2016 was a year of learning. A year of growth. A year of adventure. A year of change. A year of discovery. And a year I think I will always remember. This year has sort of been a rollercoaster. But, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Here are the highlights:
I started out the year with a big move ahead of me. I was moving to NYC in April and a lot was changing. I broke up with someone, struggled with that for a hot minute. I went to Chicago for the first time ever with my mom to 1. audition for the Rockette Summer Intensive where I got the best compliment of my life. I’ll never forget, a girl at the audition came up to me and told me I should be a Victoria Secret Model and I could have cried. haha and 2. Get over the break up (haha so funny to look back now). Performed a lot with CDT (BYU contemporary dance company), toured Southern California and Vegas performing and teaching (an experience I will never forget). Laughed hysterically with one of my best friends Myles while on tour. Went to Justin Bieber concert. Had a new niece born. Did a lot of collaborations. Was a bridesmaid for my bff Olivia. Played a great April fools prank on my brother that turned into the most embarrassing moment of my entire life (*hint: I was on a date and I had to go to the bathroom really bad and that is all I’m gonna say about that. HA, DEAD.. never went out with him again). Was a bridesmaid for my best friend Sadie’s wedding. Found out I got into the Rockette Intensive. Went to San Francisco with one of my very best friends, Kenzie. Met a creepy cable car driver who told me my Vegas name would be Ashley.. huh? Ate our hearts out and had the time of our lives in San Fran.
Moved to NYC. Lived on the Upper East Side for a couple weeks then moved to Upper West with a friend I grew up dancing with and my new fave, Riley. Interned for Fashion photographer, Jon Moe. Worked with a lot of models. Assisted a stylist. Worked really hard and learned a lot. Ate a lot. Gained a lot. Cried a lot. Took a lot of dance classes. Explored amazing AMAZING NYC. My mom came and visited. Went to 15 Broadway shows — Finding Neverland, Bright Star (twice), Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the opera, Aladdin, School of Rock, Rockettes NYC Spectacular (twice), Les Mis, Paramour, The Color Purple, HAMILTON, Beautiful, and Waitress. Took a lot of Soul Cycle classes and fell in love.
Went back to Utah for the fourth. Went to California (on a very delayed flight) for my best friend/ cousin’s wedding, had a blast. Went back to NYC. Was extremely hot. Had no AC. Was extremely lonely. Missed my family. Again, I cried a lot. Walked a lot. Ate a lot of Pink Berry. My brother and our friend Johnny came to visit. I turned 22. Saw Justin Bieber (again) at Madison Square Garden with Nate and Johnny. Shopped A LOT. And pretty much had the time of my life. Finished my internship, which I loved. Did the Rockette Intensive. Auditioned for Rockettes – made it to the top 15 but was too tall. And finally went back home with a lot of more suitcases than I came with. TBH I grew more this past summer than ever in my whole life and also learned more about myself than ever before. I learned what really matters in life. What I really want in my life. And honestly changed a lot (my mom can probably attest).
Two more nephews were born. Went to Bear Lake with my family. Was a bridesmaid (for the 15th time) for another best friend, Forest’s wedding. Moved back into my apartment. Started my last year of college and sadly got really depressed. I Didn’t end up dancing on a company this year bc of my major. Had a ton of stomach problems. Met with more doctors than I’ve ever met in my life. Went off gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, and meat (as best as I could). Cried a lot (hah are you seeing a pattern?). Got some good use out of my heating pad. Missed a lot of class. Found a doctor who I love, had a lot of prayers answered, and am now on the uphill track. Before finding Doctor Anderson I couldn’t get out of fetal position for 50% of the day. I Almost dropped a bunch of classes but ended up making up all the work and got an A in all of them (one of my proudest moments).
Met new friends. Got a new job. Took all my finals early and went on vacay to Hawaii for 10 days with my family. Had a blast. Came home. Had a beautiful Christmas with my fam. Played with my nieces and nephews. Had a great NYE and am now starting out the new year in Deer Valley skiing with my family. Andddd if you’ve actually gotten to this point in my novel, I want you all to know what a great support system you have been to me this year. I love my followers. Your comments are always so sweet and encouraging and I can’t thank you enough!!! It has been an amazing year full of learning and change. It’s been a hard year, but a great one – I wouldn’t change it for anything. Hard things make us better and stronger. In the moment it’s hard to see but looking back, I’m grateful for the way I have grown and what I have learned.
As the new year rolls in, I hope to continue learning and hope to make this year even better than last. Bring it on 2017. Can’t wait to see what you have in store!
If you made it this far, thank you so so much for reading. I love you all and I hope you have a very happy and healthy new year!