my life · year recap

Is it a new year without another reflective post from me?

Hi, and thanks to anyone and everyone who continues to read! I have lots of things I want to write but never find the right words or right time for, so beware that some content I post will be far delayed from the point it happened in my life. With that said, I do want to keep updating and sharing some of my recent experiences.

May the 4th, 2018.

2018 has been a whirlwind that never stopped. I don’t think I rested much the whole year. 2019 is going to be an entirely new beast to fight as I head into the second semester of my second year in college and work to become a manager at my job.

During 2018 – I was lucky enough to find that I really do love my major when I joined my college newspaper. I spent a lot of time in the newsroom during 2018 and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything else. I learned how to become a better interviewer, reporter, and writer during my first semester.

The summer allowed me to become a trainer at work and train new employees and move up in a way I wasn’t expecting to! And after the great success I felt from my promotion, I had to toughen up and go through with my tonsillectomy. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember the horrific issues I’d suffered from my tonsils over the year leading up to this surgery. The stress and anxiety I felt in the month leading up to surgery were unparalleled and I don’t know how Ashe and my mom managed to love me through it all, but luckily for me, they did. I will be putting an in-depth post about the tonsillectomy for anyone who is curious or having one done themselves! Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as everyone else online said.

The best break I got during the year was going to Las Vegas with Ashe (and during that trip – writing a Bakersfield Vegans food guide for Vegans, Baby!). The atmosphere in Vegas is one I thought I’d hate but actually loved so much. Vegas is a weird place that gives me and Ashe this particular happy heart feeling we get at places like Disneyland and the Queen Mary. Some places just have this magic around them and Vegas is one of those places for us.

Vegas!!

Once fall rolled around, I became the Web & Social Media editor for my college paper. The editing, layout, and torture of being an editor was so weirdly satisfying and rewarding. I made friends I otherwise wouldn’t have, I learned things that are going to be so beneficial for not only my career, but my life, and I felt more than proud each time we produced an issue and finally saw it in print. Seeing your name, your stories, and your hard work laying out pages on paper in front of you is so cool and inspiring.

I was also lucky enough to move in with Ashe and feel as though the adulthood period of my life has truly begun. Moving away from my mom was one of the hardest experiences of my life but I’ve made it through two months away from home and it isn’t as daunting as it was at the beginning. Without the support and encouragement from my mom and the bravery from Ashe, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Leaving home in your early 20’s in the late 2010s is not an easy task.

Let us all hope 2019 is the year of self-love, self-improvement, and happiness.

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