As I sit here on the morning of my 22nd birthday, I can’t help but think about all of the things I have experienced thus far. I have gone through plenty of hardships and difficult times that most people will never even fathom. They’d be shocked, if they ever learn about the things I’ve had to overcome, but I would rather have them not know. I feel like those experiences were life lessons soley carved out for my life as my foundation.
I recognize that there are others who have it worst than I do. That’s probably the root of my positive thinking. I’ll never complain about what I’ve gone through, nor will I ever try to tell the world about those things as a way to victimize myself. On the contrary, I am thoroughly grateful for each moment I have lived because, without those moments, as cliche as it is, I would not be the person I am today. I may have never have found my strength, ambition, compassion, and independence and that would have been much more tragic than anything I’ve lived through.
By living through the first 22 years of my life. I’ve learned to grow into who I am today. I’ve built a sturdy foundation for myself and Have placed myself in the position to gain opportunity. I am currently at the best place I have ever been in my life, spiritually, socially, personally, and in any other way you can imagine. I am happy and I am confident in my potential and with my place in the world. What better way to bring in another year? But the best part is that, although I’m happy with where I am, I know that this is not the best I’ll be. I know there are greater things to come that the first 22 years of my life have prepared me for. Right now, I’m living in the moment, enjoying my time, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see what another year has in store for me.
Today marks the first day of winter. The season the year starts off with and the same one it ends with. Honestly, winter has always ranked as my least favorite season. However, after some long reflection, I think it wasn’t the season of winter that was hurting my soul, but the things I had to endure during so many winters of my life. I’m not a big fan of cold weather, I prefer long sunny days over short dark ones, and winter always meant that I was only half way through the school year. This year is a little different and I must admit that I’ve developed a new appreciation for the winter season. Yes, the air is cold and the days are short, but there’s also so much beauty in winter that shouldn’t be overlooked. White snow, bright holiday decorations, and so many celebrations. Winter is a season of reflection. You’re preparing yourself for a new year in your life, your renewal in spring. You have to appreciate that in some way. Personally, I still hate the cold, dark days filled with leafless trees, but I love the opportunity to celebrate. You can celebrate your family, your year’s accomplishments, and what your new year has in store for you. So, honestly, I welcome winter with open arms because I’m just excited to celebrate all that I’ve done since last winter and I can wait to see what comes next.
15 years have led up to
this one moment in time.
The day where I will finally
be released from my bind.
From this day forward,
I can truly be dedicated
to creating what is mine.
15 years later,
I’ve paid my dues
and earned my way.
With sleepless nights and headaches,
I’ve given more than what I’ve had to pay.
I dare someone to say
I don’t deserve my spot this May.
I think I can already feel the tears.
I can already hear the cheers,
as I walk across that stage
and turn my next page.
I’m ready for my life’s next age.
I’m running toward it
without any fears.
2013 is here and now it’s time for the inevitable New Year’s resolutions. You set a goal for yourself and try to stick to it all year round. Last year, my resolution was to be the best me I could be. I was including a more positive mindset, my health, my social life, and my professional goals. I wanted to progress and grow as much as possible. Honestly, I think I did a pretty good job at sticking to my goal… and my best friend agrees! I’ve tried to maintain optimism and forward movement in my life, which has definitely helped me improve as a person, but now it’s time to make a new goal for myself.
Obviously, I have the specific goals of graduating college and all that good stuff, but, more importantly, I want to do a better job of making myself a priority in my life. I can’t be at my best, if I don’t take care of myself, so I have to make an effort to do so. This past year, I have certainly given a lot of myself to others to the point that I end up getting burnt out. It’s nice to help people and you have to make sacrifices in life, but it should never get to the point where you’re not ever benefiting from the situation, so, this year, I’m going to take care of myself and I mean that in every sense. Let’s make it a good one 2013!
The end of 2012 is finally here. Many see it as the end of one chapter and the start of another. I can’t help but agree. Your life won’t be completely changed and it’s not like everything will be different just because it’s a new year, but the new year is definitely a good marker for determining the progress of your life. It’s a time to look back at the past year to see what you’ve done and what all you’ve been through. Take this moment to celebrate and appreciate the positives in your life, but also take this moment to learn from and let go of the negatives.
Personally, I feel like I have grown so much in a positive way, throughout the past year. I’ve managed to do well in school and am one semester away from graduating college. I got promoted at work and am able to see the many great changes in my co-workers and my students. I’ve really started to make my passion and my aspirations a priority in my life. I’ve made some great friends, who have had a big impact on my life, while my old friendships have only gotten stronger. I think I’ve gotten closer to my family and I think I am, overall, much happier than I was a year ago.
Now, I must say that not everything about 2012 was perfect. There were plenty of moments where I found it hard to maintain my positive mindset and not all of my friendships survived the year. There was more than enough stress and many lessons learned, but it’s all part of life. What we all have to remember though is that those not so great moments don’t have to haunt us. It’s a new year, so don’t make the same mistakes and don’t live the same way if it’s not working out for you. Let go of what is stopping you from being happy. Learn from the errors you made. Make a change, if you feel like you need one. Don’t be afraid to make 2013 a good year and just eliminate the negativity that is standing in your way. Use the new year as a motive to make a goal and stick to it, but, most importantly, enjoy every moment.
Tonight, I’ll be celebrating with most of my closest friends and family. I’m going to celebrate the great memories that 2012 has given me and I’m going to celebrate what 2013 has in store for me. Hopefully, the new year will be just as unforgettable for all of us!
Today is December 1st, which means a few different things. One it means that Christmas is only a few short weeks away. Two it means that 2012 is almost at its end, but it also means that November, a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month, is now over. At the beginning of November, I told you all about my personal goal to surpass my previous word count of 20,000. Well, I am glad to say that I was successful. I ended NNWM with over 26,000 more words under my belt. Throughout the process, I finished plenty of works, developed many of the concepts I had started in the past, and began new pieces that I am more than excited to complete. I may not have written an entire novel in the month of November, but I am definitely proud of the work that I did get done. Although November is over, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing until next year. It just means I’m going to stop counting how many words I type until next year. I am so glad I challenged myself this year because, if I wouldn’t have, who knows if I would’ve accomplished so much. Hopefully, I wasn’t the only one who ended November more inspired and accomplished!
It’s official… President Obama has been re-elected as president of the United States of America for another four more years. Even if you decided to not vote for Obama, you should be proud that you voted and that you used your voice. I, personally, am so proud that I exercised my right to vote and, more importantly, that I voted for what I believed in. I am happy to say that both the Dream Act and Same-Sex marriage passed in Maryland, two issues that affect some important people in my life. As a hispanic female in college, this election was too important for me to pass up on. I just had to vote. I am now excited to witness the forward progress we can acheive together.
Here is a video of Obama’s victory speech from last night in Chicago. I must confess that I had to hold back some tears toward the end. America, you should be proud and remember this is only the beginning.