For the past two years, I’ve rounded up my favorite moments that I shared on Instagram from the year (2016 & 2015). This year, things feel quite different as adventure has been, well, lacking. But alas, it’s not that this wasn’t a good year. I still traveled a ton (Portland, LA, Dallas, NYC, Boston, San Francisco), but it’s been more familiar. That’s why I love doing these roundups. You can really see how life changes before your very eyes. But it also gives you the gift of realizing how many amazing memories are made in a year.
I wasn’t planning on attending the Women’s March. Crowds really make me nervous and with the political climate and intense watch this march was garnering, I thought for sure it wasn’t a good idea. But I woke up that morning and my roommate Sarah and I looked at each other and just knew we had to go. People were flying in from all over the country to attend this moment and it seemed wrong to be right there and not attend. Knowing it was going to be crazy to get to the start (The Capital), we walked from our home in Georgetown to the Foggy Bottom metro station, took the train to Eastern Market and then walked to the Capital. It was really one of the most surreal days I’ve ever experienced. The city was buzzing with an energy that’s inexplicable. Amid so much anger, confusion and disappointment, this Women’s March in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017, was literally history before my eyes. And ultimately, I was so happy to have been able to be there to be a part of something so important.
One of my good friends, Shani, suggested we take a girls trip in February to get away from the cold for a few days. Her parents have a house there so we figured it was a no-brainer. I had never really been to Florida, so it was so fun to experience the warm weather with some great friends. Laying out and just relaxing was exactly what we all needed… and it didn’t hurt that these pina coladas were basically the best we’d ever had. And even the fact that they were $20 a piece didn’t stop us!
I took one of my best friends, Susanna, back home to LA with me for Spring Break. It was her first time visiting LA and I was so excited to show her a city that I love so much. What was also fun for me is that this time, I got to go do and see a bunch of the things that I haven’t gotten to. Most times when I go home to LA, I’m visiting family which doesn’t allow for me to play tourist. So this was the perfect situation to see everything I have had on lists for years. Carera cafe was definitely on that list and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. This photo reminds me so much of that trip and I love that.
In April, one of other best friends, Ashton, visited me in DC. We went abroad together in London and since then have made an effort to see each other as much as possible. On her trip, we played tourist in DC, basked in the beauty and had this one crazy night that I will remember forever. It’s always those nights that you say you want to take it easy that turn out to be the best memories. Alas, that’s a story for another day.
This memory is one of my favorites. My best friend from high school recently moved down to San Francisco and as soon as that happened, I knew I had to visit her. I finally made it in August and it was so incredible to reunite and see a city that I hadn’t been to since I was a kid (I mean I was 16, but a kid still). We felt like two peas in a pod doing a huge coffee shop hop and this spot was one of my favorites. It’s called Wreckingball and I still laugh thinking about how we conducted a mini photoshoot here. But hey, gotta do it for the insta, right? Nevertheless, it made me so sad that we don’t live in the same city. Lydia… can you PLEASE move to DC? Please and thank you.
And how could I then forget about this moment? Where Susanna (memory 3) and Lydia (memory 5) met at Sightglass Coffee while I was in San Francisco and my two worlds collided and I was LIVING for it. Susanna also moved to San Francisco and while it breaks my heart that she’s no longer in DC, it means something very exciting. Even more reasons to visit SF!
So, yes. We can all agree that this photo is not one of best photos, aesthetically. But there are two reasons this made the list. 1) Because this soft serve was maybe the best soft serve I’ve ever had. And 2) H Street festival was a dream. I recently moved over to the H Street area and so attending this festival was a really amazing way to see how vibrant this new neighborhood is (and different than Georgetown). I was also incredibly grateful that I was able to retreat and watch the festival from my building and get a birds-eye view once I was too overwhelmed (remember: crowds are not my thing). It was such a good day spent with pals and I can’t wait for next years!
I work remotely which can truly be a blessing and a curse. I can’t see myself in a traditional office setting which makes remote work ideal. But it doesn’t mean it doesn’t provide its challenges. I decided to join WeWork in October to test it out and I loved it while I had it. It was great to be in a creative space with likeminded people but at the end of the day, I found myself not wanting to commute (which is one of the main perks of working from home). So while I canceled it, I really enjoyed having it, especially since it was in Navy Yard which I had wanted to explore.
How could I have one of these lists without mentioning a trip to New York? I went a few times this past year but this one stuck out. While this trip to NYC was exhausting- it was for work and was non stop from the moment I got there, a trip to the city is always welcomed in my book. I stayed at this beautiful hotel and I felt like such a grown up. It was nice that amid the craziness, I had this little bit of zen in my life.
This trip makes me laugh because I had been wanting to take a trip to visit Ashton in Dallas before she moved to SouthEast Asia. But I was dragging my feet on timing. It wasn’t until I went on a date and heard this guys travel philosophy that I felt inspired to book it. I literally went home that night and booked my flight! This trip was my first time to Texas, which had been on my list of states to visit. While Dallas utterly confused me, I really enjoyed experiencing something so different… and eating my weight in Tex Mex.