Dec 26, 2017

Reflections on 2017

2017 was honestly probably the fastest year yet for me. I still can't believe that we're already days from the end of it! It was a year full of big ups and downs, but I wouldn't change it for the world - I learned a lot, grew a lot, and am in a place right now that's certainly an improvement over last January (though my resolutions didn't stick). Here's a look back on my year!

I appeared in my first Netflix show...

as Carmelita on Netflix's 'The Get Down: Part Two.' I was a bit disappointed when it aired, because the role was pruned back a lot in editing from what it was when we filmed it, but it was exciting nonetheless!

I moved back to New York City...

for good this time. It was such a good decision and I'm so much happier now that I'm no longer torn between Boston and NYC, between my past and my future. I may not live in NYC forever, but I'm loving it for now!

Pretty girl in NYC

I learned the beauty of letting go...

and how necessary it is to let some people out of your life. Even if they're probably totally decent people, some people can just have a negative effect on your life and nothing, not a positive past history or a feeling of guilt for coulda-woulda-shoulda's, is worth holding on to that sort of harmful energy.

I reconnected with some old friends...

and then there are always the people who have always been in your corner, always rooting for you, and always there for you, even if you haven't spoken in years. Those are the people you really need to treasure and it's so good having them in my life.

I met someone special...

mum's the word. 🙊

Lifestyle Blogger Relationships

I traveled a bit...

Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Florida, Hawaii, and Providence just last week for a photoshoot for CVS Health. I love to explore! Next year, Germany is definitely back in the cards - it's been too long since I've seen family!

Waikiki Beach

I found my footing in a real Grown Up Job...

and I'm loving the startup world. It's exciting growing our startup, and growing with it! I love the security of knowing I'm in a job that I can do well.

In the year ahead, I will:

Try to up my networking game...

starting with an alumni networking night for my prep school on January 16!

Take more acting classes and fine-tune my skill...

Every month, I need to take at least one serious workshop and perfect one current, relevant scene. It would be a pity to live in NYC and not make the most of it!

Central Park

Write, act, bake, and create with real regularity...

Blogging, children's books, a literary fiction novel I'm working on - I'm aiming for consistency and a regular schedule this next year, since that fell off in the past year with my focus on my Big Kid Job. I also will seize the opportunity with any and all SAG auditions that come my way, try to create some more recipes to share with you guys, and get good at handling my brand new, super cool, DSLR camera!

Try new things...

both on a small and a large scale. On a small scale, I've already tried some new products lately, like GardenLites' new superfood Veggie Cakes and Veggie Chili & Cornbread! I've long enjoyed their Spinach Souffle as a light meal and find that the Veggie Chili & Cornbread makes a great lunch, dinner, or just heartier breakfast. 

Garden Lites Review

Even though I'm not truly southern, I did spend a good chunk of my childhood in the South and can appreciate a good cornbread. Theirs passed the test! At $3.99-$4.39 each, depending on location, it's also quite a cheap meal!

What are some of your lessons of 2017?

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