hello 2017

happy new year!!!!!

Okay, so the ball hasn’t dropped quite yet but I should take a moment anyway to write about what’s up. You see, on a global standpoint, 2016 was a year of a lot of people going, strange politics, and bizzare series of events. As a common YouTube-watcher, I see a lot of people explaining why 2016 kind of just sucked in every which way. But, I am far from being a negative person and I have a lot of great things to personally say about 2016 within my own life. I’d make a video about this, but a blog post seems slightly more fitting so here it goes…

2016 was the year in which I finally got an emotional celebration in a way. 2015 was amazing, don’t get me wrong here, but from graduating high school and moving to LA on my own…let’s just say that there were a lot of emotions and difficult things I went through to get where I am. It seems as if 2016 was the year where I could finally enjoy where I am. For the first time in literally forever, I finally learned to accept living in the present. The past was wonderful and I forsee great things within the future, but living in today is probably one of the most rewarding things one can possibly learn how to do. A major part of this came from accepting that as much as I love my past and miss high school, it is always a part of my life and sometimes, moving on means accepting that you can enjoy the present fully while maybe still missing the past. If that makes any sense at all.

2016 was also the year in which I got very comfortable as a young adult dreamer and creator in LA. LA is wonderful and home in NY is too but having the ability to live within both worlds is something that I am truly enjoying. It may not last forever, and I understand that, but what does? Every single day I just strive to be as much as a happy camper as possible and this year I have most definitely embraced that. Being in LA LA Land one day and a snowglobe the next is a beautiful thing and I have been so outrageously thankful and fortunate for all of the incredible people and opportunities within my life.

2016 was also the year of a lot of major events. I have hit a time where there’s no way I can list or remember them all but that in itself is a beautiful thing. Still, this year I published my second book, “The Lies We Tell” and talked about it/met readers/etc. at so many different events. I turned nineteen, started sophomore year of college, made many videos and short films, achieved goals and dreams, met so many incredible people, and so much more. It’s incredible and unreal but I am so incredibly thankful and giddy happy about everything.

I also learned that sometimes, things don’t work out the way you think they will, or at the time you may hope for, but everything happens for a reason and someday, in some way, dreams really will come true.

So, here’s to 2017. The year I turn 20, become a junior, and continue to grow and change in ways that will be very fun to reflect on next year. I have to take a moment to thank all of you who have impacted my life in any which way. May you all have a happy new years and a great year ahead.

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