2019 Reflections

09 January 2020

Hello. Remember me?

The second half of my 2019 can best be described as very high highs and very low lows. You may have noticed that I went MIA from the blog since September. It was an unintended break that I allowed myself to lean into. Looking back, I think it was a combination of a lot of growth, change, and feeling as though my inspiration was faltering. It was something that I needed, but I've never forgotten about B&P and I've been thinking a lot lately about wanting to come back to this corner of the internet.

2020 is already shaping up to be a busy year filled with more adventure and more change. This year, I'm making myself a priority. My word of the year is "revive". It represents my dedication to the values that are important to me, while also accepting and encouraging healing and progress within myself. 2020 is about focusing inwards so that I can be better.

1. Becoming a SigDelt 

Joining SDT at Penn has been one of the most formative parts of my college experience. I cannot express how lucky I feel to be a part of this sorority and such an amazing group of women. I've made lifelong connections and been able to take on responsibility as a Co-Chair for our upcoming Centennial, and Vice President this year! Living in the sorority house and having this circle of girls has made my experience at Penn unforgettable.
2. Summer Adventures

This summer was fantastic for a multitude of reasons, but the memories that stick out to me the most were the spontaneous adventures I went on. A day trip to Rehobeth Beach with Mary, driving up to Gettysburg to visit Emma Fee and her family, and a blissful two (!) weeks spent on my favorite place on earth, Block Island - joined by my friend Michelle for the last few days. These were the highlights of my summer!
3. Promotion at Work

When at Penn, I work in our alumni development office doing fundraising for financial aid and alumni outreach. It's been one of the most rewarding and fun jobs I've ever had, and I was lucky enough to be promoted to a supervisor role this semester. While that doubled my weekly hours, it also came with the opportunity to mentor younger colleagues in my position and help to improve the working environment for all the students there. I'm continuing this role into next semester, and I couldn't be more excited!

4. Friends

My friends have been my lifeline and my happiness this year more than ever. I am so lucky to say that I have the most incredible group of women surrounding me, and I wouldn't want to go into 2020 with anyone else. To any of them reading, you know who you are!
5. Christmas at Mont Tremblant

The perfect way to wrap up the year (no pun intended) was spending Christmas at Mont Tremblant, Quebec. My family members are huge skiiers, and I learned how to ski out at Deer Valley, Utah years ago. It's been some time since I've been back on the slopes, but once I got my ski legs back I had an amazing time! There was nothing better than getting on the slopes by 9:30a, skiing the last run at 3p and home by 5p for dinner and a book by the fire.


In sum, 2019 was a tumultuous year. But, reflecting on all that has happened, I can see how much I've grown and experienced in such a short period of time. I'm excited to see where I go from here, and to come back to B&P. Bring it on, 2020. I'm ready for you!

xo,

1 comment

  1. I'm glad you're back! It's healthy and necessary to take breaks though, so that is completely understandable! Glad you're back, though, and I enjoyed seeing your recap of 2019!

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