Hello dear friends!
I am so excited to unveil the new website–it has been a labor of love since this summer and I can’t think of a better way to start 2015. I owe many thanks to my web designer, Lisa Butler, for her diligence and devotion to this website. I believe she captured my vision perfectly and I’m so happy to see the website come to life.
One of my favorite ways to kick off the new year is starting with a refreshed list of goals. I like to make my list a little more visual and exciting by creating a Pinterest board which you can see here. I thought I’d break a few of them down here:
1. Travel both nationally and internationally. I think traveling within America is highly underrated. I made a trip to Seattle this summer and it was one of the best weekend getaways I’ve been on in years. I also learned how beautifully spectacular America is when I traveled as a National Consultant for Chi Omega and saw places like Louisiana, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Connecticut. These places are gems but I doubt I would have discovered their splendor on my own.
So this year I’m visiting more great places. I’ll be speaking in Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Houston. I’m also excited to visit Disney World to ring in my 24th birthday and Valentine’s Day.
It also might be a year of faraway travel–hopefully to Australia. Stay tuned…
2. Apply to doctoral programs: As I work toward my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, I know that I want to go on with my education. I’d like to be able to teach someday while conducting research. Speaking and writing are my two greatest loves and if I am going to improve at either, it’s important that I continue learning and reaching. This will be a long term goal this year but I hope that the close of 2015 will provide some clarity and resolution in this department of my life. In the meantime, I am loving my time at USC…amazing friends, professors, and subject matter. I’m where I need to be right now.
3. Take time for self-care: If there is anything that I’ve learned from my program, it’s that self-care is essential. Unfortunately, I don’t always seem to make it a priority. This year I want to take time to journal, exercise, eat clean, etc. (you’re thinking–blah, blah–this girl sounds as basic as basic gets). But as a person who eats 2-3 sweets a day, I’m going for moderation. I’ve been there before where you cut out everything fun and delicious and amazing out of your diet and guess what: life is boring, bland, and not-so-great. Life is happy when you eat a donut and carrots. That’s what I’m going for this year. I may not be a size 0 but I sure am happy and to me, that is what makes for a good year.