A Year in Review

Monday, December 30, 2013

I've said this countless times but I really can't believe this year is coming to an end. A lot has happened; some good things, some bad but overall it's been a year of change for me. I've learned a lot this year, not only about the world but about myself as well so I thought I'd take a post to reflect on this year. Now just as a warning, I'm writing this in a 'stream of consciousness' style, so it'll probably sound a bit rambly at points but I'm going to try to keep it short and to the point. I just want to write everything that I'm thinking and make this into a sort of reflection, rather than an actual review. I think it'll be a way for me to share a more personal side of me and show you what I'm thinking.

Just a random fact: the background is actually a screenshot of my photo collection of 2013 from my iPhone
























At the beginning of the year all I was worried about was whether or not I would get accepted to the colleges
I was interested in and keeping my grades up for my last semester of high school. Everything seemed light and fun; then I graduated and turned 18 and everything changed.

Well...not everything, but a lot did. More pressure was put onto my shoulders with family issues we were going through and college (or university depending on where you live) starting in August. It was just very stressful leading up to my first day of college but then I started getting the hang of things and started learning how to balance my school work with my social life (and by social life I mean my blog, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook). It was actually harder than I thought it would be to keep up with my blog and still maintain my college workload. Eventually I got the hang of it and was happy with where I was going both in college and with my blog.

I had a lot of firsts this year: my first blog, my first graduation, my first cell phone, my first car, my first semester of college, and my first time going out on my own. Now I still live at home so I'm not totally independent, but I have gotten a tiny, little taste of freedom. My mom is still a little hesitant about me going to the mall or grocery shopping on my own but she's slowly loosening up and trusting me. I'm hoping that by sophomore year of college I'll be able to transfer to my dream school and live with my friends in an apartment...but that's just a dream at the moment.

The highlights of this year would definitely have to be me starting this blog, graduating, turning 18, and starting college! But it has flown by entirely too fast and is just a blur at this point. It feels like the older I get the faster the years seem to go by. I've learned so much this year not only about myself but about the world around me that it's given me a new outlook on life. I used to be so close-minded and just had one way of thinking of things that I never really opened up and actually took into consideration that there were other ways of thinking about things. As I look back today I can't believe that I was so close-minded! Today, I look at everything with an open mind; I'm not as quick to judge and I don't get mad as easily, instead I take in what I see and actually think about it before just dismissing it. It's made me see things in a new light and I'm happy about it.

I have a bunch of things I want to accomplish next year but I've found that if I start planning everything now I'll just end up over thinking and it just won't work out. So instead of making new years resolutions, I'm just going to go with the flow. Now I obviously have some goals that I'm  going to keep in the back of mind like maintaining my GPA, getting fit, and making improvements to this blog. I'm also going to start a journal to just write down my daily thoughts (the journal is coming in tomorrow, I'm so excited!). I've tried keeping a "diary" before but it didn't last very long. However, I just started watching The Carrie Diaries recently and it got me back into it, but instead of writing a diary I'm just going to keep a journal.

I know I said I was going to keep this post short but I guess I kind of knew in the back of my mind that it was impossible! xD Anyways if you have made it this far I just want to say thank you. Thank you for taking out time from your busy schedule to read my random thoughts. I know blogging isn't about the numbers but when I see my pageviews climbing it just makes me so happy and inspires me to think of new ideas and write more. Even if one person viewed my post that day I'd be a happy camper. And whenever I get a comment I starting jumping up and down with joy! :D I don't think you guys know how excited I get knowing that people actually care about what I'm writing. I'm my worst enemy when it comes to writing, but seeing any kind of support just makes me that much happier.

Wow, that got off track fast. Before this post gets any longer I just want to say thank you again and that I hope you have had an amazing year. We all have our ups and downs but seeing that you made it this far just shows you how much farther you can go! (-: I want to wish you all a very happy new year and hope that it goes well for you! I love you guys and I'll see ya next year! (; (I'm sorry I had to!)

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2 comments

  1. A girl with a cameraJanuary 15, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    I know this was written over a year ago but I love going back to blogger's old post and wondering what they have done in the past. I have no idea what I really got up to in 2013, all I remember that it was one of the worst years of university and things were getting out of hand.

    Change tends to have its up and downs. It is funny how quickly you have to grow up once you leave high school and tackle the next chapter. Sometimes I wish I had the maturity level of what I have now. However I guess I would have not been able to enjoy my youth. Life tends to quite intriguing at times.

    Well I am going to continue reading your other posts.

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  2. Lol, thanks for stopping by Amina! That's interesting, I may have to look into looking at older posts. I'm sorry to hear about your 2013. /: Yeah, life is definitely intriguing, complicated, but intriguing. I really do believe in the saying "everything happens for a reason," and we grow and become more mature because of those experiences, even though at the time I definitely don't understand that. Haha, let me know what you think of my other posts! I know some of them tend to get a bit rambly, so you could probably skim over those. ;D Lol, thanks for reading Amina!

    Lots of Love,
    Manpreet || Simply-M

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