A look back, a look ahead

2015 was a year of many changes for me. Some moments from the past year are ones I can’t wait to forget. Others are moments I’ll cherish forever. So since I’d rather look back with fond memories, I thought I’d devote a post to some awesome moments from 2015.

Join me in nerding out!

There was that time Dear Boyfriend and I went skydiving for the first time:

Woooooooooo skydiving!!!

My neck wasย killing me for a week or so afterwards, but it was fun!

Then there was our amazing vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth:

Fun fact: Those Mickey shaped balloons cost $15 IRL!!! These are CGI.ย 

We are mildly obsessed with monkeys. It’s a running joke from almost five years ago. So meeting King Louie rocked!!

At Downtown Disney we went to Goofy’s Candy Company and made our own handcrafted sweets:

Left: Rice Krispy treat with dark chocolate and graham crackers. Right: Gingerbread cookie with milk chocolate and nuts. Middle: LOML ๐Ÿ™‚

Hugging Winnie the Pooh was probably my favorite meet and greet with a character at WDW!

Silly old bear

Walt Disney World is just SO…






Then there was a fabulous trip to the beach, where I snagged a photo of this beautiful sunrise before an early morning run:

Ooh, ahh

My floppy pink beach hat nearly got swept away in the salty sea breeze, but we had a blast.

Warm weather: I miss you.

For Dear Boyfriend’s birthday, I made him this nerdy box, covered in a collage of his favorite game, movie, and comic characters. Inside I put two mini bottles of wine and his favorite chocolates.

Nerdy? Check. Lovy-dovy? Check. CHOCOLATE AND WINE? Check. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I traveled more than I probably ever have in a single year … for work, vacation, races, family, visiting my soon-to-be new home.

I started this blog and have buckled down in a good rhythm with my novel writing.


I finished my first full marathon, after many setbacks and obstacles.


I met Santa. NBD. ๐Ÿ™‚


And at the end of The Year of Many Changes, there was hot cocoa, and some family awkwardness, and of course some tearful holiday wistfulness.

My life is colorful. So are my marshmallows.

There were even dancing musical Christmas lights! Sorry for the poor lighting. It was dark, duh. And we were driving.

Those trees had cartoon faces.

And at the end of the day, what’s more important to me than crazy work and awkward family and all those other things was in front of me. Of course I’m talking about the coffee in the photo below. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Coffee is bae.

Thanks for making it through the end of an arguably saccharine post. Sometimes writing things like this helps my depression and helps me with my gratitude. So, on that note, thank YOU ALL, dear readers, for joining me as I began this blog only a couple of months ago. I can’t wait to see where it continues to grow.

Much love, and may we all have a blessed 2016.

Charlotte x


  1. It’s hard to take as much time focusing on the good as we do on the bad but that is the only way to keep life in honest perspective. You only get one dance so you might as well decide to enjoy it, right?

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  2. excuse me if I sound a little nasty but disneyland is a terrifying place of death, a boy was hanging on a ceiling of a rollercoaster and a actor for something in disneyland got crushed between two walls, also their has been many incidents in disneyland about rapists (from what I remember hearing about) here is a video that explains some dark stuff about Disney (video is not owned by me)


    • I can’t say that I’ve heard of the incidents you mentioned — I’ve only been to Disney World, not Disney Land. But regardless, I am sure that every major theme park has had accidents and crimes over the years. I’ve always felt very safe when I’ve gone to WDW ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. This is a great post. I really like the positivity. It’s great to look back, reflect and see the highlights of your year. Your bix idea is great – creative and personal. Well done on the skydiving – very Brave. Are you planning another?

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    • Thank you! The box was super fun to make, although it took a lot of coats of clear paint to keep the collage bits stuck on. We’ve discussed skydiving again, but after the number it did on my neck, I’m honestly too scared to try again. It’s crazy how forceful 100mph winds feel. The oddest bit of skydiving, which I had never heard anyone mention before, was how very difficult it was to breathe. It feels as though someone is squeezing your lungs into a quarter of their size, so that even a deep breath only gets a tiny bit of air. Very terrifying!

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      • That description of skydiving does not appeal to me at all. It’s not something I’ve ever been interested in doing so I definitely won’t be adding it to any ‘to do’ lists.

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