2017 recap

I know this is late… like a week late (and long… sorry) but as I sit in my apartment sipping on an extra large glass of pinot, I can’t help but reflect on 2017.

This was a year of celebration. I treated every little accomplishment or holiday as a BFD of a celebration, and I don’t regret one bit of it! While 2017 was a really great year, it did come with sorrow and the passing of a few loved ones. From these hard times, I took something BIG and positive away: You don’t know when your last day on this planet will be. Therefore, I now celebrate harder, love deeper, appreciate more, and care less about the small things. I strive to live the happiest and most positive life possible- and that is just what I did in 2017.

2017 started a bit slow, I spent New Years Eve at home with Jared (my boyfriend of almost 6 years) snuggled up on the couch. However, one exciting thing about January was that we did adopt a new furry friend into our lives, meet Milo!

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Valentines Day: not my favorite holiday, but we had a lot of fun this year! It was memorable nonetheless. The night started at this cute (and delicious) restaurant in Somerville, NJ called Cafe Picasso. There we killed a few bottles of wine and headed over to Pinots Palette for some (drunk) painting. Maybe we should have gone here first, before uncorking multiple bottles of wine – but now we have a nice piece of artwork on our (uh, bathroom) wall.

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March is usually a month of celebration as Jared celebrates his birthday and we celebrate our anniversary! This year I surprised Jared with a CRUISE! My goal was to give him one hell of a birthday, anniversary, and college graduation gift.. goal accomplished. Future blog post on this trip at a later time.

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Does anyone else feel that in May a lot of good things happen? Well, I do. I’m a May baby and basically make the entire month a celebration! This year, Jared graduated from college which was HUGE and so much fun! I feel that all of the good vibes come in May, maybe because its WARM and Summer is right around the corner!

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The summer months are always a blast, for obvious reasons (SUNSHINE… bless). In June, my cousin got MARRIED! In July, we celebrated the 4th on an impromptu (like we bought our tickets an hour before) dinner cruise around New York City (the NYC fireworks are amazing in person). The rest of the summer was full of paddle boarding, deep sea fishing, and non-stop adventures.

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Another EPIC thing that happened this summer: I MET APRIL THE GIRAFFE. Ya know, the internet sensation/famous pregnant giraffe… yeah, that one. I will make a separate post about this (it was an amazing day).

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Once Autumn came around, life got crazy again. I decided to take a  break from work and head up to the Adirondack Mountains in New York for a few days of relaxation and re-grounding myself. The disconnect was much needed, and this weekend taught me a LOT. I came back to reality fully relaxed and content with myself and my life. Blog post about this trip coming shortly.

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Jared ended up getting a full-time job in New York City, and thus we decided to move into (THE cutest) apartment in Hoboken, NJ. This was huge for us. I’ll expand more on this later, but let’s just say I took a leap outside of my comfort zone and couldn’t be happier that I did.

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After the craziness of moving, a relaxing holiday season was truly desired. I cooked my first ever Thanksgiving dinner (all by myself!!) and Christmas was low-key spent with a lot of family members that we haven’t seen for a while. In the mix of things, I GRADUATED from college in December, finally…

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2017 was a wonderful year. Not going to lie, I was sad to see it go but I am oh SO excited for what 2018 has in store for me. Remember: treat every day as if it is your last because one thing 2017 taught me was you really never know!

Cheers!

xo,

Nicole


 

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