While 2017 had its ups and downs, I can honestly say that I’m grateful for all of the experiences and lessons it brought me. Reflecting back on the past has made me shift my perspective for 2018 in a more positive way and has certainly reminded me of all the exciting, spontaneous things that a new year has to offer. Here are just a few of my favorite moments (in no particular order) that I could not be more thankful for – mind you, traveling is my absolute favorite hobby, so please bare with me on all of the getaway moments 😉
Toasting to 2017 in Toronto (January)
This year started off next to my best friend in a city we’ve never been. What could be more perfect? Matt and I explored Toronto, watch the NHL Winter Classic and even went up the CNN Tower (I’m terrified of heights, so I might have needed someone to hold my hand… but the view was incredibly worth it).
Annual Family Ski Trip (March)
Although I’m only able to stay a few days, this yearly ski week is always a winter highlight. I love spending time with my Dad’s side of the family together in one amazing cabin, how the location changes every year and appreciate the activities on and off the slopes. I think some of the funniest moments of the trip had to be making friends with band at an Irish pub, hiking in the snow around Vail, playing Cards Against Humanity with the entire family, celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday (wow, do I feel old haha) and rushing through airport security with my cousin Kelsey to make sure we made our flight home.
Moving to Hoboken! (May)
I have to say, I really love living in Hoboken. While I had been a frequent visitor before my move, I can’t begin to tell you the number of reasons why I’ve grown so fond of the “square mile city” prior to me living here full-time. I definitely think the neighborhood feel, cleaner streets and being closer to Matt would all have to be on the top of that list.
My Birthday Weekend on Nantucket (June)
Girls Trip to Chicago
Two of my best girl friends and I decided to go to Lollapalozza/visit our other friend Paula back in May. On Cinco de Mayo. After 2-3 margeritas 😉 It was truly one of the best decisions ever (we were able to see some amazing artists, some of the Chicago sites and celebrate Paula’s birthday), but next time, I’m packing a coat!
Visiting Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden (August)
Two weeks of pure wanderlust heaven. And tons of gelato. Can I go back now?
Spending 48 Hours in Iceland with Matt (October)
*Gullfoss (above) was even more stunning in-person*
Technically, it was less than 48 hours (gasp), but given that we were able to check all of the our to-do’s in one trip (going horse back riding, visit the Golden Circle and take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon), I would call it a victory. Matt was such a trooper during all of our lack of sleep, and he even wants to go back again, too!
Celebrating Thanksgiving (November)
This was the first year both Matt’s and my family’s first time enjoying a holiday together (!) With some phenomenal cooking, laughter and holiday spirits, everything went even better than expected
My Best Friend’s Wedding (December)
One of my best friend’s since high school, Mallory, is now Mrs. Williams! As the friend who reunited her and her husband and then stood by her side on her wedding day (#MOH) five years later, it has been a delight to see these two as examples of such a loving couple that knows no boundaries, ends or limits. Not to mention we had a blast at her bachelorette party in Austin this October…
Enjoying Christmas in New England (December)
I’ll start this one off by saying how much I love the fact that Matt is part Italian. While he may have inherited his Irish coloring, he is no stranger to cooking pounds of homemade pasta or big family get togethers. Coming from a smaller family, it’s fun to join in his family traditions – from spending the night before Christmas surrounded by his family, plenty of food and games to waking up and driving all the way back to his parent’s house for a more intimate Christmas day. It was even more special having a white Christmas and surprising my mom and her side of the family after Christmas, too!
What are some of your favorite moments from 2017?