A Year in Review: 2015

It’s that time of year again. The time when I reflect back on my year, 2014 was a reflection, but I prefer the Year in Review of 2013, so that’s the title of this one. All in all, 2015 was a strange year, a good year, but a strange one. Looking back at it, it’s like I lived this life that wasn’t mine, I don’t know if that makes sense. For the most part my anxiety has greatly subsided and only surfaces at the most inconvenient of times, like parking lots, highways, riding bicycles through London, and when I have too much stuff to be done. My blogging hit a creative roadblock for a while and that was really hard for me to deal with, I just wanted to create great things and I couldn’t. Recently, I’ve been feeling better about that though and that helps a lot. 2015 brought the biggest adventure of my life yet, I lived in another country for three months, and that was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done. If I had to describe 2015 in a phrase it would be: unexpectedly expected.

January

In January it seemed as if I was going through some self-evaluating. I had almost all classes for my major and minor and it lead to some major self reflection and evaluating. This was the semester that I went back to school and I felt content for the first time about that. Before there was always that bit of dread, but not that semester. Molly, Eric, Logan, and I all went on a little day trip to a bookstore in Harrisburg and to Chocolate World.

February

February is when the not blogging every day kicked in and I started to slack. I celebrated being single with two Galentines days I think I failed the 3-5 days a week. In order to try and combat this I started the 30 Day Blog Challenge. This is also when my blogging rut began. There were highs and lows of it throughout the year. However, because blogging had hit a rut, I was enjoying my life. This is also the last month that I would go home for the job that I hated so much.

March

At school March means spring break, which usually means a week of working, for me, it meant quitting my job. I had never quit a job before so it was this huge step for me in my life. I was kind of afraid, but also so glad that I did. I quit in order to go Florida with my friends for spring break, which was a great decision if you ask me. This was also the month where I honestly almost stopped blogging if I’m being honest. I hit a rut, I didn’t always enjoy blogging, I stopped doing the 30 Day Blog Challenge, I was at the peak of my creative roadblock. March was a month of highs and lows.  However, by the end of the month I felt that I was slowly climbing out of my rut and onto better. This was also the month I found out that I had been accepted to go to Dublin for the semester, it was official that I would be studying abroad in the fall.

April

To be honest. I don’t remember anything about April.  April is a weird month where nothing really happens. We had May Madness at my school and it was like 45 degrees outside. I don’t know why we had May Madness in April, I think it had something to do with finals week. Other than that, I feel like April is such a filler month. It’s project after project and paper after paper, other than that there’s not much to it.

May

May means the end of school. This year, I went home without a job and with fewer friends waiting for me than I was leaving, and it just felt weird. Normally I go home to a routine and this time I was going home to job application after job application. All of this time was good for me to start to get ready for studying abroad. I went on some hikes and just took some time for myself. At the end of the month, I was back working at my new job that I love.

June

 

I started LNBM in June which is the best and worst thing I’ve ever done for this blog. While it greatly feeds my laziness in the blogging department, it always seems to decently well with readers. I also continued my visits to Frederick to see Logan, Molly, and Eric. They also came to PA a few times, it was easier for me to go there just with schedules and everything. June was another month of severe bloggers block. However, this was the first time I didn’t keep it a secret. I was open and straight forward about it, which I think made it easier to write.

July

In July I went back to Florida, this time with my family. I got to accomplish a life dream, to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and see the giraffes from my hotel window. I also got to experience the magic of the updated Harry Potter World, which was absolutely amazing. The bloggers block start to wear off a little bit and I felt like I was doing good in the blog world.  I always start to get a little restless in July. I’m ready for a set schedule and this summer I just never really got that. I like structure, and there was not a lot of structure in my life this past summer, which was probably a good experience.

August

August was a month of restlessness. I felt stagnate.  Everyone was getting ready to back to college and I was just waiting. Do you know that night before you leave before you go on vacation? That’s how August was for me. To me the world was paused, crawling until I made it until September when I could finally go to Dublin for the semester. I did go on my first solo trip to the beach which was the type of relaxation I really needed. I don’t like to wish away time, but at the time I was just wishing that August would just hurry up already. I celebrated my 21st birthday and going away with family and friends.  My friends slowly started returning to college and I continued to work, just waiting for the day that it was my turn to leave.

September

September started with two visits to Hood. I finished working, went down for Eric’s birthday and then the next day I was off for Dublin. This was the start of my greatest adventure. This was the part of the year that I was looking forward to the most. After all of the paperwork errors and thoughts crossing my mind that I would never be able to actually go, it was time for me to go. I left on September 13 and got to Dublin on the 14. Right away we had walking tours, bus tours, and just sightseeing things. I had my 21st birthday in a different country where it doesn’t really matter because the drinking age is 18 there, but still I turned 21, that’s a big birthday, or so they say. I visited the Cliffs of Moher and just explored Dublin.

October

October was when life started to get crazy. I went to Howth which is a small little suburb type place of Dublin. I went to Paris to meet up with my dad who was on business, how many 21 year-olds can say that? Then I went to Galway, another little seaside town for a night with my friends. I ended in October in London, England. That’s just absolutely crazy. I did so much in one month.

November

I feel like November was yesterday, it went by literally in the blink of an eye. I went to London (again) and Brighton. I also went to Madrid and Sevilla. I was away from Dublin for a whole week and then I made the decision to not travel again while I was away and enjoy my last four weeks in Dublin. This is the first time any of my pictures from Sevilla are being posted, the adventure post will come soon. My family came for Thanksgiving and I got to enjoy more time with them which was great. When I said at the beginning that looking back on this year it’s like looking at someone else’s memories, that’s what November is for me, it’s so surreal that it seems like someone else’s life.

December

December brought an end to my biggest adventure. I spent my last two and a half weeks in Dublin with final assignments and seeing as much of the city as possible, going to all of my favorite places and just taking everything in before I left. Then I headed home. It’s still weird being home. It’s been about two and a half weeks now and it’s still just weird. I’m not used to it yet. I’ve been trying to see all of my home friends and family before I head back to school in a little over a week. I went to Frederick for an interview

2015.

All in all, 2015 was great. It was just a whirlwind of a year. It was a year of new friends, new people, new experiences, and new places. The last fourth of 2015 could be described as the year of new, and I want to keep that going. 2015 was great, but I’m ready for some more change. I don’t like change, but I don’t know, I feel like 2016 is the year of change. Resolutions to come tomorrow!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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A Year in Review: 2013

So I wanted to something to conclude the year, which I already wrote but it got deleted, so I’m currently crying. Anywho this post may be rather shitty compared to the first one where I went month by month and I think I’m just going to an overview because I’m tired and I want to edit a video before I go to bed too.  I’m going to try and tell the story of my year through pictures with captions, wish me luck!

One of the major things of my year are unable to be pictured and that would be this blog. I am so glad that I started this blog, and I’m so thankful for all of you who read this. I would also like to give a special thanks to The College Misfit, and whether she knows it or not, if it wasn’t for her I don’t know if I would’ve kept up with the blog, she really inspired me. I really hope the new year brings good changes for her, she deserves it. So through the ups and downs of 2013, the downs aren’t really pictured, but trust me they were there, I can only hope that 2014 will bring great things and the guidance of what to do with my life. Once again I’d like to thank all of you followers who read every day/week/month, I never would have imagined having almost 60 followers in less than four months, so thank you so much. Enjoy the story of my year!

XOXO,

Mary

On New Years Eve a bunch of my friends that I made in 2012 went to Kate's house to celebrate and ring in the New Year. I can't imagine a better way to start of the new year.
On New Years Eve a bunch of my friends that I made in 2012 went to Kate’s house to celebrate and ring in the New Year. I can’t imagine a better way to start of the new year.
This was the only, but best Valentine's day card I received this year. I would like to give my friend Shannon a shout-out for this. Take it as you will.
This was the only, but best Valentine’s day card I received this year. I would like to give my friend Shannon a shout-out for this. Take it as you will.

This was one of the high-lights of my year. All of high school I hardly got recognized for anything and to be recognized for something that I wanted but never thought I'd get. I'd also like to apologize for the poor picture quality, but it was a shining moment of 2013.
This was one of the high-lights of my year, being awarded the All-Star Award of my high school’s Quiz Bowl team. All of high school I hardly got recognized for anything and to be recognized for something that I wanted but never thought I’d get. I’d also like to apologize for the poor picture quality, but it was a shining moment of 2013.
One of my goals all of high school was to earn a medal at the regional Science Olympiad competition and finally my senior year along with my test partner Amy we earned third place in Dynamic Planet, an event based around glaciers.
One of my goals all of high school was to earn a medal at the regional Science Olympiad competition and finally my senior year along with my test partner Amy we earned third place in Dynamic Planet, an event based around glaciers.
In May after ten years of being in the Chorus I sat next to one of my best friends, Alex and sang in my last concert of my singing career.
In May after ten years of being in the Chorus I sat next to one of my best friends, Alex and sang in my last concert of my singing career.
After my prom date canceled on me two weeks before prom, I had no time to get a refund but one of my friends was not planning on going and no one should miss prom, so I gave her his ticket and she was now my "date" and I couldn't have asked for a better one.
After my prom date canceled on me two weeks before prom, I had no time to get a refund but one of my friends was not planning on going and no one should miss prom, so I gave her his ticket and she was now my “date” and I couldn’t have asked for a better one.

Even though it wasn't what I expected, I couldn't have asked for a better group to go to prom with.
Even though it wasn’t what I expected, I couldn’t have asked for a better group to go to prom with.
After what felt like an eternity I stood up in front of over a thousand some people, even more watching online, I performed my graduation speech.
After what felt like an eternity I stood up in front of over a thousand some people, even more watching online, I performed my graduation speech.

 

After 13 years of schooling I always had the support of these two people right by my side. My mom and dad, looking rather spiffy for my special day I must add.
After 13 years of schooling I always had the support of these two people right by my side. My mom and dad, looking rather spiffy for my special day I must add.

After graduation, orientation, some work, and a day at the beach I departed for ten days in Ireland with my grandparents and cousin Chris. This was an awesome trip with breathtaking sights.
After graduation, orientation, some work, and a day at the beach I departed for ten days in Ireland with my grandparents and cousin Chris. This was an awesome trip with breathtaking sights.
Not more than a week after returning to Ireland my family left for Seattle Washington. These trips are what inspired the name of my blog.
Not more than a week after returning to Ireland my family left for Seattle Washington. These trips are what inspired the name of my blog. This is the Gum Wall, yes all of that is gum, very gross I know.