Reading my blog back is always kinda embarrassing because I rarely proofread before I post, so I notice all of the typos during the annual reread, and I'm usually doing my annual year-end post late at night so I can't be bothered to fix a lot of them. Oh well.
Right, so let's actually talk about 2016, shall we? I rang in the new year with Brad at my apartment back home in good old Minnesota, and then February was my first ever MAGFest! (MAGFest starts January 5th this time! It's like...less than a week away!) And of course, the biggest thing I did this year was move to Ohio. It's still a bit strange to me, to be honest, and there are a lot of things about Minnesota that I miss dearly! But Ohio has been such an adventure so far, and I've had a great person by my side to guide me through it all.
While I don't particularly remember it being so, the start of last year was mentally pretty rough. I guess it's good that I don't remember all of the little things that had me stressed. My SAD is in full swing right now, and I'm incredibly stressed out about like ten different things, so that's...good.
I also started a new job here in Ohio, and while I don't talk about specifics that much, it's been a rollercoaster. I do miss some aspects of my old job at the hotel (like sitting down), but it was a tough job. Never underestimate how hard people in the hospitality industry work!
One thing about 2016 that I'm really happy about is that I got to spend a lot of time with animals. I know that sounds really dorky, but it's true. I rode a horse, a camel, went to the zoo several times, held some snakes, went to a farm and held a baby lamb - hell, just yesterday I was at the zoo and I got to pet some animals and see a kiwi bird and so much more. I think I'd like to start doing animal-based volunteer work again this year. Since I don't have a consistent schedule it may be hard, but volunteering at the avian nursery back in Minnesota was so fulfilling, so I wanna spend more time with tiny cuties, be they feathered, furry, or other!
2016 has gotten a lot of shit from...everyone for being kind of a bummer year. (And that's putting it lightly.) There were a lot of notable celebrity deaths, global tragedies, and some orange goblin got elected to be president of the United States. While these events do affect me, I'm choosing not to dwell on them in this entry, as this blog is more about my day-to-day life than anything else.
I'm proud of myself for what I've done this year. Firstly, I've kept up with this blog for a crazy total of seven years now. I've also been a happy cat mom for two years, self-harm free for five, and just 24 years old in general, which I guess is kinda rad too. I moved to a whole new state and got a new job. I have learned so much about life and love. Even though 2016 wasn't the best year in many regards, from Cas having major surgery to just the general stresses of life, I have so many incredible memories to look back on. I made great new friends and I've been lucky enough to do so many things that make me happy. I want to do the same in 2017. I want to try and find happiness in both new and old places, and really work on myself mentally and physically.
I am ready for you, 2017. And you'd better believe I'll be blogging it.