If you’re like me you’re having a hard time comprehending with the fact that 2016 is heading to a close. I mean sure we have a few more months but this year has truly flown by. It’s been a year that I will never forget. 2015 was full of huge huge life changes from owning a business to getting engaged and married to finishing college but 2016 has been an even bigger year.
I’m hopping in (mega late) to the Blog-tember challenge with Bailey and I’m seriously SO sad we didn’t have internet this month to jump in earlier but today I am super excited to be jumping in. So here’s to 2016 so far and to that top 5 pictures that best define this year.
1. Happy Marriage!
Even though we got married in December of 2015 I’m counting this for 2016. This past (almost) 10 months of being married in 2016 has been the most fun learning experience ever but I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else. For real though, Matt Hall is truly the most wonderful husband and best friend that I could ever imagine and being his wife is the greatest joy.
2. A little rest and relaxation
I think Matt and I will look back on this past year of 2016 (for me specifically) and think wow it was definitely a year of growth. I went from graduating college to not fully knowing what I wanted to do with my life after not getting accepted to graduate school to starting a new job to being a wife to hello overload. My family makes fun of me but I seriously have come to treasure and learn that I desperately need to rest, relax, and recharge.
This past year I have learned how to continue to go after life but to more importantly learn to just accept, embrace, and rest in what I can control and recharge when I need to. It’s been an incredibly eye opening experience and also something that has taught me so much and been so good for me to develop and learn from.
3. Bring. It. On.
While this photo was a joke/more of a fun photo to take after a fun week of themed outfits at work it speaks volumes for me in this year. In the beginning of this year it took me a little bit of work to realize and gain back the confidence I had when I was in high school and college. Not the sort of “I can get good grades and do life” confidence. The kind of confidence that literally strikes down the voices in your head that say things like “what are you doing with your life?” or “why don’t you have a plan for what’s next?” or “when are you going to have it all together again?” (but really who ever actually has it all together?)
Anyways, this photo just makes me laugh and realize that I have learned to let go of so many things that once held me down and affected my day to day. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m the crazy planner who needs to recharge and relax on the weekends in order to keep it together but that’s cool with me.
4. Buying our first home
On a totally less philosophically psychological level becoming first time homeowners is something I will never forget about from this year. From deciding between renting or buying I honestly didn’t think we would be able to buy a house at 23 and 24 years old. But then Jesus was like JK I do want you to buy a house sooooooooo here you go!
5. The Passion for DIY
This morning light coming into our kitchen. Learning to DIY and doing these projects with Matt this past month and developing a passion for DIYing our home has been so fun. We still have minor things to finish up and I still need to touch up a lot of things (as in some spots on our cabinets and the area above our sink that needs to be sanded) but oh well.
2016 has been quite the year and there are still months left in this year for fun memories to be made. Here’s to it (almost) being October!