Goodbye 2016 | Yearly Roundup

by - December 30, 2016

How has this year gone by so fast? It feels like just yesterday I was ringing in the new year in Ireland with my old host family, and now here I am writing my last blog post of 2016. A lot has happened this past year, some of them amazing, and honestly, some of them not so great. But everything I've encountered this year, be it good or bad, has taught me so much. About myself, about life, and about how I want to live my life in the next year. But before we can get into that, I thought that I would do a yearly roundup, choosing one picture from my Instagram for each month, and telling you guys a little bit about what I got up to during 2016. 

I started 2016 in Ireland, one of my favourite places I've ever been to, with the family I used to nanny for. I was living in Wales with them for the year, but they were Irish so they brought me with them to celebrate the holidays with their family, and felt very blessed to be welcomed into their celebrations. 
So many fantastic things happened in February, I made new friends, my 22nd birthday was on the 1st, and I got to go on a little european adventure with my best friend from university. However the highlight of that trip, and of that month was our trip to Paris, and our many photo-ops at the Eiffel Tower. We felt like such tourists spending so long trying to get the perfect shot, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Paris was everything I thought it would be, and I loved being able to share the experience with someone I love!
I was back in Ireland in March. This time with some friends, to celebrate St. Patricks Day. One of the coolest things I have ever experienced was spending my St. Paddy's in Temple Bar (one of Irelands most famous pubs). The atmosphere in that pub was unlike anything I've ever been a part of, and It will be a night I'll remember for the rest of my life. 
I spent April spending more time strengthening the friendships I made abroad. Including celebrating the 25th birthday of one of my closest girls. I'll forever be grateful to all of the people I met in the UK who opened their hearts and their homes to me, and made me feel like I was part of the group. 
May was a month spent trying out new recipes and developing new skills in the kitchen. I've always loved cooking and baking, and this year I spiced things up in the kitchen and am now more confident and playful with the things I make. 
I had an incredibly hard time picking just one picture to represent this month, because in June I took my first ever solo trip to Italy and had so many adventures. I learned a lot about myself during this trip, and was the most spontaneous I've ever been. But I chose this one because it was during my time in Naples, that I spur of the moment, said yes to horseback riding up Mt. Vesuvius (an active volcano!) at sunset. It was one of the most fulfilling and heartwarming things I've ever done for myself, and was the start of me being more adventurous in my life. 
July was my last month with the kids I nannied for. I spent the whole month cuddling them as much I could, because they truly stole a piece of my heart. I was so happy to have been able to see them grow in the 10 months I looked after them, and it was an incredibly hard thing to say goodbye. But my memories with them will live on, both in my heart, and in the super cute pictures I forced them to take with me!
I spent my last month abroad living with friends and travelling around the UK on my own. I took my second trip to London, and spent 4 days wandering around the beautiful city and being okay with being solo. I took myself to dinners, and out for drinks. I even went to a couple shows by myself, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, which is my all time favourite movie and I adored the adaptation of it. 
I flew back home in September, and reunited with all of my family and friends. My heart was so full of love the entire month, because it had been a year since I'd been able to see anyone. I spent my days enjoying the last little bit of warmth the summer had to offer and my nights taking advantage of the bonfire pit my dad build while I as away. 
Another trip was made in October. This time with my family. We all flew to Hawaii for a dream family vacation, and to celebrate my parents 30th wedding anniversary. Not only was the Island beautiful, but my parents renewed their vows and that was an incredible thing to be a part of. 
Novemeber was pretty relaxed, but I did take a trip to Toronto to visit my grandparents, an old friend and I got to go back to my alma mater and see friends still at school. It was so nice to be back on campus, especially during Autumn, my favourite time of the year. I got to catch up with old friends and work colleagues and it felt really nice to walk around without worrying like I was going to be late for something, or like I should have been studying!
And then it was the last month, and all I did was get ready for Christmas. Because I didn't get to spend the holidays with my family last year, it was so important to me that we had a really great Christmas this year. We kept almost all of our old traditions, and I got to spend some really great quality time with my family. As all the kids get older, I know it's less likely our Christmas will stay the same it always has been, so it was very heartwarming to get one final holiday just the way I remember! 

And now here we are. It's the end of the year and that's pretty much everything I've done in 2016. I hope you guys enjoyed this little yearly roundup and I guess with that, I'll see you all next year! 

Much Love, 
Spenser xx

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