2014 has been quite the year! Here are some of the things I learned that make this year special to me.
1. Embrace Change
This year, there’s been a lot of this. The small company that I’d worked for since I graduated college in 2010 was acquired by a VERY large firm. Going from a start up to the Big 4 has been quite the journey and it’s been nothing short of amazing. There are so many changes, but I’ve embraced them. There are big opportunities that have come with this and I don’t need to worry about what’s to come.
2. Online Date
In this awkward age of over 25 and single, I’ve dabbled in online dating – real dating, not Tinder or anything of those sorts. I’ve gone on lots of dates, some good – some bad. Who cares! Don’t think much into it. All you can do is be yourself. You aren’t going to like some people and some people won’t like you. So is life. Go out with people you wouldn’t normally date, get out of your comfort zone. At the end of the day, if nothing else, you really learn what it is that you want.
3. Don’t be Afraid of Rejection
Along the online dating lines, don’t be afraid of rejection. This is applicable to all aspects of life. Say you go on a date and the person doesn’t like you…who cares!? You never have to see them again. Be a grown up and get over it. It’s really not that bad and I promise you will be OK.
4. Take BIG Chances
Getting the engagement that I’m on in NYC was a huge chance that I took. For this job, I fly to NYC every week. I saw opportunity. Instead of being afraid of flying or getting worried about not being around my friends and family, I took the chance – and I’m so glad that I did. Getting out of my comfort zone and being in a big city by myself (minus the handful of amazing friends I have there) has taught me so much about myself that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I’ve gotten so much confidence from knowing that I can do this – all on my own.
5. Don’t Keep Enemies
Have that person that you had a huge falling out with? Get back in touch. Say you’re sorry. You will feel better, I swear! Don’t let the past hold you down. If that person still wants nothing to do with you, just take it for what it is and let it go. You’ll never have to say you did not try.
6. Stay In
When all your friends are going out and they want you to, don’t feel bad to say no every once in awhile. You’ll not miss out on as much as you think, it’s fine!
7. Don’t be Afraid to be Alone
This goes for relationships or just any aspect. I think before this year I was terrified to be alone. It’s OK. At the end of the day, you have yourself. Make sure you know who that person is and don’t rely on others to give you that reassurance, get it from within.
8. Do Something You Didn’t Think You Could
I ran my first half marathon all while doing it with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. I thought this feat would be impossible – not only the running but the fundraising. I nearly doubled my fundraising minimum and raised $3,550 and finished the race in just over 2 hours and 30 minutes. I did it, and you can do something that you feel is equally unreachable as well…all you have to do is have a little faith and perserverance.
I also started this blog. What was once something I thought no one would read has turned into over 17,000 views in the last 11 months! I have some great things in mind for next year!
9. Reading is Important
I rediscovered my love of reading this year thanks to my travel. I promise to never abandon this again.