I know...I'm a little late to the game on this one! This post contains my favorite memories of 2017 and my goals for the new year. We're only two weeks into January, but so much has already happened! I spent some time with my sister in Madison, studied for and took the graduate readiness exam, and am about to leave on a 5 day trip tomorrow morning at 5am! One of my original goals was to post here regularly, and I will try, but with college life it's never a guarantee. Here are my 10 favorite memories from last year:
1. The Welsh Love Spoon
For Valentine's Day this, Ryan and I wanted to go the non-traditional route by picking up romantic customs up from other countries. He picked the giving of chocolate (not very non-traditional) and I jokingly picked the Welsh tradition in which a man demonstrates his love for a woman by presenting her with a hand-carved wooden spoon. By golly, the day arrived and guess what? Ryan had carved me a spoon!! It was so unexpected that it is definitely one of my favorite memories of the year.
2. The Holi Festival
This Indian celebration took place on campus. My roommate and I were walking out of the library after studying and walked right into it. Of course we joined in! It was a long shower to get the powder off, but well worth it!
3. The Mitchell Conservatory Domes
This is one of the coolest places in Milwaukee I've visited for far. The domes are three giant greenhouse structures each containing themed plants: tropical, desert, and show. One of my favorite finds in the desert dome were little plants that looked like rocks. It's hard to tell from far away and they had to cover it with protection so people didn't accidentally step on them!
4. Moving into My First Apartment
My roomies and I hit an adult milestone last summer by renting out first apartment. Moving out of the dorms was liberating. The place was so bare when we first moved in, so it's been fun seeing the changes that have taken place since the pictures below!
5. Walk Off the Earth
My favorite Summerfest memory was seeing Walk of the Earth. The super great thing about this day was that we also got into the grounds for free! We stayed all day and the concert at the end of the night was absolutely phenomenal. If you haven't heard of them, they are a cover group and have great music videos on YouTube!
6. First Time Apple Picking
This was such a cute day. I've never gone apple picking before, and it was so refreshing to walk among the rows and taste the different apples! We had apples up the wazoo after this, even though we each only got the smallest bag offered!
7. Making a Halloween Costume
I haven't done this since middle school! I found the idea for a bubble gum machine on Pinterest and ordered about 1,000 pom poms on Amazon to make it happen! Making a costume is always on my to-do, and this year it finally became a reality!
8. Baking Pies with My Mom
I had two opportunities to bake pies with my mom this year. We made a peach pie and apple pie around Easter and a lemon meringue and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving! I love spending this time with her. We usually end up singing and dancing and it's just wonderful.
9. Making the Pinata Tree Come to Life
I worked on this project for 5 months of the year, so it was satisfying to see it finally finished in December. I wanted something DIY and original, and think the finished product delivered!
10. Celebrating our 5-Year Anniversary
Ryan and I celebrated our 5-year anniversary by traveling around the Third Ward and Ice Skating at Red Arrow Park. We also planned a belated trip, which we will be embarking on tomorrow morning! I can't wait to see what adventures for us lie ahead!
My Goals for the New Year:
Setting resolutions can be hard when life is so unpredictable, but I have three things I definitely want to happen this year.
1. Get accepted in Physical Therapy School
I apply in August and November, so I'm putting lots of effort into school and extracurriculars.
2. Be a "model citizen" for diet and physical activity
As a future health professional, I should be practicing what I preach and make sure I'm following the national health and fitness recommendations. This includes (for my age and gender) 150 minutes of moderate activity, 2 sessions of strength training, and 2 sessions of flexibility training a week; 2 servings of fruits, 2.5 servings of vegetables, 3 servings of dairy, 6 oz of protein, and 6 servings of whole grains per day.
3. Achieve King Pigeon pose in yoga
This year I want to really delve into my yoga practice. My goal for the end of the year is to achieve King Pigeon, which requires working on spinal and leg flexibility.
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!