Pleased to Meet You 2017: 2016 Recap and A Prospective Look

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A Glimpse of Glam: 2016 Recap and Prospective Look on 2017 - Andrea Tiffany

Hey everyone!

My first post of the new year! If I haven’t already said it, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It’s crazy that it is already 2017. 2016 is a thing of the past, and 2017 is the here and now. A warm welcome to you. Let’s hope this year brings about only good happenings, unlike the previous year, which was filled with ups and downs.

I hope you all had a wonderful holidays! With it being January, holiday season is coming to an end. Except for those of you who celebrate the Epiphany holiday on Jan 6th. I only know of it because I learned it when I took French back in middle school and high school. Not much French has stuck with me over the years, except for the parts pertaining to the occasions where we got to make and taste food. Because priorities.

For the holidays, I went to Canada (as usual because I literally go to Canada all the time). Spent a week with relatives on both sides of my family. Ate a ton of delicious food. Relaxed and did a lot of nothing. I would say it was a very productive winter break.

What did you do for the holidays? How did you celebrate New Year’s?

I know I get very repetitive, and that I say it year after year, but damn did the year fly by. I seriously cannot believe that 2016 is over. I feel like 2016 begun not too long ago. What happened? I mean obviously I know what happened, because a lot happened, but seriously the time went by way too fast to grasp.

Morning Sky in Anacortes - A Glimpse of Glam Andrea Tiffany

In the past year, my blog really grew. I revamped this blog back in the fall of 2015, and really started putting in effort to make this exist. By early 2016, it started to actually become something, shaping into more than just one girl’s rambling thoughts. I’ve had the chance to collaborate and partner with many different companies. I’ve created and posted a ton of blog posts sharing with you all many outfit looks, some food recipes, reflections on current happenings, and more. Not to mention I’ve gained more readers, fellow bloggers of whom I’ve come to better know. Meeting new people, expanding my circles, all of this really made 2016 a great time for me.

Of course with highs there are lows. I shared long ago a post on toxic friends. 2016 was the year when I found out which friends were real and here to stay, and which friends were only there for the short term and for their own benefits. Losing people who were important to me really hit me hard. People you come in contact with, friends especially, shape who you are. When things split and change, there are mental and emotional repercussions. It takes time to adapt to a new reality, but once I did I knew it was for the better. Friends may play a major role in shaping you into who you are, but don’t let it become what defines you.

Despite that, other great things happened. I got to finally travel to the East Coast, and touch the Atlantic waters. It was a memorable trip that had me recounting it in multiple posts spanning several months. Literally up till the very end of the year.

Also, I am currently in my third year at university. I finally have a better grasp of how to go about what I want to do. I am majoring in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, a fancy name for Art that isn’t specialized in just one medium. As in, I can do some of everything, with the freedom to incorporate it all into whatever style I want for my senior project. I am also double minoring, in Art History and Nutrition. I considered turning my art history minor into another major, but I decided that it would be too much. Beyond textiles and fashion, I finally found what inspires me in art that I can use in my studies. Definitely super helpful because I cannot keep meandering about. These last couple years at the university will definitely be packed, but at least I have a better idea of which direction to go.

2016 Recap and Prospective Look on 2017 - A Glimpse of Glam Andrea Tiffany

The coming 2017 I really hope to continue expanding my circles, and going beyond my comfort zone. I’ve made a ton of good friends over this past year, many of whom I still keep in contact with. I had to force myself to stop being quiet in my classes, and to not be afraid to be the first to speak up. Usually I let others approach me, but it doesn’t hurt to be the one taking the first step. After all, if things go wrong, in ten weeks the quarter would be over and I won’t ever have to see their faces again. Taking some aspects of my customer-friendly persona at work, and applying that carefree cheery confidence into my daily life really helped me a lot. I definitely want to continue doing that. Pushing beyond those walls I’ve built in the past.

I also hope that this coming year my blog will continue to grow and achieve more. It can be difficult to set aside time to blog, as it is a job in itself. With school and my part-time job, it can be a lot to do. But the successes and achievements are worth the pain and hard work.

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t always the best choice for me. Sure making a list is easy. I can readily whip up a long list of things I hope to do and achieve. We all have things we want to improve on. But these lists don’t do anything to help me get closer to achieving my goals. What really helps is looking at past successes. Knowing that I have the capability of achieving certain things helps me to continue on and put in effort to make my goals happen. A competition between my past and present, if you will. Looking back on past me and wanting to surpass that really helps me make my aspirations a reality.

When comparing my current status with where I was at in the beginning of 2016, I definitely think that I've gotten somewhere. I made some New Year's resolutions last year to help guide me. I think that I have achieved my resolutions more or less. Be an achiever, be daring, be simple, be experimental, be myself. Those where what I set out to do and improve on. Check, check, check, check, and check..?

Sorta kinda maybe...?

I mean I think I've grown and gotten closer to where I want to be. Maybe not all of them to their fullest, but definitely somewhere. Let's go with that.

A Glimpse of Glam: 2016 Recap and Welcome 2017 - Andrea Tiffany

How do you go about achieving your New Year’s Resolutions?

I really hope this coming year will be a good one. Let’s see how this goes. In a short 365 days I will be looking back and comparing. I wonder what future me will think. If you could gaze into the future… Shut up. I’ve been watching way too many Disney Channel reruns. Back when the shows used to actually be entertaining and worth watching. Hence one of my recent Instagram post and this reference here… Comment down below if you know what I am talking bout! (Also don't hesitate to follow me on Instagram if you haven't already. Mwa ha ha ha shameless self promotion)

What are some of your aspirations for 2017? How do you think your 2016 went? Did you achieve any of the goals you had set? Lemme know in the comments below! 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this longer rant of a post! Thanks for sticking it out and reading it! You guys are amazing, and I wish you all a wonderful week!

Til next time,

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  2. Sounds like 2016 was a pretty good year, good luck with everything in 2017.

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  3. Happy New Year and good luck with all your goals for 2017. 2016 wasn't the best year for me so although I haven't set any resolutions for the new year, I'm just hoping for it to be a bit more relaxing and enjoyable :) x

  4. Cool post Andrea! Happy New Year! ;)

  5. Hi babe! I really love this post, you look so amazing! Have a happy 2017!

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  6. Nice post. Happy 2017!

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  7. Happy new year and wishing you the best of luck with all of you 2017 goals!

    katie xx

  8. Happy New Year! It sounds like 2016 was an amazing year of growth for you, even if it was painful and challenging at times. I'm certain 2017 will bring even more wonderful moments into your life!

  9. Love this post! Happy New Year and I hope your 2017 is amazing!

    Bella x

  10. What a lovely post!I loved reading your blog in 2016. I hope you have a great year ahead in 2017! x PS: I've mentioned you in my Recap :D

  11. Happy 2017 :) I wish you all the best for you and your blog. 2016 was a great year too as I met so many lovely bloggers. I know how you feel about friends, losing friends is bad and it's not easy to have a good and real friends. But I know there are a lot of people that loves you. Also, good luck with your university :) xx

  12. Great post dear!

  13. Hi darling and happy new year to you! ^-^
    I spent my holidays at home with my family and we had a lot of fun! I wish you all the best for this 2017, maybe to find some good real friends and forget about the past!

  14. All the best with your 2017 goals and I hope it'll be a fabulous for you! My 2016 has been pretty good but 2017 will be a stressful one as we're in the midst of building our dream home and the stress is starting to pile up.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  15. Sounds like 2016 was good to you!
    Happy new year and hope 2017 is just as great

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  16. Your winter break of lounging around and eating with family in Canada sounds lovely! I'm so pleased to hear you've found direction when it comes to your course - such interesting studies! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  17. Happy New Year, beauty! 2016 did fly by, I feel each year goes by faster than the last. That said, it seems as though 2016 was an amazing year filled with valuable lessons for you, which I'm sure has given you strength and focus heading into this year. I wish you all the best in all you do, may 2017 be filled with much success and opportunities!



  18. Sounds like you had quite an eventful year ans a few lessons. I hope 2017 is better to you and that you get a lot of wonderful experiences, memories and so much more. Happy new year :)
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  21. Amazing photos! Love this look on you! Happy Wednesday!
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