A Review Of 2016
Every time I ring in a new year I always tend to get too excited about the new plans I have for myself and forget all that I had just went through the past 12 months. So this post is an ode to 2016, the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Out of the entire year I will say that April was by far the most unpredictable month. Four major things happened in those four weeks, more than I think I could ever imagine.
1. I met Matt 4 – 2 – 16
I gotta say that it’s nice to have someone who shares the same love for camping, North Shore, and off road movies. Little did I know that our first date at a local coffee shop in down town Honolulu would lead to all of the adventures that we had together in 2016.
2. Surprise Trip To California 4 – 8 – 16
I was having a bit of a bad week at school and at work and I remember laying upside down on my bed, day dreaming about eating dinner with my family, drinking coffee with my girls back home, and hugging my grandma. Then in the middle of an April afternoon 3 hours before my night shift at work I had the epiphany to take the first flight back to California after my shift ended. It was one of the craziest things I planned for myself on a dime. I think it is safe to say though that my family appreciated the surprise as well.
3. My First Apartment. 4 – 20 -16
My first step to “adulting”. I found a whopping 100 sqft studio apartment less than 2 miles from Waikiki Beach one day on Zillow and decided to give the whole rental application thing a try. Two days later I got the call from the property manager that the place was all mine! For the first month all I had was a blow up mattress that deflated in the middle of the night and a coffee pot, but hey it did the trick. Now it’s my little home, or tiki hut as my family likes to call it.
4. Accident 4 – 26 -16
My snapchats that day escalated pretty quickly. I went from working on my friend’s journalism project to landing myself in the trauma room. All I have to say after this ordeal is where a helmet. If you’re going to be an idiot at least be a smart idiot, even if that means having helmet hair while you work. You can’t trust the people driving in Waikiki, and if you get clipped like I did, then it’s good to be prepared. Trust me helmet hair is way better than dealing with all the baby hairs going in every direction from where they had to shave your head for stitches. Wayyy better. But this event did bring me a lot closer to some friends that came to pass the days by, even though I looked a hot mess.
April thankfully came to an end and that is also where most of the bad things that happened in 2016 came to an end as well. Even though I’m pretty sure April may have tried to kill me, I’m still kicking today and grew a lot in that month time span.
I got the news this day that my great grandmother GG had gone to be with The Lord. My GG was the matriarch of the family, and there’s a little hole now at every family gathering with her not being there. She passed away a few days shy of her birthday, so on what was to be her 89th birthday I did my first paddle out. Her and my great grandfather loved Hawai’i, and I had thought that when I had a big enough apartment I would bring her out here again. The paddle out was how I was still able to give my GG that little bit of Hawai’i again. Never can I look a plumeria floating and not think of her.
Frankly twenty two feels the same as twenty one (just fewer hangovers). But my birthday this year got to be celebrated in a very Ashlyn styled way, my boyfriend planned an adventure day for the two of us. All he had told me was to bring along some thick socks and warm clothes. We live on a tropical island so I wasn’t too sure where this was heading.. But he drove us to one of my favorite beaches on North shore and packed us a picnic complete with a hammock. We ate fritos and swayed in the lime green hammock for a few hours until he said it was time for our next stop. I still had no idea what the warm clothes were for until we reached the ice rink in the middle of the island. He was taking me ice skating in July. There’s a lot of things I love in life but random adventures like this are beyond my favorite. It was a birthday I will not forget for years to come.
In early June I began to hang out with a girl from one of my classes from a few years prior. One day in discussion she asked where was one place that I would like to go at least once in my life, and with this even being written down in my bucket list, I said Australia. Fast forward to August and there I was riding shotgun in a car driving through Brisbane, Tugan, Coolongatta, and Bryon Bay. I got to feed wild parrots, walk behind waterfalls, and eat the best schnitzel in the world. This trip deserves more than a mention, so there will be a thread of posts soon to give details behind one of the most adventurous vacations of my life. All thanks to miss Kayla.
We knew it was coming but it still surprised us. I got off of work one day to multiple text messages and voicemails from my boyfriend saying I needed to give him a call, when I did it turned out we had less than 22 hours till he was going to deploy. We spent the rest of the day stocking him up on fresh socks, hot coco mix, and whatever else he would need for the next few months under water. He was here one day and already on the other side of the world the next. Luckily I had a great deal of friends to keep me occupied during that time frame, and even though communication was sparse we made it work. It’s amazing how technology can keep people close these days. November came quickly and he was back on our tiny island again, I don’t remember what the first words we said to each other were but I did how strange it felt to be in a dress around him.
I didn’t realize until this year how much a gummy little smile could brighten up your day. On July 23rd 2016 at 6 pounds and 12 ounces my best friend Bailey gave birth to my God daughter Ember Ann. Now I am weak when it comes to kids, so naturally I cried when I got the Facetime video call and got to see her for the first time. Out of all the things that babies enlighten us on, a big one is that happiness comes in even the smallest of gifts.
These were just some of the major highlights of the year that make it very memorable. There was also weddings, more babies, visits from friends and family, and some enlightenments. But o many things happened in 2016 that I could sit here for all of 2017 typing them out. So here is to a new year and cheers to the past ones that have shaped us all.