Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m currently enjoying my last winter break before my last semester of school begins, and I wanted to take some time to write about some goals for this year! This year will be more tumultuous than any previous year I’ve had because I will no longer have the consistency of school that I’ve had in my life for my entire life. It’s simultaneously exciting and dreadful, but I think reflecting on this past year as well as setting out some goals for this year will be beneficial.
First, let’s reflect…
January: I had a great NYE with one of my good friends at a local, hipster hot dog establishment. I learned that even when some friends don’t come through, regardless of the reason, I have myself to rely on and sometimes, other friends surprise me.
February: I attended group therapy for depression for the rest of the semester. I was embarrassed to be in such a group…for some reason, I denied how I was feeling. But it helped me compartmentalize my depression so I could be successful in school.
March: 3am, March 10th, my girlfriend and I kissed for the first time. What a funny and sweet experience that was! <3
April: I officially started dating my girlfriend…we had spent March dating but not officially. I stopped being afraid of how others (my family) would perceive me and what dating her would entail (telling my family) and just…did what felt right to me. Best decision of my life.
May: Successfully completed my junior year of college, despite the devastation of my cousin passing and how depressed I had spent this whole academic year.
June: My sister went to Spain for the rest of the summer. It was hard for her to leave for several reasons, but I survived it.
July: I came out to my parents for the second time, and my parents met my girlfriend! I was brave!
August: I traveled abroad with my family for two weeks, and it was a great experience overall, despite my worries and concerns.
September: Began my senior year…agh!
October: I spent my Halloweekend indoors…I no longer feel the need to go out all the time.
November: I turned 22 and spent my birthday eating dinner with my family, going to my club meeting with my girlfriend, and then getting a drink with her.
December: I submitted twenty-one and a half pages of my thesis!
- Finish a killer thesis!
- Destroy this semester!
- Get job offers so I can work full-time with benefits
- Save major $$$ for a trip with my girlfriend and for the things I need.
- Prepare and plan to move out, perhaps in early to mid-2019. Definitely move out by the end of 2020.
- Practice more authentic yoga
- Continue to cook different cuisine
- Learn how to crochet different things
- Read a little bit every day!
- Stop getting in my own way…ie reduce being afraid, my worries, etc
- Keep challenging myself
Perhaps I’ll add more as I accomplish them…I want to work on monthly goals to help break down these bigger ones too.
In regards to #7, I’ve begun doing videos with the Journey Junkie, whose yoga is a little more intense than Yoga with Adriene. I had greatly enjoyed the 31 Day Yoga Revolution that Adriene did, but after that, I wanted something fresh so currently, I’m doing chakra videos on the Journey Junkie’s channel.
I also really enjoy the Journey Junkie because she has a meditation at the end of the practice. All yoga practices do, but I like the way she does hers. There is usually sound part of the meditation, like a chant we do.
I feel like yoga has really strengthened my body and made me more flexible. I want to minimize how I appropriate it by learning about the history of it and practicing a more authentic version rather than the westernized one…so if anyone has any books on yoga that you can suggest, or videos, or anything really, please share! Then I can incorporate what I’ve learned into my blog!
I hope everyone’s new year is off to a healthy and optimistic start!