Thanks for an amazing year. A year filled with ups and downs. A year filled with successes and fails. A year filled with challenges. But most importantly a year filled with lessons. I am very hopeful for 2016, but before I enter into the new year, I want to reflect on 2015 and what I learned.
1. Be present
I have always heard to live in the moment, to stop and look, and take time to reflect. However, it was not until this autumn, I knew the real meaning of those phrases. The long walks to class have always been my time to think and to admire the beauty of my campus. When the fall season arrived, I remember taking time to look at the changing leaves, to admire the rich, bold colors and to start appreciating the little things. Now, whether I am with family or friends, whether I am in public or in my bedroom all by myself, I try to let go of my racing thoughts and just be mindful of my surroundings and most importantly be thankful.
2. Acknowledge your inner beauty
This has always been a challenge of mine, but in 2015 I got better at recognizing my inner beauty. By inner beauty, I mean my strength, my passions, my creativity, and other traits that come from the soul. Everyone always acknowledges my love for others, my passion for fashion, my dedication to my blog, my strength, and so on. Now, whenever someone compliments me, I simply say thank you. I am certain that I will continue to celebrate what makes me unique in 2016.
3. My Prince Charming will show up… Eventually
Entering college I had this mindset that I would find a boyfriend freshman year, date him throughout my four years, and eventually get married. I blame all the romance movies I have watched that painted this picture. Now as a junior in college, I can say that this is not reality, maybe for some people, but not me. In 2015, I realized that having a boyfriend is not the most important thing in the world. Even though, it seems like every girl someone special in her life, there is still plenty of us celebrating the single life. I am certain that my time will come and my knight in shining armor will show up. Now, whenever I enter any social setting I leave behind my goal of finding a man and remember to be patient, be confident, and have fun.
4. Be flexible
Being organized and scheduled is a strength of mine but also a weakness. Sometimes being too rigid can be stressful and lead me to miss out on spontaneous adventures. I’d rather stick to my schedule, but this year I learned to be patient and realized that everything cannot be perfect and that is ok because a little unpredictability makes life more fun.
5. Money doesn’t grow on trees
Being an adult is not all fun and games, especially when dealing with finances. As a full-time student, I have few chances to work and make money, so sometimes I find myself in a predicament. Do I splurge on that pair of shoes? Or do I save my money for future opportunities? This year I learned the meaning of a dollar. I noticed how my expenses can add up, making me more conscious with my money. For example, instead of going to my favorite coffee shop every morning and spending over two dollars for coffee, I started to make my coffee in my townhouse. A big savings! I learned that in order to save, you have to make a few sacrifices, but it will all be worth it in the end. In 2015, I officially discovered what it is like to be an adult.
6. Have fun
This year has been busy…finishing my sophomore year of college, starting my own blog, completing a summer internship in the fashion world, and starting my junior year of college. No wonder why I am always exhausted. The rare moments I did have some free time, I remember having fun, being carefree, and feeling like a kid again. I recall many fun memories in 2015, but three occasions stick out, my trip to the Bronx Zoo, visiting Playland in Rye, New York, and jumping off the three meter diving board. Seeing the lions, riding the Dragon Coaster, and cannonballing off the diving board, taught me that sometimes you have to abandon work for a little, log off all social media sites, and just have fun.
7. Focus on You
Lastly, the idea of focusing on me and what makes me happy is something I have discovered the last few months of 2015 and will continue to learn more in 2016. Lately, I recognized that you cannot make others happy, unless you are happy. I noticed that there are people in life that will question you and your choices. Those people will try to steal your self-esteem and make you feel worthless, but those people do not matter, the only thing that matters is you and your happiness.
Here’s another year filled with love, happiness, success, and so on. I am ready for you 2016. Bring it on!
Check out some of my favorite moments from 2015.