New Year, Same Me
Well it’s somehow that time again and I really can’t believe it. It’s funny how as you get older time really does go faster. It’s because your having so much fun! When I think about what went on this year, all I can think of is: game changers. Like real life stuff that changed my life.
I got a real big girl job! And I am making money and learning how to deal with it. And let me tell you, financial stress at 18 is reeeaal. I am learning so much at my job about independence and responsibility. Learning how to work for people and how to truly work with others. It’s crazy how much I am learning and realizing about what I want and don’t want in life just by working for someone else.
Also I got my license. That’s kind of a big one. I was a little late on that getting it at 17 but hey, your girl took her time. But getting my license didn’t really change anything until I bought my car. That’s the game changer right there. I drive to school, to work, grocery shopping, run errands for family, and have freedom. I have been able to have many more experiences now that I have a car. Thankful for my little Subaru for blessing me with freedom.
Getting my car also helped me understand paying bills and expenses. Glad I got a car that’s great on gas, not just for the environment but also my wallet. Paying monthly bills before I even move out is something I think every kid needs to learn. Because once you move out, the bills hit you like a brick which is where a lot of young people get flustered and start to see money as the enemy.
This year I also did my first ever VegFest for my online baker Love Cafe! What an eye opening experience! Really got me thinking about my future and all the paths I could take. I took full responsibility for a company I created out of nothing. I was proud of the work and money put into and I hope to do it again in 2019 because why the heck not!
I also so started an education that will forever shape my life. Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The education I needed to jump start my passions and business ventures. it helped me find my calling and something I love doing. It got me excited about education and learning more about what I love. This pushed me to take a U-turn on my education goals.
I applied to study at Arizona State University for Integrative Health and got in. Completely unexpected by everyone I know and talked to. College was something I wanted to avoid like the plague. I felt that college was unnecessary for what I wanted to do and was a scam. Just a super expensive way to party and make friends and get a piece of paper saying you have a bachelor’s degree in a super broad area of study. Most students have no work experience. Business students are told to read a book about how to start and run businesses but they have no idea what it actually takes.
But when you find something you love, something that drives you and makes you want to make a difference, that’s when you need to follow your heart. I fell in love with IIN and crave more. I want to dive deeper into subjects and learn more about holistic health not just so I can say I have a degree or that I felt I needed it (because technically I don’t, IIN gives me my certification to start after graduation). I just want more. That’s what education should be about. Learning should be exciting and fun. Something you crave and dream about. So that’s what I am doing. I am diving head first into this big life step starting 2019.
2018 Spotify Playlist
As per usual, here is my playlist that I played all year round. Every song I fell in love with year and wanted to carry over into this year are in there. Each song represents some feelings or emotions I have felt this year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.