It’s that time of year when we traditionally reflect on the year past and resolve what we will accomplish in the upcoming year.
2013 was a year of big changes
In January I resolved to embark on an adventure. The planning began.
In February I submitted my application to graduate school and was accepted two weeks later.
In March I had my last day of work and spent the month selling a ton of my belongings and packing up my Baltimore apartment. And having a series of going away parties. I’ll always love you, Baltimore.
In April I moved my remaining stuff to my mom’s house and flew to Mexico. Tulum reawakened my spirit.
From April to May I traveled around Belize. Life was a beach.
In June I traveled around Guatemala and a little bit more of Mexico. Every day was an adventure.
I met amazing people and and made connections and memories that I think about (and laugh about) nearly everyday. I left a small piece of my heart on that trip.
In July I moved to New Orleans and celebrated my 30th birthday.
In August I got settled into my new home. I moved into a new one in November. It has a pool, and a balcony on the parade route. What can I say, I like to upgrade.
In September I began graduate school – in pursuit of a masters in social work.
From September to December I was submerged in the world of social work. I learned so much about the world and about myself. I was challenged and rewarded. I learned to advocate for myself and others. I also made new friends and entertained many guests from near and far who reminded me that some bonds can not be broken through time or distance.
In December I began Winter break. I decompressed, regrouped and I celebrated. Oh boy did I celebrate.
And now, in January, I am preparing to return to school in 2 days. A part of me wants break to continue indefinitely. I’m so relaxed, I’m having so much fun, I haven’t witnessed a heated debate about sexism in a while. But a large part of me is excited to go back. I start an awesome internship, classes will be more focused on (my biggest interest) counseling. And I have a thirst for knowledge that can’t be quenched by Facebook and Buzzfeed. (But how I will miss these lazy days).
Every January when I look back, I am amazed by how much I’ve grown and expanded my mind. When I was a kid, I thought that you became an adult and suddenly you were wise and evolved. It never occurred to me that it was a process. It also never occurred to me that not everyone becomes the best version of themselves as they age. I now see that it’s something you have to actively invest in.
For me, the major milestones of my life aren’t marriage or children or my first mortgage. My milestones are the moments I experience that expand me: when I took the plunge off that 20 foot cliff, when I traveled alone for the first time, when I moved to a(nother) new city, when I read that book that changed my life, when I fostered a litter of kittens, when I formed an instant connection with that person, when I graduate from this program. In 2014, I resolve to collect even more of those moments, and to write about them here, for posterity’s sake.
I also resolve to exercise my body as much as I’ve been exercising my mind. I’m not after a flat stomach (although, I’m certainly not against it). When I travel, I am constantly active outdoors: trekking, diving, swimming, climbing. I want my body to feel how it does when I return from a trip: strong, healthy and connected to the planet. With a shiny new bike, winter temps generally in the 60s, and a park like this so close, I have no excuses.
I resolve to continue to pursue the best version of myself. And have a whole lot of fun along the way.