Happy New Year!

Well, isn’t this exciting? It’s 2018. It’s a brand-new year. There are 365 sparkling new days ahead of you, just waiting for you to fill them out. And, honestly, I’ve got no idea what I’m going to do with them.

This is not going to be your typical “Happy New Year” post, because there are going to be some dark things in here, but there is also going to be some light. This is also going to be the post that jump-starts my blog again, so I’ve spent a lot of time and thought in writing this…but it’s mostly going to be a rambling mess. Proceed with caution!

First, we are going to start with what I accomplished in 2017:

  1. I finished my first year of graduate school with a 4.0 GPA
  2. I obtained a summer internship with a successful newspaper company
  3. I moved to my second apartment and I no longer hate my life or my roommates
  4. I obtained a lot of fancy baking stuff and became a rather accomplished cook
  5. I started this blog!

Now that we have a quick overview of 2017 out of the way, what about 2018…?

2018 is going to start out as the year from hell for me. I’ve got exactly five months and four days before I am supposed to graduate from grad school. May 5, 2018, I will walk across the stage in my glorious ModCloth dress and receive my Master’s Degree from the University of Montevallo. In the next four months, I’ve got to finish writing my prospectus, writing my reading list, and finish writing my thesis. I’ve procrastinated so long that I have this utterly sinking feeling that I’m not going to be able to finish this on time. If I don’t graduate in May, I am going to be 100% a failure. I think know my problem is that I don’t do well without concrete deadlines. If I’m not given exact dates for things to be done, I’m not going to do them. And I should have told my thesis advisor this in the beginning. She let me have too much freedom, and I abused it. Now I have to figure out how to come up with a prospectus and a reading list in less than a week, because I’m an idiot.

Now for something a little more light-hearted:

In 2018, I am going to find my first “big girl” job. I’m hoping for something in the editing field, but I will take a secretarial position as long as it gets me out of fast food/retail!

In 2018, I am going to move to my third apartment. I still have no idea where or when yet, but I am hoping it’s something I can afford by myself and not have to have a roommate for.

In 2018, I am going to work in improving my X-Wing game. I’m going to a sort of competition in February, and the guys from the comic shop want to see me “stomp some neck beards,” etc. It should be a great time.

In 2018, I am going to work on doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge. I still have to go back and plan all of the books I am going to read for it, but I am excited. Challenges get me going.

In 2018, I am going to finally get myself back into shape. I don’t know how I’m going to accomplish this yet, but it’s something…

In another very exciting piece of news, I am going into 2018 with a new boyfriend. We kicked off the new year by watching movies in a blanket fort with champagne and popcorn. I am so excited for what the future will hold with this guy, and I think I might have finally found someone who can match me in so many ways.

I want to thank each and every one of you for sticking with me over the past 8 months. When I started this blog back in April, I had no idea what it would grow into. I am so excited that it’s become something even bigger than I had originally thought. I know I haven’t been super active this winter, but I am going to certainly work on making it better over the coming months.

Happy 2018 to all of you. Here’s hoping it’ll be better than 2017.

And as always, keep reading.

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