2015 Favorites!

2015 has honestly been one of the greatest years of my life! While most people tend to set up a list of expectations for the New Year, and “new year’s resolutions,” I thought I would take a little time to share 13 things that I loved in and about 2015!!

  1. Purses.

I know this is a silly one, but hear me out! In the past had a couple of purses that I would use for very special occasions, but this year I realized how amazing they are, and have started collecting some great classics! Not only are they adorable and stylish, but they hold much more than pockets do! I would recommend every girl get at least one great purse!

  1. Hot Tea

I have always loved hot tea, and this year was no exception! When things got stressful, I would stop and take a moment to breathe while drinking a cup of tea. Some of my favorites have been Pomegranate green tea, and Apple Spice tea!

  1. Disney!!

This year has included soooo many fabulous trips to Disney. I discover something new every time, and always have a blast! Although I’m sad that my annual pass officially expired, this year has held so many beautiful Disney World moments including Flower and Garden Festival, the Glass Slipper Challenge, and of course, my birthday trip!

  1. Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil is seriously amazing! It has cleared up my skin, made my hair silky smooth, and whitened my teeth. If you haven’t tried applying coconut oil to what ails you, I would highly suggest it. Remember Gus Portokalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding? The guy obsessed with Windex? Yeah that’s how I am about coconut oil!

  1. A Bigger Circle

In the past I have always felt that it was better to have a small group of close knit friends, rather than a large social circle. While I have maintained my life long friendships, I have been expanding my social circle as well. Between new friends from school, and blogger buddies, it has been a year full of wonderful new friends!

  1. Running

After a short hiatus from running, this year I ran a grand total of 19.3 miles in one weekend through Disney! I was reminded of why I love running, and how very good it is for my body. As a singer my body is my instrument, and I have to take excellent care of it! Running plays a huge role in that.

  1. Infused Water

Speaking of taking care of my body, this year I have discovered a secret that has helped me to stay hydrated: Infused water! Water infused with any fruit is delicious, but a personal favorite of mine is the combination of strawberry and lemon.

  1. Opera

Although I have always loved opera, this past year I have really been diving deeper into my love of this underappreciated art form. I have been attending more operas, listening to more operas, and delving deeper into my study of opera. I think everyone should give opera a shot, because it is such a wonderful and unique cultural experience.

  1. Challenges

2015 held lots of challenging moments, and I appreciated every one of them! Between the running the longest distances I have to date, to learning some very challenging and lengthy repertoire, I’ve had so many opportunities to grow. As I go into a year that I’m sure will hold many challenges, I’m going to remind myself of how much the difficult moments in my past have helped me grow.

  1. Learning

Like every year I have learned so much this year. Between my core classes like Music History and Statistics, my voice lessons, and deep introspective thinking, I have learned a ton, and have much more to learn this upcoming year.

  1. This Blog!

I am soooo proud of myself for sticking with this blog! It has been a terrifying and thrilling rollercoaster. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me on this journey, especially my photographer and number one fan, my mom! I look forward to new opportunities and lots of fun posts in 2016!

  1. Friends

My friends have been so amazing this year. The support I have received from them is overwhelming, and I am so thankful for each one of them. Whether new or old, you have all helped me to stay focused on my goals, and also helped me realize that sometimes I need to take a break.

  1. Family

I have a vey tight knit family. Every year as I grow older, I understand more and more how much my family loves me, and the sacrifices they have made for me. This year have remained flexible during the holidays, been oh so patient as I took pictures for this blog, and loved me unconditionally. Thank you all for your love and support.

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I hope that you all had a wonderful 2015, and as you look forward to a bright new year, I encourage you to take some time to be thankful for 2015! I’d love to hear some of your highlights from 2015!


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