2018, my dear, you are one for the books. Or really, the blog.
To be perfectly honest, 2017 was a year straight from hell, so I really started 2018 only being able to go up from there. And did she exceed expectations.
Overall, this year didn’t throw me as many hard learned lessons as much as it challenged me to slow down and practice patience.
2018 told me life is not a race. There are no line judges and there are no timers. Life is seeking the joyful moments between that daily commitment to yourself to just keep going.
A year ago, I don’t think I could have pictured any of the amazing memories and moments I had the joy of sharing. The best things that happen to you in this life are the things you could have never planned for yourself.
So here for you, my dear readers, is my 2018 in highlights.
New Year with my iconic purple velvet jumpsuit, Indian food, and good friends.
Sorority recruitment, welcoming new sisters, and getting to wear lots of glitter. Joining a sorority was the best decision I made in college and I had the unique opportunity to share some beautiful vulnerability during recruitment and it only made me closer to the amazing group of girls.
Celebrating my beautiful friend Emma’s birthday. Coaching my favorite frat boys to a not quite dodge ball victory, but they will always be winners in my heart. An incredible date function with one my darling Brittany, kicking everyone’s ass in Go Karts, and bowling down in Balltown.
Seeing my roommate and real life BFF Dayna get little’s and starting our Constellation Family. MCing a talent show with Brittany. Working at the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and getting paid to eat all the catered meal with some of the best people.
Taking photos for a wonderful friend. St. Patrick’s day with friends. Staying up all hours of the night for Relay for Life. Making new, amazing friends.
Ms. Vangie and just Drag Queens in general. Pancake Mondays with my beautiful Emma. Enjoying the sun and taking v fashion photos with sisters.
My sorority formal, spending the night with new friends and old, being awarded Miss ASA, crying cause I got Miss ASA, taking a cup full of spinach artichoke dip home and eating it while wearing a flower crown surrounded by good people.
Conducting a bunch of kick ass research and then presenting that research at a conference. Senior pottery and pizza night with my sorority seniors. Getting my beautiful paddle from my little. Having an amazing, emotional, affirming senior send off with lots of crying and laughs.
Volunteering with Special Olympics Track and Field. Pi Lambda Phi spring formal with some absolute loves of my life. Getting ice’d at senior photos. Harassing a famous movie star to send well wishes to his biggest fan.
Finishing an amazing application for a grad school I thankfully didn’t get into. A very rainy senior week.
Having one last breakfast at my favorite local diner with Kristen. Photo shoot in Norfolk with lots of Chimichurri Parmesan fries. Senior recognition brunch. Candlelight ceremony. Getting an award for Sociological theory.
Graduating College. Watching a good friend get married and having the privilege to be a bridesmaid.
Sadly having to say goodbye to one the best people I had the privilege to meet in College. Trips to Richmond. Adjusting to the pace of not having to do anything at all.
Thrifting up the East Coast, having the best Tacos ever, visiting Maine, having the best bagels of my life, enjoying the hell out of a lobster roll on the side of the road.
Spending two weeks in China, making new friends, eating new food, and going to some amazing places. Getting stuck in a bus for 8 hours, finding out Chinese people love Peppa Pig, falling in love with KTV and Hot Pot, the Great Wall of freaking China, going to a Beijing club via our Russian connection, Bread and Cup pastries, Rio Light Grapefruit/ Vodka canned cocktail, and flying internationally by myself.
Recovering from major jet lag with a new precious kitty we call Nuggy. More trips to Richmond to visit friends.
All of the Bingo with my mom and grandma. Launching Fleur de Lillie. Yard sale-ing through the summer.
Traveling across the country with my best friend, spending time with family in New Mexico, Choke Cherry, Happy Birthday Bad Bitches ice cream cake, thrifting across america, New Orleans, Beignets, po-boys, night of pizza snacks with teen movies in Atlanta, taking quizzes out of pre-teen magazines.
Spending time with Emma in her most precious apartment, good falafel, ice cream, and better friends.
Fashion photo shoots. UVA games and adventures in Charlottesville, being blessed my Roots for the first time. Picking wildflowers. Friendship adventures in Richmond. College football with my Dad.
Mexi Unlimited Taco night. Having a homemade cake for my birthday and celebrating with my parents. Birthday dinner with my Big and eating as much spinach artichoke dip as possible.
Being hired at The Lady Jane. Enjoying fall. Public libraries. Farmers Markets. Homecoming.
Pastries. Family. Grandparent dates. Visiting Princeton, thrifting, and having more bomb tacos.
Learning how to make Macrame, every day at the shop, great falafel, amazing and thoughtful gifts. Taking some time to rest.
So here’s to you, 2018. You rocked and I loved you dearly. And here’s to you, dear reader, for being here and making this year absolutely phenomenal. Enjoy the remaining days of the year and I’ll see you in 2019.