Seven Resolutions for 2017

2017-resolutions

(I was going to do 17 resolutions, but then I’ll just be lying to myself about keeping up with any of them.)

Happy New Year! May 2017 bring better times and better vibes.

Though I never quite enjoy New Year celebrations as much as other people seem to do, it is usually a time for introspection and to look over what I did the past year and what I want to change for this next year. And even though I woke up this morning feeling no different than I did in 2016, a new number is just something tangible to mark a new beginning, which is the main reason why I actually like New Years.

And with every new year, comes the resolutions. I’m not opposed to making resolutions because although they’re often abandoned and forgotten, it’s still a nice way to start off the next twelve months. A list of aspirations and goals to help guide your time.

I’ve made many resolutions in the past, but to be honest, I usually make the same resolutions every year, so I never really know if I do accomplish them. Maybe I do, but I just want to continue to keep doing them or just do them better. It’s all about continual growth. And as I grow older, I tend to focus in on specific goals, which is why “write more” has been one of my resolutions for the past four years. Because you can never really write enough, can you?

So after much thought, I present my seven resolutions for 2017. Because 2017 will be a good year. I’ll make sure of it. 

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On 2016

Hi friends. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been home for about two weeks now, having just finished my first semester of sophomore year. I forget how busy and tired I get throughout the semester, to the point where the things that I love to do, like free-write, end up being put on the back-burner.

That’s something I’d like to work on going into next semester, just managing my time more wisely, so I have time for things I like, as well as for things I actually have to do.

Ah, consistent writing. It’s been one of my New Year’s Resolutions for many years, but maybe next year will be the year (she says with a deep, deep sigh).

2016 was a weird, sad year. I think the general consensus will agree.

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July 2016 in Pictures

Okay, I know. I didn’t post much this past month.

I’ve been in a reading slump, which I get every so often after binge-reading a ton of books. It was inevitable, but not so great for my creativity, since I’m usually heavily inspired by what I’m reading at the time (fun fact, “Passionate” was inspired by Aristotle and Dante). Also, I started my summer job this month, which actually ends in a week, and then I’m off to college for my second year. Yeah. How can summer be both such a fast, yet slow, few months?

Many apologies for taking a long break from writing, though I can’t promise that posting will be regular again, since college will undoubtedly be a stressful time and doing creative writing that I would want to share will be rare. (Callback to what I wrote in my first post, about the trouble of consistently keeping up with new things. It’s a real struggle.)

Regardless, here’s how my month panned out in a few pictures. There were many good times, though looking back at it now, many bad times as well. Like, more bad times than usual. But thankfully, all is well now and there is no photographic evidence of those times.

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June 2016 in Pictures

Like every other month, this June passed by quick. It was my first full month of summer break, so it was mostly spent chilling and trying to not think about upcoming responsibilities that come with the fall. A lot of my time was spent doing my favorite things: reading (see: Goodreads), hanging out with friends, and doing other random miscellaneous things. So there aren’t many pictures because 1) I forgot to take any, and 2) the things I usually do are average as hell. But here’s what ensued:

June 4th: Years & Years – Gov Ball After Dark @ Webster Hall, New York, NY

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Years & Years is one of my favorite bands, and I missed their fall tour because I was away for college. When I saw that they were playing the day after their Governor’s Ball set, I bought tickets so quick to finally fulfill my dream of seeing them live.

They were so much fun, and I literally couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire thing. All three of them just love what they do, and Olly, the lead singer, is so comfortable being himself, it was just so inspiring. I sang along, I cried at one point, and it was such a good night.

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A Quest for Theme and Content

a-startMy current journal from Moleskine

I started this blogging thing on a whim, a result of a boring, monotonous summer night.

But it has always been a long-term goal of mine, just something I kept constantly putting off until now. So I did do a lot of research before diving into any of this, searching the Internet for tips on starting blogs, how to run a successful blog, best websites to use, etc. I’m always seeking validation through a second opinion.

But god, did that just increase the pressure and intimidation (blog-timidation?).

I was stuck on every decision, from whether to self-host (we all know how that worked out) to what my URL should be to the look and ~aesthetic~ I wanted my blog to have.

But the number one thing that I couldn’t decide on was content.

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