I'm hesitant to say that 2014 has been a great year. When I think back, the uplifting happy times were just here and there. Being in Houston for the summer was the highlight of the year though, especially during the second half of my time there. And just before that was the family trip out west to so many national parks. After living on the East Coast all my life, who knew such raw beauty existed beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains!
It's been a year of struggles with so many things, mainly academics and personal situations, but I'm lucky to have come across some great people who have helped me along the way, gave me a second chance, opened my heart and mind, and comforted me when I was at my weakest. Especially during the second half of the year, I learned more about myself and strove to grow into a better version of me.
Was I successful? I'll know best a few years down the road, but I do talk about my thoughts and feelings and situations to friends more, which is great for the troubled mind and soul.
I've learned to let go. At that point in time, it didn't feel right but I've had much more happiness and found that when one door closes, another (or several) will open when you give it time. There is no need to rush. I love all the new friends I've made this year who have helped me enjoy life more each day.
I've learned to say No and be more honest with myself. While I naturally want to be a people pleaser, in the end my own happiness and self-worth is more important than anything else. I had to learn how to smile again, how to quickly forget in order to move on, how to be comfortable in my own skin. It's something that everyone goes through in their life, and as I'm going through mine (hitting 22 soon!), I'm glad to have come across all the strangers, professionals, free spirits, and unexpected situations that I did.
I've learned which friends are better to keep and which are better to let go, and that I much rather be surrounded by people who inspire me through their passions, creative minds, and great souls.
I've learned to never loose hope, even when all hope seems lost.
1. Take care of my body and more self love
2. Continue to work hard, but also take time to relax
3. Do more spontaneous things and don't be afraid to try something new
4. Leave room for art and creativity. Continue to expand upon what I'm most passionate about.
5. Spend less time on social media
6. Don't multi-task anymore because it doesn't work
7. Live more in the present, not the past or future
I already have some big plans for this year that I'm looking forward to. So far the year has been off to an amazing start, and I can't wait to see how this year will turn out!