As we wrapped up the decade and celebrated the start of a new year, I couldn’t help but ￼reminisce on this past year. 2019 was a year full of growth and countless spontaneous adventures. I visited another country, met strangers who turned into good friends, and watched the sun rise/set over 8 different beaches. I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I was given and all the memories I made. Here is a short recap of 2019:
I started 2019 by celebrating New Years Eve with my friends at home and flying to New York City the following day. I spent the next week exploring Time Square where confetti still filled the streets from the New Years celebration that took place the day before. During my time there, I visited the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, ice skated in Central Park, and watched my little cousin ride bulls in Madison Square Garden. We also ate at a restaurant called “Westway Diner” almost every day. If you ever visit New York, I would highly recommend eating there.
In February, I celebrated my least favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day, with my close girl friends. Towards the end of the month I took a trip to Atlanta to visit my cousin, where we did the “Atlanta thing” and ate brunch and spent the night out in town. I’m not a big city girl but I do love big city coffee so before heading home the next morning, I stopped by a local coffee shop where the person in front of me paid for my coffee. I LOVE coffee and if there’s anything better than coffee, it’s free coffee!
Something you should know about me is I celebrate almost every holiday no matter how small. One of my favorite holidays is in March. I spent St. Patrick’s Day with 10 other friends at my lake house in Wedowee. A couple days later, I drove to Pensacola, Florida after work one night to stay with a couple friends at the beach and even ordered my very first sea food. I stayed a day and a half before having to return home for work, that makes this trip “shortest beach trip of 2019.”
Not long after my trip to Pensacola, I took a trip to visit Destin, Florida with my cousin and best friend. We spent 5 days on the beach, where we met some new friends and introduced them to one of my favorite snacks, Bugels and spray cheese. I tried more sea food but decided I’ll stick to popcorn shrimp for right now.
At the beginning of May, We took a road trip to Georgia to see Chris Young in concert. I ended the month by spending Memorial Day weekend with a group of friends in Panama City. We played spike ball and spent a lot of time diving in waves. We also made a new friend from Louisiana in the elevator on our first day there.
A lot of people think I never work since I’m gone so much but that is not the case. In June, I worked pretty much everyday so I didn’t go on any big adventures but I did get to go play Top Golf one Sunday night in Atlanta.
July might have been one of my favorite months in 2019. We spent 4th of July at the lake. We made a slip-n-slide, went water skiing, and I held my first fish. Our friend that we met in the elevator at the beach two months earlier even road tripped 8 hours to spend the weekend with us. At the end of July, I flew to Colorado and spent a week in a tiny cabin, kind of like my house but a cabin version. We found hot springs in the middle of the woods and visited a few ski towns. I also spent a couple of days in Cheyenne, Wyoming at a rodeo where they have the best sweet tea!
I spent a week in August exploring the streets of Barcelona, Spain. This was the most impactful trip I took in 2019. I learned about the Spanish culture, tried Paella, and even won a dance battle. I also got to take part in the La Tomatina Festival, which is where people from all over the world gather in the streets of Valencia to have a giant food fight with ripened tomatoes.
I’ve always studied about the Great Lakes in school but in September I flew to Michigan to see them in person. The weather was cool and the beaches were beautiful. My friend drove me all over the state to see all of Michigan’s natural beauty. We drove over the MacKinac Bridge into the Upper ￼Peninsula where I tried my first pasty, which is like a pie filled with meat and potatoes. Later, I got to watch the sun set over Lake Superior, which was by far my favorite sunset of 2019.
I spent October doing the typical fall things: haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and pumpkin carving. This is the 3rd year I have hosted a pumpkin carving contest at the tiny house. We carve pumpkins, eat candy corn, and roast marshmallows over a fire. I celebrated Halloween weekend in Atlanta.
In November, I flew to the West Coast looking for warmer weather. I spent 4 days in San Diego eating authentic Mexican food and soaking up the 75° weather while it was snowing back home. I visited the famous San Diego Zoo and caught a few waves at Coronado Beach. One of my favorite things I did while in California was ride scooters through the city. We also took an Uber to La Jolla Cove and saw the Sea Lions basking on the rocks right in front of us.
December was definitely one to remember. My friends flew in from out of state to celebrate my 21st Birthday. After my week long Birthday celebration, my house turned into a bakery. We made Oreo balls, cookies, brownies, and cobblers. I spent Christmas with my family and ate tons of cheeseballs. Towards the end of the month, I went on a camping trip, roasted hot dogs over the fire, and slept in a tent. I ended 2019 by going on my last trip of year and brought in the new year from Orlando, Florida.