Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 New Year's Resolutions - Final Update

This past year has been full of amazing new things and adventures that I didn't originally have in mind! I have a semester of College under my belt and I've learned a lot about who I am as a person because of it. Looking at the resolutions I set for myself at the end of 2014 for 2015, I've accomplished several of the things that I wanted and there were a few things that I wish I would have accomplished. However, I'm still proud of my new achievements and the things I learned from them!

My Original Resolutions:

Resolution 1: Write about everything - including the stories that pop up in my head, fictional or not

Resolution 2: Rediscover what it's like to record memories in photos

Resolution 3: Develop my confidence so that I'm not afraid to say no or to share my ideas with the world because I deserve to be confident. (This one ties in with the whole "not caring what anyone thinks" and "appreciating every square inch of my body")

Resolution 4: To beat every level and complete every requirement in Super Mario 3D Land on Nintendo 3DS.

How I Did (or Didn't) Accomplish Them:

Resolution 1: This is one of the resolutions that I don't think I worked on as fully as I had wanted this past year. I got new notebooks and pens and stuffed them in all of my bags and my backpack! However, whenever I thought of something to write down I would talk myself out of it because most of them weren't complete stories or they only made sense in a certain context that I didn't feel like explaining/writing down. However, I did love having all the notebooks and pens everywhere because even though I wasn't writing down as much stuff as I wanted, I felt like I was because I had all the supplies everywhere for it!

Resolution 2: I've absolutely loved this resolution, because I've taken thousands of photos over this past year, many of which I've posted onto this blog. There were even times where I didn't have my camera with me where I wished I'd had it! I found myself seeing everything from the perspective of photos, and thinking about the angles that I would take the photos from if I did have my camera. There were a few times where I told myself I'd come back with my camera, but I rarely actually did that...

Resolution 3: Ehh... I mostly did this one. Unfortunately, the "not afraid to say no" part rarely happened. However, I did really well at speaking up in my classes when I had something to say, and I was more willing to speak up in conversations about the topic at hand. My confidence skyrocketed this past year! I left my dorm in a sweatshirt with no makeup on and I felt just as comfortable as I would have in more fancy clothes with a full face of makeup. Before this year, that never would have happened!

Resolution 4: Umm... Yeah... This one was the most far fetched of my resolutions. I worked at beating all the levels and getting all of the stars, but it took me several hundred tries to get all of the stars. The "Game Over" screen because my new best friend, because I was seeing it so often when I ran out of time or accidentally jumped off the edge of the bridge I was trying to cross or something. After a few days of trying to finish a level every day, I would simply get frustrated and grumpy, which wasn't a positive experience for me or anyone that I had to talk to.

All in all, this year was absolutely awesome! It was one of the most positive years that I've had in a long time, and I'm hoping that things will simply go up from here. I'm ready, 2016, bring it on!

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