Here it is.
We asked y’all on Twitter if this was too late, and we think it probably is, but we’re still delivering our 2017 Year in Review! I know we said we were going to go month to month, but we decided it might be more interesting to do a best and worst moments compilation to start off 2018.
So, let’s save the best for last…
and begin this post with our worst moments! I know, y’all live for the drama so let’s get into it.
Worst Moments of 2017
When we thought I wouldn’t be able to stay in LA.
At the end of the spring semester of my Sophomore year, the on-campus job I had lined up for the summer fell through, and I found myself without housing or work two weeks before they kick everyone out of the dorms in early May. My parents were living in Salt Lake City, Utah at the time, which is not where I wanted to live for four months. So I had to find a job and an apartment in those two weeks, which was also when finals were. I actually dropped one of my classes because I thought I would fail the final because I was so busy scrambling around LA looking for somewhere to live.
But let’s backtrack from early May to Easter. So Easter weekend was the first weekend after I found out I was going to be homeless and jobless if I didn’t get my shit together. Ariana was with her family, and I drove around by myself looking for “For Rent” signs, taking numbers, and stress crying. I also went to my local 99c store and cried there too. Like real tears, sunglasses on inside the store, trying not to sob out loud crying. Not my proudest moment, which is why it’s here under worst moments of 2017. Of course, everything worked out. We have our little treehouse apartment and I ended up working as a behavior therapist for the summer, and it was all okay in the end. – Hannah
When I had to quit my job.
So, I haven’t talked much about this and I plan on talking about this topic more in depth in the future. In April of 2017, I quit my job. I was working for a man who was really awesome but he was in some legal trouble that ended up affecting me. I had been working for this man for almost 2 years when I quit. I was going back and forth with this decision for months before I decided to do it. Hannah really encouraged me to take this step as it was necessary at the time. I was miserable at this job and It started to affect the way I was feeling and Hannah and I’s relationship. No, we weren’t going to break up or anything like that, but I was constantly anxious and unhappy and Hannah didn’t like seeing me this way. My mom mentioned just moving on from this job as well, so I now had two people telling me to do what was best for me.
I struggled with coming to terms with this idea because I didn’t want to be jobless after nearly two years of working so hard to get past my anxieties about work. With the support from both my mom and Hannah, I chose the nearest Friday to be my last day and I let my boss know that Friday would be my last day. As Friday came closer, I started to feel relieved to be free from a not so great situation. Leaving a job is definitely frightening, especially when it’s sudden. It ended up working out for the best so I guess all things do happen for a reason. – Ariana
You guys thought you were going to get a long list of worst moments huh?
Well, the first half of our year (when both of these moments happened) was a little rocky. We both were in long term circumstances that were definitely less than ideal. We didn’t have a whole list of shitty moments, but we definitely experienced a huge turnaround in our lives halfway through 2017. So, with no further ado, let’s get into our best moments!
Best Moments of 2017
When we started our YouTube channel!
We officially published our YouTube channel in May, but we had already been filming and editing videos since April. I’ve been wanting to do YouTube for years, and Hannah’s been encouraging me to actually do it basically since we met. Finally, we ended up just going for it. We filmed vlogs (which are cringy to think about now tbh) and of course, a Girlfriend Tag video. From there, we just tried filming and uploading once a week and were able to do that until like September, which is when we dropped the ball. We’re going to get back into it, we promise! This was one of the best decisions we made, because it kickstarted everything that will follow in this list.
When we started our blog!
In July, we started The Angelinos on a whim. Ariana asked me how I felt about starting a blog, and I was like “hell yeah, sounds fun” and there it was. We spent like two days building the site and creating our initial branding, and then we filled it with literally whatever we could think of. We didn’t have a lot of direction, but we loved it! We’ve grown so much since then, and we’ll hit 6 months of having the blog on January 16th! Those of you reading who also have blogs know that starting a blog means starting from scratch on social media. So we created our Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook around the same time, which is crazy to think about because of how much they’ve grown.
When my family moved back to California!
Like I said earlier, my family was living in Salt Lake City, Utah for most of 2017. We moved there in July of 2016, and pretty much my entire family hated it. My little sister had to be home schooled because no one would talk to her at school, and my parents were miserable being so far away from my other sister and I (she goes to school in Arizona), they hated the strict alcohol regulations, and they barely had a life outside of the house because there is very little to do there that isn’t “outdoorsy”. We are not really outdoorsy people. Oh, also my other sister got so physically sick from the elevation that she had to go to urgent care at least once every time she came home from college.
Basically, everyone was miserable there, so my mom decided she’d had enough. Her and my dad worked it out that he could travel out of the Palm Springs airport, and they up and moved to Palm Desert, CA in October. This was one of my best moments because they’re only two hours away, and Ariana and I get to spend more time with them. Also, I don’t ever have to go to Salt Lake City, Utah ever again! Unless I want to, which will not be in the winter and not for a long period of time.
Spending the Holiday Season in our home!
When we moved into our apartment back in May, we started talking about how exciting the holiday season was going to be. Once September came, we went on a few shopping sprees to pick up as many fall/holiday items as possible. We didn’t spend the Holiday season together last year, so having the opportunity to do all of the Holiday festivities together was way too exciting for us to handle. We put up fall decorations in September, Halloween decor in October, more fall decor in November and the one we’ve all been waiting for, Christmas decor in December. We got our very first Christmas tree together in December and it was epic. To say the least, spending the holiday season together in our apartment was one of the best feelings.
There are definitely lots more good and bad moments of 2017.
But these are pretty much the standouts. 2017 was a surprisingly incredible year with lots of changes and new beginnings. Going into 2018, we both just want this year to be a continuation of everything we started in 2017. We have so much more direction going into this year, and we have a million goals we want to accomplish! We’ll keep y’all updated every step of the way. We’re so grateful for everyone who reads these posts and who keep up with our lives. We love you all and can’t wait to share more with you in 2018!
Until next time,
Ariana & Hannah