2017 is only hours away, and I think it’s safe to say FINALLY. I’m so ready for 2016 to be over and done with.
2016 has been one hell of a year, and mostly not in a good way. Countries are tearing themselves apart, a number of beloved icons have unexpectedly passed away, and there was even a threat of murderous clowns. Seriously, 2016? Murderous clowns?
Stephen King antics aside, 2016 overall was a struggle for the world. It was also a struggle for me personally. In August of 2015, I graduated from A&M, and I was so excited for the future. I thought I was going to be able to get a job and move out by the end of October and make new friends and start my life and just grow. Boy was I wrong. So, so, soooo wrong.
Long story short, out of the 100 or so jobs I applied for, I only ever heard back from one asking me for an interview, and that was quite the odd experience (another story for another time). It wasn’t until October of this year that I finally landed an internship in the digital marketing field. Honestly, when I applied for the internship, I had no idea what digital marketing even was, but I think I’ve found my calling.
But this year from August of 2015 to October of 2016 really affected me emotionally. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong and no matter how many times I rewrote my resume, no matter how many times I tailored my cover letters for each company, no matter how many times I tried to reach out to people, nothing worked. It was quite discouraging, and it was a very low point in my life.
I felt like I had so much to offer and I was so eager to learn, but no one cared because I didn’t have 5 years of experience for an entry-level job.
Not to mention, my amazing, brilliant sister is living her dream: practicing veterinary medicine in her favorite city in California. I’m not going to lie, that little green monster otherwise known as jealously has appeared now and again. But my sister is also an inspiration. She works ‘round the clock, and she still finds the time to visit national parks and go surfing and roam around the city with her coworkers and friends.
I, on the other hand, didn’t have much of a social life at all in 2016. I never went out and did things with people because I was so disheartened at my inability to simply get a job. Everyone has always told me that you make new friends when you find a job and start working. Well, it’s hard to make friends when you can’t even get an interview for a job in the first place.
Anyway, enough moping! 2016 is almost over, and 2017 is almost here. It’s time for a change.
I’ve made some goals for this upcoming year to turn my life around. I’m going to:
- Go out and do things that I enjoy, even if I have to do them by myself.
- Make new friends and work to make those friendships last.
- Take a trip to California to visit my sister and my best friend. (I’ll also be taking a swim with the great white sharks.)
- Invest in a fancy, fancy camera and improve my photography skills.
- Expand my art skills.
- And also update this blog more often. Oops.
Even if things don’t go as expected, even if plans fall through, I’m still going to have a kick-ass 2017. And I hope you do, too!