Sunday, March 5, 2017

Month By Month | February

Oh hi! It's been... I think two weeks since I've posted. Yeah - life happens. I tried so hard to keep up with my 2-3 posts a week schedule but I just couldn't generate content that was readable, work and go to school at the same time this last month. However, looking back on February for this post is rather drab. I feel like nothing happened this month. 

TJ and I celebrated our "first" valentines day together. I say "first" in quotations because we were basically together already when Valentines day came around last year. We didn't do anything to celebrate valentines day. I believe I made us dinner.

On the 16th of November, TJ and I celebrated our first year anniversary. While we had big plans for this day - we didn't see them through. We ate lunch out in between classes and work, and then we dealt with drama and admin all day instead of doing fun things for ourselves. TJ was also training on his new job until quite late at night. 
We made up for our anniversary a week later when I made us fried chicken, we went to some craft shops and then went to see Hidden Figures as an anniversary redo. I loved Hidden Figures. Like a lot. I could probably say that it IS my favorite movie now. I cannot wait to see it again! Octavia Spencer is my queen. 

TJ is a huge Oscars fan so we watched them the day after they happened and were very careful all day to avoid spoilers. What a show it was this year! 

Sprinkle in some homework, stressful days, tech rehearsals and Costco trips and that was our month. We're preparing for a show that we're both working on that opens this week so our lives are a little stressful at the moment. 

How was your February?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Michael's Haul

I would like to start this post off by saying that this blog is about a real person and her real life: not that other blogs are fake, just that I want this blog to be about what I'm thinking about and living at the moment. I want this blog to be extremely personalized and mostly focusing around the real life of a young woman in University who cooks, scrapbooks and writes. 

This week was a busy one - but sadly I took approximately 0 photos. This week was both Valentines day and our One Year Anniversary. And we still took 0 photos. What was with me this week? 

I did however fall further into my love of scrapabooking this week and I decided to do an annual Project Life album. So this weekend I went to Michael's in search of supplies. Armed with an app full of coupons and nothing but time I browsed for over an hour and left the shop with a bag of goodies:


Michael's having a Door Buster sale on albums and paper pads for $5 each! I let myself get a cute, mermaid themed paper pad that I can use to scrapbook vacations and beach trips. I might not currently have a use for this product, but the summer is coming! And TJ and I have plenty of tropical ideas for the future. 


I bought my very first set of Thickers today (which, when I first heard someone mention, I thought they were just saying "stickers" with a lisp). They are mixed between upper and lower case letters which annoys me a little but they were the best I found. I also got a regular set of black alpha stickers, a clearance set of colorful bow tie stickers and a clearance set of vacation/travel stickers. 


I picked up my first every set of acrylic stamps by JilliBean Soup (I still need to get an acrylic block), a black ink pad and a set of project life cards. Not shown are the two 12x12 clear paper containers I picked up because all craft storage was 60% off! 

I am so close to getting my craft room! I currently have all of my supplies in a hallway closet that was meant for linens and it's a chore to transport them all to my desk in the kitchen every time I want to scrap. TJ and I are both very excited for our upcoming craft space upgrade as he currently uses the coffee table for his crafts. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

1 year Anniversary

Today, February 16th 2017 TJ and I celebrate our official one year anniversary! We've had so many good times together this year and I am so lucky and happy to have this amazing man in my life. Here's to a lifetime of years with him! 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Weekend Crafts

If we're being honest - I've been fighting writers block all week. I meant to get 4 blog posts scheduled over the weekend to get ahead... I'm writing this at 7:30 PM on Sunday night and it's the first time I've even tried to write a post all weekend. Or write at all. I wrote a few pages in my personal journal but just rants about personal things, nothing of real content. 

The only real productive things I did do this weekend were go shopping for costumes and purchase the last few items for my show and work on scrapbook pages. Since I can't show you pictures of my costumes yet - I figured I'd just display my scrapbook pages instead:


The first layout I made was this cute, colorful layout of me and TJ on the Santa Monica Pier in the beginning of January when we were visiting his family. Even though this happened over a month ago, I just got the photos printed on the 1st of February because I get all my photos printed that I took in the previous month on the first of the month. I use Amazon Printing Service and I love it! I love this layout because of the contrast in colors. TJ and I are both wearing dark colors and the orange accent in the background contrasts nicely. It was also a fun day and thus deserving of a fun background. 


I also made this cute little layout of Bill our Betta fist - aka Billy The Betta. I know it's silly to scrapbook about a fish - but this is the first real pet I've had. My dogs were my parents, not mine. And while I have had fish before, honestly none have lasted as long as Bill has because I wasn't good at taking care of them when I was younger. I kind of regret adding the Finding Dory stickers but what's done is done. 



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentines Gifts

Valentines day is for more than just couples or those of us in love. Valentines day is a time to show all kinds of love. My and Tj's anniversary is on the 16th of February so we don't put a lot of importance on Valentines day. Instead this year, I chose to spend time making valentines for friends and family.

The big thing I made was what I call a Best Friend Journal. I made this for my long distance best friend as a way to showcase our best memories together and all the photos of the two of us that we had taken thus far in our friendship.

I made this book with a 4x6 photo album from Michael's. I customized the cover and all of the pages. I basically made it as a mini scrapbook with all of our memories (mostly from our high school years). I did leave about half of the book blank to include new memories. I slipped all the extra supplies I got for the project into the last page along with a note in an envelope explaining the project and how she is supposed to finish it. 


I also sent personalized heart-shaped Valentines Day cards that I also purchased at Michael's to my family. I like to add washi tape and stickers to my notes to make them cute and unique. There is nothing I love more than sending and getting mail.




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Why I Scrapbook

Surprisingly, I get this question a lot. Mostly, people have this idea of scrapbookers in their head that doesn't fit with their image of me. They think that scrapbookers are older, probably already mothers and have little to do with their free time. Honestly, scrapbooking is a hobby like any other. Anyone of any age can partake in the hobby and enjoy doing it.

Nearly everyone takes pictures. No matter if it's on your phone or with a nice camera. What do you do with all the photos you've taken if you don't scrapbook? How many people actually get them printed? And if you do get them printed - do you just throw them in a box? Do you have albums? Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to organize your photos and let your creative side out. 

I've done several posts before about the importance of printing your photos and supplies to buy if you're a new scrapbooker. I've also shared posts showing some of my layouts and all of those posts go over fairly well on my little blog. This one is a little different. I want to explain why I put so much importance on scrapbooking, especially at my age, and why I think others my age should consider it also. 



I started scrapbooking in December of 2015. 

Why: I knew this was going to be a very important couple of years in my life and I wanted them documented. I had been keeping a journal for a while, but I wanted a place to put pictures and memorabilia to showcase and look back on. I knew over these next few years I'd be meeting the man I wanted to marry, graduating University and moving my way up in the world. Sure enough, I had already met my perfect man and 2 months later we began dating. I have our entire first year together scrapbooked - everything from our very first picture together, to our first date to meeting each others families and finally our one year anniversary. 

I hear people talk about how they wished they had taken pictures in the early stages of their relationship, or say that they lost them all when their computer died. My family members would discuss not remembering some of their college or high school friends because they didn't ever document their lives during those times. I am a very sentimental person. I don't want to forget anything. Memory is fleeting and never reliable. Journaling and scrapbooking my life is providing me a way to accurately recall my experiences no matter how far away in time we get from them. 

I recommend that everyone make a scrapbook. And this is partly me pushing my hobby on my friends and partly me wanting for them to have the same way to keep memories that I do. I encourage everyone to write down your memories. Take a picture of your college apartment and put it in your journal or scrapbook. Write about all your classes and your friends and your job and what you do for fun. Imagine your family (children, husband, siblings, whoever) looking back on these memories in years and years and being glad that they have them and have this opportunity to get to know the person that you used to be and the life that you used to lead...

That is why I started scrapbooking and why I continue to do so and why I can say with certainty that I will continue to do so throughout my life. It's part of my legacy


Friday, February 3, 2017

Tuna Noodle Casserole

One of TJ's favorite dishes is Tuna Noodle Casserole. He's made it for me a number of times and I'm not the biggest fan: which kills me because it's his favorite. I do like aspects of the dish and I'll eat it if it's made, but it's not my favorite. 

For Hanukkah, my aunt got me a Barnes and Noble gift card which turned into this amazing cookbook by my favorite cooking show host: The Pioneer Woman/Ree Drummond. 



While flipping through the book I found a recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole that was basically the same recipe but without the aspects of TJ's recipe that I don't love. We were both very excited to try it and today we embarked on the journey. 

Tuna Noodle Casserole
Serves 8-10
*we make the whole recipe and keep leftovers*
Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 ounces white button mushrooms finely chopped (we left these out since I hate mushrooms) 
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 dry sherry (or more to taste)
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • two 6.4-ounce packages white albacore tuna in water, drained
  • 1/4th cup finely chopped red pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 12 ounces egg noodles, cooked to al-dente and drained (we used regular pasta)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • *optional* we added a layer of cheese on top before we baked it because we love cheese
Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 400*F
  2. Melt 4 tbs of the butter in a large skillet over med heat. Add onion and cook until it starts to soften   (3-4) minutes
  3. Sdd mushrooms if you're using them
  4. Sprinkle flour evenly over the mixture
  5. Stir so that the flour coats the onions and mushrooms thoroughly. Keep stirring for another minute. 
  6. Add milk
  7. Add sherry
  8. Whisk to combine. Cook until the sauce if nice and thick. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste and adjust seasonings as necessary (we added a bit of garlic salt for fun)
  9. Add tuna and stir it into the sauce
  10. Stir in the bell pepper and 1 tbs parsley
  11. Stir in noodled until they're coated
  12. Transfer the mixture into a baking dish
  13. Melt the remaining 4 tbs of butter in a bowl in the microwave. Stir it around with the breadcrumbs and the remaining 1 tbs parsley
  14. Top the casserole with breadcrumbs (and cheese)
  15. Bake until golden: about 15 minutes.
  16. Serve hot (or cold if you're weird like me and like cold food)

Results: It was great! We loved it! It took about 45 minutes total to make and wasn't stressful at all... except for me nearly overcooking the pasta... whoops. 



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Month By Month | January

This is a new series I'm calling Month By Month. It's basically just an over view of my month. The goal is to do one for each month of 2017. I'm doing this with the intention of it bringing more of my personal life onto my blog to give it more personality and let my readers get to know me and my life a little better. 

My plan is to have this be an over view, not just of big events that happened, but also my monthly favorites and reviews of products, books, movies, music and people if I so desire. 

This is where YOU come in. Since this is the first month this is happening, I'd love to know how you like it. Would you rather see favorites and reviews in another post or do they work fine here? Please let me know!


We started out the month (and the year) in Los Angeles after having visited TJ's family. I got to visit the Santa Monica Pier and we stopped and got milkshakes at In & Out Burger. We were just sort of being tourists.

We flew back to Eugene on the 4th of the month and came back to SNOW! It was so hard to get home because all of the taxi's were busy. We were lucky enough to have grabbed one directly from the airport and split it with a friend to get home.

On the 10th of January (yes, a Tuesday) we started Winter term. I'm taking 3 classes this term: Patterning, Oceanography and a Major Seminar.

On the 11th of January we got our FISH! Bill joined our family and was adopted from PetCo and is a very happy little camper. He's so energetic and has so much personality and loves interacting with us. You can read more about our little guy here.

On the 16th of January I broke my foot. Yes, that is correct. I broke it. We knew a chair of ours was breaking and TJ had made a note to fix it. I sat in it knowing it hadn't been fixed but I had been sitting in it all day and it hadn't broken and hadn't shown any signs of breaking. So I got up to get a drink and sat back down and the front rod broke off of the chair, the legs all spread apart and I was folded in on the chair. I landed with my foot crossed under my body and fractured a bone. I'll be in a boot for a while. It's super fun, guys.

TJ and I like to go out on a proper date night at least every other week. We feel it's important to spend time outside of the house. Mostly this is just going for sushi or seeing a movie or something little. But this week when we decided to go to dinner AND a movie (I know, such a luxury) because my parents gave us two sets of free movie passes for the Holidays. We *finally* saw Rogue One and had a pretty fantastic time! I'm a little behind on the Star Wars movies as I still haven't seen The Force Awakens, but I'll catch up.

New Years Resolutions update:
Since I actually broke my foot we haven't been exercising, but there's a good excuse there. We both need the motivation from the other person and want to do it together so we talked and decided to put it on hold until I'm healed and then kick it into high gear. We were just going to exercise at home with yoga and sit ups every night, but we've decided to go to the gym and make up for missing the first 2-3 months of the year.

I have been successful in writing everyday so far.

Bill (the betta fish) is alive and well. #BillyTheBetta

What I'm looking forward to in February:
My and TJ's anniversary.

Currently...
Reading: 
  • The Putt-Putt by Shane Ramey
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling
Watching:
  •  The Office
  • *rewatching* The Carrie Diaries
Drinking:
  • Peach Wine
  • Water
Eating:
  • A lot of salad with Olive Garden Italian Dressing
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Raspberries
Buying:
  • Cloths from ThredUp.com
  • Bath And Body Works products
  • new pillows
Planning:
  • Spring Break
Crafting: 
  • December scrapbook pages
  • A few secret projects for people who I know read the blog

Monday, January 30, 2017

December Scrapbook Pages

I spent a few hours on Saturday working on my scrapbook, and, since this blog was originally a crafty and scrapbook based blog, I thought I'd share them with you. 

I have been scrapbooking for a year now and I love it! I love documenting memories and having a reason to get photos printed. I have three completed scrapbooks and one that I'm currently working on. My books are all chronological but I don't scrap chronologically, however, I did just receive my December photos from Amazon.com/print and couldn't wait to get them into the book! 

For those of you who might be curious, I LOVE the amazon printing service! I used to use Costco and Walgreen's printing services, however Amazon is the quality of Costco with the price of Walgreen's, which is perfect! 


I make an absolute mess when I scrap, let me tell you! This photo is missing the huge pile of scraps of paper and rejected bits of cropped photos on the floor to the left. I also have extra supplies on the dining room table behind me. I also scrapped while catching up on RemLife vlogs, which I love and am finally completely caught up on. I've been living my Hawaiian vacation vicariously though her Hawaii vlogs. 




December was a big month: we moved in together, finished a term of University and traveled to Southern California to spend Hanukkah with his family. I found this month the hardest to choose pictures for since there were literally so many!



Friday, January 27, 2017

Bath and Body Works Haul


If you read my Wanderlust post you'll know that I am on a huge summer/tropical kick. Lucky for me, the same day that I wrote that post Bath and Body Works was having their Semi-Annual sale. I picked up 7 items online that I love and have been getting me through the cold. 


I got three lotions: Coconut Lime Breeze, Peach, Honey & Almond, and, Pure Paradise. The one in the middle I keep on the corner of my desk and use multiple times a day whenever my hands feel a little dry or tired. And the other two are going to be rotated through after showers and during my skin care routine. 


I got two body sprays: Lemon Pomegranate Cream, and, Honolulu Sun. The Lemon one sits on my desk because my desk is in the kitchen and the kitchen doesn't always smell the best. The Honolulu one (which my boyfriend likes to mock because "the sun in Honolulu is the same sun in the rest of the world" but oh well, it smells fantastic and is on my bookshelf in the bedroom to spray each morning.


Finally I got two candles: Endless Weekend, and, Watermelon Lemonade. I LOVE B&BW candles. I am so obsessed. I have so many and should probably do a collection post. I love making my house smell great and I love having scents for different seasons. They're so bright and pretty and summery.

That is my haul, it's very small but I'm quite happy. I'm sure another haul can be expected before the summer actually starts!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Housewife Stigma


Like *most* women, I am a feminist! I am all for gender equality. But there is one thing that sort of bugs me. And it's not *most* feminists that do this, it's a select few, but sometimes it does come up and some people are extremely bothered by it. I respect all opinions, but I feel it's important for me to address this particular "taboo" subject. 

I want to be a Housewife. When I tell *some* people that they get a little offend like what I just said personally attacked them and changed their entire world view. I have always been of the mind that a woman or any person of any gender can be literally whatever they want to be; including a housewife/househusband. It's not a hard concept. As long as it is a choice then it's a valid choice. 

I have always had career goals. I'd love to write. I'd love to write for TV or movies. I'd love to write my own books and continue this blog as a career. I'd love to work in Hollywood. I'd love to own a business or restaurant. 

But above any of those goals, I want to be a wife and have children and make a home for my family. I actually like cleaning and cooking. I want to have 3-4 children and a happy husband and a well decorated and cozy home. There is nothing wrong with wanting that. 

Wanting to be a housewife, or even being a housewife, doesn't mean I'm not a feminist! 

I get the same reaction when I tell people that I'm okay with it all starting while I'm young. I've always been a firm believer in getting started young, baring that your partner agrees. Start when you're ready, and that's totally different for every person. There may be a scientific age that is recommended, but that doesn't mean you have to or should abide by it as law. I'm sort of a "why wait?" person. If I know, then I know. I've learned by this point to trust my intuition. 

Please don't take my word as law either. And my opinion isn't meant to sway you for or against being a housewife. I would just like to put a little importance on it being respected as a valid and purposeful life choice. Just so long as it is, indeed, a choice. 


Monday, January 23, 2017

Things I'm really into at the moment

I, as I imagination most people do, go through phases of being super interested in things, people, places, etc. So I thought it would be fun to write up a quick list of things I'm super into at the moment. It would be nice to have this list to look back on and giggle at and I would also love to see who's interested in the same things!

1) Seattle

For those of you who maybe don't know, Seattle is a city in Washington, USA. I am a Pacific Northwest girl and have lived in Oregon for most of my life. I love the idea of Seattle. I love everything it stands for: coffee, fresh seafood, being unique, and being situated in a beautiful spot in the Pacific Northwest. I have never had the opportunity to travel Seattle but I'm really thinking about planning a little trip up. It's only an inexpensive 6 hour bus ride away. It's true I'm not much of a city girl, but I do like to visit them. If you're from Seattle, let me know where I should go! I might also be looking for a blogger friend to show me around (you know, take me to all the cool, unique, blog photo worthy places)!

2) Dove Milk Chocolate
Always and Forever interested in Dove Milk Chocolate. I have a little DIY candy jar on my desk that is normally filled with Dove chocolate. I personally feel like having candy on your desk is essential. When I hate school or work and want to take a break I have chocolate right there. It doesn't really get any better.

3) The Office
TJ and I started The Office last week and it's quickly making its way onto our list of favorite shows. There are parts that are hard to watch/dated but once you get past that it's so funny and easy to watch whenever. I love that. It's great after a long day when I just need a laugh. 

4) Wine
If you've been around here before you'll know I recently turned 21, which is the legal drinking age in America. I've been enjoying trying things out and figuring out what I like. So far I can pretty safely say that I like wine. I've been attempting to try a new one every time I get one, but have been going back to Cabernet as my favorite. Contrary to this, I really thoroughly dislike beer! 

5) The Putt-Putt

A friend of mine wrote a lovely YA book about a young woman finding out who she is and what she wants in life through the meeting of an unlikely friend and their adventures. I love the book and am only 20 pages from the end! I encourage anyone who wants a quick read (it's only 179 pages) and likes YA fiction to order a copy! I bought mine on Amazon

6) Amazon Smile
If you go to smile.amazon.com instead of regular amazon.com it donates money to a charity/organization of your choice every time you check out. It doesn't cost anything and helps give back. TJ and I choose to support the Oregon Hillel Foundation while shopping as it's an organization that is very near and dear to us. 

7) Journals
I bought 2 or 3 new journals over this past week... I know... bad! I'm not even half way done with my current journal but I'm thinking about retiring it early and starting a new one. If the journal inspires me the words will come. My current journal doesn't inspire me as much as I'd like it to, and I've had it since October. Normally I fill them up within 3 months but this one has been taking a while. 

8) Planning for the future
I go through phases of mapping out my dream house and looking up cute Baby photography and compiling it into a "future" board on Pinterest. It's just harmless browsing and I know I'll love having all that inspiration in one place when I'm actually ready to use it. I'm on a huge pinterest kick right now.

9) YouTube
I find YouTube as the social media platform that I go through phases of the most. Maybe that's because I'm only a watcher and I don't actually post any videos. But since October I've been loving YouTube, I watch it everyday and my watch later playlist is always so full of videos since I go through my subscriptions box everyday and put new videos on that list so I don't miss them. My favorites at the moment are: Kristee Vetter, SprinkleOfGlitter/Chatter, Bits&Clips & OKBaby.

10) Scarfs
It's not because of the weather! I do live somewhere that's cold, but I've never worn scarfs before and I have so many of them! Over the past 2 weeks I've been wearing a scarf almost everyday, and again, it's not because of the ice or snow or rain or cold. It's because scarfs really tie an outfit together. Especially now that I'm in a boot for my foot I feel like my outfits always need an extra something. Jeans, a jacket and shoe (just one show because my other is a cast) don't really have the full effect that I've been looking for recently. However if I ad a big, fluffy, black scarf to it, I feel like it's put together.

Are we loving any of the same things right now? Do you go through phases with things also? What are you obsessed with at the moment that you're not usually obsessed with? People are so interesting.




Friday, January 20, 2017

Wanderlust

Something I haven't really talked about a lot on my blog yet is my absolute love for travel. I love flying on airplanes and arriving in new places. I love exploring and sight seeing and, of course, shopping. This may be surprising after learning about my anxiety but I think I like travel so much because it's a situation that everyone feels a little frazzled in and as long as I have a Home Base while traveling, I feel alright. 

Currently it's cold, snowy and icy here in Oregon on the west coast of America. And while I love the cold weather more than any other type of weather, I am finding myself missing the sun in California. I've never really felt the desire to travel to those warm, sunny places to escape the cold, but today as I was watching Remi's Hawaii Vlogs and browsing through the Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual sale online, I found myself desperately wanting to grab some tropical smelling lotion and hit the beach. 

I've decided instead to let this blog post be an excuse to look up some tropical destinations and compile a list of places that are currently at the top of my Travel Wish List:

1. Bora Bora

TJ and I have been wanting to go to Bora Bora since we got together. It's our goal vacation spot. We dream about those huts that are built over the water. We want to be able to jump off of our porch into the clear ocean and relax in the sun. It's our dream Honeymoon destination. 


2. Oahu, Hawaii

3. Southern California
Fine... I'll admit it: I fell in love with this place while we were there. It's so cute and exactly the right size for a city and it doesn't really get too hot or too cold. I'm not sure how I would like the weather staying in the same range for most of the year, but it would be easy to keep a wardrobe for.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now (and money wasn't a factor) where would you go? Are you feeling my tropical vibe? From those of you who have been to these places, where else do I need to research? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Top 10 Moments of 2016

While 2016 was basically an awful year for the world: it was actually quite a nice year in the life of Alisha. I had so many good things happen to me this year that I'm so thankful for. So, I thought I'd share a little glimpse into my past year with my Top 10 Moments of 2016!

10
A successful run of an amazing original musical in the Pocket Playhouse. Dark Knight The Musical was a great time and a great group of people! I'm so honored to have been able to work on the debut of this show! 

9
Starting my 3rd year of University! I can't believe how quickly time has moved since I graduated High School! I'm already more than half way done with my degree! 

8
I made the final decision to convert to Judaism. This is a decision I've been playing with since I was in high school and I'm so glad I finally made the leap! I'm learning so much and I'm so glad to have found a place that I feel I really fit into and I'm excited to make my home in this religion and way of life that I truly love.

7
Going home for Thanksgiving and getting to introduce TJ to most of my family. He had met some of them before but he was able to meet my sisters, niece and nephew and aunt and cousin for the first time this trip. It was great having him there!

6
Stage managing my first (and possibly only) Main-Stage show at the University of Oregon was a great experience! I loved all the people I was fortunate enough to work with and fell in love with the show. The 8 weeks of rehearsal and 3 weeks of run went by so quickly!

5
TJ and I were able to spend Hanukkah and New Years with his family down in Southern California! It was great to meet so many members of his family and to experience his life and life in general down in the sun! Take a look at this post for more amazing photography from our trip!

4
I was fortunate enough this year to reconnect with my best friend from high school! She's an amazing woman who I've missed terribly over the years since we went on our own paths but we've been able to catch up like nothing ever changed! She's now engaged and has asked me to be a part of the wedding! Congratulations!

3
In February of 2016 I took on a challenge to journal everyday. I haven't exactly done that, but I have been writing everyday in some way. I've filled up 4 journals this year and wrote a finished novel which is in editing. I have benefited so much from writing everyday and my writing skill has increased massively. 

2
This was the year I took a serious interest in Scrapbooking and made a total of 5 scrapbooks. 2 were for gifts, 1 was of my high school experience, 1 was of my 1st year of University and the last 1 I completed was for my 2nd year of University. I also started one for my 3rd year of University that I update regularly. I have put more importance on photography this year and have thousands of pictures and memories stored away now to look back on. 
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Finally, number 1, the biggest thing that happened to me in 2016: TJ and I got together. We got together in February after having "dated" for most of January and having been friends since September. We've had a lot of firsts this year (traveling together, moving in together, meeting families, etc.) and I am so glad and lucky to have found such an amazing man to share my life with. 

I hope that 2016 was as good of a year for you as it was for me! I'd love to hear what the top things that happened in your life were!