“I think this year will be easier to tackle if I just call it what it is from the get go, rather than being in denial for an unspecified period of time.”
When I wrote that last year I truly had no idea what I was getting into, other than I was being secretly overly optimistic.
Transition was my word for 2016.
And boy was it.
All the things I thought might happen did:
-I became one of the “older” students on campus.
-I’m now more an advisor than an advisee.
-My degree program has a new director, who has made me think more about my potential impact for the Church, and in the best way possible (I think, I hope).
-I’ve learned more about myself when it comes to achieving goals.
-I’ve tried to enjoy the steps along the way while keeping the end in mind, rather than let it become my sole focus.
And then some:
-I changed my schedule to better fit the life I want instead of worrying about what other people might say about my motivations.
-I’ve been trying to put school as the priority, which means devoting my mornings to coursework rather than feeling “awake” enough to do it.
-I joined a swim club, and although it’s been something of a culture shock it’s been overwhelmingly positive. There are still times when swimming sucks but that’s bound to happen no matter how ideal the situation is.
-I ventured into podcasting, thinking it would be a one-time thing but it’s becoming an actual venture.
-I’ve actively participated in most of the changes in my life this past year, rather than having the change still occur with resistance on my part.