2014 New Year’s Resolutions

2013 has been good to me, to say the least. I graduated high school, left home for college, fell in love with Mizzou, made amazing friends and have managed to stay in touch with all my high school homies. I’ve had so many new experiences this past year. I’m so glad the world didn’t end in 2012.

2014 is right around the corner. I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions, but I think the list I have compiled is pretty substantial this year. So without further ado, here are my New Year’s resolutions for 2014:

  • Write, write, write. Next semester I will be holding two positions at The Maneater newspaper, which I expect to keep me very busy. But I also want to be sure to take the time to write about things that interest me and keep up with this here blog. I’d also like to return to writing fiction, something I haven’t done since middle school. I still need to sharpen my skills as a writer, and the only way to do that is to write as much as I can. Practice makes perfect.
  • Set aside a time for reading. I’ve always been an avid reader. When I was a kid there would be times where all I did for days was sit on the couch with my nose stuck in a book, causing my mother to sometimes ground me from reading and force me to play outside like a normal child. But lately, especially with being in college, the time I’ve spent reading for fun has dwindled. I don’t like it, but it’s just what happens with being so busy with schoolwork and friends. If I set aside a time everyday to just sit in my dorm and read, even if it’s only a few pages, I’ll be happy.
  • Stop biting my nails. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to stop, then by the end of January I find myself picking and biting down to the nubs again. It’s gross.
  • Relax. I suffer from a lot of anxiety and low self-esteem problems. I often get so caught up in something small and completely blow it up into a huge issue and cause myself unnecessary stress. In this upcoming year I need to learn that everything isn’t as big of a deal as I make it out to be, and hopefully I won’t make myself break out in stress-acne as often.
  • Be more confident and outgoing. I’ve always been quiet and shy around new people and often keep my nose to the ground. During these past four months in college I’ve noticed that I’ve started to come out of my shell more and been more outgoing, and I’m hoping that this will only improve in the year to come. I need to stop doubting myself about everything I do and say, hold my head up high, and stop fearing the “what if’s” and expecting the worst possible outcomes to happen.
  • Work hard, study, get good grades. Last semester I made the Dean’s List and maintained a 3.5 GPA, which I am very proud of. As my classes get more difficult and time-consuming, I hope to keep doing well and maintaining my strong GPA so I can get into the J-School without a hitch.

Here’s to 2014- may it be every bit as great as 2013.

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