2015: Top 12 Moments

So, here's the deal guys. I am terrified, and I mean 100% absolutely terrified and slightly panicked about the fact that 2015 is over. This was such an incredible year filled with so many beautiful memories I will be holding onto for the rest of my life. Traveling Europe, living in London. My heart has always been so set on living abroad and seeing the world and now I'm scared to death I'm never going to be able to do it again. The four months I spent in London were four of the best months I ever had. I think about it every single day and ache for that city in a way that I never thought was possible. But I'm here. In the USA. In Philadelphia. Which I am very thankful for, but at the same time I'm keeping my fingers crossed for future travels and hopefully living abroad in some way once again. Not only was 2015 incredible because of traveling, but this was also the year that  graduated and the year that Derek and I moved in together! We now share our own little home in Philadelphia and I'm so grateful that for the first time in years, we are living in the same city. I'm scared that 2016 isn't going to live up to 2015 - but here's to trying!

12. Turning 22!
Im not going to lie, being 22 is pretty fun (that's probably why T. Swift wrote a song about it). It certaintly wasn't a carefree year but it was filled with travel, girls nights involving plenty of sweets, cheese and wine and mini dance parties. (First two pictures: Birthday celebration with my family a few days before turning 22, last photo: Derek and I before heading out for my birthday dinner.)

11. Lady Antebellum + Hunter Hayes concert with Derek
Derek got me tickets for my 22nd birthday! It was so fun seeing two of my favorite artists with him!  

10. Getting back to blogging
I took a hiatus while I was studying in London. I didn't want to risk spending too much time on the computer while I had a limited amount of time in Europe. But coming back to blogging after the break was super refreshing. 

9. Parties: Grad Party/Moving Out Party/NYE Party
These were 3 of my favorite days out of the entire year. Days filled with friends, food and laughter tend to be the best. Closing out 2015 with so many of my best friends was one of the best possible ways to go into 2016. 

8. Taylor Swift, 1989 Tour with my family
Yeah...not going to lie. I am such a "swiftie." My mom got the 1989 tickets for my 22nd birthday and it was so fun to experience the concert with my mom, sister and grandmother! They all had a blast too! You can read about the time my mom and I went to the Red Tour in 2013, HERE.

7. Local Traveling with Derek: NYC, Cape May, Terrain, West Chester, New Hope
After coming back from London, I have a new appreciation for traveling - even local travels! Derek and I explored more of Pennsylvania as well as the surrounding states of New York and New Jersey. (Pictured Above: Cape May, Solebury Orchards in New Hope, The Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills, and NYC)

6. Making New Friends + Girls Nights/Wine Nights
A few of my friends were moving away from Philadelphia right when I was getting back from London, which made me super nervous. But it just allowed me to create new friendships with some of the funniest, most incredible gals.

5. Moving Up at Work
Getting promoted shortly after graduation was an incredible surprise. I'm always excited to learn more and for new opportunities! 

4. Graduating from College
It's great to be an adult without a school schedule to be tied to. I may be naive, but I truly feel like the options are limitless. 

3. Moving in with Derek
I've been waiting for this moment for years. It hasn't always been easy but it's so much fun and worth every second. I love living with my best friend. 

2. Traveling Europe
You can read all about this in my last post, 2015: Top 12 Places

1. Moving to London for 4 months
The traveling was great, but getting to actually live and work at an internship in London gave me an experience like none other. I got to know about cultural differences the hard way and it put me in a situation that was hard and forced me to learn. It's so important to challenge yourself and this was my most challenging adventure yet! And it also turned out to be my best adventure.