15 Things I've Learned in the Year 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Yup, it's about that time of year again to reflect back on your year: the good, the bad and everything in between. I've realized in my twenty years of existence that I absolutely stink at making sticking to my New Year's resolutions, so instead of making a post of my goals for 2016, I thought I'd reflect back on my 2015 by looking at what I've learned over the year, not only about the world, but myself as well.

Without further adieu: 15 Things I've Learned in the Year 2015 (in no particular order):

1) College is pretty awesome.


Unfortunately I'm not attending Hogwarts, but I'm in my third year of college, or university, and it is a blast! Even though I don't have the traditional college experience with IUPUI being an urban campus, it has definitely given me experiences that I'll never forget. I've gotten more and more involved over the years and through my involvement I've grown both personally and professionally. I've had so many unique opportunities and I've met the most amazing people who I can see being friends for life. College is what you make of it. There will definitely be days where you wonder why you ever thought college was awesome, but you just gotta push through it and focus on the awesome moments and memories you make.

2) I need to go out and explore more.

Yes, college has been an amazing experience so far but I need to go out and explore more around me. I tend to stay inside of this bubble, not socializing much outside of work and classes, but I'm determined to go out more and spread my social butterfly wings. (;

3) We still don't have flying cars.


Random, but we still don't have flying cars. ):

4) I enjoy design.


I've dabbled in Photoshop since like 7th or 8th grade but I never realized how much I love designing. I'm still learning what type of design I'm interested in and just touching the surface when it comes to the specifics of design, but it's definitely the creative aspect of marketing I've always drifted towards. It just became clear this year. Who knows...maybe I could design our first flying car?! I mean...I don't know any techy engineering stuff but I can make it look pretty...hehe.

5) Justin Bieber has pretty dope beats.


As much as it pains me to admit it, Justin Bieber's recent album is pretty decent. I've never really been a fan of Justin Bieber but he seems to have gotten his act together and put out some good music. Currently jamming to SorryI'll Show You and Love Yourself.

6) I'm capable of being a leader.


If you know me, you know that I've never been very confident in myself or my abilities. If someone gives me a compliment, I don't know how to react and get super awkward as I mumble 'thank you' in an unsure tone. This year, I realized that I do have strengths and I am capable of a lot of things if I just put my mind to it. I've been in leadership positions before but they were never defined, meaning I just kind of stepped up without really realizing I was being a "leader." I've taken on my first defined leadership role going into the new year and I'm a bag of mixed emotions, most of it being filled with nervous excitement.

7) We have the means to make waves.


With social media and have everything at our fingertips, we have the capability of actually making a difference in the world. Yeah, you reading this, you can make a difference in this world. We've definitely started to recognize this power by starting much needed conversations over controversial topics, but we need to also be willing to take the next step to make the actual change. We're definitely on the right path though.

8) Social Media is a double-edged sword.


Social media has great power over us. This can be good as it gives us the ability to quickly communicate, be aware and get our ideas out there but it can also be scary when people use it to attack each other, make threats and spread fear. The whole Essenia affair really got me thinking about social media, and I've decided that social media is a double-edged sword. Just like everything else in the universe, there are pros and cons. It's what you make of it.

9) Time flies by way too fast.


People always say the older you get, the fast time flies. I always just looked at them blankly and went on with my day, but now I totally get what they mean. o_o It seems like just yesterday I was starting my first year of college and now I'm only three semesters away from graduating with my bachelor's degree...like whaaaat?!

10) Best friends aren't necessarily the people you've known the longest.


I've never really felt like I've had a "best friend," someone I could tell anything to. I mean I have really good friends who I love to death, but never those one or two people who I just instantly clicked with. This year I clicked with three awesome human beings who are quickly becoming people who I'd consider my "best friends." I've known one of them for almost two years now, and the other two I just met this July when my friend of two years got me a job at their office. Now I feel odd if I don't talk to them everyday.

11) I L-O-V-E a good burger.


I always thought pizza was my favorite food, until this year, when I realized my love for a good ole veggie burger and some fries. I've never really been a big fan of beef, but I'll have to give it a try.

12) I don't have my shit (for lack of a better word) together, and that's okay.


Before college I always used to worry about what my future would hold. What would I do after college? Would I get a good job? Would I find my prince charming? Would I get to move back to California and have a perfect life? I don't know what happened, but I've mellowed out a lot over the past three years and I'm not as worried about the future. Don't get me wrong, I still think about those things but I don't worry about them. Instead, I take it a day at a time and just enjoy life. You only got one life right?

13) It's okay to be selfish once in awhile.


I've been incredibly busy this past year and I realized that it's okay to be selfish and take time for yourself. As an introvert, "me-time" is extremely important for me to be able to be my functioning happy self. I always want to say "yes" to every opportunity that came my way, but I soon learned how overwhelming that can be and gained the courage and ability to say "no" occasionally.

14) We generalize E V E R Y T H I N G.


In today's world of political correctness, it can be frustrating talking with people about anything that is going on in the world. People are quick to jump to conclusions and even quicker to generalize things. For example: 1 terrorist happens to be a Muslim so this means all Muslims are terrorists. 1 black guy shoots a cop so this means all black people are criminals. 1 cop shoots a black guy so this means all cops are racist. Why do we do this? You can't simplify such complex concepts. Each individual has the ability to make their own decisions. Of course there are exceptions, and there may be patterns in the types of people who are doing things, but it's dangerous to add "all" infront of your accusations.

15) Anything is possible if you just believe (and put in the effort.)


I can't even begin to explain how important it is to dream, to have goals for yourself, to strive toward something that you love. It's not going to be easy, and you may not know what exactly you're striving towards just yet, but that's the beauty of life: you have time to find it! I'm still discovering who I am, what I like, what I don't like, etc. and there's no rush. I'll probably still be learning new things about myself when I'm 100 years old! Just know that once you find that something to strive towards, it is possible and you will reach it, you just gotta put in the effort and give it time.

What's something you have learned in 2015, other than the fact that there is literally a GIF for everything?

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  1. I hate to admit that Justin Bieber's new songs are catchy. If you bring it up in a conversation, I'll deny it with everything I've got! Haha!
    This was such a fun post to read. So different from the usual round-ups.
    Aria | Girl in a Whimsical Land

  2. Numbeerr niinee uumm YYEEs. Where did 2015 go for starters? I'm sure it was 2014 just yesterday haha. But they also say time flies while you're having fun, so I guess that's happened! :)
    Loved this post and especially the gifs haha :D <3
    Happy new year girlie!
    Emma xxx


  3. I absolutely love this post! 2015 has been a crazy year for me but it has taught me so much!

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