To say 2016 has been rough is an understatement. It has been a whirlwind of a year with lots of lows, but a significant amount of highs.

In the spirit of a new year, I’m only going to focus on the highlights. Here is what I’ve done, accomplished, and am proud of from 2016.

January

  • Rang in the New Year at Magic Kingdom (I was working, but got paid to see amazing fireworks)
  • Sat in VIP seating for Festival of the Lion King
  • Celebrated a collective three years with Disney
  • Started collecting the piece of history Disney pins

February

  • Saw my friend debut in entertainment
  • Featured on Frontierland’s Instagram

March

  • Visited home and knew my chapter in Lynchburg had officially closed
  • Saw Zootopia in theaters and realized how important that movie is

April

  • Went to the final performance of Lights, Motors, Action
  • Pranced through the Streets of America in the rain for it’s final day
  • Cried through the final performance of Dream Along with Mickey
  • Promoted to Disney trainer
  • Attended my second Dapper Day
  • Toured the Haunted Mansion for the second time

May

  • Attended my third DCP Service Celebration
  • Found my favorite brunch place

June

  • Learned how to do parade control (and became a boss at it)
  • Learned the true definition of #OrlandoStrong
  • Gifted a 15th anniversary Tokyo DisneySea postcard from a Tokyo Disneyland cast member
  • Saw the opening of Town Center at Disney Springs
  • Attended my fourth and final DCP Service Celebration
  • Watched SHE LOVES ME live from the comfort of my apartment

July

  • Saw Disney’s Fourth of July fireworks (again, while working)
  • Celebrated my 23rd birthday with friends
  • Completed my final DCP
  • Got a new job immediately after at a third party with Disney benefits
  • Moved into my first real apartment

August

  • Suffered from post-Disney depression, but came out of it

September

  • Visited Massachusetts for the first time in 5 years
  • Attended my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October

  • Celebrated the 45th anniversary of Magic Kingdom
  • Became an official part of the BroadwayWorld team as a news desk editor
  • Finally started to be happy again

November

  • Attended my third Dapper Day
  • Made my own dapper skirt
  • Chopped my hair off
  • Attended my second Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

December

  • Started a YouTube channel
  • Successfully completed Vlogmas
  • Saw Neil Patrick Harris at Candlelight Processional
  • Met all 15 Disney princesses in one day
  • Saw AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
  • Took the Keys to the Kingdom tour with my family

Wow! After scrolling through social media and discovering all that I’ve done this year, I’m truly amazed. Although this year was rough, I have come out of it stronger than ever. Thank you to everyone that has been with me this year. I wouldn’t have made it without any of you.

 

Peace out 2016. Here’s to 2017!