I cannot believe it is already time for another year-end review, but here we are. My original plan was to choose 17 moments of 2017 to celebrate (for the sake of cuteness, you know), but it turns out there were way more than 17 and needless to say, this is a good problem to have. So I settled on twenty-seven celebrations upon which to reflect as this year comes to a close.
To say that I am in a much better frame of mind than I was 365 days ago, is an understatement. I was hopeful, but so ready to move on from the challenges of 2016. On the contrary, 2017 was good to me, and before we part ways, I want to take some time to bask in the glory days once more. So without further ado, in the order in which they occurred, I give you the top 27 times of 2017.
1. I cannot fully express the feelings of gratitude and accomplishment that I have experienced this year; so many moments felt full-circle (as you'll soon see). It was always my dream to return to my alma mater one day. To be able to start this year by hanging my diploma on the walls within my office at my alma mater, meant so much. I love my job and I'm so proud of the work that I get to do everyday.
12. It is on my bucket list to be an audience member at the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and while that didn't happen this year, he did say my name on his show, so you know, we're getting closer. My friend, Matt found Jimmy's doppleganger at a record store and asked me to send it in to the show. Sure enough, they shared it on June 19th as part of their Screengrabs segment. Win!
26. Full-Circle Moment No. 5: During the week of my one-year anniversary of starting my position at my alma mater, I received two sweet thank you notes from students, and a nomination for the Rhodes Honor. For all of the challenges that 2016 posed, 2017 brought me to my happy place. I am so grateful to work with such supportive students and staff, and most importantly, to feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of others.