2017 Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, I’ve been finding it easy to focus on what I didn’t do in 2017. The failures. The shortcomings. The resolutions not resolved. I’ve been especially disappointed with my lack of blogging, my never ending struggle with anxiety and depression, and my failure to accomplish some of the goals I set in January of this year.

I feel like this is a trend that many of us are familiar with. Each New Years Eve, we get out our pens and papers and immediately start thinking of things we can do better. Things that we don’t like about ourselves. And things that we didn’t do this year. In the midst of all this, we fail to reflect on the good times and the things that we did do. Because when I really think of it, for every “failure” I had in 2017, I can think of two successes. It is so easy for us to focus on the negative.

So this December 31, I hope that you will sit down and reflect on the things that did go right this year. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but we can’t forget to appreciate the good times and the success that we have experienced.

I want my blog to be somewhat of a scrapbook of my life, which is why I am sharing this post with you today. Some of you might not care at all what went on in the mediocre life of Kat this year, but I think that it will be fun for me to look back on this in the future. Without further ado, here’s a month-by-month breakdown of the good things that happened this year!

In January, I headed back to Belmont for my second semester of my freshman year. My dad came down to visit, and we went to a Beach Boys concert together at The Ryman Auditorium. I grew up listening to their music, so it was a lot of fun to see them live even though there is only one original member left!

My mom came to visit me in February for my sorority’s parents’ weekend. We had a lot of fun walking around Nashville together and attending Kappa Alpha Theta‘s annual scholarship banquet.

March was definitely a highlight, because it was when The Wishes Foundation finally began to take off. I worked on this project for so long, and it was incredible to get our first costumes and have our first visit. We also got officially accepted and registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. I also had my sorority’s formal. It was held at the Loveless Barn, which was absolutely beautiful! Plus, we got to eat the amazing biscuits for dinner.

the wishes foundation

In April, we continued with more Wishes visits at Nashville hospitals and shelters. We also had auditions and coronated 13 new princesses! Seeing my little princess dream start to become reality was so awesome, and I was so blessed to be given 13 new royal friends.

the wishes foundation coronation

In May, I wrapped up my freshman year of college. It was a tough year, and I was extremely happy to move out of my dorm room. Let’s just say that dorm living was not for me! I got my wisdom teeth out, which was actually not as bad as I imagined it to be, and I got through the procedure and recovery with a surprisingly low amount of anxiety. My sister also graduated from college, and I am happy that I got to be home for the occasion. We also reached another big milestone: raising enough Wishes money to buy our second costume, Belle!

June was filled with planning for our first official Wishes fundraiser. I put together a yard sale back at home, and we raised over $1,000. It was a lot of hard work, and I definitely won’t be doing another yard sale for awhile, but it was worth it! We got to buy three brand new costumes with the money we raised!

July was by far my favorite month of the year. I was lucky enough to get to go to Maui for the first time for two weeks with my sorority “big” sister! It was also a big anxiety milestone for me. I was pretty worried about an 11-hour flight, but I made it just fine. In Hawaii, we relaxed on the beach and at our resort, walked around the towns of Lahaina and Kihei, and went snorkeling, paddleboarding, and surfing! The food was so good, too. I’m thinking about posting a Maui travel diary/travel guide soon. Would you guys be interested in it?

maui hawaii

In August, my family took a trip to Longboat Key, Florida. It rained most of the time, which was kind of disappointing, but the beach was gorgeous. We also stayed in the exact same condo that we stayed at when we went several years ago, which was pretty cool! We also recreated some old pictures on the beach. In mid-August, I moved back to Nashville for my sophomore year at Belmont. I moved into a beautiful house in a suburb of the city with three other awesome girls. I loved being in a house with my own room and a kitchen! My mom and I also got to watch the total solar eclipse together on my front lawn. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event for sure!

florida beach

In September, Tyler came down to visit for my birthday. We went to the zoo, and my roommates threw me a surprise birthday party! My roommates and I also rescued our dog, Aspen, from the humane society. She has been the best addition to our Nashville family, and I love her to pieces!

rescue dog

October was filled with more Wishes things. We finished character training and raised enough money to buy several more costumes. We got to visit the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for the first time. October was also the month of Theta’s recruitment and bid day!

sorority recruitment

In November, we had big/little reveal! I got to hug my amazing new little, Nina, and welcome her to The Sass Dynasty! We had some more Wishes visits, and I got to fly home for a very relaxing Thanksgiving with my family.

sorority big little

And finally, December! After final exams, I headed home for Christmas preparation. I had a blast baking cookies, decorating the house, and lying around being a complete vegetable for Christmas break.

When I put it this way and remember the good things that happened this year, it looks like 2017 wasn’t too shabby after all. So many great things happened this year: amazing vacations, huge milestones with Wishes, and an overall positive experience at college! That being said, I am looking forward to the possibilities of the New Year. It’s always a great feeling to get a fresh start.

I wish you all the best in the New Year, and I hope that 2018 is the best year yet!

What are your favorite memories of 2017? I’d love to read your own post about your year in review. Post the link below!

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  1. I love what you said about how it’s important to reflect on all of the good of the year, then to just make resolutions on things that didn’t go our way; so many people forget that going into the new year.
    And I would love to see the Maui diary/travel guide! My sister keeps talking about wanting to go there, so I’d be interesting in reading about your experience!

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