I cannot believe how fast this year flew! As excited as I am for 2016, I have to admit, 2015 will be a hard year to top. I graduated college, entered the workforce and travelled the world – well, parts of it at least :).
It’s hard for me to explain how much graduating meant to me – 7 years of confusion and changing majors. While I cried the day I walked across that stage, the tears that came out were for tears of joy!
It’s interesting to say, but during the last month of school, I was just so eager for everything to be over. Now that I’m working full time, I actually miss the stress of figuring out the answer to a tough equation and pulling all nighters to finish a paper and/or study for a final exam. What I miss most is my amazing friends. Sadly, they all moved away to different parts of the country – one even moved to Germany! Boy do I miss them.
Graduation was a milestone, but what happened the next morning; the next month to be more clear, was an experience I’ll never forget! I was off to the skies and flew to Europe for an adventure of a lifetime.
I had the privilege of growing up in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington and like many people, I did things based on what I knew and the environment I grew up in. I was always seeing things from a Seattleite’s perspective – I order coffee a certain way because I’m from Seattle. I dress how I dress because I’m from Seattle. I talk how I talk because I’m from Seattle. I’m sure you get the picture by now.
Traveling around Europe for a month thought me to see life and live life from a different perspective. I enjoyed learning about different cultures by simply roaming around their markets and indulging their delicious foods. Being in a foreign place helped me become a more confident woman. It’s funny how successfully navigating through Paris’ complex subway system (the most complicated one in the world), with the challenge of overcoming a language barrier, gave me the confidence to tackle anything life throws at me. One life-changing experience I had was parasailing over the Mediterranean in Greece. Why is this life-changing you may ask? Well………… I CAN’T SWIM. I didn’t realize how philosophical I’d get as I ponder about this experience. Not knowing how to swim was a challenge – I’m glad I said to myself, “Fuck it and put a life jacket on. When are you ever going to get to do this again?” To make it short, I should never refrain myself from something as there is always a way to make it happen. I can’t wait to see where my next adventure will be in – oh Europe, how I miss you!
When I came back from vacation, I spent the rest of my summer working and spending time with friends. Luckily, as I mentioned, I live in Washington – I have so many beautiful places to explore.
Towards the end of the Summer, I was in the hunt for a new job and luckily, while entry level, I was offered a job at an admirable Seattle-based organization. I’m hoping to eventually earn my way into their Marketing department. So far, I love the people I work with and I’m thankful to god for the opportunity.
Last but not least, I went to one last trip this year. One of my dearest friends from college moved back to the East Coast as her husband got stationed in Virginia. I flew there around the middle of November and we had a mini road trip to NYC!
What a wonderful year. I graduated, got to travel, began working towards the career I want to get into and I learned a lot about myself. Now, this blog post may look as if my year was perfect – it was not. I’m currently in a phase where I miss school and entering the workforce was sort of a culture shock. I’m no longer going to school, internship and work all in one day. I have weekends off and I never know what to do with my spare time. I need to find a hobby. Actually, this year it will be focusing more on my health. Yeah, I know. I’ll probably start off great with health and fitness in January, but fall off a month later. Well, you all just wait and see. I know for a fact I’ll stick to it this time 🙂
Again, 2015 is going to be a year I’ll remember forever and I cannot wait to see what 2016 will have to offer.
Cheers and HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!