Dos mil trece
Two Thousand Thirteen
The past year has been full of many ups and downs — but mostly ups — and lots of growth.
Exactly one year ago, I was:
-stressing about my Army-Baylor application and praying all went well in my physical exam
-preparing to fly to my interview at the University of Iowa (and freaking out that I wouldn’t get into a PT program)
-running a ridiculous amount of miles a week in preparation for the Blue Ridge Marathon
-starting my final semester in my undergraduate education (and denying the fact that I’d be leaving soon for the real world…whatever it had prepared for me)
But I passed the physical…I got into both Iowa and Baylor…I completed the Marathon (and subsequent pub crawl that night—could barely move the next day of course haha)…I graduated (with a decent amount of bling around my neck) — I had an amazing summer job babysitting 3 kids for a wonderful family — and then I learned about life in the real world and the military… can’t complain with those outcomes!
It’s funny — I feel like a broken record when every day I say to myself “wow — I’ve been so incredibly blessed,” but it’s so true and still so surreal!
I had full intentions of doing a really ‘intense’ post, but the more I reflect, only a few words come to mind about the past year:
I can’t believe all of the opportunities I’ve been so fortunate to take advantage of…
…and thank you so much to everyone who helped me get to where I am today.
My family, friends, and mentors were and continue to be a huge support!
The past few (well more like 7) months have been pretty lax in terms of workload…
…but that all changes Friday
Finally, I’m getting into the schooling I’ve worked my whole life towards!!! …that alone was quite the realization. Since preschool, I never had a year where I didn’t put a lot of effort into my education (which I didn’t think was weird …until I talked to other people and learned….well it is pretty odd)– but it’s paid off –and I’ve been able to enjoy life along the way!
So 2014…here we go!!
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman