2014 had it's good and bad as does every year. I was very uninspired in school, not working nearly as hard. Work in the second half of the year was rough to say the least. I had a lot of stress, and unfortunately anxiety attacks. I became disillusioned about grad school and finding a program that I would fit into. I was able to go home and spend a fantastic week with my family. Spending time with my neices, nephew, mom, and one of my brother's is always a balm for my soul. As is getting to spend time in the outdoors among the trees, wildlife, open skies, and mountains. I had a 4.0 semester and even became part of the Golden Key International Honour Society. I've taken on a great deal of responsibility and duties at work. I started looking outside of my field for grad school programs and found one that calls to me much more. I've submitted my first grad school application.
But mostly I've looked back over my time at school, which is almost over, and taken stock. I've had boring classes and amazing classes. I have learned so much and also realized that in some ways I already knew the amount I wanted to. And I have made some of the most incredible friends. They inspire me, give me strength, motivate me, pick me up when I fall, cheer me on, and allow me to inspire them. They are the greatest gift I have recieved while in school.
Looking into 2015 is full of promise. I will graduate with my BA in Anthropology. I will be the first college graduate in my family. Against many odds, struggles, and journies I will have my degree. Knowledge. A voice. A story. I will also start grad school. I will have a chance to expand my knowledge, share my story.
This year I would also like to get back my inner peace and balance. Talk to my sister. See my other brother. I will continue to spend time with my friends. Going home to see my family is a must. Take up painting again and get back into photography.
It is the time to shed the old skin and be reborn with the new one. Let go of past mistakes, stresses, and habits. Move into each day with a smile and the knowledge that we can begin anew. Namaste
I don't celebrate New Year's. I never really understood the whole standing around waiting for a ball to drop or making resolutions, which are most often broken inside a month. That being said, while I sit in my pajamas at home, it is a good time to reflect on the past year and even look ahead to the coming year.