Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Reflecting on the past and future

Happy New Years!
I want to reflect back on the previous year and make some new years resolutions.

My 2013:

The year started out a bit scary for me because I moved to Copenhagen, Denmark for four months. I'll admit I was terrified to leave my parents and live with a host family in a strange city. Once I adjusted to Denmark and got to know my host family, I was great. Being abroad allowed me to do a lot of world travelling. I travelled to Aarhus, Odense, Vienna, Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, London, Scotland, Sweden, Paris, Bornholm and Amsterdam. I'm so lucky to have done so much travelling. Being put in uncomfortable situations and problem solving gave me confidence in myself.
In May, leaving my host family was the hardest thing I've ever done. I did not want to get on that plane to America.
I came back to America and worked two weeks at Cedar Point. I returned to Columbus and got an internship with a travel agency. It was a good experience and gave me something productive to do.
In August, we had a family trip to Destin, Florida.
Returning to school was fun because I got to see all of my friends. It felt great to finally have an apartment and be a senior. My classes were challenging but it wasn't the hardest semester I've ever had. I think more of my challenges came from within myself.
For Thanksgiving, my dad and I went to Pittsburgh. For Christmas, we went to Tennessee.
Overall, 2013 was my year of Denmark.

My 2014:
Until I can learn how to predict the future, I can only make predictions and cliche New Year's Resolutions. 

  • Be healthy. This has got to be the most common resolution. I mean it in the sense that I'd like to lose weight and eat more fruits and veggies. It's not realistic for me to say that I'll exercise more. I  want to snack less and eat more healthy meals (I'm looking at you salads).  
  • Drink responsibly. Being at college makes this easier said than done but it's a lifelong skill that I need to learn sooner than later. I've been doing a good job at this by setting goals and holding myself accountable. 
  • Read more. On Goodreads I challenged myself to read 50 books in 2014. In 2013, I read 40 books. I'm confident that if I read a book every two weeks, I can meet my new goal. Last year I did most of my reading over the summer and I even read several books while being a full-time student last semester. For an English major, I'm certainly not the most well-read individual, so I've been told many times. 
  • Find a job. Okay this one is an answer to the dreaded question, "So, what are you going to do next year?" I want to get a job. Preferably one that I like, relates to my major and that pays reasonably. I'm working on looking for jobs over winter break now. 
  • Travel. Being in Europe installed the travel bug within me. It was fantastic meeting new people and seeing new parts. I miss seeing mountains. More than anything in the world, I want to go back to Copenhagen, Denmark. That's the main place I want to travel to. I dream about going back every night.