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2016 has been a rough year for a lot of people and I am no exception. However as I reflect back on the year and look to 2017 with hope, it helps to see the high points of the past twelve months.
- •JANUARY: My friend Jason's weddingMy friends from college were reunited at a wedding and we had a blast braving the winter weather to dance the night away and celebrate a fabulous couple.
- •FEBRUARY: Oyster Fest in Piedmont ParkI can think of no better way to celebrate Galentines Day than with lifelong friends, oysters, and great live music. It was cold but the day was fun so it didn't matter.
- •MARCH: St. Patrick's Day in MidtownSt. Patrick's Day falls at the perfect time in Atlanta because it's just starting to get warm and march madness is in full swing and there's plenty of reasons to drink, let loose and celebrate the end of winter, which my friends and I did at Fado's in Atlanta. Who doesn't need a reason to go out in the middle of the week every now and then?
So November was a rough month for a lot of people, including me. Nevertheless, there's always something to happy about and looking back on the month, while the good didn't outweigh the bad, I've still got a lot to be thankful for.
- •Gilmore Girls: A Year in the LifeSo I've been super hype about this since last year (or whenever it was announced. What even is time at this point?). The series wasn't perfect but it was exactly what I needed this month. Gilmore Girls defined my life in middle and high school and to revisit the world of Stars Hollow made me so happy. And after hearing the last four words, we better get a second season!
- •MoonlightGranted, I haven't seen La La Land, the other early Oscar Best Picture favorite, but I'm willing to bet Moonlight is the awards show darling this season. It was simply incredible. One critic said to "extend yourself towards it" and I can't see that anything else needs to be said.
- •LovingBased on the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia which said states must recognize interracial marriages, Loving never felt as important or relevant than it did seeing it 2 weeks post election. I hope one day, LGBTQ rights feel as natural as the right for an interracial couple being allowed to marry feels to me today. This movie was a stark reminder that there's always a new frontier in the fight for true equality.
- •#HamildocPBSHamilton's America premiered on PBS in early October and it was incredible. It's very unlikely I'll ever get even close to the chance to see the musical live for a while and this totally felt like the next best thing. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a national treasure and we must protect him at all cost.
- •The fairEvery year, my cousin and I go the fair in north Georgia as a way to usher in fall. Unfortunately this year, it was still nearly 90 degrees all through October so it didn't feel like a fall activity.
- •My cousin's weddingMy cousin Megan got married October 15th and it was the BEST day getting to see relatives I don't see but about once a year and celebrating Megan and Casey's big day!
Bachelorette parties, my birthday, and the return of lots of my favorite TV shows
- •My cousin's bridal showerMy cousin Megan gets married in October and earlier this month, we celebrated her pending nuptials with a bridal shower. Even though most of my family lives in Georgia, I don't see them as often as I'd like so I jump at any chance to get together and celebrate!
- •My birthdayI turned 27 in September and while it's a little hard to comprehend that I'm officially in my late twenties, I'm ready to tackle this year head on and make it a great one!
- •My cousin's bachelorette partyLike I said, I love any chance to spend time with my family, especially if it involves sangrias seedy Atlanta bars 😂
She's a breast cancer survivor and it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- •This is us last night.We celebrated the 13th anniversary of her mastectomy. Her birthday may be in August but this is truly her day of celebration.
- •This is us in 1991 pre cancer.
- •This is us in 1996.Still pre cancer. Still making questionable 90s fashion choices.
- 1.I was born on September 12th 27 years ago so just like Taylor Swift I was ~born in 1989~
- 2.I share my birthday with Jennifer Hudson and Louis CK and my exact birthdate with my favorite baseball player, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. So yeah good company.
- 3.By day I am the social media director for a medical practice
Yes I know the Olympics were like a month ago. I'm busy okay. This list is in no particular order!
- •The Final FiveThe most dominant women's gymnastics team I've ever seen, they won in dominating and completely unsurprising fashion. Four of the five came home with individual medals and as a group they came away with 9 out of a possible 11 medals. They were, to put it simply, in a league of their own in Rio!
- •Team JapanThe Japanese men finally won their long awaited team gold, for the first time since 2004. After a disappointing team final in London, the defending world champions definitely had something to prove, and prove it they did. In one of the wackiest team finals in recent memory, Japan proved calm consistency wins the race.
- •Simone BilesWhat can you say about Simone that hasn't already been said? Four gold medals and a bronze speak for themselves and she rightfully earned her place among the greatest ever in the sport after only one quadriennium.
Here's everything I loved in August!
- •Stranger ThingsI didn't give it a chance in July because it didn't sound like my thing but finally I gave in and I'm SO glad I did. Hands down my favorite tv show this year. My roommate and I would've finished it in a day if we had been able to. I couldn't recommend it enough.
- •Old Navy rockstar jeggingsI'm not a super fan of jeans but I decided to give this pair a try when I was shopping because, yes, leggings are comfortable and easy but my wardrobe definitely needed some variety and these were perfect! I have them in gray and two different shades of denim and I can't wait to rock them all winter long. Plus I wore them for like 9 hours the other day and wasn't aching to get them off afterwards so, yes I found a winner.
- •The OlympicsI have a separate list in drafts about my favorite gymnastics moments in Rio but I can't not include it in my monthly favorites. I was so thrilled to spend two weeks doing nothing but cheering on all the incredible athletes.
I need to start using this app again and doing a monthly favorites is a great incentive so yes let's do this!
- •Crazy Ex GirlfriendI was thrilled to see this show make its way onto Netflix so I could binge watch it. It's so delightful!
- •GhostbustersI saw the movie in theaters and loved it so much! Girl power at its finest!
- •This momentSeeing a woman accept the nomination of a major American political party made me weep with joy. #ImwithHer and have been for a long time!
- •FriendsI have seen every single episode more times than I can count and I never get sick of it. No matter what stage of my life I'm in, this is my show.
- •Parks and RecreationTo see good and decent people work hard at work worth doing was something that was so desperately needed on television. Happy people who love each other can make for great comedy in the same way that neurotic people can.
- •The OfficeDunder Mifflin 4 eva