The thing about me is that I am always up for new challenges, whether I complete them or not is another matter, so when I came across the Zero to Hero challenge I was game. The challenge consists of 30 days of daily tasks, meant to help you fine tune and grow your blog. So here is assignment number 1 which is an introductory post.
Currently I am a 21year-old college student with dreams of becoming a film director one day or at least working in the industry somehow. Needless to say I love watching movies. I also love reading, tea, cooking, spending time with my family, peaches, laughing, and learning. I am a bit of a dork, a big daydreamer, and try to stay positive (although sometimes I fail).
I started this blog to keep track of my 2013 goals, but it ended up becoming more of a personal blog where I posted sporadically. This year I plan to use to track my 2014 goals but make a positive impact somehow, whether it is via inspiration, encouragement or even just mentioning a movie that someone ends up loving.
The reason why I choose to blog versus journal (which I also do sporadically) is because the idea of an audience, even if imaginary, serves as encouragement. I would also like to connect with like minded individuals. People who are creative in their own ways and try to seize life as best as possible.
So, that’s my introduction.
I’m thankful November is gone. I’m thankful I am alive to see another month. November was a weird month for me. There we so many hopes in it, so much to do, so little that actually got done. It started bad didn’t get better, but that’s okay down days (or down months) are a part of life and without them well, life wouldn’t have any depth and good days would loose their sweetness. Thankfully December is here!
December is hands down my favorite month, I looooove Christmas and nothing gets in between me and the holiday cheer. Of course that means that I have 30 days to tackle some of the things on my to-do list before 2014 gets here, but I have faith. And winter break.
Above all I wanted to make a list of some of the things I am thankful in no particular order. Sometimes counting our blessings, as simple as they may be, is the best way to recharge.
- Music (listening to Ellie Goulding right now is hitting the spot so perfectly)
- November and the many opportunities life gives us to grow.
- Turning twenty-one this year.
- Getting a little bit more comfortable in my own skin.
- My mom, I love that woman so much.
- My sister/bestfriend Luz.
- My niece and nephew, they help me get through my worst days and enjoy the simplest things in life.
- Possibilities and dreams.
- Good health.
- Childhood memories.
- Good books and great movies.
- Blue skies.
- Rainy days.
- My cousins and friends (they overlap).
- My dad, the memories we made together.
- The expectations of 2014 ( I am actually excited!!)
I gotta be honest for the past two weeks I hit pause like many times before. I failed to move forward at lightning speed and face life head on. Instead I moved a little sideways and buried my head in the ground like an ostrich*. But unlike other times this time I feel no guilt about it. These were some lazy, unprogressive two weeks but I got some plain old quiet time, got through a cold, watched more cartoons with my niece and nephew than I care to recount, and finally reorganized the kitchen (somewhat). If I must say so I actually enjoyed these two weeks, and realized sometimes it is necessary to hit pause and bask in idleness.
For that reason I am grateful, grateful I had the opportunity to rest, to get through a cold and watch more cartoons than I care to recount.
*Actually I just found out ostriches don’t bury their heads in the ground, who knew? For more ostrich fun facts and info go here.
Yesterday was a pretty good day, I hiked early in the morning and at night I had outdoor movie night with my cousins (a.k.a. only friends). Despite the good moments today in the quietness the feeling of stuckness, of failingness remains. I am not sure how t combat it, how to activate myself, how to make it go away. But I know that one way or another I have to shake it off, I will shake it off, I will stop being my own obstacle and start reaching for my goals.
At the beginning of this year I wrote down my resolutions and told myself I would make this the best year yet (especially better than 2012 when I completed only 2 of my twelve goals). Now more than half of the year has gone by and less than a quarter of my goals are completed. Fortunately there is still time left, just enough time to get through my goals.
I wish my url had been thebestyearyet.wordpress.com but that wasn’t available or at least the bestyearyet.wordpress.com but that wasn’t available either. So I considered thebestyearsofar or the bestyeartheretofore since according to the Merriam-Webster that’s a synonym of yet but both of those are a little long instead I settled for thebestyeary. Close enough!