By: Erica Statly
Discomfort. That’s such an unsettling word to read. Guess I better get used to it.
In 2017, my goal is to never once be comfortable. 2016 was a year of personal growth and discovery. I am a much different person heading into 2017 than I was at this time last year. My goal for 2017 is to keep pushing myself. Be bold. Chase my dreams. Don’t let anyone tell me differently. Do what I want. Don’t let others opinions influence me. Think for myself and act for myself.
I worked hard in silence during 2016. From January until August, I was putting several hours per DAY into the creation of this blog. I did MONTHS of research, MONTHS of design and MONTHS of preparation. Some might think: Why? It’s such small blog. Isn’t that a lot of work for nothing?
But here’s the thing: I take pride in every bit of my work. Everything is just another addition to my portfolio. I didn’t want to launch this blog unless it was exactly what I had always imagined. (That “dream image” is always changing, but I am overall happy with how it began).
I made the dean’s list during the spring 2016 semester and landed my first internship in the summer of 2016. All summer I was making major moves. I started running, biking and swimming and decided I would run my first triathlon (a bucket list item of mine) in 2017. Weight I had gained during my freshman year of college began to fall off.
I went semi-vegan in 2017. I’ve always had stomach problems, and I still do, but I feel and look the best I ever have. So many people turn their noses up at me or roll their eyes at the way I eat, but guess what? I don’t care!
I juggled 15 credits, a job working 30 hours a week, was hired on for an event organization at my school, trained for a triathlon, managed a blog alongside my mother and had a pretty full social calendar during fall of 2016. This wasn’t easy. I went 7am – 2am practically everyday. At the crack of dawn, I was working on the blog and doing homework.. Then class. Then office hours for my organization. Then workout. Then work a long shift. Get home late. Depending on the night, either start knocking out homework, work on the blog or head out to meet friends.
A tip I learned this year? Wear a French braid to work, pack mascara, powder and a shimmery eyeliner. Always keep an extra party outfit in your car. Do what ya gotta do.
It’s safe to say I hustled for most of 2016. And I intend for nothing less in 2017. I want to experience new things, make new memories, meet more people and grow even more. It’s time to own 2017. Don’t let anyone stop you.