My Year - 2014

Where did the time go? How has 2014 come and gone so quickly?
This year felt as though it passed in two parts,
Part 1 - High School
Part 2 - After High School
And, actually, that is sort of how my year went.
I started 2014 as a high school senior, completely and utterly terrified of the future, unsure of my destination.
I end 2014 as a college freshmen with her first semester under her belt, ready to get the journey of semester two going.

I thought it would be fun to look up a few "New Year" questions, and I was able to stumble upon a list, picking out a few I thought wouldn't be a complete bore for me to answer and you to read!

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
I think it's pretty hard to narrow it down to the "single" best thing to happen this year. There are a few things that happened this year that I would consider the "best" including my graduation from high school. College follows that immediately. I think that education is amazing and incredible, and the fact that I have the opportunity to continue my education is something I really appreciate and cherish (even if the tests and presentations are a pain).

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2. What was the most challenging thing that happened?
I think the most challenging thing that happened to me this year, that I feel comfortable with sharing, was my transition from high school to college. Not so much academically, but socially. I went from a small group of people that I had known for four years, to a HUGE campus that consisted of thousands of students. And those students ranged from teenagers, like me, to elderly students. I entered college with a positive attitude, and I was ready for anything and everything. Although I shook with nerves, my step never faltered.
3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
2014 was the year of One Direction's "Where We Are" Tour. A tour that I knew I would not attending. When they began their European leg of the tour, I remember watching vlogs on YouTube of people who went to the concert, pausing, and thinking "Well sucks to know I'll never get to experience this in real life". Little did I know that I'd be attending two shows later that same year (WWA).

  

4. What were the best books you read this year?
This year left very little time for anything. I was always running here to there, there was alway something I needed to be doing whether it be for school or at work. However, I have recently gotten into reading again, since it is Christmas break. Reading books on Wattpad, and actual books.

     
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I also recently started "Girl Online" so that is definitely exciting!

5. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
This year I would say that I definitely went from an anxious disaster, to a less dramatic version of that same person. I have always had difficulty with doing certain things without shaking like a chihuahua. Sometimes I would just be sitting in class and I would shake uncontrollably at the idea that we might be required to share and speak in class that day. It is horrible. Horrible. As my time in college grew, the more I presented in my classes, the more I was required to speak, I found myself growing more and more comfortable with it. Of course I still shook, nervous as ever, but I became more comfortable. It was the nerves more than the overthinking.
I would like to think that was my biggest personal change this year. Although I was already confident in myself, I grew even more comfortable in my own shoes. I was more easily able to go to class and think "Okay, I might have to speak in class today. But I'll be fine, how many times have I had to do a 8-20 minute presentation this year? And I survived each time." 
6. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
I became more aware of how fast time passes. Entering 2014 I knew this year would be one to remember, personally. Everything I had grown to know was going to completely change, and I would either sit stubbornly, hating the change or I would embrace it, however terrified I was for it, and I would try my absolute best to stay the person I had always been, constantly improving.
Because meeting new people is terrifyingly exciting, and you never know who you'll meet and what they'll end up meaning to you. You must always be yourself, and I am proud to say I have always been the person I felt most comfortable with.
   
       
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7. What was the most challenging part of your work?
I was almost positive that I would never get hired anywhere. And don't blame it on a "negative" outlook I might have had, I applied to so many places I don't even remember them all. You name it, I probably applied. I was always either immediately rejected, or never contacted again. It was a low blow on my confidence, but I never doubted my ability to work hard.
I was finally able to find a job, and I am insanely thankful for the opportunity my employer has given me.
I would also like to quickly talk about this blog, I started this blog in 2012 and it was an utter nightmare (HA) it looked really bad, and the consistency of my posts was SO questionable. Although I still have a lot of room for improvement, I would like to pat myself on the back for completely the two goals I set out for myself.
1 - Find a professional looking layout (Check)
2 - Purchase a domain name (Check)
I am so, so, SO excited to see what 2015 holds for Just Blog Along, and myself.
    
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8. What do you hope for in 2015?
I stumbled across a tumblr post today, and it pretty much sums up what I hope for in 2015, and in all the years to follow..
"In 2015 
I hope I meet adventurous, loving souls.
I hope my creativity flourishes and I revel in the moments I live in.
I hope I pursue my dreams fiercely and fearlessly. 
I hope, if given the chance, I fall in love. Hard.
I hope the light inside of me grows."
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Feel free to answer a question from above in the comments below! I would love to know how your 2014 played out, and what you are hoping for in 2015?!

Have a happy, happy, happy, safe and FUN New Year's Eve!!!

love, J