Happy 2018!!! The prospect of a new year is enlivening. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the world breathed a small sign of relief when putting 2017 to bed. It wasn’t an easy year on a lot of levels, but I have high hopes for a blank slate. I didn’t do anything too exciting to ring in the year (I’m a little sick unfortunately), but I am headed to New York on Friday!!! (If I could type a million exclamation points, I probably would honestly.) I wanted to look back at 2017 for YC — a year of challenges and extreme growth. I had the pleasure of going home to Orange County and Los Angeles a few times, exploring San Francisco with friends, taking a quick trip to Boston in the spring, and starting my senior year of college at Berkeley this past fall. I know 2018 is going to be a huge year — kicking off with my birthday in a few weeks, which is a bit surreal — and I’ve become acutely aware of how fast time flies. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a few closing thoughts and my simple resolutions for the new year!
I’m a big fan of simple, implementable resolutions and goals. For 2017, my theme was to “Stop talking myself out of things.” I can say with conviction that I started saying “yes” a lot more frequently and grew massively outside of my comfort zone — with friends, school, and YC. Looking forward to 2018, I want to challenge myself to “Find the silver lining and stop getting discouraged.” Something I learned about myself this past year is that I experience anxiety in intense bouts when I become overwhelmed by doubt, lack of control, and frustration. Anxiety was something I hadn’t experienced until college, and it’s downright awful. It doesn’t happen to me too often, but when it does, I let irrational stresses get me down, rather than use the energy to reach new heights creatively! Starting today I want to be more positive and proactive, especially when I start to feel anxious. A few more goals:
- Reach 7k followers on Instagram and 10k views on YC monthly!
- Travel a little more often. I’m starting the year off to New York(!!!) so that’s a great sign, but I’d like to expand my horizons just a little more this year.
- Put down my phone and enjoy the moment.
- Secure a job by graduation and cover my own expenses/save for the future.
- Make an extra effort to get together with friends — old and new — especially those I haven’t seen for a while.
Comment your resolution below! Cheers to 2018!! I am too excited!