And just like that, quicker than a snap, 2015 hit me. Even until today, my brain can't process how fast time has passed; it seems like it was yesterday when we started SENIOR year. Today, it's just a countdown game until graduation day. In exactly 6 months--well really 4 if we discount the 2 months of vacation--I will be out from high school and off to college. It's terrifying yet thrilling. There are so many things I want to do before summer is over; in these last months I will leave my last FOOTPRINTS, and I want them to be REMARKABLE.
Because I love checklists a common thing I do every new year (in January) is to make my NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS list, which include my GOALS and DREAMS that I aspire to accomplish. This year my LIST is a bit different from the usual because I'm ending the most important journey of my life, but I'm also starting the most inspiring adventure; therefore, I want this list to be memorable because whatever I do in the first half of this year will be the closure of this first journey. I don't know exactly every point that will be in the 2015 checklist because I'm not familiar with the new path awaiting me; however, I do know that in these two months I have F R E E, I want to CHECK OFF the list these things I've been craving to do, these things that inspire, and these things that will bring meaning to my life. So here goes the first half of my checklist.
It's typical of me, and of many people really, to say that in this new year I will change my exercising habits. Yes, I'm the typical person who says they will start going to the gym and after a few weeks quits the job. I've always set this bar high, but I've never been able to reach it,and there is a simple reason: I'm not MOTIVATED. I haven't found that routine or that activity that makes me want to stop what I'm doing or jump out of bed to exercise. So, I've decided that this upcoming week I will try three different things: YOGA, RUNNING, and WORKING OUT ROUTINES with my sister. Once, I find that activity that inspires me, I will make a commitment to follow up with it for rest of the summer. However, having a healthy living style doesn't only include exercising, but also drinking water. Believe it or not I don't like water, and when I am thirsty I go for juice. Nonetheless, if I'm pushing myself to meet that high bar I also have to start drinking water. It will be hard, but worth it.
On April this year I will be taking my last internship for the IA and I want it to be inspiring. Fortunately, during my last internship at Young & Rubicam I was able to accomplish this; I was not only inspired by beautiful work and the company's culture, but I learned amazing things about marketing and I was submerged in a one kind experience. I was able to intern at a dream place and purse something I loved, marketing. This year I want have another fascinating internship; therefore, this summer I want to take some time to explore other passions and areas I'm interested in and hungry to learn about, and then start contacting some places to find that DREAM internship. If I'm going to be an intern for a month I want this experience to be meaningful, I want something that allows me to explore areas outside my comfort zone, that extends my knowledge on topics I's curious about, and most importantly, I want an internship that pushes me to learn and challenge myself.
During school time I don't get to spend time with my FAMILY; this is because I'm too busy catching up with homework. Therefore, I want to take some time of my summer--now that I don't have piles of workload waiting for me in my desk waiting--to learn from them, help them, and spend some time together.
During the feedback session I was told that I stress out to much, and this year I want to challenge myself to forget about STRESS. Therefore, I've started to plan more short term, instead of long term only. I've bought an agenda, which displays all days of the year and I've begun to write down short term tasks to complete long term goals. So far it's going great and I'm planning to make it a habit; therefore, let's see how it goes.
Finally I want to take on a challenge, a project, or learn something new. I am not quite sure what it is right now-- maybe learn language, take art classes, make my photography book, or simply learn a little more about business--but I want to accomplish something that at the end I will be proud of. Last summer I took photography lessons and for my final photography project I took pictures showing what summer in Peru means and it was a WORTHWHILE experience. Hence, I want to do something very similar this year, only that better.
I know this doesn't encapsulate everything and every NEW YEAR RESOLUTION I want to accomplish this year, but it does encompass most of the things I want to do in this vacation and how I want to close up this first chapter of my life.