2019: The Year of Changes

Hi everyone! I hope that you’re having a wonderful holiday season.

At the end of every year, I like to pause and look back at everything that’s happened in my life this year. My blog is a great way for me to explore this because I can just go back through my previous blog posts and photo collages. Last year, 2018 was my “Year of Travel.” This year, I think that my life has been more full of change and transitioning into a fully-fledged adult more than anything else, hence “The Year of Change.” I completed my final internship in radio news, graduated college, vacationed in Houston and Hawaii, donated my hair, spent time with friends and family in Tucson before getting my first job at NASA and moving to Houston permanently. It’s been a lot of growing and learning, but I couldn’t have imagined this year going any differently.

So without further ado, here’s my 2019 “Year in Review,” in photos. If you’re interested in hearing more about these adventures, follow the links to read the full post!

I Interned at Arizona Public Media!

This was an interesting experience that taught me the value of independent journalism and the importance of giving back to your community.

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Wrote science journalism articles, which I loved

I love science journalism (it’s why I went into my current career), and I loved being able to express myself via science journalism articles that I discovered myself. I love talking to scientists, learning about their science, and telling their stories to the community I love.

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I donated my hair!

Donating my hair was a big life goal of mine, so I’m so glad that I was able to grow out my hair and donate it to one of my favorite hair loss organizations.

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Spring break-ed in Houston, Texas

At this time, I had hoped that I would move to Houston for my job. I didn’t know if it would happen, but I knew that I had to go in order to try to get my dream job. (Spoiler alert: It worked!)

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Explored some of my favorite local spots near Tucson, Arizona

I would consider Tucson, Arizona, my hometown. I’d lived there for the past 10-ish years, but the prospect of moving away from my hometown gave me a new sense of urgency to explore this growing city. It has so much to give and so many unique experiences that you can only find in Tucson.

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I graduated from college!!

Graduating college was another huge life goal of mine. This was my Bachelor’s degree, so I’m sure that I’ll be back at some point for my Master’s and hopefully PhD., but that’s for future me to figure out.

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Vacationed in Hawaii!

Oh my goodness. Hawaii is amazing! I vacationed in Maui and Oahu and it was absolutely spectacular! I didn’t know how much I would love Hawaii until I visited. I chose Hawaii because I had never been before and, of course, I wanted a beautiful beach getaway. I never imagined how much I would fall in love with those tiny islands. Check out my full adventure, all seven days of it, at the links below.

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven

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Camped at Huntsville State Park

I’ve always loved camping but hadn’t gotten a lot of chances to it recently, so I am so thankful for my friend who allowed me to go with her to Huntsville State Park, in Texas. It was so much fun and evidently I swam with alligators…

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I got a job at NASA and moved to Houston, Texas!

I got a dream job at NASA! Little did I know where this job would take me, but I have a dream job at NASA and am excited to see where I go from here.

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Began prioritizing fitness and health

This was a new goal that happened towards the end of the year, when I finally established myself in my new job and home. I hope to continue it throughout the next year, and probably many more years into the future.

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And finally, I’ve been exploring the new city that I call home.

Houston, Texas, was the city that I never expected to fall in love with. I thought that I would always hate Texas (I grew up in southern California, for context), so I never imagined that after my first internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center that I would ever dream of moving back to Texas. Little did I know the experiences that this city would bring me.

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Thank you for following me and my crazy adventures. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this blog as an outlet for my brain and creative energy. Thanks for being there for me, and get ready for 2020!

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Thank you for reading! What’s your favorite thing that’s happened to you this year? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!

Xoxoโ€™s

Emmalee

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