I decided to do a little reflective post (like anyone's going to read it anyway) on the last year. I started this blog at the very beginning of it, and it's crazy to me when I go back and look at old posts. I've definitely changed a lot, I think mostly in good ways.
This is the first full year I've been single the entire time since the beginning of college. That's insane to me. Yes, I've dated, multiple guys this year. But none of them turned into a relationship. The ex and I tried again, and as of right now it's not looking like we are ever going to work out. So there's that. But I'm pretty confident that I'm going to be ok :)
I won't lie. I want to be married and start having kids. Soon. I'm 23 years old, I don't think that means I'm a crazy person. I also want to get my career moving forward. And I feel like it has completely come to a standstill. So the one big thing I'm going to focus on in 2014 (specifically in the first half of the year) is finding another position, maybe it'll be in the Hospitality industry, maybe it won't be, that move my career forward towards ultimately being some sales or marketing executive. That's the ultimate direction I want to go. And if I can't make that happen by June, I'm going to commit to getting into OCS with the Navy. That's all there is to it.
Anyhoo. This year WAS a lot of fun. I went wine tasting a lot...
And went to a lot of country concerts...
And I'm totally OK with having spent a lot of time doing those things :) I've realized who my real good friends here in San Diego are, and I'm so thankful to have such an amazing group of girlfriends in my life. I know a lot of girls don't have that. I'm also thankful for my friends back in Memphis that I still keep in touch with. Hopefully that's something else I'll be able to accomplish this year: Going back to Memphis! I have a sorority sister AND a best friend from Memphis getting married in April and May (respectively) so if I can make ends meet enough to afford a trip back there, I'm going to have to choose which one to go to.
Probably the biggest change that's happened this year has been in my health and fitness. As far as eating goes, I've learned how to cook healthy. I've also realized I struggle with self-control (in most areas of my life) and I think I may have finally had the come-to-Jesus-moment I needed on my 2.5 mile run last week that food just isn't as important to me as being strong and healthy. So from here on out, I'm going to really try to view food more as a fuel than anything else, and eat things that will make things like running, swimming, and other exercises continue to get easier and easier.
Of course I'd also love to do a 5k, and really get a handle on swimming (which, btw, Cassandra came and started working with me on on Saturday). One other goal I want to fulfill is starting school to get an MBA. Yes, I'm still doing that. Applications aren't due for a while and they're expensive, so I'm taking them one at a time.
Anyway. 2013 has been a good year. A year of self-realization, that's for certain. 2012 was a year of extreme ups and extreme downs, and 2013 has been, in general, pretty dang good. Of course I struggle every day with money, but I'm hopeful that this year, like I said, will be the year I get on my feet. I've been out of college for a year and a half. It's time.
Happy end-of-2013, everyone! And here's hoping 2014 is a great one for all of us :)