‘Tis the Season for New Year’s Resolutions…or in my case improvements upon my never ending bucket list. While I feel I accomplished a lot in 2015 (traveled to Haiti, L.A., and Seattle; met George R. R. Martin; got a little more serious about photography; graduated from grad school), I feel I didn’t really accomplish much on my bucket list, besides reading more (I read 22 books!), I mean I didn’t even get a tattoo (my first dry spell in three years). So…I made a promise to myself that 2016 was going to be different; 2016 is going to be the ‘All About Me’ Year or the Year of ‘Self-Discovery’. I am going to do my best to keep good on this promise.
And I have to say…. I have never felt more like an adult so far. Yesterday was a first for me, years behind the rest of my friends on, what my mother likes to call, one of ‘life’s milestones’. I was in my first car accident (where I was the one driving). Thankfully I am ok, but my car…not so much. To be honest the part that scared me the most was trying to figure out what to do, who to call first, 911? My insurance company? Naturally I called my mom first, but she didn’t pick up so I was on my own to figure out what to do. Thankfully the responding officer was nice enough to walk me through everything and determine that the crash was not my fault. It was quite the experience and not one I expected two days into the New Year. But on to happier news…
As I said, I am planning to make 2016 my year. A year to self-indulge, a year for self-discovery, a year to really focus on me. After sixteen years of having to be a student, I am excited to find an identity outside of the academic world. This means I will focus on crossing off some of the items on my bucket list: a tattoo or two is definitely in store; travel to Europe (which my lovely mother got me beautiful journals to document all my travels in), which will include solo backpacking and seeing some of the sites from my list; I set a goal to do at least two photo essays this year. On that note I have already selected one, and it will focus on Neurodiversity Movement. An old friend of mine is spearheading a local movement, which will culminate at a Social Justice conference. I am very excited about this and I can’t wait to share more stories and pictures from this project. I will post more about this in detail later this month, but if you want to follow the story as it develops you can follow the story on T Olson Photography, or on Facebook (which will be starting later this month).
On another note, I want to keep up the reading pace. In an earlier post I said I was going to focus on the 30 Books You Should Read Before You’re 30 list, but I had so much fun doing to 2015 Reading Challenge, that I have decided I am going to do the 2016 Reading Challenge. I can use most of the books from the 30 Books You Should Read Before You’re 30 list for the 2016 Reading Challenge, so that will work out perfectly. This year I want to set a goal to read two more books than I did last year (24 books in total). I am excited to see how this goes, and I will try to do a monthly post about this progress at the end of each month.
Finally I am adding a few more items to my bucket list:
- Participate in NaNoWriMo (because I love writing and writing a book is also on my bucket list)
- See the Lavender Fields in France (because it is unbelievably pretty).
This was a super long post (much longer than normal), so thank you for sticking it out. I hope everything had an amazing holiday and New Years, and good luck to everyone out there on their resolutions and New Year’s goals!