The year is coming to an end. In a few days, we'll be welcoming in the 2016 year (hopefully with glasses of champagne in hand!). This year has been a great year and to be honest, I'm kind of sad to see 2015 come and go so soon. I don't know about all of you, but this year went by SOOO quickly, am I right?

Writing this post, I'm going over all the things I got to do and all my achievements (in my head), and I'm not gonna lie, they kind of bring a tear or two to my eyes. I know, like, what?? The thing that makes me the most sad with 2015 slowly passing away is that it was such a good year for me, and I don't know how 2016 will compare.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of things that I had set out to do in 2015 that didn't end up happening. For example, going back to my Fall Semester Goal blog post, here's a mini list of things that didn't happen:

Le Northern Belle | Yearly Review 2015

1. Go to Office Hours 
(no matter how many blog posts or advice videos I read/watch that
emphasize the importance of going to office hours, I'll probably
never go to them, so this goal was completely unrealistic)

2. Make Lunches and Dinner ahead of time
(definitely broke the record for the most food purchased on 
campus than any UW student)

3. Go to the gym at least twice a week
(Life happens, and thats ok!)

4. Bump up blog post to twice a week
(still coming at you once a week...whoops!)

Even with all these failed goals, I still had an amazing, and what I see as a successful, year! We're all human and even though we strive for excellence, via our #goals, things come up and you might not reach them and thats A-OK! So since we're in the lively spirit of the holidays, and with fresh snow on the ground, I've decided to put aside my failed goals of 2015, and look and review on what went well in 2015.

 I like to be optimistic, and pretend that the failed goals
 didn't happen, and instead, just do a whole lot better the next time

Le Northern Belle | Year in Review
AOII proverb. In essence, do better than what you did yesterday and do better than you had originally hoped for. I love this saying!

All negativity aside, a few great things came out of 2015. I dropped my first album, just kidding!
I did however:

Visit Ghana (for the first time in 10 years)
Visit NYC and Orlando/Disneyworld for the first time ever!
Complete my first term as a leader's council member in AOII (without figuratively killing anyone)
I started (and kept up with it!!)
Make the Dean's List at uWaterloo (aka my best term average in uni, to date!)
Get elected in as the VP of Communication for next years council (Yay! One of my dream positions)
Road trip through part of the United States with friends (Storybook time!
I earned a spot on uWaterloo's KIN Games team (We are all best friends!)
I bought my very first MacBook (aka my baby!)

Alright, enough talk about accomplishments. Going forward into 2016, my only request of myself, is that I use my time more wisely. Doing more stuff with my time instead of aimlessly going on social media and Netflix. Those will always be there, but the opportunities that come up may not always be. 

Le Northern Belle | Year in Review

I've finally finished my exam period, well as of last Thursday, and I'm super excited to be getting a long Christmas Break. I'm really grateful to be having almost a month off of school, mostly because it's a rare occasion for me at the University of Waterloo, which will probably not happen again.

Taking advantage of this long break, I've decided to take a trip to Orlando, FL to visit DisneyWorld with my roommate Emily! I have never been there before, so I'm pretty stoked to see what all the hype is all about. By the time you're reading this, I would have already been in Orlando for a couple days.

Now for packing, I am really being limited to carry-on sized items because:

A) I really don't want to pay for a checked baggage
B) We'll be driving back with my other roommate, Caitlyn, who has
 been at DisneyWorld on exchange for the past 6 months and has a
 shit-ton of stuff to bring back 

To be honest, I am super surprised that I was able to fit everything I need in just two carry on bags, but I somehow made it happen. So to remind myself for next time that it is possible to travel without overpacking and to teach all you lovelies how it can be done, I've made this post!

Packing for Disney World - Le Northern Belle

The season that every student hates is here...Yesterday, I was walking home after studying on campus and I looked around the streets and realized, there was barely even a single soul walking around Campus, or the city of Waterloo as a matter of fact. It's a really eery feeling, but realistically, every study carrel, library seat and Starbucks location is packed with students because believe it or not, it's Finals Week (which is actually two weeks here at Waterloo). Don't panic! I have here for you everything you should know when studying for exams.

Surviving Finals Week | Le Northern Belle
It's officially December 1st and so begins the official countdown to Christmas! My housemates and I finally have a Christmas tree this year to put up and decorate. It happened to be on the day that Waterloo received its first snow fall that actually stuck to the ground. Everywhere you looked, there was a perfect blanket of snow covering the ground. 

My Christmas Wishlist | Le Northern Belle

My Christmas Wishlist | Le Northern Belle
It hasn't snowed since, and I am definitely not sad about that!

It was like a perfect night (the snow lasted for a couple days and then melted away). We had Elf on the TV and Christmas music playing as we decorated our Christmas. All this holiday spirit had me thinking of what I would like for Christmas this year.

My Christmas Wishlist | Le Northern Belle


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