Looking Back On 2016

New Year’s Eve. The last day of the year. Did I think I would come this far? Well…yeah I did, but it amazes me how fast time flies!

One major thing I’ve been doing all year was keeping track of all the nice positive things that happened to me each and every day. Every day. Being that I’m the kind of person to start a 365-a-day challenge and forget about it after a week, THAT IS HUGE!

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On December 28th, I went through each month and highlighted the best days of every month. What were they and what happened? Well, let’s take a look.

January 19th: It was a cold day and I wore a white turtleneck. Before leaving for something on campus, I locked my keys in my room…bur was able to get them out in the nick of time! I also wore MAC’s Instigator for the first time. As the day was winding down, I spent some time and chatted with this lovely guy (who will be referred to only as TLG for the time being).

February 14th+15th: Valentine’s Day was just like any other Sunday: do homework, make random food, make smoothies, study, listen to music. Then, near the end of the day, I get a text from TLG wishing me a happy V-Day, and we chatted for a while. How about later at 11:30 PM, we chatted on Skype until 7:50 AM. That’s right, I am NOT making this up. We talked for EIGHT HOURS STRAIGHT. The next day after I finally slept, I felt like I was floating on Cloud 9. I began to learn what being in love feels like! As of this post…I low-key still am on Cloud 9.

March 15th: I drank tea. I was in the middle of a coffee fast that lasted a month! Also, a kid complimented me on the way to my class and said that I looked like a princess today. I found it funny considering I was just wearing a black-and-white shirt, black pants, and black shoes; so really my outfit was nothing special! I still appreciated it though. I wonder how he’s doing today….

April 19th: I was almost late to class because I saw a pair of cardinals in my tree outside. I also ate some eggs and potatoes, a random guy told me I smelled good, and I noticed how strong the afternoon sunlight is when it shone through our living room windows. Oh, and I broke my month-long coffee fast.

May 14th: I’m not gonna lie, this month and the next few months until August were complete duds. It only made me realize that I need to go somewhere else next summer and not necessarily back home. But that’s beside the point.
I went to the mall, drank a butterbeer frappuccino, and got three compliments on a Twenty One Pilots shirt I bought off of Etsy. Later that night, my best friend took me to a chicken and waffles restaurant near downtown (where we went to go see the new Captain America movie). We went to Checkers afterwards and I drank a smoothie.

June 11th-12th: I actually have this as a draft to post eventually, but I’m gonna make it short and sweet for this post:
To make up for my cruddy birthday this year (I mean then again come on, is 22 really a noteworthy age to celebrate?), my brother took me and a bunch of his friends to go have Mexican food, see The Nice Guys (even in a pornstache is Ryan Gosling a hot tamale), and hit a bar afterwards. I played with his (and his now-ex) cat for five hours after she came in the room I was sleeping in.
The next day, we went kayaking! It’s a serious arm workout and I’m dying to try it again next year.

July 27th: This needs no introduction…I FINALLY GOT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE AT THE AGE OF 22 YEARS OLD. YES, I’m a late bloomer. But who cares, I finally got it! AND I actually like my photo! I haven’t taken a photo this good since my UCF orientation where I actually wore a flower crown for my photo. Not even kidding. I subtly show it off with pride whenever I need to use it.

August:
5th: TLG and I talked on the phone for the very first time ever. Not only do I love his voice, but we talked for practically half of the entire day. It was surreal!
26th-27th: Not only was it my half birthday, AND not only did I start my yoga journey (that is currently on hiatus at the moment), but it was also my first day volunteering at Knights Pantry. This still remains one of the best decisions I ever made. From there, I made some new friends, learned some new things, and overall possess a sense of gratitude and philanthropy. Oh, and my best friend came over that night and we did some errands the next day, as well as turn up for her birthday.

September 20th: One year since I got my nostril pierced! Besides that, it was a simple day: drank a green tea latte, started Stranger Things (a show that I need to get back to because school was being a cockblock…in the nicest way), and, well, my outfit looked good!

October 29th: I volunteered at a parrot sanctuary in Longwood and got to be around so many cute lil feathered babies!!! I sure learned a lot that day…for example, macaws are gigantic in real life, and also that a lot of these birds are coming from unsafe or questionable conditions. I still think about these birds a lot, as strange as that sounds, with that underlying comfort that they’re in the best hands.

November:
19th: Again, another drafted post for another day so I will make it short and sweet. I went to my first tailgate event thing, and I unexpectedly went a little TOO hard. I threw up four times total and swore to the moon that I would NEVER do this again, as you do when you’re in a situation like this. Fortunately, one of my friends was able to get me home safe and I never blacked out. That would be horrifying!
22nd: I made my own tea from scratch! AND I visited the arboretum for the first time as a part of this! AND I picked some Brazilian sunflowers and put them in my hair! It was a great day!

December 14th: I went with my roommate to Lucky’s and got some pizza. Later on, I talked to TLG and we bonded some more. Somewhat near the end, he told me that I was the reason that he’s become a changed man with a clear sense of what he wants. In fact, his exact words consisted of “I’ve changed cause of you” and “You mean to me that goodness is out there and it’s so worth the effort.” To this day, I cherish these things whenever they happen. Knowing that I’m making a positive impact on at least one person’s life? I hope that all these mistakes I’m making, things I’m learning, and everything I’m doing or plan to do, will all be worth it in the end…and just from this alone, it’s starting to look like it. 🙂

I’ve learned a lot this year. Heck, I’m still learning. This year definitely could have been better (what with all the celebrity deaths and all), but I’m satisfied with how it turned out. I’m looking forward to what next year has in store for me, and looking forward to taking more risks and just doing things instead of sleeping on it and asking “what if?” I’m looking forward to finally clearing out my draft lists too and churning out more ideas…and hopefully somebody to take my photos whenever I’m wearing cool outfits. Here’s to a beyond amazing 2017!!!

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Are you looking forward to 2017?

One last time for 2016…

Abeni, out!

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