Last year–2016–was a year of transitions for me: I graduated from college. I moved back home with my parents after living on campus for three years. I managed to go through interview after interview and eventually obtained a full-time, “big girl” job that I was content with. So many life events had happened in 2016, and it was definitely not easy. I know that 2017 will come with its own obstacles as well, but I plan on having a different approach and mindset on how I want to take on this year.
In 2016, I had a tendency to be very cautious. I had received various job offers and was always hesitant in deciding which ones I wanted to pursue or decline. I was indecisive and I didn’t know what I wanted–and to be completely honest, I still don’t really know what I currently want to do in life. But for 2017, I want to be able to feel more comfortable and confident in making decisions, taking chances, and trying new things. I am in my twenties. This is the decade to take on new opportunities even when the outcome is unknown because there will always be lessons learned from the decisions that have been made. 2017 will be the year I take more chances, follow through with decisions I make, and learn from my experiences.
During the summer of 2016, I didn’t have my priorities in check. My main focus was to find a job and find a job that pays well–particularly in a corporate setting. For 2017, I don’t want to be just another puzzle piece in society being forced to fit somewhere on a standard 3000 puzzle piece set. Instead, I want to be able to find meaning in a puzzle as a whole. This year is the year for me to come closer to discovering what truly drives me and learn more about what career(s) I imagine myself thriving in. Now that I won’t be spending a majority of my time in a classroom setting, I want to learn more about myself in a “real” world setting. 2017 will be a year of further self-discovery.
In 2016, I felt that I became distant and disconnected because I didn’t make enough time for the things that I wanted to. It was difficult for me to build and continue to maintain close relationships with family and friends like I once used to. School and life became so busy that I wasn’t able to write creatively and daily like I once had. In 2017, I want to be able to better manage my time. No more saying I will make more time for all these things, but instead DOING, taking action, and seeing results. 2017 will be a year of progress and accomplishments.
Whatever 2017 has to offer, I have a plan on how I want to approach this year and the following months to come.
Also, if you’ve come this far, thank you for reading my very first blog post! I am excited to embark on this blogging journey and continue writing more often like I used to. Plan on seeing weekly blog posts from Sophia and I!
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