2015 is officially coming to a close. It was one of the best years that I’ve had so far! I just wanted to take some time to share some stories and highlights from throughout the year.
• My favorite part of the year was having Josh back in the United States for almost 4 months after being stationed in Japan for two years. He came home on February 15th, and tried to surprise me because I thought he wasn’t coming home until the following week. Nice try, but I figured him out! While he was home, we spent as much time as we possibly could together and ate at nearly every restaurant in town. After his leave was over, he completed MSG (Marine Security Guard) school in Virginia, and I made at least six road trips down there to see him every chance I could. On June 4th, he was off on a plane again to his next duty station in Mongolia. I haven’t seen him since then, but we have big plans for 2016!
• I paid off my car! I bought a 2012 Ford Focus named Elsa in April of 2014 and submitted my final payment in May of 2015. She was my first “big girl” purchase. We’ve spent nearly 26,000 miles together already with many more to come.
• Two words: Country. Concerts. Need I say more? My best friend Rica and I went to so many over the summer! My favorites were Parmalee, Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban, but of course I love them all. The best experience was the time we met Parmalee at a local bar/concert venue and got to hang out on their tour bus. I am still fan-girling about it to this day. I love them. Enough said.
• I got to meet up with my long distance bff in Washington, D.C. I haven’t seen her since last summer, so it was great to catch up and see her again. I also got to become an auntie because she had a beautiful baby girl earlier this month!
• I finally turned 21! I’m an adult now! (even though people still think I’m only 17)
• My biggest accomplishment of the year was graduating from Penn State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) at age 21 with ZERO debt. I also already have a year and a half of nursing experience. It took a total of three and a half years to complete my ASN & BSN versus the traditional four year nursing program. I’m not going to lie, I am pretty proud of myself for this.
• I spent a lot of time with my friends which is something I have not done in years past. I don’t know how we did it! It’s so nice knowing that I have such an amazing group of friends that are there for me. There are definitely more girls nights to come in 2016!
Stay tuned to see what plans I have for the new year!