2017 – A Year in Review

It’s unbelievable to me that this is the third annual ‘Year in Review’ post I get to feature on this blog. 2015 and 2016 were truly wonderful years, but let me tell you, 2017 was something special. Things have changed so drastically, I have grown immensely, and all of the lessons I learned this year have set me up for an amazing 2018!

So before we move onto the post, let’s take a look at a few resolutions I had last year and see how I did!

  • I hope to fully immerse myself in my VIP Internship. From there, I hope to either extend/start a new position when it ends in June! – I had the opportunity to extend my internship and have a full year of VIP Tours! It was an absolute dream come true.

  • By the end of the year, I want to have a plan of what job I will be going into next year. The ultimate goal is to stay with the company! – Still figuring this out, but we are in very serious progress!

  • Travel: Visit 3-5 new places this year! Also start seriously looking into an overseas Disney trip (potentially for 2018?) – I made it to Las Vegas, Nashville, and Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada). And we are just waiting on a few things to start planning that overseas trip!

  • Finances: Figure out a good budgeting/saving/spending system that works well for me! – Sort of! I think I could still be doing better on this.

  • Settle more into Florida and move into a more permanent place! – YES! I did this for sure. I moved into an apartment that I love with two amazing roommates and hope to stay here for a good while.

  • Movies and Books: See at least 20 new movies and complete 4 new books – I may have hit this quota but I didn’t keep track. I still think I could do better!

  • Build better habits: get on a better sleep schedule, limit time spent on my phone in the morning/before bed, devote more time to positive thinking and growing spiritually, and make choices with good health in mind! – YES YES YES! I think I have done great with this! Especially positive thinking and growing spiritually. I am looking forward to focusing on both of those in 2018!

Looking back, I think I made some excellent progress! We still have tons of room for improvement, too, which is exciting because I never want to stop growing. 2017 was the perfect base to get me ready for all that 2018 has to offer.

So without further ado, let’s get started on our highlight reel review of the year 2017!

January 2017

  • R&F on Deck – Disney Magic Cruise
  • Finished up my time at the Sunglass Hut at the Magic Kingdom
  • Mark came to visit WDW!
  • I officially became a Walt Disney World tour guide and was part of the very first Professional Intern class in the department

February 2017

  • Saw the preview show for “Frozen” on the Disney Wonder
  • Hung out with Erika for the first time and showed her the Purple Wall (therefore spreading the good word of aesthetic walls)
  • Spent lots of time at Epcot’s new Festival of the Arts and saw every segment of the Disney on Broadway show series
  • Bingo Tuesday!

March 2017

  • Bobby and I went to see The Little Mermaid at Dr. Phillips
  • Iz and I went to Lavender and Lace Tea Room/had a staycation at Coronado Springs
  • Saint Patrick’s Day.
  • Vickie and Alicia came to visit me in Florida
  • Shielas Night Out/New Symrna Beach
  • Beth left us to move back to Australia 😦
  • finally got to see the Cinderella Castle Suite

April 2017

  • Abi and I went to New York City!
  • We saw Hamilton, Waitress (with Sara Bareillis), Dear Evan Hansen (Original Cast), and Aladdin on Broadway
  • Explored The Plaza Hotel and saw the Eloise Suite (thanks, Eddie!)
  • Toured a house at Golden Oak
  • Ariana Grande Concert
  • Buffalo trip

May 2017

  • Erika, Ryan, and I took over Las Vegas!
  • Went to Disneyland for my 24th Birthday and showed Erika around for her first time
  • Moved into the Skipartment
  • Lucy planned a surprise staycation for my birthday at Cabana Bay
  • Cast Preview of Pandora: World of Avatar (and the official opening on May 27th)
  • Jess and Luce Adventure Day featuring a beach photoshoot

June 2017

  • Intern Farewell celebration
  • Last day of the Spring segment of my VIP Tours Internship
  • Vero Beach
  • Road Trip to Nashville featuring aesthetic walls, Arlington Vineyards, CMA Fest, seeing Hunter Hayes and Dan & Shay, and amazing restaurants
  • Day trip to Saint Augustine with Krista

July 2017

  • Celebrated the 3rd of July in Magic Kingdom with Bobby
  • Toured the Copper Creek DVC Units for Cast Preview
  • My first ever D23 Convention
  • Met Auli’i Cravalho – the voice of Moana
  • Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Hermosa Beach
  • La Nouba one last time!

August 2017

  • Brought Liz home to Buffalo – She met Penny, went to Niagara Falls, got La Nova Pizza, Mighty Taco, and Tim Horton’s
  • Great Movie Ride/Universe of Energy’s Funeral
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Wekiva Springs day trip
  • Titanic Museum
  • Went to Tampa with Erika to get Portillo’s and see Ed Sheeran
  • Went to California Grill with Krista

September 2017

  • Food and Wine Festival
  • Waited in a 2 hour line to get free pizza and pasta at Blazing Tomato
  • Went to the Chocolate Emporium for my first time when Katie Hefner was visiting
  • Hurricane Irma
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Adventureland Edition
  • Ultimate Night of Adventure Preview Tour
  • Charlie’s Birthday Weekend
  • Went to my first ever Orlando City soccer game

October 2017

  • Spent a day in New York City with Krista before our cruise
  • Halloween on the High Seas Cruise on the Disney Magic from NYC to Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Vickie’s Bachelorette Weekend
  • Reputation Photoshoot with Bobby
  • Halloween Masquerade Party
  • Halloween Horror Nights

November 2017

  • Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian with Leanna
  • Mom and Dad came to visit WDW, we stayed at the Yacht Club, and we saw La La Land Live at Dr. Phillips
  • Reputation was released!
  • Ryan visited Florida and we went to Volcano Bay and Magic Kingdom
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Chris visited WDW
  • Thanksgiving dinner at Erin’s house
  • Beth, Liz, Angela, and I went to California for a Disneyland/LA trip!

December 2017 –

  • Sarah visited WDW and we had our annual Epcot Resorts photoshoot
  • Vickie and Dan’s Wedding and I got to be a bridesmaid for the very first time
  • The Last Jedi was released
  • 2nd Annual {Holly} Jolly {Hall}idays™
  • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the Boardwalk for my first time
  • Worked tons and tons of hours for our busiest time of the year!

And that, my friends, sums up the wonderful, magnificent, and glorious 2017! It definitely had it’s ups and downs, but overall this was hands down one of the best years of my life. I absolutely fell in love with my job, I made unbelievable new friends, and I didn’t move out of state for the entire year – It doesn’t get much better than that!

So, looking ahead, here are my top 8 hopes for 2018:

  1. Career: I want to keep growing. I would like to find a home within the company and continue to have a job I love that makes me excited to get out of bed every morning to go to work.
  2. Make the focus of 2018 “love.” I want to infuse love into all situations, friendships, relationships, and myself. I want to be open to/welcome as much love as I can into my life throughout the year.
  3. TRAVEL. This is always on my list because it is the most important to me. My top 3 big trips I want to go on right now are a Tokyo/Shanghai/Hong Kong Disney trip, Italy, and a Disney Cruise to Alaska. I would be ecstatic if I could make at least one of those happen in 2018, if not more!
  4. Join a gym and try to go at least a few times a month.
  5. Continue growing spiritually and living a positive lifestyle. I want to take all of the personal lessons I learned in 2017 and implement them into the new year. Most importantly: learning to let things go, not abandoning my true self, surrounding myself with authentic people with genuine intentions, and treating myself with love and kindness.
  6. Discover and welcome new passions. I want to focus on things that gives me a drive for life. Also, continue to practice gratitude and appreciate the little things on a day to day.
  7. Take more photos and videos with my friends and make more incredible memories!
  8. See more musicals and concerts!

I have never gone into a year with so little of a plan. However, I know 2018 is going to be a year of growth and manifestation. Great things are going to happen! I can feel it.

So now that the resolutions are out there, let’s get started!

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Thank you for following along on all of my adventures in 2017! (I know I am a few posts behind but I will try and catch up soon) Have a safe New Year’s Eve and I wish you more happiness, abundance, and goodness in 2018 than you can even imagine!


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