Hope and New Beginnings and All That Jazz

I’ve talked about how much I love the New Year on this blog before, but this year I love it times ten. I’m so hopeful and so energized and ready to take on whatever comes my way.

Like so excited.

I think I’m ready to not feel like I’m in a “funk” this year. I’ll be honest, after returning home from my college program in August of 2016, I felt lost and out-of-sorts, unsure and hesitant. Kind of…blah. I think the transition from college to Disney World to the real world to graduate school has been daunting and rough at times. But now I’m feeling good. More balanced. Ready. Excited. Hopeful.

Some quick little goals/resolutions:

  1. Enjoy my first year of teaching–I’ll be teaching composition one as part of my graduate teaching assistantship this coming semester, and I am so excited to give it a whirl.
  2. Make my health a priority this year. Work out! Feel like an athlete again! Eat well! Be mindful! Feel great!
  3. Write and write and write and write and write and revise and revise and revise and revise and submit and submit and submit and submit to magazines and whatnot.
  4. Be happy. Stress less. Enjoy the little things.
  5. Find a hobby–maybe cooking? Something?

I hope everyone has a happy, productive, and magical 2018.

2016: The Year of New Beginnings

Every new year brings a chance for a fresh start, but 2016 certainly feels like the freshest fresh start I’ll ever receive.

First of all, I’m participating in the Disney College Program. New state, new town, new state-of-being. I’m not a student anymore, I’m a…somebody. Not quite adult, not quite a kid.

I’m a twenty-something. A person who has no idea what her life will look like in six months. A young woman who doesn’t quite know what her next five years will look like.

2016 will be my first year in a long time where I won’t be participating in an organized sport. I’m not thinking about a conference championship anymore (we won one of those, by the way). I’m thinking about salaries and jobs and opportunities and my future and what not.

2016 is chock-full of new beginnings. Here are some of my resolutions for the new year, in order to fully take advantage of all my sweet fresh starts.

  • Write a blog post at least once a week. Hopefully I can do that for myself and for my readers (thank you all!) in the blogosphere.
  • Keep up with my physical fitness. Do something–something–everyday that benefits my health. Even if it just means meeting my 10,000 steps goal walking around the Disney parks.
  • RELAX AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT. I’m moving to Disney for six months, maybe for even longer (and maybe not). I want to take in as many  sights, smells, attractions, characters, and magical moments that I can.
  • Explore and take in new experiences. I want to visit St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, GatorLand, Harry Potter World, and so much more during my time in Orlando.
  • Document my journey in my journal my mom gave me. I want to remember this exciting time of my life.

Here’s to a new year, my friends. Let’s take in every moment of every second and try to savor the way we feel at this point in our lives. I’m young, I’m moving to Disney, and I have the whole world at my feet. 2016 will be a year to remember and cherish; I can just feel it.

“We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet”

Happy New Year!

I love this holiday. New beginnings, fresh starts, promises we don’t intend to keep… 10 points to you if you caught the Disney reference.

Here are some of my resolutions:

  • Read and read and read and read.
  • Prepare for my final season of college volleyball.
  • Do more yoga. I love yoga–I should do more of it.
  • Do more things. I’m naturally a homebody, but it’s time to soak up new and exciting experiences and opportunities.
  • Go after the goals I have in mind despite fear and doubt–even if I fail, it “beats the hell out of never trying” (thanks, Dr. Meredith Grey).
  • Do things in spite of irrational fears.
  • Decide every day that I am in a great mood.
  • Be happy happy happy.

I hope everyone rings in the new year with a whole lot of hope, optimism, and determination. You can make great things happen. Just decide to try.