2014. What can I say? It was filled of weddings. I went to a total of 7 weddings this past year. I was originally planning for 4. At least they were all spread out. I was part of one wedding party officially as a bridesmaid for my best friend. I did the reading for my cousin, April’s, wedding. And, of course, with any family member, you’re always involved in planning and helping out the day of. My sister and I also did rap remakes at the receptions for our cousins, Amy and April. Amy and Chris got a remake of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song. Too bad there wasn’t a video for that one. April and James got a remake of Baby Got Back. Shital’s wedding was my first Indian wedding. Since I was a bridesmaid, I got the whole package with henna and all of the Indian outfits. It was basically a three-day wedding. Very cool! I also went to my first Kenyan wedding. There were also a lot of interesting, cultural traditions. And yummy Kenyan food! Also went to my first Thai wedding. They do a water ceremony for blessings on the new couple. The outfits were so regal! It was nice that all of the weddings I went to were so different and unique. Next year, I only have one wedding lined up so far. I’m excited because I have the honor of being a bridesmaid. Yay!
Going to all of these weddings not only made me super poor, but they also taught me a lot about love and the kind of love I want for myself. I think the most important lessons about love and relationships I learned is that everything is a two way street. Relationships can’t work if one person is giving more than the other. There has to be compromise and mutual decisions and understanding. Relationships matters should only be kept between the two people involved. Everyone outside of your relationship should just think that everything is great. Problems should be resolved amongst the two of you without involving everyone else. Not only does that make other people think negatively about your relationship, but it doesn’t help the two of you become stronger in solving your own problems. Luckily, I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve accepted that I will probably never get married. So, I have nothing to worry about!
I feel like I didn’t get to travel that much this year. I still went to New York four times. Twice for family weddings. Once for my cousin’s bridal shower. Once for Thanksgiving. I went to Orlando four times. I only flew once so I got really used to that solo 7-hour drive. At least I don’t have to do that anymore. I went to Miami for my best friend’s bachelorette. It affirmed my decision that I hate Miami. But, I still had a good time with the girls for her send off into married life. I also took a weekend trip to Oxford, Mississippi to visit my line sister. There’s not much to do there, but we had a good time together. I took two cabin trips, one in the north Georgia mountains and one in Helen, GA. The one in March for my sorority sister’s birthday was my first! I also went to Chicago for the first time for my sorority Convention. It was great! I want to end up there one day.
I didn’t get anything crossed off of my bucket list. I did run my two 5K’s and my first 10K in preparation for my half marathon in February. Shout out to my running buddy, Hudson, for helping me stay on track and train with me! Such a bad idea. I suppose I didn’t focus much on my list because I was busy with weddings and school. I think I mentioned this before, but in graduate school, full-time is 9 hours. This entire year, I took 15 hours both semesters. I completed my disaster management certificate. I also completed my Community Emergency Response Team training and joined UGA’s Medical Reserve Corps. I interned with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, The American Red Cross, and the Northeast Health District Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. I got all A/A-‘s. I also exceeded my goal of raising $250 for the American Lung Association for my 25th Birthday Fundraiser!
I received and accepted an offer for a one year fellowship program with the National Nuclear Security Administration that starts after I graduate on June 1. So I will have a salary, benefits, and not be homeless after graduation! Mission accomplished… contingent upon my federal security clearance. Fingers crossed.
There were also some rough moments of 2014, expectedly. The end of a relationship I thought would have lasted longer. The loss of an old high school friend. The loss of a close friend’s mother. My costochondritis during my 25th birthday. Injuring my ankle and having to take a few months off from running. Managing volunteers, data applications, and public financial management. My first maymester class for geographic information sciences. But, no home robberies or car break-ins this year!
2015 has a lot going on already. I’ll be turning 26. I’ll be graduating from school. I’ll start my new job on June 1. I’ll be celebrating the marriage of my two dear friends Amanda and Michael. I also want to plan an overseas trip for the weeks between graduation and starting the fellowship. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll also be going to Las Vegas at some point and going on a cousins trip somewhere. I’m excited that I’ll only be taking 9 hours during my last semester. I feel like I’ll have a lot of time and 5 days weekends.
As for resolutions, I have one that kind of encompasses everything I want to do. That is, to take better care of myself, mentally, emotionally and physically. That includes eating right, exercising more, not letting people’s opinions get to me (especially my super judgmental parents), not losing myself in an unhealthy relationship, not wasting my time on useless and mindless activities, etc. I didn’t blog as much this year either. So, I guess I could resolve to do that more. But, I don’t know how interested people are in reading about my life. Maybe I’ll just keep my own, handwritten journal.
As for the 2014 resolutions I made, I think I did a good job with them. But, I think they can still be improved upon. I did take more pictures of people than food. I was actually struggling to find enough food pictures for the introduction of my recap video. I also did a better job of taking more videos of things, hence why my recap video is longer this year. I wish I did take more videos of things. Either way, I hope you enjoy my video recap of 2014! Let’s see what excitement 2015 will bring!
Shout outs to Jessica W. and Michael L. because I stole pictures from you both for the video. I think those were the only two people…