I’m back from a much-needed Christmas break, and ready to crank out some new content for you! I’ve seen these year in review posts floating around, and really enjoyed reading them (mostly because I love snooping into other people’s lives. Not in a creepy way, just because I’m curious). I still wasn’t sure if anyone would even care about reading what my 2017 was like, so I ran an Instagram poll, and got an overwhelming response that people would read it.
If I had to pick one word to describe January of 2017, it would be school. I’m not sure why, but all of my classes just went overboard with projects, presentations, essays, assigned reading, exams, etc. Besides the amped-up schoolwork, I was also preparing for one of my first big academic conferences, which, while incredibly fun, only added to the stress. I’m one of those crazy people that enjoys working under pressure, so I did enjoy all the work, it was just stressful at times. Apart from school, January was pretty great! I felt great and was working hard in dance, and had a lot to look forward to, including a ballet summer intensive!
I went to my first big academic conference, had an amazing time, and won an award, so that was a great way to start off the month! I ended up spraining my ankle halfway through the month. It may not seem like a big deal, but looking back now, I see that was the starting point for my year of being injured.
March brought recovery from my sprained ankle, a ballet competition (while recovering), and a small, but super fun, performance at my studio! I also got to take a master class with ballet legend Dusty Button, which was an absolute DREAM of mine. Finally, pictured above, I got to have an interview with the head of a research team and take a tour of Harvard’s affiliated research lab, which was incredible!
Is it just me, or does April seem like a month of waiting to anyone else? It always feel like nothing happens in April, but that might just be me. April was full of more school, as well as a family vacation to the Caribbean! I’m not one to enjoy relaxing and hanging by the beach, I love getting staying busy, but this was an awesome trip!
Y’all, May is always so crazy, but in a good way. With AP exams, finals, and rehearsals for a year-end dance performance, life gets busy, but it feels so good to end classes and commitments, one by one. May 2017 was all around awesome, until the very last few days. To start off, I was so grateful to have won my studio’s scholarship, which was absolutely incredible! Unfortunately, I injured myself during my last big performance, which you can read more about here. From then on, everything was a teary blur of doctor’s appointments, and wrong diagnoses. It would not have been that bad if not for the fact that I was set to leave in June for a five-week ballet intensive, which I’ve been dreaming of doing for years! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I was so worried I’d miss it, (spoiler: I did).
June was a huge month for me, both good and bad. I ended up finding the right doctor, which was a miracle, and got the correct diagnosis for accessory navicular. Unfortunately, I still could not walk, which meant I had to miss out on my summer intensive, which was crushing. However, this led to some positives. I was able to start this blog, which I would never have had time for otherwise, as well as get a haircut. It also meant I was forced to stay home on the couch almost all the time. Remember how I said I love to be busy and active? Yeah, definitely not my ideal situation. It did let me get hooked on The Office as well as get into some great books though!
July was much better than June for me luckily! If you have been following along with my Unexpected Journey series, then you’ll know that I could not walk throughout both June and July, but July was much better, because I had accepted that fact, as well as the fact that I would not be attending my summer intensive.
I got to take some fun day trips to some nearby cities via wheelchair, which was awesome. I’m always up to explore a new place! While exploring, I got to find some cute bits and bobs while shopping.
My August was overshadowed by one thing, my foot surgery! August was definitely not the best month, as I spent a good half of it sitting and laying down recovering from the operation. I was lucky enough to receive several visits and goodie baskets from friends and family to cheer me up during this though, which was amazing!
I was relieved for school to start, and with it, fall! I love having a set schedule, and I actually enjoy school, so the beginning of the school year is always exciting. Even more exciting, I got to take my first ballet barre in months at the end of September. I only got about halfway through barre, but it felt so good to be moving!!! In the very last few days of the month, I got to drop my crutches! Nothing is more freeing (and a little scary) than that, it was awesome!
October was the best month of 2017! There was some amazing foliage, fall vibes, and I knocked some things off my autumn bucket list. On top of that, I had an amazing, magical trip to Disney World, my favorite place ever!
I got to take an awesome academic trip in November, and also struck up a partnership with Saint London XVI! I’m wearing their gorgeous Chelsea Gray watch above, which came in super handy on my trip. Use my code LIFEINALEOTARD20 for 20% off your Saint London purchase!
Not much beats the anticipation and excitement for Christmas in December. Like always, my December was busy and rushed, but it was still amazing. I was so grateful to have been able to perform in the Nutcracker, (shoutout to my teachers!). Performing is what I love most, and it was the first time I was able to be in an injury-free performance since my last Nutcracker! Finally, my Christmas was incredible thanks to my wonderful family. The best gift of all was by far this little fluffball, Winston!
This post has already gotten too long, so I’ll introduce him for real in an upcoming post!
So that was my 2017! Far from what I had expected and hoped it to be, it was still an important year in my life! Through all of the injury and foot issues, I learned two major lessons:
- there is always something to be grateful for
no matter how bad things seemed, they always could have been much worse, and I always had something (or multiple things) to be thankful for
- everything happens for a reason
I have to be honest, I still don’t know why my year went the way that it did, but I know that it did make me stronger in the end, and for that, I’m grateful
tell me below, what was your 2017 like? what were your highlights, and what were your lower points? Thanks for reading along this far!