19 Things I Did In 2019

Three words: So. Many. Memories. 2019 was an amazing year. Here's to falling in love, graduating a year and a half early, stepping out of my comfort zone, and moving 1,000+ miles south. How could I not share this with you?

1. My boyfriend and I went to Walt Disney World with my family.

We had an absolute blast! We went to Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, and Epcot. It was our first of many Disney trips. I learned what romantic love is supposed to feel like.

2. We danced the night away at our university's semi-formal.

There is no doubt in my mind that we were the best dressed couple there. Andres may have two left feet, but he has the biggest heart. He would do anything for anyone.

3. For a research project, we attended the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.

We saw a lot of cool artifacts.

4. I presented research at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) Conference. 

I presented a paper titled "The Impact of Immigration on Mental Health." The feedback I received was unbelievable. Since then, I've written a collection of pieces:

  • The Struggle For Immigrants To Reach Self-Actualization Under Current Immigration System
  • The Impact of Immigration on Subjective Well-being
  • The Impact of Immigration Trauma on Brain Functioning

I'm hoping to put these works together to create an in-depth literature review. 2020, perhaps?

5. I took my sister's senior pics. 

I think I can officially add photographer to my resume. If you're interested in those pics, click here.

6. Andres and I traveled hours to watch him play frisbee.

He did a great job! That was actually our first road trip together.

7. We sold our house. 

The one I grew up in. It sold too fast. I wasn't ready to let go of the memories. I made so many memories there. Getting ready for dances with my friends in my bedroom, sleepovers with 10+ girls in the basement, my first kiss... all took place in that house my parents built.

8. We did the apartment life.

I'm not going to lie, I actually enjoyed it. I enjoyed having neighbors and practicing my Spanish speaking skills.

9. Andres and I attended Boyertown's annual fun days.

Not only did he win me a llama, but we also watched pig races.

10. I witnessed Natalie graduate.

Congratulations, Natalie! Again, she looked absolutely stunning. She now attends a college in Florida. Read her college announcement here.

11. We house hunted.

And, we found a beautiful home in central Florida. My dad painted my room a few weekends ago, and yes, there will be an updated room tour.

12. Andres and I created a blog, Everything We Ever Wanted.

We put so much time and effort into our blog. We're in the midst of Blogmas-- kind of. We got super busy with finals. But, we're still doing the best we can.

13. On the 4th of July, we traveled up north and dove into a waterfall.

It was freezing. But, I enjoyed every second of it. Read about it here.

14. I helped assist in an ESL after school and summer program.

Engaging in this volunteer work helped me come to the conclusion that I enjoy working with immigrants. I'm hoping to be a school counselor or an immigration psychologist.

15. I saw Ama Luna by Cirque Du Soleil.

It was a really cool show! Highly recommend.

16. We moved Natalie into her dorm at Florida Southern College.

Her room is super cute! Check out her dorm room tour here. Andres and I also put together a blog post on moving her in, click here.

17. Andres and I went to NYC with his family.

I had so much fun! His dad some pictures of us too. Check them out here.

18. I finished my last full semester at Cabrini University.

To this moment, I still can't believe I survived Spanish. I actually ended the class with an "A-". For being the only non-native in the class, I'll take it. It was the hardest class I've ever taken.

19. I moved to Lakeland, Florida.

And, so far, it is absolutely amazing. Stay tuned for more.

2019 was an incredible year. I couldn't be more thrilled with the events and experiences I encountered. I am beyond blessed to have such a wonderful family. One that stands by me-- no matter what. This year was really difficult with the transition from Pennsylvania to Florida, but we figured it out. We figured it out like we always do.