It took me a little while to create this video but it's okay because I was learning in the process by switching to adobe premiere and had actually come up with a concept for this video.
2016 was definitely a crazy year. It was full of sooooooo much change but it also had it's amazing moments. I feel like it was the year I finally took charge of my life and started to make moves (literally) haha.
I started off the year buying myself a brand new car so it was my first big girl purchase. In February, I went to Hawaii with a group of friends which was such an adventure and a lifetime memory I'll never forget. I've been to Hawaii many times before but this was the first time I went with friends. I visited a farm and got to ride in the back of a truck for the first time which was so fun! The way my hair blew in the wind as I took in amazing sights reminds me of this freedom of youth that I'll always cherish.
In May, I graduated from college which was the biggest milestone of my life. I never thought the day would come but there I was walking across that stage. My last semester leading up to that point was also very life changing. I had the greatest professors who have taught me a lot. I realized that I'm extremely fascinated by non-traditional forms of therapy and created a senior video project that I'm super proud of.
In July, I went to Chicago for the first time with Earl. I absolutely fell in love with that city. I won't go into much detail because I'm about to post a blog about it.
August, I went back to Hawaii with my family. It's always such a nice time with them and even though I've been there many times before I feel like it never gets old. We've been there 8 times already together and during this particularly trip we went to places we wouldn't normally such as Tantalus lookout and The Byodo Temple. It was also a bittersweet and emotional trip because when we got back I would be moving to a new city the next day. It was a hard time for me and I held in a lot of the emotion. I began to become fearful for my future ahead and aching to hold onto the moments Hawaii has filled me with. Hawaii is so nostalgic for me and my family because it was our first real trip together and because my sister and I were so small when we first went. So Hawaii will always have a special place in my heart!
When we arrived home, the next day I packed up my car and moved to Los Angeles and the following day I started a new job. The first few weeks were extremely rough and I was an emotional mess. It was hard to get adjusted and used to everything but as time went on it got easier, though I still find myself in an emotional wreck sometimes.
September is my birthday month! On my birthday, we had our first official Make Life Count, Co. trip to Yosemite. It was exhausting and there were a lot of bumps in the road but it was a learning experience and a valuable one at that.
At the end of the month, me and Earl took a spontaneous trip to Chicago to go to Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day. We flew late Friday night and arrived in Chicago at 4am. We found an empty and semi-secluded bench to take a nap on. Then around 8 we woke up, found a gym and paid $20 to take a shower. From there, we had to jump on the train and make an hour trip to our Airbnb to the Southside. We dropped off our stuff and headed off to the festival. Kanye surprised us that day by coming out onto the stage. Earl impulsively rushed the stage along with many other crazed fans. I, of course was not going to be left out and decided to run as well. Once I got there I realized there was no way I was going to find him. After some crazy events, we finally found each other and made our way back up hand in hand. A few days later, I spotted us on a video and behind us noticed that someone got taken down. It's crazy because that moment we felt so invincible and unstoppable but little did we know that someone behind us quickly lost that feeling. It was a quick and crazy 30 hour trip but definitely one for the books.
October-December was pretty mellow and was thankfully filled with family time. I was able to go home to San Diego and work remote the week of Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. I also got to see my girls/sisters all in the same room for the first time in a year. It's crazy that we hardly ever get to all be together because well ...adulting.
I'm thankful for the great chapter that 2016 was but I am ready for what 2017 has in store. After all, it's my year. The year of the rooster.