This time last year my engagement was ending and I moved back to Minnesota to live with my parents. I rang in the new year with some bubbly - entirely unsure how to really be alone.
I learned my serotonin levels were dangerously low and I was thankful to get a doctors help. I got involved on SitterCity and met some wonderful babysitting families that have kept me busy all year.
My 21-year-old sister came home from England to get married! It was a big surprise and my mom did a great job pulling together a great wedding in 1 month's notice.
I took a girls trip to Dallas! It was so fun to get away, explore a new city and have quality time with some of my best girls.
I paid off my smallest student loan of just over $3,000. It was also the month I got a travel rewards credit card - thinking it was a "good deal." It quickly became obvious I still don't handle credit cards well.
Katie Pelton Resumes got a facelift!
I had a reunion trip to NYC! The four of us became so close while living there and even though only one of us is still in New York, we pick up right where we left off.
We also found out my dad's depression was back.
I suffered from debt fatigue and I used that damn credit card for a few more rewards than necessary. I spent July 4th with a babysitting family up north and crossed a few Minnesota landmarks off my bucket list.
My dad was officially diagnosed as bi-polar and it sent my mom and I into a spiral of chaos while my dad was in and out of hospitals. It was the hardest month of my life.
Asthma reared it's ugly head and I ended up in the ER for a few hours but we made friends nonetheless.
I took the time to explore more of Minneapolis and it solidified that I'm in love with living here.
I moved out of my parents house into my 1-bedroom apartment 20 minutes away. It was the best thing I did all year. I continued to deplete my savings and build my credit card debt while I bought all the start ups necessary for living on my own.
My mom and I saw Wicked in Minneapolis. I am so thankful I moved to a city where culture isn't hard to find!
I also visited Megan in Florida and it was wonderful!
I spent 3 weeks in New Jersey helping my Godmother recover from rotator cuff surgery. I was able to spend time with the "kids" I nannied for after high school and I just can't believe how grown up they are!
We were able to find the right medications for my dad and we are very lucky that he is doing better.
I started volunteering as the Literacy Coordinator for GiGi's Playhouse - which is a program for people with Down Syndrome. I am so excited to continue my involvement and watch this role grow.
I saw Amos Lee, Joshua Radin, and Matt Nathanson in concert and they were all fantastic!
I visited one of my best friends in Utah!
I took a day trip to visit my NYC girls in Madison since they all happen to be from there - small world!
My family celebrated a nice and quiet Christmas. I don't love that my sister can't come home for the holidays but we had a great time anyway.