Hey there, 2015!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and New Year Day! :) I spent it how I normally do, with Andrew and friends and family. We made Frido Pizzas (essentially fried bread dough, with pizza toppings on top of that, and sauce last. SO GOOD.) and had toasted ravioli, little smokies, and of course Christmas cookies. I made a fruit pizza – which I wish I would have taken a picture of because it was so pretty and some chocolate covered strawberries, which weren’t so pretty but so delicious.

In other words, we stuffed ourselves happy. :)

New Year’s Day is also my mom’s birthday, so at midnight I wished her a happy birthday and gave her her birthday present. I usually get her a gift certificate to a local pizza place that she loves, and I also printed some of our engagement photos off and framed them for her.

I normally don’t make any resolutions on New Year’s and I suppose this year is no different. I always challenge myself to read 52 books in a year, which I track on Goodreads, so I plan on trying to get a head start on that before classes resume again. I read 50 in 2014, which I think is still commendable despite being two books shorts of my goal. Overall, a good year in reading! Here’s to another! :)

I’ve happily read three books, so far: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Young Elites, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I absolutely loved the first two, and the last was more of just an entertaining read. I would highly recommend the first two (and heck, the last one as well)!

I’m going back to school in about a week and a half so I’m trying to get as much wedding stuff done before then as I can. I’m a little overwhelmed at the moment for the amount I still need to do (and the small amount of time I have left to do it) and finances. I’ve added up everything I still need to pay for and that figure is very intimidating compared to how much I make at my small, part-time job. I had a good cry about it with my mom, who’s really good about telling me to suck it up because God’s gonna work everything out. But I do feel a bit better about it now, and I’m going to try to enjoy this time as much I can and as much as I should!! Expect a blog post later about it. :)

I am looking forward to a great 2015!!

Thank you, 2014

2014 has been such a wonderful year! I’ve had some pretty monumental life changes and I think that these struggles and triumphs have made me a better person. It’s hard to think that Christmas is already over and that tomorrow is going to be 2015.

I finished another year in my finance degree, with a 3.9 GPA. Not the straight A’s that I wanted, but I worked my butt off for the grades that I got and am still really proud of what I’ve accomplished both semesters while working 30 hours a week.

My beautiful, wonderful, amazing roommate decided to quit her job and move home, so I searched desperately for someone(s) to take her spot. Unsuccessfully. I searched for a while with two girls that were a bit bat-crazy before I decided I would cut my (financial) losses and just live on my own. One of the better decisions I made, because I love my studio!

On March 29th, as we celebrated our four year anniversary at a fancy restaurant, Andrew proposed. :love: Speechless and shocked and totally in love with him, I said yes! This year has been full of wedding planning and my heart is full with so much love, I can’t even begin to explain or describe my feelings. I am just incredibly happy with him and I can’t wait until August 8th of 2015!

I got an internship at a marketing company over the summer. It was a great learning experience, but most importantly, it paid really well! ;P I was able to save up some money for the wedding and get valuable learning experience as well, even if it’s just how to work with drama-loving-women. Sheesh.

In July, after wearing glasses for as long as I can remember, I got contacts. A big, scary step for me, but one that I’m glad I made. They’ve been great to wear so far! I still keep trying to push imaginary glasses up my nose and I still wear my glasses on occasion, because I do miss them at times. ;P

At the beginning of August, Andrew and I took a road trip to Ohio to visit the infamous amusement parks, Cedar Point and King’s Island. It was so much fun planning the trip and booking the hotels, and doing it all ourselves! I can’t even describe how much fun we had (or how much sweets we ate!) but if its any indication of future vacations, I can’t wait!

The last half of the year wasn’t as exciting as I focused on my classes and working, but Andrew and I had our engagement pictures taken and I squeezed in some more wedding planning. We both should’ve been models. ;)

Overall, what a wonderful, wonderful year. I’ve been very grateful for the wonderful people I have in my life and the wonderful memories I have to share. I hope that 2014 has been as good to you as it has been to me. Have a happy new year’s eve!

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