Well, we only have four more days left of 2018. Can you believe it? Getting to the end of my passion planner is so weird and feels like it came out of nowhere! But, then again, this year almost feels as though it’s been several in one for me because I’ve been a bit all over the place.
I wanted to gather up some of my favorite moments from 2018 to share with you. It’s really hard to narrow it down to just ten because I feel like I had such a fun year with a thousand photos to prove it. I’m going to go in chronological order since that’s easiest!
living in new york + doing freelance work //
This is technically more than just one singular moment, but oh well! Getting to live in New York for the time that I did was a huge part of my 2018. Even though there were definitely elements that were less than perfect (brutal winter, weird roommates, subpar apartment, etc.), I seriously got to do a lot of really cool things and meet some amazing people. I freelanced for some incredible companies, too. My favorite was definitely Refinery29 but I also loved the PR work I did for Sundance and Palm Springs Film Festival.
new year’s day sunset at the chrysler building //
On New Year’s day last year, my brother got engaged so we all went to celebrate on, I believe it was, the 74th floor of The Chrysler Building (which is 77 floors total) with wine and the most amazing 360 view of the city. We stayed for the whole sunset and I even got a time lapse video of it.
meeting diane von furstenberg //
One moment that still feels surreal to me was meeting Diane von Furstenberg for a mentoring walk and event. The morning started with a walk along the High Line, then ended up at DVF Headquarters where Diane hosted a breakfast talk with several women in business. She’s always been a huge inspiration to me and one of my favorite role models, so it was a crazy exciting day.
seeing the band’s visit on broadway //
When I was working at R29, we got tickets to see The Band’s Visit on Broadway and at that point, I didn’t know much about it other than having seen the adverts on the subway. I was expecting to have fun because it’s a Broadway show, but I was legitimately blown away. We had really good up front seats and could see all the details on the beautiful sets. The music and performances were incredible and the show ended up being the Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen of 2018, winning ten Tony’s including Best Musical. Plus, we got to see the show on Tony Shalloub’s last night with the entire original cast.
the james turrell exhibit at moma ps1 //
I had read a lot about Turrell’s skyspace pieces which are these rooms in various locations with a hole cut out in the ceiling. It sounds really random, but the sky and light come into the room in such a way that looks really beautiful. I think I first heard about it on Abbi Jacobson’s podcast, A Piece of Work. My best friend Caroline was in town for the weekend, so we went to MoMA PS1 in Long Island City to see the skyspace there. Oh my god. I really can’t even describe it fully, but we sat in the room for probably an hour because it was so stunning.
birthday trip to palm beach //
Even having grown up in Florida, I’d weirdly never been to Palm Beach so we went for my birthday this year and I fell in love. We had margherita pizzas and Aperol spritzes at Pizza al Fresco, went shopping, had dessert from Piccolo Gelato, and stopped by the beach on the way out. It was a really fun little day and I need to go back soon!
the royal wedding //
Yes, I got up at 4:45 am for the royal wedding and had homemade scones with tea all morning. I’ve always followed the royals and was really excited for the wedding because I adore Meghan so much and it’s fun to see an American marry into the royal family. I think she’s such an amazing role model and I can’t wait to keep watching her do her thing. Plus, the Givenchy gown? I cried. The Mulroney kids, George, and Charlotte? I cannot deal with how cute.
becoming an entrepreneur //
A big thing this year was unexpectedly leaving a job to be self-employed full time. Basically, I freelanced for the first five months of the year, had a full time position over the summer, and then was laid off because the nature of the role had changed. It felt pretty unfair to be honest, but the role had become something I had no interest in at all and I really just dislike working in traditional job settings. Like Newt Scamander says, “My boggart is a desk job”. Becoming self-employed since then has honestly been the best thing ever.
my brother’s wedding //
I mentioned up top that my brother got engaged on New Year’s Day and then in November was the wedding! It was the loveliest backyard wedding on the river with fairy lights and a food truck and we all had the best time. Plus, I adore my new sister-in-law 😊
connecting with new and old friends //
A big theme this year was friendship. I met so many amazing new friends in New York as well as a new friend here at home that I’m really grateful for. I also got to connect with old friends from college and even high school, something I haven’t really been able to do much in the past few years.
What are your favorite moments from the year?