Looking Back on 2017

Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe it’s the last one of 2017?! Totally insane! It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in 2017! I do love this time of year though. It’s a great one to reflect back on the year and even though technically the days keep rolling on, I’m a big fan of the feeling of a new year and a fresh start!

But before we kick 2018 off, let’s take a look back at some of the top moments in life + blog in 2017.


Top 5 Moments Of 2017

  • Bought a house!!
  • Was a guest on an episode of a podcast- Travel Planning Made Easy with Rachel Gault!
  • Pulled off TWO surprise parties for my dad’s “big birthday”
  • Crossed off 2 new countries on my travel bucket list (Ireland + Scotland!)
  • Saw Hamilton AND Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on broadway

Top 5 Travel Posts of 2017

Top 5 Lifestyle Posts of 2017


Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year, and I’ll see you back here in 2018!

  • Katherine

    Congrats on buying a house this year! That’s HUGE! So fun looking back at some of your posts! I love the glass igloo! So cool!

  • Wohooo! I hope we can buy a house in 2018…that’s a big step!

    • It really is! I still can’t believe it, haha. I hope you’re able to find + buy the perfect house this year!

  • Congrats on buying a house this year and that’s awesome that you visited both Ireland and Scotland! They’re both on my bucket list!

    • Thanks, Cara! Both countries were pretty awesome. I wish we had time to visit the countryside/Highlands in Scotland, but only had time for the two bigger cities. Just an excuse to go back though, right? :) I hope you can get over there someday soon!

  • Miss ALK

    Congrats on the house! And planning surprise parties are so fun. I’ve done a few for friends over the years and I’d love to do another in 2018!

    xoxo A

    • Thank you! Surprise parties really are the best. It is a little stressful making sure nobody slips and spoils it though, ha!

  • Sounds like some fun stuff in 2017! I loved reading that post about the igloo. I would love to try that someday.

    • Thanks, Becky! I couldn’t recommend it enough – it’s the ultimate bucket list item! Keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll be able to make it happen someday soon!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    WOW! What a year! We bought our house last year and that was one of my favorite memories for 2016!

    • It was pretty great! Congrats on buying your house in 2016 – such a huge life step!

  • So exciting that you bought a house! Can’t wait for 2018

  • YAY FOR A HOUSE!!! THat’s such an exciting time – y’all should be so proud of yourselves!!

    • I absolutely am! Thanks, E! Such a huge life step + major adulting, haha.

  • So much excitement in 2017! Looking forward to hearing more about your recent trip! (That igloo is still at the top of my bucket list!)

    • There really was! I can’t wait to see what this year brings. So glad to hear you still have your sights set on the igloo – I hope it happens for you soon! And SO much to share about recent trips. It’ll all be coming soon!

  • Sounds like you had an amazing year!!! Cheers to 2018!


    • I really did! Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

  • Azanique

    Congrats on buying a house! I loved reading your post on things to do besides spend money. So many great tips I will be taking into 2018.

    -xo, Azanique | https://wwww.lotsofsass.com

    • Thanks, girl! Hopefully it’ll be a good year for all of us to save a little more!

  • What a year! Congrats on buying a house! What a huge accomplishment!

    • Thanks, Elana! It was definitely a highlight of my year (and life really)!

  • Woohoo!!! What a great year – especially buying a house!!! <3

  • Congrats on buying a house! That’s such a huge accomplishment!

    • Thanks so much, Nicholle! It’s still hard to believe sometimes, haha.

  • Yay for buying a house! What a fun time! Definitely pinning the money & tax deduction post!

    • Yay indeed! I still can’t believe it sometimes, haha. I hope you’re able to save up a lot this year + get a good tax return :)

  • Congrats on your home purchase! That had to be so exciting! Hamilton is coming to my city in a few months, fingers crossed I score tickets! I heard GREAT things about the play.

    • Thanks, Danielle! It’s been such a surreal experience! Keeping my fingers crossed that you get to see Hamilton this year. It’s AMAZING you’ll love it so much!!

  • I love your top moments!! Congrats on getting a house!!

  • Tara

    yay! we’re building a house, such an exciting feeling! cheers to 2018!

    • That’s awesome! I hope the process goes well and you’re able to move in soon!

  • Congrats on the house! that is so hugeee!! Alsoooo I had no idea Harry Potter was on broadway! I saw Hamilton a couple years ago and it was aaaaaamazing!

    • Thanks, Michelle! I’m so proud of it! And YES! It’s only in London right now but it’s coming to NYC this year (must see!!!) and I’m still obsessed with Hamilton even nearly a year after seeing it! Do you have a fave song from the show?