Well, it is officially four days into the new year and I have finally decided what I would like to accomplish during these 361 remaining days. This photo of me above was taken at the Top of The Rock in New York City this past month. The trip was by far one of the best experiences of 2014 (and generally of my life so far) so it only felt proper to include it.
Honesty time: I have never made or followed a New Year’s Resolutions and I don’t plan on starting now. For this post, I just hope to make some general goals that I will try my hardest to keep up with. I find that when people set unattainable goals for themselves, they put more stress on their lives by trying to keep them. But, for 2015 there are some goals I would like to achieve (as I do every year, month, and day) and I thought what a better place to document these aspirations then right on my blog.
1. Be More Engaged
I feel like sometimes we work, we go to school, we eat, and we sleep…and then wake up and do it all again. This year I want to be more engaged. See more, do more, live more. I hope to take more chances and break out of my comfort zone in this new year.
2. Work Harder
In 2014, I felt as though I made a lot of excuses. I tried to blog, but became too busy. I tried to be the best I could in school, but sleep prevailed. The list continues with little missteps that I hope to surpass this year. In 2015, I want to transfer colleges (as I will be finishing my AA this year), possibly move out, and work to maintain my relationships.
3. Be Creative
In 2015, I hope to write every single day. While in high school I found it easy to keep my notebook on me and scratch thoughts, stories, memories, anything really, to keep my creativity up. I was editor of the yearbook staff: constant writing was a must. After graduation my writing slipped to a few times a week, at best, and I can feel the repercussions of that fall every single day. I want to create, not only words, but ideas.
4. Love Wiser
It seems as though with every passing year a new insecurity comes along. In 2015, I want to shed myself of those doubts and make the most of my relationships (both romantic and platonic) and be a better friend, daughter, girlfriend, or acquaintance. Also, more dog kisses in 2015 (if that is physically possible).
5. Get Healthy: Mentally and Physically
Yes, this goal is the same one every human in the world will set. Yes, I still think it is one of the best goals to have. This year my mental fitness will also be a goal, though. In 2015, I want to clean up my diet, start light exercise, and be more physically active. In the same respect, I want to clean up my mind. I aspire to learn more, read more, and do more.
Dear 2014, for all of your beautiful and wonderful times, I say thank you. You truly held some of the most refreshing times in my life. But don’t you think I am forgetting all the challenges you threw my way.
2015, we’re coming for ya.
Disappearing is a bit of a nasty habit in my world. I find my schedule gets so busy sometimes (work, school, family life, etc.) that I suddenly fall off the grid. Have you have ever had the sensation of going through your daily life and then suddenly you look up and a whole month has passed? Well, that is what happened to this girl. While I fell in love with blogging over the summer, school came around and suddenly fall semester took over my life. Quite appropriately, I have coined myself the disappearing girl in this post So, with my deepest apologies, here is a look as to what has been going on in my world.
July 28th, Warped Tour 2014
Hot, sweaty, and oh so sweet. Here is a photo of John O’Callaghan of The Maine and I before the day had begun. Warped Orlando never fails to impress.
August 14th, Trevor bring home his new puppy.
Sweet, sweet Hazel. Trevor (my boyfriend) got a chocolate lab puppy, named her Hazel, and brought her into his home. She is now about three times this size and 30 times as hyper, but we love her endlessly.
September 4th/5th, We went to a Twenty One Pilots hometown show.
If you are a fan of Twenty One Pilots then one thing is certain, you know the Columbus clique does not mess around. With this in mind, Trevor and I took a trip to Columbus, Ohio and watched our favorite band tear the stage up for two nights in a row. The trip was filled with 9 hour waits in line, countless bottles of water, and the most amazing live experience I have ever had. Every second was worth it.
October 27th, Taylor Swift released 1989.
In case you were curious as to what I have been listening to for every second of every day since it has been released. Yes, this album kicks ass so hard.
November 2nd, I had a birthday.
The day started off at a local favorite, Metro Diner, with Trevor and my family. We ordered more food than we ever have in our lives. Before my birthday, I knew I could be expecting a huge surprise from Trevor. Little did I know how big the surprise would actually be.
YEP. That’s right, New York City was the surprise. For my birthday/Christmas/two year anniversary, Trevor surprised me with a trip to New York. It has always been a dream of mine to go to NYC, especially as a writer. You can’t tell from this photo, but I cried when I pulled the snow globe from the bag.
The day didn’t finish there though…
I opened the next mystery bag to tickets to the Glamour Kills Holiday Festival. If you are going to the show, come say hello! Also, very important question for northern concert attendees: what the hell do you wear when in transit to the show even though you know you will be sweating during the show?! My Floridian self is going to be freezing but I don’t want to have to hold clothing during the show.
In addition to the show, we are also seeing Cabaret with Emma Stone and Chicago on Broadway.
November 4th, I did my civic duty and participated in voting for the first time
Last Tuesday, Gus enjoys a lazy morning snooze.
Truth be told, I’ve missing updating the Internet on the happenings of my world. Starting now, we change that. So, there was a glimpse into my life as it has been for the past few months. Now, let’s get this show on the road.
This weekend is going to be chaotic and filled with music and good times. On Saturday, today, I am heading with my friends to go see Fall Out Boy and Paramore on Monumentour in Tampa. Then, right from there, we are heading to Orlando to crash at my cousins house and then go directly to Warped Tour on Sunday.
If you are going to Warped this weekend and need some last minute tips, check out this post where I shared mine.
I cannot wait to review the Tampa Monumentour show and share my Warped experience. Look out for my upcoming posts about these shows within the next week.
Graduation day is quickly approaching (and by quickly approaching, I mean I graduate on May 30th *insert nervous laugh here*) I guess it didn’t really set in that I was graduating, my friends were leaving, and that nothing would be the same until I received my senior yearbook. I’ve spent the first three years of my high school career working on The Talon staff and this past year, I was the editor. With my last book in my hands, I can’t help but to feel a bit nostalgic of the times I had while in high school. The fact that I will never work on a yearbook again is something I am not sure I’m ready to embrace yet. With all of these changes, though, I am so ridiculously excited for the new beginnings that are sure to come with them. Anyway, just thought I would share some photos of the book! If you can’t tell from the cover, we went with a game board theme this year. I’m ecstatic with how this one turned out.