New Years is a time for us to think about the previous year- all the blunders, achievements, absurdities, and joys- and figure out how we can make the coming year even better than the last.
2013 started off with a final semester of college packed with student teaching, serving my 4th consecutive semester as vice president for my amazing sorority, Pi Lambda Chi, and working at a sushi restaurant in between. During April, plans quickly fell into place for teaching in Thailand, and I embraced that opportunity. Several days after graduation with barely any time to pack up my things, I was off to Thailand!
My biggest achievement this year was getting hired for my first teaching job, abroad at that. Traveling and teaching are my biggest passions, so being able to do them at the same is literally a dream come true- a dream I worked my ass off for.
This year I have created yet another little home in the world, Bangkok. I have been blessed with free time, so I have been able to rekindle my passions for reading, writing, eating, teaching, and new adventures in general.
Although I was excited to move to a new country, the hardest moment of 2013 was leaving someone I was very much in love with. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than the blubbery goodbyes of leaving your significant other for an extended period of time, not knowing if your relationship will be able to carry on. As it turns out, a long distance relationship was unable to serve David and I, so we entered into 2014 as good friends who will always be there for each other.
Memorable Moments of 2013:
What I’m looking forward to (so far) in 2014:
Goals for 2014:
For me, 2014 will be a year to continue learning, loving, and growing. 2014 will be a year of adventure! I will continue working hard, tasting new foods, enjoying new places, laughing, following my passions, and learning from every enlightening (and frustrating) moment. I am not yet sure where this year will take me after Thailand, but I trust that the universe has perfect plans in store for me!
Eleanor Roosevelt says, “The purpose of life is to live it. To taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Here’s to newer and richer experience in 2014. What’s in store for you this year?