Twenty-One to Twenty-Two.

Since it is halfway through January, I thought it best to finally get around to putting together a consensus to 2015, and my hopes/goals for 2016. One of my goals for this coming year is to be more reflective, but also to make more time to here we are my friends.

In 2015,

In my last semester, I lost a few dear friends or rather, people I considered to be close friends. Coincidentally forcing me to find a stronger positive self-concept despite inappropriate and inaccurate perceptions (life huh?).

I got mono this summer, making me sick and continuously exhausted for about 4 months of 2015.

This fall, my dad ended up having major complications from a spinal surgery, making it questionable if he were able to ever walk again.

Among many other things I will not mention here, because honestly while there was some bad (and a lot of bad in one short period of time), 2015 came with a lot of good.

I turned 21…with a year full of continuous celebration.

I became a teaching assistant for a statistics course, along with being a research assistant for multiple labs I love.

I redirected my career goals from counseling because I fell in love with statistics and educational assessment.

I applied to graduate school.

I received a few awards and grants.

I started Crossfit, which gave me a great workout regiment, but also a fantastic community of people.

I positively redefined my body image.

I traveled. A lot. I visited Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Washington D.C., and even spent three months out of my comfort zone in Oklahoma City working and meeting new people.

I interned at a shelter for battered women and children. I was able to sit  in on group therapy sessions, contribute to the awareness of abuse in the community, and support women through transitioning toward their personal independence.

I hiked. A lot. All over the Shenandoah Valley.

I supported my boyfriend through his first deployment.

I was able to spend holidays with my family in Virginia and my boyfriend’s family in Tennessee.

I was in two weddings!

I watched two of my dear friends graduate undergrad.

My dad was actually able to start walking again.

So while at the end of 2105, I was a little disappointed in how my year ended up…I can’t deny that there was equal, even more, good.

I have hopes for 2016, and some goals.

So far in 2016 I have turned 22, dyed my hair, and started my last semester in undergrad.

Some of my hopes include:

Getting into graduate school.

Attending my first research conference.

Road tripping to California…where I hope to hike in the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.

Some of my goals for this year include:

Making new maxes in my Olympic lifts and squats.


Becoming more present in day to day. Time does fly, and it is our job to take moments to step back and reflect, engage, and invest.

Continuously support my S.O. through his second deployment.

I also plan on being more invested in healthy eating and cooking, while drinking less.

Of course, I may come with some other intentions for this year…but here it is at this moment.

Let 2016 be great friends!













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