After a long and successful six months working full time at The Boston Globe, I have time to rest at home and finally update this site. I have some goals and ideas for 2018, including a lot of ways to better myself. I spent more than half of 2017 a bit lost in the wilderness, but the stability of a full-time job helped me to center myself (as did a new boyfriend, although the job came first and foremost). I think I’m very settled and prepared for the coming year; I’ll be returning to classes in about two weeks ready to learn and immerse myself in a challenging new minor. I hope to find more time to eat healthier and exercise, in order to finally maintain a healthy relationship with my body. Of course, “eating healthier” will just mean ordering wings less often and trying to have more nutritious breakfasts, but the real meat of the concept here is the intention behind it. I hope to do at least a small workout every day in order to help strengthen my muscles (not to lose weight, because a focus on the numbers isn’t healthy for me). Most importantly, I plan on setting up therapy appointments in the coming weeks and months to deal with an extremely unhealthy relationship I experienced in high school and the beginning of college. I really hope that by talking to a professional I’ll be able to understand exactly what I went through and the ways that my past could be affecting my current relationships with myself and with others.
There are a bunch of positive things that happened for me in 2017, so I’m going to list them here as well as a list of goals I’d like to accomplish for 2018. I’m going to use this platform more often in order to maintain a sort of accountability to myself, because I think I’m in a good place to make some real change in my life right now.
2017: The Good and the Great (in chronological order)
- being rid of a toxic relationship that wasn’t right for me in so many ways
- maintaining friendships through a busy class schedule
- working on psycho-linguistic research as a research assistant
- making the Dean’s list for the first time in 3 years of college after a LOT of hard work and library hours
- my mom’s graduation with her Master’s degree
- my dad’s ordination as a pastor after 11 years of a career in the making
- a road trip with my mom all the way to South Carolina, a journey filled with friends and family and new sights
- a wonderful job at The Boston Globe where I learned more than I could have imagined
- surprising my mom on vacation in Monhegan, Maine when she didn’t think I could make it thanks to the aforementioned job
- spending my 22nd birthday will all my most favorite people after getting the best haircut of my life
- taking an impromptu trip up to Old Orchard Beach, Maine with the new man to get away from the city and spend some time to ourselves with some card games and the ocean
- another trip out to California, my first time ever!
- I got two days of Thanksgiving with my family and my boyfriend’s, with delicious food and lovely conversation
- Two days of Christmas with my loved ones
- working on my second blog with my boyfriend, where we review alcohol and breweries/distilleries etc.
Things to Accomplish this year:
- therapy sessions to better my mental health
- reach a happy medium between my love of Wings Over Boston and taking care of my body (aka exercising at least 2-3 times a week)
- make the Dean’s list again!
- find one last co-op internship that will round out my college experience
- apply to graduate in spring of 2019
- maintain friendships and make new ones
I’m very excited to go into next year in a good place, with friends and family and love by my side. I’m hoping that I’ll post more here as I find myself with more free time.