Happy Monday & HAPPY NEW YEAR
It’s officially 2018 and I couldn’t be more excited for the wonderful things in store. This year I will graduate with my Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy- something I have put so much of my time, money, and energy towards. I can’t wait to see it all pay off and start my dream career. 2018 is also the year I finally move out of my parent’s house and move in with my boyfriend of 8 years (it’s about time).
As we close out 2017, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the year I’ve had. I posted one photo from each month during 2017. Each photo captures something special about that month. I chose make this a blog post because I would like to make it an annual tradition and have the opportunity to look back on previous years. If you choose to do a recap of your year, use the hash tag #rosecoloredrecap2017 so I can follow along and read about all of your journeys in 2017!
| JANUARY |
A trip to Dallas, TX to visit my best friend. Cocktails, shopping, a Brothers Osborne concert, and a visit to the Magnolia Market in Waco.
| FEBRUARY |
Back to Dallas, TX for another visit. More cocktails, more shopping, and this time- a visit to Houston to work at the Superbowl. One dead car key, an Uber ride to AutoZone for a replacement battery, a failed attempt to start the car with the new battery, many calls to AAA, many more failed attempts to start the car, an airport rental car, and a four hour drive back to Dallas to catch our flights the next day.
A bridesmaids dress purchase, a friend’s birthday brunch, Mark’s birthday.
| MARCH |
A trip to Philadelphia for the AOTA Annual Conference and celebration of 100 years of Occupational Therapy. A grad school friend’s baby shower. My first glass of rosé for the season.
| APRIL |
Spring. So many flowers. Easter brunch with Mark and my family. A friend’s birthday celebration in Jersey City. Dinner and Anastasia on Broadway for my best friend’s birthday.
| MAY |
Charleston, SC with Mark. So much food, fun, cocktails, and exploration of this beautiful city. A few favorites: Charlestowne Tobacco and Wine for a classy spot to people watch and sip on a glass. Paw Paw’s for fried chicken and frozé. Fleet Landing for seafood and cocktails- peel and eat shrimp, crab cakes, softshell crab sandwiches, margaritas, and mojitos. The Vendue rooftop for a great view, delicious food, and drinks.
Bucks County Designer Show House with my mom followed by drinks at the Swan Bar in Lambertville. Memorial Day celebrations at my bestie’s parents’ house.
| JUNE |
An overnight getaway to Cape May, NJ with mom. Lots of cocktails, a tutorial on snapchat and lots of laughs, a peaceful walk on the beach, shopping, and stops at two of our favorite places: Congress Hall and Virginia Hotel.
Passed my pre-fieldwork clinical evaluations at school and celebrated the end of the didactic portion of OT school with my class in Manayunk, PA. Celebrated my birthday with both my mom and Mark at the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse, NJ, and again with two of my best friends at Nektar in New Hope, PA.
| JULY |
My best friend moved to LA- I was there a week after she moved. West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, LACMA, Malibu, Santa Monica, Catalina Island, a hike to the Hollywood sign, and Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Laughter, tears, cocktails, shopping, sightseeing, hiking, electric bike riding, FUN.
Toasted to one of my best friends and her boyfriend on their purchase of a house, and helped them put together a new vacuum 😉 Started construction in my parents’ house. Long Beach Island for rooftop cocktails at Daddy-O’s, ice-cream cones at Ben & Jerry’s, and amusement park rides at Fantasy Island.
| AUGUST |
Nearly had a mental break down from anxiety about starting fieldwork. Started my blog! Showed my two girlfriends from grad school and their precious babies around my new town, New Hope, PA. Many day trips to the beach. Notably- Ocean Grove, NJ.
| SEPTEMBER |
Crossed off one of my mom’s bucket list items with her- attended a dinner hosted by Outstanding In The Field in Pipersville, PA. Went to Unionville Vineyards on a rainy Friday with Mark’s mom for a tour and wine pairing. Apple picking.
Hurricane Irma. Cancelled flights to Charleston for my bestie’s bachelorette weekend. New trip booked in record time. Destination: Southampton, NY. Beachfront views, Soul Cycle, limo tour of the vineyards, dinners, drinks, pool, selfie sticks, glitter, floppy hats, Howard Stern spotting, dancing, and champagne.
| OCTOBER |
A lavish dinner at the Ryland Inn. A bridal shower at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ. Pumpkin picking with the kids I used to babysit that have become family. Adoration of the Halloween decorations in Lambertville , NJ. An award ceremony honoring one of the busiest and most selfless women I know.
| NOVEMBER |
A day in Princeton with my mom for lunch at Mistral and shopping. Thanksgiving appetizers and cocktails with my family, then dinner at Lambertville Station with Mark’s family.
| DECEMBER |
The end of my first level II fieldwork. A holiday dinner party with close friends in Jersey City, NJ. Peddlers Village, PA with mom for a dose of holiday cheer. My best friend’s BEAUTIFUL wedding at the Ryland Inn. A day of pampering, photos, champagne, laughter, tears, flowers, macaroni and cheese, and true happiness.
My bestie visited from LA and we went hit a few of my favorite spots- the Swan bar in Lambertville for French martinis and pizza. Nektar in New Hope for cheese, wine, bruschetta, and a candy bar sundae. The night ended at my new favorite spot in New Hope- The Salt House. Brunch at Lovin’ Oven and shopping in Frenchtown, NJ the following day.
I had a wonderful year and my heart is so happy after taking the time to revisit to memories I made during 2017. Cheers to a prosperous, adventure-filled, and healthy 2018! xx