Looking Back; Moving Forward

Tomorrow is the last day of 2014. What an incredible year it has been– I studied abroad in Prague, traveled all around Europe, experienced an amazing internship in DC, trained for my first half marathon, made Dean’s List for the 7th time in a row, and got the second 4.0 of my college career! I am so grateful for all the memories I made and lessons learned this year. Some lessons that come to the forefront are: how to plan a weekend trip in a new city, the best ways to successfully navigate a city, how to handle the logistics of a sponsorship, how to motivate myself to train and improve fitness, and how to hold myself accountable to my goals.

As I think about the upcoming year, I have decided to set some new goals for myself. These aren’t necessarily new year’s resolutions. They are more like projects that I would like to complete by the year’s end. By writing them down, I’m hoping this will add some pressure and hold me more accountable than simply thinking them in my head.

Top 5 Goals for 2015:

1. Get hired. I must find a job! At the beginning of the semester I was determined to graduate with a job offer, and while that would be nice, it is not a necessity for me anymore. I think it’s more important that I find the right job for me at a company that I’m excited to work for than to simply have a job. I understand that this may take time– so, my new goal is to get hired by the end of next year.

2. Blog weekly. I have found blogging to be quite therapeutic, and I think it’ll be really good for me to do it on a weekly basis. I am still getting the hang of it, but once it becomes a habit I’m sure it’ll get easier. I also really want to find a voice for my blog and connect to a specific audience.

3. Run more races. I would like to run three half marathons this year, with a couple 5 or 10 ks in between. Today I registered for my first half marathon of the year, happening on March 28 in Sparks Glencoe, MD. It is a fundraising event for the organization “Back On My Feet,” which helps the homeless regain their independence through running. As a participant I need to raise at least $100 by the race, so if you would like to donate I would greatly appreciate it! Here’s the link to my profile: http://baltimore.backonmyfeet.org/BoMFBmoreHalf-FundRacing-Management?kid=76uz5sb9a2me3f740547b4ulvgg7gwbnxh1xc

4. Read 10 books. I will admit I am a slacker when it comes to reading. I watch way too much Netflix when I could be doing something more productive, like reading. Although 10 may seem like a low number to many, I feel this will be feasible for me since reading is not something I do on a regular basis. Hopefully by setting this goal, it will become more of a norm in my life and maybe I’ll even exceed my goal!

5. Save money. This is a big one. I need to graduate with some money in the bank, so I have to make sure that I save money from my job. We’ll see if I can restrain from online shopping (my weakness).

On another note, yesterday I watched a documentary called “Vegucated,” which follows three New Yorkers who convert to veganism. It shows, quite vulgarly, the dark reality of the agricultural industry and the mistreatment of animals, as well as the negative impacts the farming industry has on the environment. It affected me quite a lot, and I have decided to become a semi-vegan pescetarian (no animal products– meat, dairy, eggs, but yes to seafood). I just can’t see myself giving up seafood, although if I successfully transition to semi-veganism maybe I will cut out seafood eventually. But for now, this will be my new diet. I’m a little worried, but with all the products out there for vegans and vegetarians, I think I can do it. Time to try vegan cheese for the first time!

If all goes to plan and I follow through with all my goals, 2015 should be a year with a lot of change. I will graduate college, start my career, be a newly converted semi-vegan, run plenty of races, and read/write more. I hope you all follow me on my journey as I document my experiences on my blog.

What are your goals? What do you think of mine? Let me know :)

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