I turned 25 on Sunday. I think I’m supposed to feel all existential and “oh my God I’m getting SO OLD” about it, and I did for a bit leading up to it, but mainly I’m just incredibly grateful. I’m so grateful that I have this life, with friends who will plan me a big fancy brunch and bring number balloons (my secret dream that I have literally never expressed to anyone on the planet for fear of it being so basic) and take me to the beach and to bookstores and for tacos and take a thousand photos of me laughing in front of different murals. The weather was good, the laughs were plentiful, and I feel lucky.
Things I don’t want to forget: being told I needed to stay in the car because I got there early (which never happens), the fact that the man who took our big group photo turned out to be the author of Call Me By Your Name, which Bri and I had gone to see the night before, it being Oscar Sunday which hasn’t ever happened before and will likely never happen again, eating tacos for dinner, being too full to eat my free birthday milkshake after breakfast + mimosas + cake, the fact that there was cake at all, sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean and going to two bookstores.
I am 25, and I am thankful.
Overall, 2017 was a really great year for me. I turned 24, moved across the country, and started a whole new life. It was the defining kind of year that I’m sure I’ll remember for years to come. Here’s a quick-fire, bullet point look back at the year for me.
- celebrated New Year’s in Vermont with my cousin
- started my first round of Whole 30
- met my puppy, Gracie
- went to Washington DC with my mom, sister, and our exchange student
- the Patriots won the Super Bowl!
- went to the Patriots parade and then got a terrible cold
- started a short-term weekend job in the birth certificate department of a hospital
- it snowed a lot
- read a lot of books
- continued to work on my novel in my writing class
- turned 24!
- my friends threw me a surprise birthday party
- officially bought my one way ticket to LA!
- worked at a film festival
- kept reading lots of books
- saw Bastille in concert!
- moved to LA!
- signed a lease for my very first apartment
- went furniture shopping and spent a lot of money getting settled
- explored a lot on my own
- felt lonely at times and let it be okay
- interviewed for 3 jobs and spent a lot of time on job applications
- went to the LA Times Festival of Books
- joined November Project LAX!
- went to a Dodgers game
- got a California drivers’ license and bought a car
- started my first real adult job!!!
- went running a lot, spent lots of time outdoors
- went to Tijuana, Mexico with my coworker!
- kept going to November Project and started to feel a bit more at home there
- kept exploring LA
- went to the beach a few times
- celebrated the 4th of July with an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park
- got probably the worst sunburn of my entire life at the beach
- got tickets to a pre-release screening of Dunkirk, which made me feel very Los Angeles
- started reading more books again
- went to Harry Potter World (twice!!)
- went to a workout at the Hollywood Bowl
- did a second round of Whole 30
- saw Bebe Rexha in concert
- started hanging out more with people from November Project!
- went to my coworker’s wedding
- went to Disneyland!
- saw David Cook in concert at the Troubadour
- went to San Francisco to visit my friend Mallory!
- Ran a 10k, went to Disneyland, and went to a Dodgers game – all in one day
- The very next day, ran a 5k and then went BACK to Disneyland
- Saw Arizona at the Troubadour
- went on an overnight running/camping adventure in Joshua Tree
- fell and rolled my ankle during said overnight adventure
- saw Niall Horan in concert at the Palladium
- saw Harry Styles in concert at the Greek
- went to Las Vegas spur of the moment to the iHeart Radio Music Festival
- saw Bleachers in concert at the Fonda
- read a lot of books
- had my first weekend work event
- got a tattoo for the first time!
- went to Phoenix, AZ for a Harry Styles concert
- saw MUNA in concert at the Fonda
- saw HAIM in concert at the Greek
- went to We Can Survive at the Hollywood Bowl, where I saw Niall Horan and Harry Styles again
- went to bed at 2 am that night and woke up at 5 am to go run a 5k with my friend Bri and people from November Project
- went home to Boston
- my best friend got married! A bunch of us stayed at the hotel that night and it was the most fun ever
- flew back to LA on Halloween afternoon
- hibernated a lot – didn’t go too many places or do too much after the whirlwind of the last two months
- ran a 10k and got a personal best
- adventured with new friends
- celebrated thanksgiving at my friend Liz’s house
- wore a different outfit every day of the month for No Repeat November – and then never wrote a blog post on it! Whoops
- got a half marathon PR!
- saw John Mulaney and laughed so hard my stomach hurt
- saw Lady Bird, one of my favorite films of 2017
- went to Disneyland with people from work
- saw Cam in concert at the Troubadour
- got sick 🙁
- my family came to visit!
- went to Harry Potter World, Warner Bros Studio Tour (super super cool), Santa Barbara, San Diego, and a lot more
- spent Christmas in Santa Monica riding bikes on the beach
- ended the year in an AirBnb in San Diego, asleep before midnight
So there it is: 2017 in 108 boxes. Between the palm trees and sunset pictures, there’s been a lot of heartache and worry and anxiety. There’s also been a lot of joy and discovery and independence. It was a good year.
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It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. So long, in fact, that I couldn’t remember my password, and my college email was deleted, so I couldn’t retrieve it. But I missed writing, so here we are again, with a new website and the same me.
I’m in a big state of transition right now. I just ran my third half marathon, finished up two part-time jobs in Boston, and am trying to find a job across the country to try something new. We’ll see what happens, but I’m ready for some warm weather and a fresh start.
I’m looking forward to blogging again, about writing and creating and traveling and running and whatever else crosses my mind. I’m in a novel writing class and I’m about to start my eleventh attempt at National Novel Writing Month and I just got back from a trip to Los Angeles, so I have a lot in my head and I’m excited to share.