Happy New Year! It is already that time where we think about what happened in the past year and look ahead to things that we want to happen in the new year. 2011 has already started off as a deja vu and it has made me realize there are some things I would like to change.
Looking back on 2010:
2010 was definitely an up and down year. It started off with my personal life taking a tumble and having to adjust to living alone again. I think I am still adjusting to it and it is hard to go back to something that you have a hard time with. I got back on my feet and decided that I wanted to go back to school to get a degree in Communication. As I have always said I want to be an entertainment writer and I have spent the last ten months trying to figure out how. I decided on school again because I wanted to get better at being a writer and learn the fundamentals of communication. To help with my career journey I joined Examiner.com as the Portland TV Examiner just to get my name out there and add a little experience to any resumes. By September I had been asked to join another website called TV Geek Army to recap and do news pieces on TV shows that interested me. So far it has been a fun experience and hopefully it will somehow help me down the road.
My ups of 2010 definitely were my travels. In May I spent a week in Florida with some family and friends and it was one of the best trips that I have taken. We spent most of our time at Disney World with a side trip to Cocoa Beach. I saw some amazing things and had the best time; Disney World was just an experience by itself! You definitely need to spend a week there to enjoy it all. My only disappointment from the trip was not being able to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We arrived about a couple of weeks too early! It is on my must see list and a future trip is in the back of my mind.
In July a couple of friends and I attened the San Diego Comic-Con. I had always wanted to do this so I was able to talk my fellow geeks into going. We bought our tickets in October of 2009 and waited a long nine months for the event. Comic-Con was probably the coolest thing that I have done in my life. We got to meet celebrities and attended panels for anticipated movies. My favorite moments were meeting Nathan Fillion and getting to go to the Entertainment Weekly party where I got to meet my favorite writers. I think this is one trip where I hardly had any bad moments and all the people I met were really nice. There is nothing quite like a visit to Comic-Con and always be glad I got to attend. It was a chance for the geek in me to be fully let loose! I do want to go again, but would be satisfied with just the one experience.
I ended my travels with a trip to Maui with my father and stepmother. They had invited me to go earlier in the year and who could say no to Hawaii? We had an amazing time and so far I have not seen a place as beautiful as Maui. We got to see the sunrise at almost 10,000 feet, swam with a turtle and experienced some of the best food that I have ever had. I think Hawaii will always be on my “must go back” list.
My downer of the year was losing my stepfather in August. This was the first personal death that I have experienced in my life and it was very hard on the family because it was unexpected. I have lost grandfathers, aunts and uncles, but nothing compares to losing a parent. As of now it is still a fresh wound and it is hard not to think about it every day. For me it was a wake up call and it made me realize that nothing is certain in life and it is not something we should take advantage of. It helped me realize that one of my goals in life is to experience as much as possible.
Looking forward to 2011:
For the last couple of days I have been thinking about the changes that I would like to make in my life. I haven’t really been myself for the last couple of months and I would like to get back to being me. I think the stress of trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, finances and personal loss have taken a toll on me mentally.
My first step has been to take winter term off from my communication studies and figure out what I really want to do. School is stressful and expensive and I want to figure out if it will be worth it in the long run. It was a last-minute decision where I dropped my classes a day before they were suppose to start, but I think a little less stress will make me feel better. I will probably go back in the spring time, but at least have the next three months to figure some stuff out.
My next goal is to see how I can lower my expenses and get to the financial position that I would like to be in. Last years moving and travel expenses left me with less than I wanted, so my goal is to get back to a good financial position. So far, this is what I have to improve things. I think day by day my list will be longer, but don’t want to start out with too much on my plate.
One thing that I am looking forward to this year is a family vacation to Disneyland in June. My nephews are very excited to go to Mickey Mouse’s house and it is going to be fun to go with the whole family. Yes I know I go to Disneyland way too much, but it is my favorite place to go. It will be even more fun experiencing it with some family members who have never been before.
I don’t really have anything else planned right now, but it is still early in the year! There are places I would like to go, but I think I am going to wait until 2012 so I can save up for the things I have always wanted to do like an out of the country experience.
I am hoping that 2011 will be better than 2010. It can’t promise me anything, but the least I can do is to be hopeful about it.