It’s crazy to think that 2016 is about to end and that 2017 is literally just around the corner; I really can’t believe it! Just as a light-hearted end to the year, I thought I’d take a quick look at reasons 2016 was good, rather than focusing on the negatives like we so often do. It’s really not been a bad year! I’ve made new friends, traveled a lot, made some good connections and been happy generally – I really couldn’t ask for much more!
January: January saw my first travels of the year; a trip to Venice with my friend Vicky (catch all those posts here). It was great to get away and explore somewhere completely new to both of us. I can still see the brightly colored houses of Murano and Burano in my brain! Not too long later, I made my return to Massachusetts for my second semester of study at UMass. It was a difficult semester, and at the end I actually changed my degree concentration, but I’m so pleased with where I am now because of it.
February: The biggest memory I have of February is that it was cold! I can remember waiting with my friends at a bus stop one evening in -24c weather. There was snow everywhere. Friends turned 21, and spring started to rear its head, with pups basking in the sun on the bus. I’d settled back into school, taking all its challenges in my stride.
March: March welcomed my second set of travels for the year; this time a quick visit to Miami with my friend Sarah (catch that post here). It was nice to get away from cold Massachusetts, to breathe and to just chill out on a beach. We explored Downtown Miami, South Beach and Little Havana, where we came across the coolest Cuban restaurant. My return to Massachusetts resulted in me finding the best photo viewpoint by my apartment & a rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day.
April: April was the strangest month. For the first two weeks, Massachusetts was covered in snow. Horrendous after returning from nice, warm Miami…! However, the end of the month welcomed in summer with open arms. I spent a lot of time at UMass’ Renaissance Center; possibly one of the most picturesque places on campus. I played a fair few concerts with my friends and really focused on finishing the academic year.
May: May witnessed my first visit to New York City with my friends Emma and Sarah, as well as a visit to New Jersey. I relished in the freedom of the summer holidays & spent time hiking with friends, prepping for my big June travels. My friend Vicky arrived towards the end of the month, ready for our trip to California a few days later & we hit up The Summer Set’s gig together.
June: This was easily my biggest travel month of the year. My friend Vicky and I spent a big chunk of the month in California – San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. We also threw in some time in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon for good measure, too. June cemented my desire to stay in the USA for the foreseeable future, and furthered my desire to be in California for a while. About 5 days after I got back to Massachusetts, my best friend arrived for a three week stay with me.
July: July was full of visits from friends and family. My best friend was with me until the end of the month and my family came out just before she left. They stayed until the end of the month. I took part in my first ever July 4th and ate a ton of food while watching the fireworks. Me, my best friend and my sisters went to go and see a 5SOS concert together, and I went with my family to Disneyworld (FL) and to Cape Cod. I officially made the switch in degree tracks and buckled down to thinking about my future.
August: Ahhh, my birthday month was actually fairly unexciting. I spent most of the first part of the month doing not a lot – recuperating after my two months of traveling. However, friends from various parts of America came together to help me celebrate my birthday & I headed to both Boston and Provincetown to see of a friend back to the UK.
September: September witnessed the start of my second (final) year of my Master’s degree. I was seriously thinking about my future, deciding on where I wanted to spend the next 5-7 years of my life. I saw Blink-182, visited Gouveia Vineyards and The Big E with my friend Kaeli. Western Massachusetts remained in a drought and was almost unbearably hot, even towards the end of the month. Campus looked pretty & I relished in being back on campus with my friends. I made new friends with the incoming undergrads and grad students, which I couldn’t be more pleased about. Oh and we bought a new hamster.
October: October was strange. I spent a lot of time working, and took in my surroundings – taking time to look at and appreciate what was around me. This is reflected in my Instagram posts; heavy in sunrises, sunsets and fall photos. I booked tickets up to Canada for a conference and created a work capsule wardrobe to come with me. Oh, and I went as a deer for halloween.
November: The biggest memory from November has to be my time in Canada. I spent a few days in Vancouver with some friends at the AMS/SMT conference where I made some really great connections with people in the same field of study and work as me; I’m so grateful for that opportunity. I saw Good Charlotte and spent time with my friend Kaeli and her family for Thanksgiving. I feel so grateful to have been welcomed into her family with such love.
December: And so, we reach December. December saw snow, snow and more snow in Massachusetts. It saw Christmas festivities with friends, but most significantly, my return to the UK after about a year. I’d not seen my aunts, uncles, grandparents or cousins since January, so I was about ready to see them. I’ve spent time reconnecting with family and friends, I’ve spent time strolling along the beach (I’ve missed it so much!), I’ve spent time just relaxing and chilling out after a big old year.
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