One of the weirdest years ever? Absolutely. One of the best? Absolutely again.
----->Lets backtrack: Last January, 2017, I was heading back to school after break for my last chunk of college. I was nervous and so sad. I was in a long-distance relationship that was incredible, yet reaching levels of frustration I hadn't known existed. I'll be very honest about my opinion of long-distance relationships; they suck. They suck so bad! You spend your time thinking about how much you miss the person/how you wish you could share whatever you're doing in that exact moment with them/will the next time you visit and have to say goodbye be as painful as the previous time? Yeah it's a bitch. Fast forward sixth months of patience, multiple cross-country plain trips, and loads of studying, and I walked out of my university with a diploma, as well as a California-based bf. Still thanking my lucky stars.
----> Travel: definitely not as much as the previous year. I haven't been on a plane since March which is insane if I think back to taking over 35 flights the year before. Not upset though, rather the opposite. I have been so happy with my new home town of Santa Cruz. I felt a sense of peace when we returned from our holiday trip which is when I knew this had become our place. Otherwise, this past year we got to hang with family and friends in Montana, Washington, and Oregon, as well as spending many a weekend up in the Napa Valley.
--->Realizations: real life (life after college) is...free. Let me follow that up with another word: expensive. Do you know how much health insurance costs? I didn't, and by the way the number is a lot. I can understand if I come off as privileged, I was simply oblivious. Now the student loan payments have kicked in and we're working on setting up life budgeting plans because **adulting** and things are falling into place. On the upside, I have no final exams in my immediate future and cannot express how happy I am about that.
--> Goals for 2018: yes big, big fan of goals.
- Health: I'd like to work on making small changes that can become habitual and in doing so, become lifestyle choices. It's true people, small steps add up to big things. Things like; walking around town more, drinking 2 liters of water a day, getting 7 hours of sleep, and yada yada.
- Finances: Biggest goal here I would say is starting an emergency fund. When V broke his hand in the fall, we weren't prepared and struggled a bit in wrapping our heads around how emergencies can really affect people, especially their bank accounts. Experts say you should have at least 3-6 months of expenses saved just in case.
- Random: I've branded 2017 as a year of self-growth, which of course I hope to continue this year. But I want to focus more on the things that make me happy, and in doing so hopefully I won't spend so many hours in 2018 worrying and stressing out. I could quote Hannah Montana here and say life is what you make it, so let's...but I won't.
Anyways, that's my spiel for today. I'm on my second cappuccino of the day and it's almost 7 p.m. Hope everyone had a productive Thursday and is not drowning themselves in caffeine!