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A Year in Review | New Years 2017

Every year as you get older just gets faster and faster. I feel like it was literally just 2016’s New Year’s Eve and then I blinked and here we are a whole trip around the sun later. It’s crazy and I will never not be shocked by how fast a year goes by. Luke Bryan put the feelings into words that, “I believe that days go slow, and years go fast”. Some days feel like they’re never going to end, but then you turn back around, and they actually flew by.

I don’t know about any of you, but 2017 was torn between the best and worst year of my life. I went to Tennessee, attended 3 of the best concerts I’ve been to, fell in “love”, started this blog, went through a difficult breakup, found what I’m most passionate about and what I’m meant to do, went to Wisconsin (twice!), struggled more with my mental health since high school, started working on my dreams, and so much more all within 12 months – which is insane to me. There were a lot of lessons learned and growth this year which I can not be more grateful for.

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. So, rather than telling you about everything I thought it’d be better to just show you my year in review instead:

J A N U A R Y:

It was an uneventful January as these are the only two photos I have to show for it…

The one where my friend and I went to a mall an hour away to shop at Lush.

F E B R U A R Y:

Well, February was also uneventful since these are also my only photos of the month…I promise it gets a little more exciting in March.

The one where I went to Walmart and the sky looked like this. Like, come on, look how beautiful that is.
The one where I was probably late to class.

M A R C H:

The one where we see Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson, and Ryan Hurd. I have the biggest girl crush on Kelsea.

The one where we road trip to Tennessee for spring break.
The one where we cross the North Carolina border to use the bathroom. Then we turned right back around into Tenneessee.

A P R I L:

The one where I go to the Chicago Art Institute. Personally, I am not a big art guy so this was torture but I had to go for class.
The one where I take a picture of a pond.
The one where I dyed my hair back to dark brown. My hair had been half blonde and half brown and the dividing line had to go.

M A Y:

…I literally did nothing in May either.

The one where it’s Mother’s Day.

J U N E:

The one where I had a dance recital. My mom has helped every year since I was three!
The one where we bought a slip ‘n slide.
The one where I babysat my cousins all summer. We made brownies!
The one where we went to Prairie Fest.
The one where we go to Starved Rock for my friend’s 19th birthday.

J U L Y:

The one where we road trip to Wisconsin all squished together. Things that had been tested on this trip: patience.
The one where I spent 4th of July at a lake in Wisconsin.
The one where we ran all over town. My cousin and I had to stop for a cute picture, of course.

A U G U S T:

The one where I went to a lake in Wisconsin…again.
The one with the spooky lake house and a gnome. I was later caught in the rain, too.
The one where I go to Green Bay.
The one where I launch my blog with my first post about self-love! I was so excited and a little nervous about it.
The one where I start my sophomore year of college.

S E P T E M B E R:

The one where my aunt & uncle take me to see Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, and Granger Smith. It was hands down one of the best concerts I have ever seen. If I could live at concerts, I would.

The one where my best friend takes me to see Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell.
The one where I turn 20! I spent the day with my friend and the pumpkins.

O C T O B E R:

The one where I’m literally at school all day every day.
The one where it’s Halloween. I dressed up as Pooh Bear for work!

N O V E M B E R:

The one where I got bangs.
The one where it’s Thanksgiving. My brother was forced into this picture even though he was sick.
The one where it starts becoming festive.

D E C E M B E R:

The one where it snowed for the first time of the season. It was just a dusting, but still exciting.
The one where we drive around looking at Christmas lights.
The one where we go to Brookfield Zoo and see a peacock. It was blocking the door we wanted to go in.
The one where it’s Christmas!

So, no matter what the “lows” were to my year, the “highs” and positive progress rise above. And for that, I’m proud of myself. But I know 2018 will not have to be split as the best/worst year because I’m more determined than ever to make it the best and most successful year so far.

I’m also incredibly blessed to have the entire family that I have because I have never felt so loved when I had my months where couldn’t see anything positive. So, thank you to my whole family for letting me talk your ears off about the same things over and over again, for letting me be able to just cry without giving me advice all the time, for making me laugh a lot, for taking me on fun adventures, and helping me get through some difficult times. I love you guys more than anything.

Faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us and the greatest is love

What was your favorite part of 2017, and what’s one of your goals for 2018? I hope everyone has a happy (and safe!) New Year!

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  1. I love this post! Your pictures are so adorable and your hair grew a lot over the year! This was such a great idea for a New Years post! I agree with you (and Luke Bryan) 100%, it always seems like the days go on forever, then you blink and a month has gone by. It’s strange, but that’s life I reckon. I look forward to following along with your content this year! Great blog!
    – Ray

    1. Kellie Marie says:

      Aw, thank you so much!! I really appreciate that! 🙂

  2. elizabeth says:

    Aw such a lovely post! I love your photos and outfits, your style is so cute 😀 time really does get faster and faster haha, Happy New Year! xx

    elizabeth ♡
    I’d love to follow each other on Bloglovin’ if you like 😀

    1. Kellie Marie says:

      Thank you so much!! I really appreciate that! I just followed you 🙂

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