Reflecting On 2018: highs, lows, college, and growing up.

 

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2018 is finally coming to a close, and it has definitely been a year to remember. Throughout the past 12 months, I have experienced so many different things, both good and bad. I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the year and everything it has brought to me. 

Starting off with the beginning of the year, I wanted to start fresh and make 2018 my year, like every year. I set goals and resolutions but didn’t really stick to them and I ended up carrying a lot of negativity with me into the new year. My freshman year of college was rough, it was a period of figuring out who I am and what I want to do in my life which is overwhelming for anyone.

In addition to that, I experienced falling outs with multiple people in my life that I considered my best friends, my people. There is something about seeing different sides of people, the sides that you never knew existed. So, instead of starting 2018 with a fresh and positive mindset, I allowed that situation to influence me and really impact the way I lived my life.

I went through a very low point in my life where I was considering dropping out of college and going back home because I truly thought I could not pull myself out of this funk. Continuing onto the spring, things got better, I grew my friendship with my now best friend and she made me realize what true friendship was, and how I deserved to be treated.

I took a leap and joined a club centered around my major, and ended up falling in love with it that much more. It allowed me to focus on what I was going to college for, not for friends, I was going for myself to ensure I lived the best life I could. From touring hospitals to attending different workshops to become more educated about my field, it was all such an amazing experience.

Heading into the end of spring I was more than ready to get out of my dorm, final exams zipped by and I finally packed up all my things, loaded them in my car and leaving that dorm allowed me to leave behind all of the negativity that took place that year. I remember on the drive home I just took a sigh of relief, knowing I was finally done with the year and could finally begin to recover and build myself back up from the year.

During the summer I took a nannying job, and I can truly say I am blessed to have met such an amazing family. This summer was one of the best summers I have ever experienced, I got to go to the movies, the zoo, amusement parks, arcades and the beach with such amazing kind hearted kids, and I am excited to do the same this summer.

The end of summer brought my birthday, my brother and I usually celebrate our birthdays together because they both fall in August so we took a trip to an amusement park. This day was fun in the beginning, I conquered my fear and rode a roller coaster and had a day of fun in the amusement and water park. The day ended on a sour note, one I don’t like to linger on, so my 19th birthday wasn’t what I wanted it to be, at all.

Going into my sophomore year of college I was so excited, move-in day came fast and before I knew it I was moved into my own apartment. Living alone has been pretty bittersweet, I love the independence of living alone but it is hard to deal with my depression being alone for most of my time.

This semester has been one of the happiest, stressful and just fun times of my life. I joined a sorority and met my amazing big, Zeta Theta Pi has definitely changed my life in so many ways and I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing group of girls. Being in a sorority has forced me to step outside my comfort zone and really embrace making the best out of this year.

The end of the semester ended on a high note, I managed to earn a 3.7 this semester which brought my cumulative GPA up. I worked very hard in my classes this semester, mainly because they were classes involved in my major and minor and I was passionate about getting to learn more about the health care field.

Going into 2019 I am going to start with a clean slate, I want to get back on track with fitness, eat healthily and really just embrace everything this new year has to offer. I know I can stay positive this year and really work to improve myself and my mental health.

I know this post was lengthy and wordy but I really wanted to reflect on the year and everything I have gone through. Take this opportunity to start the new year off right and embrace everything it has to offer, get closer to your friends and family, step out of your comfort zone, pick up a hobby and just live the best life you can live!

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My Goals For 2018!

Being that the new year is just a few days a way I though I would compile a list of some goals I want to achieve in 2018! I make one of these every year and usually fall short with some of them but I really want to try and accomplish almost everything I have in mind!

  • Reach 1,500 followers on this blog

I am at almost 700 followers as of right now but in the new year I really want to grow my blog and make it into something big that can be seen and read by thousands of people!

Instagram is by far one of my favorite social media platforms and posting more content as well as gaining followers is something I would really like to have happen!

  • Do well in college

My first semester went very smooth and I hope this semester will be the same! I want to tweak my study habits a little bit and ultimately do better as a student!

  • Learn how to do makeup better

This is a big one for me personally because I love wearing makeup but I have no clue how to do it the way some people do. I am good at the basic foundation, concealer, mascara and highlighter, but I would love to become better at eyeshadow and things of that nature

  • Find a summer job

I have been working at a local restaurant as a waitress and hostess for about two years and love it. However it just doesn’t bring in the money I need to pay my tuition so with that being said I would like to find a better job that can let me afford my college tuition and then some.

  • Begin looking into internships

Even though I am a freshman I really want to start looking into internships and possibly securing a spot for one because the sooner I can get one and start earning experience the better, I would also like to network and build connections in the healthcare field.

  • Lose weight and work out regularly

Although this is a basic goal I do really want to lose all the weight I have gained while at college and get into good shape again. Now that I have gyms around campus I will have no excuse for not working out

  • Put myself out there more

Typically I am a more introverted person and while that isn’t a bad thing it is something I want to work on and put myself out there more to make new friends and just do things that are a little outside my comfort zone.

  • Be a better and more understanding person

I want to try and be a better and more understanding person when it comes to friendships and letting go of grudges. Anything that happened in 2017 I’m going to let go and just start fresh!

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What are some of your goals for the new year?

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