Theme: Beginning of a Transition Toward Autonomy
This year was a time for me to begin breaking away from my parent’s influence and control. I started the year telling them I did not believe in the Catholic path and that I had already found my own path. Of course, they didn’t take it well, and as much as this had caused pain, I’m learning to be true to myself.
What did I accomplish or didn’t from my 2015 goals:
I honestly didn’t accomplish much from my 2015 goals, but I had done things which I had never thought I would do. Most of my 2015 goals encompassed creating more pieces of art, writing a short story, taking more photographs, studying more of the topics I’m interested in, get a job abroad and with other miscellaneous desires.
I pretty much only accomplished hiking more often and taking photos often for my blog. I’m also in progress with a new short story.
What Would You Change:
I mostly spent this year trying to prepare myself for a career that I’ve realized I no longer want at the moment. I had prepared myself to teach English abroad, but I’ve realized that I have limited time with my loved ones and especially with my Grandma’s passing, it’s reinforced my desire to stay close by my family. I also spent most of my money and time preparing for that and it had taken me away from doing the things I love. One last thing I would change is not to spend my time with people who are undeserving or people who gives me no positive influence to my life.
What I Accomplished in 2015 and Didn’t Plan For:
- I received my teacher’s certificate to teach abroad
- I got a substitute job here in California
- I found my first love
- I became a swim instructor and I do love it!
Lessons I’ve Learned:
- Don’t let people abuse you – be true to yourself
- It’s okay to let go of something you’ve spent years working for if it’s not right for you at the moment
- Don’t rush yourself to do things you’re not ready for
What Was Time Well Spent:
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I loved the time I had spent with my cousins: Erika and Sarah. I also was glad that I traveled, but would like to do it when it’s a better time for me. I was rushing to save money and had barely started dating Joe when I left to Cambodia. I would like to feel more prepared when I do travel next year. Lastly, I love working on my blog – it has become another outlet for me to write and to be hold accountable for taking photographs.
People I met this year and I would like to spend more time with:
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I met Karen during my trip to Cambodia and she and I became pretty close even if it was a short period of time. She’s planning to teach in South America and I would very much like to spend more time with her this upcoming year. She very much loves travel and she turns unexpected events into adventure, and I know she could teach me more of that.
How Can I Make Next Year Better:
The number one thing I would like to make sure I accomplish in 2016 is to find my community. I would like to have a group of people that I can spend time with and share my interests with. I’m thinking of joining a boxing class or an art community. Other little things I would like to complete in 2016: ear piercings, tattoo, and take my dog for her shots.
I also want to make sure I have strong boundaries: to say yes to the people I truly want to spend time with and no with those I feel I’m obligated to, but to also say no, to those I would like to spend time with, when I need time for myself.
Lastly, to balance how to put away some money toward savings and to enjoy leisure time.