings have their sucky moments. There’s no reason to be a bitch about it. Nobody likes a Jealous Jenny.

I’ve been to Bermuda and they don’t play when it comes to making sure their stuff stays where it belongs.
like the time some guy on his honeymoon decided to shove some fire coral down his pants and as it was burning his “anemone”, they arrested him because the coral is protected under law. #insulttoinjury.

Hopefully I’ll have more things to talk about later in the week. Until then, what’s up with you?

Let’s discuss!

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