Today 2014 draws to a close. As I get older, each year feels like it goes by faster and faster, and it often feels like I didn’t even do all that much. However, 2014 was a great year. I reached a lot of goals, and I did a lot of new things. This year had a lot of ups and downs. The year started off strong, and got even better toward the end of my sophomore year in college. Summer 2014 was phenomenal, and I completed my first ever internship! Fall semester of my junior year brought a lot of changes, a lot of tears, a lot of desperate calls home, and a few great nights with my closest friends. The only thing missing from fall semester was my best friend, Holly, who was living it up in London for the term. Fall semester was my hardest semester… well, ever, including all schooling before college. I’m not sure why it was so difficult, but I think it had to do with the fact that I was consistently running on less sleep than normal, taking four upper division courses, and I was a Resident Advisor for the first time. I love my job, but it’s definitely much harder than I thought it would to juggle a full schedule, a social life, and a job. I also had some tension with some friends toward the end of the semester, so that was hard to deal with. I found myself resigning to things, and putting up with being walked over in ways I’ve never allowed in the past. I think sometimes people assume that because you’re not being combative you’re not strong, however, this is untrue. If there’s one thing I learned in 2014 it’s that some personalities have to be dealt with in a delicate manner. However, my fall semester doesn’t encompass the entire year, and I want to reflect on the positives as I take a final look back at 2014.
I would like to break down my year into a few major items to discuss.
This year was seriously weird for friendships, but in the best way possible. At the beginning of 2014, my friend group from freshman year was still fairly solid, though it was having some trouble. My friend group by now, the end of 2014, however, is exactly how I want it to be. I read an article a while back about college friends and true friends, and I was happy to realize that my closest group right now fit the article perfectly. I’m not saying the article knew everything about friendships, but I think I’ve realized in the last year that selfish and dramatic people don’t get you anywhere. If you find yourself thinking, “wow, you only ever talk about yourself, and really can’t listen to anyone,” you may want to re-evaluate. My friends right now are affirmative, hilarious, supportive, and genuine. I don’t have to try really hard to keep them as friends and we don’t feel awkward or distant after time apart.
I just adore my family. Honestly I couldn’t have made it through 2014 without my unfailing support system. I’m not entirely sure how my mom is so unwavering in her ability to deal with me calling at random times in the day, venting about something that got to me, crying about the fact I feel like I’m failing, or just rambling on about absolutely nothing because I need to just talk for a while. Spending the last three weeks of 2014 at home with my family has been so rewarding. I love the holiday season, but I especially love it when I’m home with my family. I loved every single T. Bar, coffee, and Barnes and Noble date I shared with my mom this year. I loved spending time with my dad, too, whether it’s at a Giants game, driving around town, or when he visits me at school. My sister got engaged this year(!!!) SO I will be spending 2015 planning and attending a wedding! She’s marrying the perfect guy for her, and I’m so happy she’s happy.
We got a puppy! By we, I mean my family. She’s part cocker spaniel, and part poodle, and she’s 100% pure joy. We’re still working on potty training, but other than that she’s an adorable little bundle of cuteness. She’s got major spunk, and she’s hyper most of the time, but she also snuggles and gives cute little puppy kisses. I always hate going back to school because it means I won’t get to see her for a while. She makes me so happy! I forgot how much I love puppies until we got her.
I have a confession: I’m a three year person. I can stay really into something for about three years before I start looking forward…thinking about what’s next, where I’m headed. I absolutely love Saint Mary’s, but I feel myself already starting to look forward at where I want to go to law school, what my career will look like, etc. I want to make sure I get to enjoy Saint Mary’s my final year there. I want to make sure I get to do the things I’ve always wanted to do, and I want to spend time with my friends before we all head to different places in search of our dream careers. This may take some tough choices, but I think I’m ready to make them come 2015.
Have I mentioned how much I love this blog? I love having a creative place to share my thoughts, explore my style, and connect with inspiring people. I thank every single person who has read my posts, encouraged me to keep going, and inspired me to blog. I want to especially thank my wonderful friend, Kate Walera, for putting up with me through countless photo shoots, and my other amazing friends for putting up with Instagramming and photographing everything. This blog makes me confident, and makes me feel like I’m doing something meaningful. I really love blogging. I was so scared to start a blog, so scared to put myself out there, and yet I’ve never been more excited to do something. In 2015, I see myself growing the brand of Bottled Creativity, reworking the design a bit, and connecting with more fellow bloggers. I’m so excited for the next year of blogging! Thank you for sticking with me, and I look forward to getting to know you better.
All in all, 2014 was a growing experience. I feel blessed for the opportunities I’ve received. I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for me, and I’m excited for the new year to start. Here’s to a new beginning, and a new start.
Cheers to the new year! Be safe in whatever you do to celebrate.