Let’s talk about 2017. It definitely had its ups and downs as every year does. As I’m looking through the camera roll on my phone to remind myself of everything, I see how much I have changed and grown this year.
After a long period of not dancing, I started taking classes at Dance101 in Atlanta. I don’t live in Atlanta yet, so I have to drive an hour just to get there and an hour back. Call me crazy, but I call it passion. There is nothing else in the world that I love as much as I love dance.
I got around… around the world, that is. I took my first international trip in April when I went to China. I learned some Mandarin, which is a really hard language to learn if your native language is English. I am going to need a refresher course soon because all I remember is “Ting Bu Dong” which means I don’t understand. I also took a dance class in China. That was one of my favorite classes because the choreography was amazing and I was challenged with only being ablate rely on movement and gestures for directions. The teacher didn’t speak English and I didn’t know much mandarin… although I did learn pretty quickly how to count to 8.
Another highlight of the year, I celebrated my 2017 birthday in Colorado where I got to watch my cousin (and best friend) graduate from her high school. Although it was a short trip, it was filled with love and good memories. FYI, the TJMaxx (my favorite store) in Castle Rock is amazing.
I also travelled to Miami for the first time with my mom and younger sister. We ate a lot, shopped a lot, and went paddle boarding in the ocean which was so much fun. Also, the Marshall’s (another fav store) in Miami is huge.
In 2017, I got more involved in the kids ministry at my church. I love volunteering and being able to make a positive impact on the young impressionable lives in kids church.
I enrolled in college. I don’t have much to say about this but as much time of my life it took, it is worth the mention.
In September, my older sister got married. It was a beautiful wedding in Jonesboro, Georgia at a venue called the Magnolia House and Garden (This venue is beautiful and is run by an amazing ministry). I was the maid of honor and gave a killer MOH speech.
I cut my hair and finally got bangs. I have been wanting bangs since I went to China. Say what you want about me but all the girls in China have bangs, so I decided that I wanted bangs too. Now I finally look 21 instead of 12 and I am super cute and confident. Also, I don’t have to fill in my eyebrows anymore.
In December, I hosted a Christmas Dinner Party. This party was very fancy and elegant. My mom and I spent the entire day before and day of cooking and decorating for the party. Also I made homemade hot chocolate that was to die for. I tell people that it is a secret recipe, but really I found it online. It counts as a secret if I don’t tell people, right?