I have made an unconventional list of New Years Resolutions, in hopes of maximizing the AMAZING experiences to come in the next 364 days. I would really appreciate your complete cooperation in making this new year as memorable as possible. My thanks in advance.
Perhaps it was a crippling case of Seniorities, or the fast-paced summer full of highschool reunions and farewells, but in 2014, I stopped being curious. No longer listening to the news, reading books, or finding new hobbies, I frequently found myself bored. I recently read the hilarious Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”, and my life was changed forever. I miss being able to be in a loud place but still being able to get lost in the pages of a good book (a trait I acquired during the recesses of elementary school). I also picked up knitting and crocheting after a good friend of mine showed my the basics, and we went shopping in a chic store in NYC from yarn. December was a busy month for me. In 2015, I’m challenging myself to read at least a book a month, and to find a new hobby, because I can only knit so many scarves!
I am an avid advocate for mental, emotional, and physical health. Though my religion (Catholicism) calls for a weekly mandatory day of rest, I find myself ignoring the built-in opportunity to re-charge because of a potent mix of procrastination and my uncanny ability to overbook myself. To prevent myself from burning out, I vow to organize the rest of my week so that I am more aware of the time I have, and do not fall victim to binge watching shows on Netflix, so that I can reserve Sundays for myself.
The only “con” I had on my “pro/con’ list when I was deciding whether or not to come to Hopkins, was that the campus was less than 30 minutes from my house. I shuddered at the possibility of spontaneous visits by my parents, and swore to never visit home during the semester. That mentality quickly changed as the semester began, especially when my mom could fix a bad day with a quick hug, or when I was sick, with a bin full of enough cough-drops, cough syrup, and brownies to nurse my entire floor back to health (this happened!!). In 2015, I not only want to spend more time with my family, because frankly, they’re pretty awesome, but I also want to explore my city a lot more, to really appreciate all the awesome things B’more, and her neighboring cities have to offer. My family, and my city are huge parts of who I am, and who I want to continue to be this 2015, so I want to dedicate time to appreciating both in this new year.
Well, that’s it for now! I hope 2015 is a year of self development, and I’m really excited for the memories to come.