Happy New Year!

It has been a week since the celebration of the new year, and boy, not quite the week I expected.

I started it off, quite literally, with the flu. Haha. Day 1, down.

And, while that sucked because I spent 2 out of my 4-day weekend in fetal position on the couch, a week sleeping apart from Melvin because I didn't want to get him sick before his upcoming work trips, and, so far, all of the new year in my apartment, I'm alive, and I am happy.

I have things to be grateful for.

A fiancé who made me chicken noodle soup and prepared meals for me before he left on his work trip.

A job at a company that allows me to work from home while sick. A perk that I love and do not take lightly.

Time... to start and finish reading my first book of 2017... to research and do more wedding-related things that I have otherwise been putting off... to spend with our bird, Rosco, who was pissed at me for a while for basically abandoning him when we moved out of Melvin's parents house... to re-watch Grey's for the billionth time... to rest.

Oh, rest. That has been a beautiful thing.

Anyway, here I am a week later, feeling much better than I have all week, though with a persistent cough that seems to not want to leave...

I still haven't left the house yet. Planned to this morning, but the weather is kinda... messy, so we changed our minds. Haha. 

One additional note before I close off this post, there's a huge thing to celebrate. One of my lovely sisterhood members got engaged yesterday, and I am thrilled for their little family! Super exciting news! Congratulations Tiani, Tony, and little Miss Bailey! Love you guys, and I'm so excited for the new journey you're about to embark on! 

That said, though the weather outside is frightful, live on the bright side.

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Bright Side Jessica and the Year 2016

2016.

"The worse year ever" according to, well, a bunch of people. And yes, while 2016 is plastered with the passing of brilliant artists and notable politicians — not to mention an *interesting* election — I look back on my personal year with a pretty big smile on my face.

For me, this year was yet another year of firsts. A year of small victories and large life celebrations. So, though I look forward to 2017 and what it will bring, I want to pay homage to the year 2016 in pictures.


January 20-23, 2016
Altitude Summit Blog Conference in Salt Lake City
April 8, 2016
Mayes Visit with College Friends
June 18, 2016
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
February 8, 2016
Surprised my family with a visit home
April 23, 2016
Work Family at Kelly and George's Wedding in Maui
July 7, 2016
San Francisco Symphony's Music of John Williams
July 7, 2016
Melvin asked me to marry him
July 9, 2016
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
July 24, 2016
Wedding dress shopping for the first time
August-October, 2016
Several Fall trips to Minnesota
August 6, 2016
Little Sister moved to Boise
August 20, 2016
Participated in a friend's proposal
August 20, 2016
Weekend Trip to Monterey for Monterey Car Week
August 31, 2016
Celebrated 8 years of being in the Bay Area
September 1, 2016
Launched my new Etsy store, Stitchinery
September 24, 2016
Engagement Photo Session with Schyne Photography
October 20, 2016
Visited Madison, WI, for the first time
November 9, 2016
Visited Palola Dental for the first time
November 11, 2016
The people who taught me how to love
November 6, 2016
Old friend and new baby in town
November 10, 2016
Said "Yes!" to the Dress at Bijou Bridal
November 11, 2016
Sunset on the Beach at Ko'Olina
November 12, 2016
Visited our wedding venue for the first time
December 1, 2016
December One(sie) Day
December 1, 2016
New York Trip for Work
December 3, 2016
Two sides of the family together in New York
December 2016
This year's Christmas Tree
December 5, 2016
The Tree at Rockefeller Center
December 6, 2016
On set at the Today Show

So 2016 was a pretty great year for me. I can't complain. :)

I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your 2016, so you can make 2017 even better. 

Happy New Year!