Well it’s that time of year….December is winding down fast so here comes the annual reflections and goals post. As cheesy as it is, I love to look back on the year and set goals for the next one. I say “goals” instead of resolutions because I like to aim for things rather than resolve to force myself to do things. Anyway, perhaps I’ve always been a fan of this kind of thing because my birthday is the last day of the year so I get a double fresh start between the new calendar year and age to embrace. Check out my reflections and goals below and let me know in the comments some of yours, I’d love to hear from you guys 🙂
Reflection of 2016:
The more I delve into my economics major, the more I love it. However, it’s not always the easiest thing in the world, requiring lots of work and late nights at times. But I’m happy to say I’ve done the best academically these two 2016 semesters while balancing 5 courses and 20+ hours a week between two jobs.
I had the wonderful opportunity to travel extensively this year for the first time in my life. To say it was exciting/enthralling is an understatement. I visited 8 countries this year- Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, England, and Canada! But far beyond the number, I experienced living in different cultures and meeting people from around the world. In some ways it uncovered and rearranged some of my life priorities, and reminded me of things I was missing that I didn’t remember losing in the first place. Cheers to more adventures in the new year!
Dating My Best Friend
I don’t always blog a ton about my personal life, but I started dating someone recently! Who happens to be/have been my best guy friend of many years here at school. I know…it’s rom-com-esque but hey sometimes life lines up and things fall into place in the best possible kind of way 🙂 Case in point, I’m happy and am looking forward to visiting him in a few weeks over our holiday break.
Adult-ing AKA Renting my First Apartment
With ridiculous East Coast city prices, it’s easier said than done to find good quality affordable housing. This year, my best friend and I rented our first apartment together. We figured out about leasing and setting up Internet, and thank Ikea everyday for helping to decorate our cozy apartment. There really is a sense of pride that comes with having, albeit renting, a place of my own during my last year of college!
Learning About Life And Loss
2016 undoubtedly also shaped my views on loss and death. As morbid as this reflection is, I thought it must be included. Of course I wish death was not interwoven into my life (and those who I love and their lives) but it was in many ways. It forced me to be more introspective on the matter and consider it in ways I hadn’t before. I don’t think it is something we as humans can 100% understand why. Eventually, we all die but sometimes life is not always fair. Every time I dwell on it, I always think of my favorite quote below:
“Thomas Edison’s last words were “It’s very beautiful over there”. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” – Looking for Alaska
Goals of 2017:
Although I don’t forsee a bump in the road with this, graduating with my bachelor’s degree will be a big accomplishment come May 2017.
Get a Job
Unsurprisingly, with graduation fast approaching, one major goal is to get a job! I don’t have one specific job in mind but that’s sort of the beauty of studying a social science. I’m genuinely open to where life takes me. Of course, I’m hoping to end up in not just a job, but rather one I love or enjoy going to which uses my skill set.
Save and Start Investing $$
Along with getting a job and making a salary, I want learn about and start investing (some of) my money. I definitely think this would be a valuable thing to learn more about, and it’s something I want to get a head start on in my 20’s. I’m pretty rational with my money (economics major!) but the idea of entering the markets is really exciting to me.
Try Something Totally New
As ambiguous as this is, I just want to do something totally outside my comfort zone this year. Whether it’s taking a class in something I’ve never done before like ballroom dancing or start learning another language or striking up a new hobby, I totally plan on pursuing or at least dabbling in a new activity before the year is out.
Maintain Friendships After Graduation
With most of my friends graduating along with me, maintaining connections won’t be quite as easy as when we all live on a central campus. I’m fairly good at staying in touch with people, but it will definitely be more difficult as friends from college and home start to scatter and are off building their own lives. Thank goodness for social media to help with this!
Between living in a fast paced city and balancing the crazy student and yo-pro (young professional) life sometimes I need to take some “me time” and just relax! The truth is though, it’s not a complaint about my life. I love living in the city and having too many ways to fill my day. But sometimes it is good to take a deep breath and step back from it. My favorite embodiment of this is the German word “Gemütlichkeit”, roughly translating to a sense of peace of mind and the feeling of bliss. Living in Austria, I felt the culture embodied this kind of mentality and lifestyle, something I want to carry more of back here in the US this next year.
Keep Up Blogging
Last, but not least, I am committed to keeping up with blogging on PensivePalindrome. I enjoy writing so it’s not a chore, so rest assured I plan to keep blogging my 2017 adventures (and beyond!) regularly! My main goal is to keep putting out weekly content throughout the new year.
To sum it up, 2016 has been one hell of a year marked by change from a personal level to on a global scale. Some good, some bad. Let’s make 2017 a year of big accomplishments and positive thinking!