Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 In Review


 (My fave pic from the past year: Snow in Minneapolis

2015 is just about in the books. It's been a whirlwind of a year with so many things happening both personally and to others around the world. Since I'm from the Myspace/Xanga generation, I thought it fitting to end the year with a survey. Found this end-of-year survey here. It was from 2014, but easily recyclable to fit this year:




    1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
Starting the week in Austin (went to a Stevie Wonder concert) and ended it in Minneapolis (drove almost cross-country to attend AWP) The whole week was long and a blur, but I had the time of my life. 
 
    2.If you had to describe your 2015 in 3 words, what would they be?

A learning experience 
 
    3.What new things did you discover about yourself?

That I can't do it all at once without major physical ramifications. 
 
    4.What single achievement are you most proud of?

I made it through another year on this side of the dirt. 

    5.What was the best news you received?

That my baby cousin was born healthy

    6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2015?

Minneapolis. That's a really cool city, but one that I don't think I would have seen just because

    7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

Being slow to anger...there were some times this year where that really came in handy

    8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?

My mom 

    9.Which new skills did you learn?

 Didn't get a chance to learn many new things, but I was able to improve on some skills I already possessed.

    10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?

Family that have become friends and friends that have become family 

    11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2015, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?

Either comedy or horror depending on the day (and my mood) 

    12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2015?

"...every smiley face isn’t necessarily brethern..." --DJ Maj's "Hill Street Blues" (learned that again this year, but the lesson will stick this time) 

    13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?

Writing. I made it to a point this past year where I never wanted to write another word. (Just about) over that now. 


    14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?

My family (yes, more than five people but I can't choose) Living so far away has begun to take its toll on me. 

    15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?

If I really want to do this, it'll have to be because of some and in spite of others. 

    16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?

I have a relationship with them now. That wasn't always the case. 

    17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?

Selma

    18.What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?

"You're a good writer." 

    19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?

Sleep. Oh my goodness sleep. Oh, and Shondanights.

    20.What cool things did you create this year?

I'll get back to you on that one.

    21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?

Overwhelmed. 

    22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?

Traveled alone (I've taken road trips before, but it's always been to visit someone else)

    23.What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?

Minneapolis and Nashville with my Memphis friends; just chilling like we used to with my home friends.

    24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?

A career in academia (I hope) 

    25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?

My grades in the spring (said worry was warrented in the fall) 

    26.What experience would you love to do all over again?

Being in Minneapolis. It reminded me of my life in Austin before the social anxiety hit. 

    27.What was the best gift you received?

*cue stereotypical college student answer* cash

    28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?

Life is either too short to deal with what you don't want or its too long to be stuck where you don't want to be. 

    29.What was the biggest problem you solved?

Financial issues. (having a job >>>>> being unemployed) 

    30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?

Somehow, a conversation with my mom delineated into wondering what would have happened if Rochester Anderson would have been in the planning room of major World War II battles. Don't ask me how. 

    31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?

My car. Saved my keister since I live in a city where I need to be places that don't coincide with bus schedules.
 
    32.What one thing would you do differently and why?

Staying where I wasn't wanted because there's no worse feeling than someone not wanting you around and making sure you don't go more than a few minutes without knowing it.  

    33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?

Surviving? We all deserve a pat on the back for that *pats everyone's backs* 

    34.What activities made you lose track of time?

Sleeping...football (of both persuasions)...reading...the same things that have made me lose track of time for over a decade now. 

    35.What did you think about more than anything else?

What could have been

    36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?

Business and entrepreneurship 

    37.What new habits did you cultivate?

Using my social media profiles to like and follow influential people in my field. My timeline and feed are mainly filled with articles, posts, and tips instead of friends' baby pictures (sorry friends...) so when I'm on Facebook or Twitter, I'm learning something new. Still stay on them too long, but I'm getting something good out of it.

    38.What advice would you give your early-2015 self if you could?

It can wait until tomorrow. Go to bed. You'll run yourself into the ground and make yourself sick otherwise. 

    39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?

I kind of 180ed back to where I was socially at 19 and 20. My social awkwardness/aversion came back full force this year. 

    40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?

Can't pinpoint one person. I try my best to learn something from every situation and person I find myself near...even if it's don't act like so and so, there's always a chance to learn from someone/something.
                                                        
                                                YOUR 2016

    41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2016 to be?

Stay the course

    42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?

As much as I can without it affecting my schoooling or health 

    43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2016?

Everyone (though not at the same time...) 

    44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?

Not seeking people's approval. That's not what we're here for and the people's whose approval I seek aren't the ones I need to be impressing in the first place. 

    45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?

Discernment. 

    46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?

Different. New. 

    47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

I would like to be able to just go out and take a walk without worrying the whole time. Other than that though, I've just about made the changed I've needed to make...okay, and eat healthier...but other than that, I'm good. 

    48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?

I've still got a few years before I'm officially on that track, but I want to make sure that I remain focused on doing the right things now so it'll be an easier go once it's that time. 

    49.How do you want to remember the year 2016 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?

The beginning of something new and beautiful 

    50.What is your number one goal for 2016?

To make 2016 the beginning of something new and beautiful. 



                                          Happy New Year's everyone! 



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