2016 Highlights

Hello, World.

I feel like reflections are important, so I like to take a little time at the close of various aspects of life — academic, years, birthdays, etc. — to evaluate where I’m at and where I hope to go from the end of something. 2016 was a crazy year, and I think most people had very mixed feelings about it! However, I think when looking internally at how the year went for me personally, it was a pretty landmark year for a few reasons. First, I graduated college (!!) and then I moved across the country to begin law school at my dream school. My sister is pregnant, and about to welcome her first child!

I feel like 2016 was a year of change for me. In many ways, my life changed fairly drastically. For one, I definitely was not used to going five months without seeing my family, and to be honest I didn’t handle it as well as I thought I would. It’s also an adjustment going from being an overly-involved, high GPA senior in college to a bumbling, unsure and intimidated 1L in law school.

So, anyway, I wanted to share the best moments of 2016.


Applying and getting in to law school was SO stressful. I was anxious I wouldn’t get in to a school I really wanted to go to, and then I kept fearing that if I did get in, I’d realize I was crazy for thinking law school was the right decision for me, and decide I made a mistake. Now, with a semester behind me, I feel like law school is going well, but it is hard and not the funnest way to spend your time. While I like the work, and I love William and Mary, I do appreciate creative outlets.IMG_4030

I graduated from Saint Mary’s and said goodbye to my gael family there. I miss so many of the people I spent time with there, and it’s hard because after five months away from CA, I really want to soak up every minute with my family. I do hope to see some of my SMC people, though, before I go back to VA!

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I started my first semester of law school, which was so scary and exciting! I have a goals sheet for the next semester, things I hope to do better or differently. I think there is always room for improvement, so I want to make sure that I can improve in my second semester, and get a better hold on the rhythm.


I finished my first semester of law school! This was a big accomplishment. It’s weird how things seem nearly impossible, and so intimidating, but as time passes, and you flex certain muscles, it becomes easier and more clear and more understandable. I’m glad the first semester is behind me, and I imagine that the future semesters will feel different purely because I’ve already survived the first one! Now to get a summer job…

Anyway, 2016 was a good year for my academic and professional life! It was also a good year for my personal life, but I think 2017 will be a better year for a few reasons, which I plan to flesh out more fully in a future post.

How was 2016 for you?

Callie leigh

November & Break Recap

Hello, World.
Somehow it is already December 1st. I’m not sure where this year went, but it sure did pass quickly. Something about December, though, just makes me really happy. I love the holiday season, and Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I am a HUGE gift giver. I love giving gifts, and I always try to donate books young children, or do the “buy a gift for a child” at the mall because I really like idea of making a young child’s day just a little bit brighter. So, while I’m really excited for December, I thought I would recap my November. November is a great month, and this year it was even a little greater. Despite spending a majority of the month majorly stressed out, I still had a really good month with the people I love.
First, Starbucks got their red cups back! That was definitely the first sign of the holiday season for me, and since they were doing a buy one get one free special, my best friend Steven and I went and got lattes. Second, I invested in some “holiday break” reading. December is when I get my life back, and I’m not always reading for classes, so I plan to read all the gossipy, fashiony magazines I can, along with Lean In, Cannery Row, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Just One Year. Third, I spent a Saturday at the DeYoung Museum of Art in San Francisco. That was a really beautiful day. I might overuse the word beautiful, but I like to think I’m someone who tries to see a little beauty in everything. Fourth, while in San Francisco, I visited Beanery Coffee House. I went there last year when I went to Golden Gate Park, and I fell in love. they have SUCH good chai its a little ridiculous.
Fifth, I crossed Golden Gate Bridge for the first time! My best friends thought it was just a necessary part of life, so when we were heading back from the city, we decided to take the long way around, and hit the bridge. It was pretty cool, and I can now cross it off my bucket list! Sixth, I went home for Thanksgiving! I took this photo because I love how my mom decorates, and I love these little velvet pumpkins. Seventh, I went to my families cabin and finally got to wear my Sorel boots I got last year for Christmas. I also was a little disappointed there was no snow at the cabin, and I also find it really weird that there is no rain today and it is December 1st. Eighth, my family and I worked on a puzzle.
Here is the finished product. Yes, my mom did buy a puzzle with a bunch of cats on it, and yes I felt incredibly accomplished when, at the end of break, I had finished this puzzle and absolutely no homework!
Holly and I invested in this mini Christmas tree for our room. You can never be too jolly, its just not possible. Spread that Christmas cheer!
While at the cabin, I watched too many movies, way too much Duck Dynasty (how I had never seen that show I will never understand), oh and of course I drank too much coffee and cider.
Some photos from a walk at the cabin! The weather was way too nice, and I was so sad I didn’t get to go sledding, but my family is enough for me to always be happy.
IMG_0718 IMG_1947 Here is my lovely dog, Star, who I got to see while I was home. She is a retired supermodel, and basically just likes me to pet her, give her lots of attention, and she sleeps more than most humans. I love her, and she also helps me procrastinate when I’m trying to do work!

So, there we have November. I blinked, and this month was over, pretty crazy to think about. Anyway, I had a great month and I did a lot of fun things with my friends and family. Hope you had a great month, and I would love to hear any highlights! Enjoy today.

Callie Leigh