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2017 is nearing its end! I know it’s been a difficult and challenging year for many, from natural disasters to the state of our politics but right I’m choosing to focus on the positive as the year closes out. I refuse to look back at 2017 as a negative year overall. Bad things happen, they always do but I won’t let that put a damper on the memories. It was a challenging year in many ways but also such a good year in many ways.I never like to end the year focusing on the negative because no matter what goes on throughout the year, life’s a blessing and I choose to celebrate it. This is one of my favorite times of year (besides the summer) and I am fully embracing this holiday season with a positive and happy mindset.So many good things have happened this year to make me smile. The husband and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary in March with a trip to Montreal. It was our first time traveling to Canada and I think we picked the perfect city for our first visit. Montreal was the perfect combination of city charm mixed with some slight European vibes without having to travel all the way to Europe. Being only a 6-hour drive away from us, I think we’ll be going back sooner than later for another trip.In May, I turned the big 3-0! I wasn’t dreading it like some do. Birthdays are a reason to celebrate, no matter what the age, because it means you’ve lived another year of life and what can be bad about that? My 20s were great, I learned a lot and grew as a person but I know my 30s will be filled with many more great things. 30 is a big milestone to celebrate and celebrate I did with a party with my closest family members and friends. I can’t wait to do it all over again for 35. Just kidding…but I do love a good party!Right before Memorial Day I traveled to Minneapolis for a work trip and while I didn’t really enjoy the city, I enjoyed the trip. I learned a lot on that trip, met some really nice people, and learned some skills to advance my career. Will I go back to Minneapolis on a pleasure trip? Probably not but it was a good experience overall.I spent almost every weekend at the beach this summer which I haven’t done since right after I graduated high school! It was a hot, hazy, humid summer here in NY and I took advantage of every single moment. Summers here are short so I embrace the crazy heat.As a belated 30th birthday present to myself, I traveled to Europe for the first time in September. I spend a few days in Paris and then spent a few days in Brussels. Both cities were amazing and I know I still have posts to share recapping the trip! The food and sights were wonderful and it’s hard to say which city was my favorite so I’ll just say I loved both equally for different reasons. (I promise I will start working on the recap posts!)I kicked off the holiday season with a long, boring, and tiring drive down to Florida for Thanksgiving week with the husband to visit family. It’s not fun but we do it so we can take Rocco along. Thanksgiving in Florida was nice and relaxing and just what I needed after a few crazy and stressful weeks at work.It’s a blessing and I’m very thankful for the year I’ve had. I’m happy I was able to squeeze in these many trips this year and I know I won’t always be able to. I’m happy I got to spend so much time with family and friends celebrating joyful events from graduations to weddings to showers. So farewell to 2017. You may not have been perfect but that’s ok because you were still full of happy moments. What made you happy in 2017? Since Christmas day and New Years day both fall on Mondays and that’s my normal posting schedule, I’ll be taking the next couple of weeks off and I’ll be back at it right after New Years! I wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season and New Years!
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