Your year to grow

As 2018 rolled in, I set some different types of New Year resolutions. They had nothing to do with weight loss or fitness, but more to do with growing as a person. I wasn’t happy in the company where I worked last year, and I was determined not to spend 2018 stuck at that office, not learning, not growing, not being appreciated. So I went to Books-a-Million the first week of January and used some Christmas money to buy the prettiest planner I could find. On the cover, in big cursive letters it read “Your Year to Grow.”

This became my mantra for 2018 (and beyond). After all, being Forever 22 means never settling, refusing to think you’re too old, and always seeking out adventures, big and small. So in my planner, I wrote down some goals.

First, I wanted a better job–something with a pleasant work environment, long-term potential, and positive impact on the world. Thankfully, that goal is already checked off the list. I have a wonderful job with wonderful people–not everyone is lucky enough to be able to say that. [Side note: now that the job search is over, I’ll have more free time for writing, so hopefully this blog will be less…neglected in the future.] ūüôā

Second, I wanted to try to get published. This is, admittedly, much more difficult than my first goal. But I wouldn’t be much of a writer if I never at least tried. I noted in my planner which publishers I submitted to and what dates.

Third, I wanted adventure (er, as much as possible when you have a new job and no vacation time to speak of). I filled my planner with every event in my area I could find–road races, festivals, fundraisers. I found a running group through Facebook. Coordinating with my boyfriend in Texas, we planned something fun for almost every weekend until May.

So far 2018 has been a year of growth. Every day I try to read or listen to something to expand my mind, especially since my school days are over. I’ll try to start blogging more about whatever topics I happen to be learning about–whether it’s finances, faith, health, or the human condition.

How are your new years resolutions panning out?

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Happy 2015!

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Me & Livi at our country superfest

If the saying time flies when you’re having fun¬†is true,¬†it would certainly explain why 2014 went by so fast, and why I haven’t had a chance to catch up on my blog! My new year resolution for 2014 was to run a marathon. Which I did ūüôā But many other noteworthy events occurred this past year as well.

In January I started my job at the law office. In February I helped my parents move and said goodbye to the house I grew up in. In March I started talking to a friend of my friend’s boyfriend, who my friend¬†decided would be a good match for me. In April we had our first date (we’ve been together for 8 months now!). In May my best friend and I got tickets for Bayou Country Superfest and spent three days hearing our favorite country stars.

Camping at Clear Springs

Camping at Clear Springs

In June I turned 24 (I can’t believe it!!!). In July I took a class at a medical college and observed hours of surgical procedures right there in the operating room. In August I applied for–and got accepted to–graduate school. In October I ran the Dirty South Marathon and tried backpacking for the first time. In November I drove to North Carolina and spent time with my brothers and sister-in-law. In December I went camping with my love in Mississippi. To finish off the year, I had a wonderful Christmas, spending time with family, decorating trees, and watching plenty of Christmas movies.

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Raleigh!

There were also a few runs, a couple triathlons, some hikes, several game nights, movie nights, date nights, road trips, and other special moments that made this year fun.

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Backpacking 101

I ended 2014 with my car breaking down on me the morning of New Year’s eve. This didn’t actually make for a bad way to end the year. Within seconds of my car stopping, multiple people pulled over to help me. The tow truck and the friend I called for a ride both showed up within 30 minutes’ time. The dealership hooked me up with a free rental car–a brand new Ford Explorer–and the staff at Enterprise joked and talked with me. I was able to make it to work by 11 and go on with my New Year’s plans. Thanks to the kind and friendly people who helped me that day, I ended the year on a good note¬†after all.

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Me & my love ūüôā

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Camping in Hot Springs

So far, 2015 has been busy. And it’s looking like it will stay that way. The first week of the year has been filled with spending time with my love, working, and interviewing for a GA position. Next weekend I’ll run the 5K at the Louisiana Marathon. Then my graduate school will begin, and hopefully a student job or a job close to school (fingers crossed!). My only New Year’s resolution is to succeed at these endeavors, maintain good health, and do my best every day.

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Me & my sister in North Carolina

Here are some pictures from 2014!

New Year Resolutions

I love the idea of new year resolutions. Although many statistics show that people don’t stick to their resolutions past,¬†let’s say,¬†the month of January, it’s that motivation that a new year brings that can lead to positive habit and lifestyle changes.

I had a few resolutions last year, and they didn’t all work out. But that’s okay. I¬†like to think¬†that everything happens for a reason, so when I don’t get what I want, I can’t get too disappointed. God has a plan for me and¬†will send me the people and opportunities I need exactly when I’m ready for¬†them. I hope others can find as much comfort in that¬†idea as I do.

I was looking through all the pictures on my digital camera and realized that I’ve been lucky to do a lot of travelling in 2013. I went on road trips to Michigan, Florida, and Tenessee. In my home state, I spent time in Shreveport, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and other cities. I was also lucky to have the opportunity¬†to go¬†on lots of hikes,¬†compete in¬†a triathlon and half-marathon; I got paid to write, involved at church, and spent a lot of time with family. It was a good year.

For 2014, I¬†hope to start a new adventure, whether it be pursuing another degree, moving somewhere new, a new relationship… who knows! I want to continue the healthy lifestyle I’ve established from new year’s resolutions past, and focus on my new fitness goal of taking on a marathon (training¬†begins as I get over¬†a pesky¬†cold I caught over the holidays).¬†And I’ll continue to¬†focus on becoming more compassionate, transparent, and¬†understanding person,¬†along with my Just Faith¬†family (for which¬†we have a stack of thought-provoking books, plans for volunteering, and a visit to a prison in¬†the near future).

Best of luck with your own resolutions¬†ūüôā