A Whole New Me in 2017
With graduation comes employment. I've been working part-time on various contracted marketing jobs over the past year or so as I've completed my schooling, but it is time to start making money again. I'm excited to get back into the full-time swing of things.
Two words: international travel.
Have you ever felt as though how you felt on the inside was not what people were perceiving on the outside? I've had this feeling more often than I'd like to admit. The persona portion of my goals deals with not only having my outside appearance and persona match my inside, but making sure my internal thoughts, perceptions, and ideas are something worth showing on the outside.
I love my alone time, but I also recognize that human connection is often the key to happiness and success. For that reason I've decide on a few people-focused goals to keep me sain and social this year:
- Do something unexpectadly kind for a stranger
- Demonstrate my love for those already in my life through a simple deed
- Work to become better friends with my parents (I'm finally realizing they are people with feelings...who knew!)
End of Year Update
I drove straight from my last final exam to taco bell, spilled the burrito I had purchased on my shift, thanked the heavens I had brought an extra shirt, changed into the new shirt, drove to a job interview at a biopharmaceutical company, and was offered a position as their Marketing Manager same-day.
Two words: didn't happen:(
My father set a goal to have all of his kids in the LDS Swiss temple in 2017. Taking his goal very seriously, I went out and got my first passport, saved up the cash, and felt the sting of disappointment when I realized I was the only child of his that actually took his goal seriously. I could have gone on to meet this goal on my own, yes, but I realized that utilizing my saved cash to pay off my student debt was probably a more prudent use of my money at that time. And so that's exactly what I did. #CollegeGrad #DebtFree
I started off by purging my closet of all of the clothes that I either "never wore" and sold what I could. I then signed up for StitchFix, an online clothing/styling company. I began to receive curated pieces in the mail, returned what I didn't like and kept what felt like me.
This has been my favorite section of goals this year. Although I did a lot with this section, my biggest pay-offs were found in the "become friends with my parents" category. I wanted to do something every month that would help me to build a stronger relationship with them. I found that by the end of the year, I not only liked them more but I saw them as being more human to me. I realized that my mother's primary love language is service - not sure how I missed that all these years. I learned that my dad is actually very willing to tackle weakness. My parents are great people, and although it's sad it took me 29 years to realize that, I'm glad I now realize that.