Dear World,

With 2011 coming to an end I knew I had to dedicate a post to reminiscing.  New Years eve is my favorite holiday.  It’s as if the hype of Christmas hasn’t yet died and you get this fresh start to look forward to.  

My title is always in reference to a song lyric and I chose to end the year with Ben Rector’s The Beat. I have been introduced to some amazing bands and artists this year including Horse Feathers, Griffin House, The Temper Trap, Rachel Platten, etc.  but I have been listening to Ben Rector non stop since I first discovered him on Pandora during finals week.  He helped me through my papers and The Beat has won the prestigious title of summing up my experiences this year.

2011 has been amazing to say the least.  Second semester of freshman year got significantly better.  Once I stopped hanging out with debbie downers and started hanging out with the people I now call my best friends, school life and life in general became more fun.  I began drinking alcohol the beginning od 2011, and no, I’m not saying it made my life better, but I learned to let loose, be young, and have fun!  Summer was more than I could ask for.  I worked full time at a bank (ew, never again) BUT I did make good money and met some fantastic people.  I turned 19, and it is a fantastic age for me.  I wish I could stay 19 forever.  I did a lot of hiking and running (Jess and I did Washington for the second time).    My first semester of sophomore year in college was phenomenal.  I got closer to the girls who, with myself included, affectionately call ourselves the six chicks (in a harmless way of course).  I took classes that interested and challenged me, and had some great (and not so great) times on the weekends.  It was an absolute amazing learning experience, one that I would not trade for the world.  My adjustment in my second year of university is that of a milestone and now school is home for me.  

So the year had its ups and downs, as one naturally does, but it was filled with mostly ups.  I kissed a few frogs (metaphorically speaking), didn’t meet my prince (who needs one anyway?  I’m having so much fun being single, as per usual), and met people that have forever changed my life.  Yes, there was a boy who I thought was the game changer.  In the end, he had someone else, and just wanted his cake and to eat it too.  Regardless, I will continue to be his friend (or peer, or fellow party go-er) or whatever we are in each other’s lives, and I truly wish him nothing but the best.

As for me?  Well 2012 has a lot of fantastic things in store for me.  I’ll officially declare myself as a Global Studies major and Gender studies minor, I will finish my sophomore year of college and be halfway done (gasp!), I’ll turn 20, another good number, I’ll be taking french classes, getting a job fingers crossed) at a restaurant or something of the sort, continuing to hike and run, apply in the fall to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland spring of 2013, begin my first semester of junior year, and SO mcuh more. 

When I look back at the beginning of this blog, in September of 2008. as a junior in high school, and look at myself now, as a second semester sophomore in college with 2012 about to commence, I realize how much of a lesson life is.  I continue to grow and learn each day, and always for the better. I am really starting to find out who I am, and will continue to for the rest of my life.

Ultimately what matters is family, friends, and a love for oneself.  The rest will fall into place, it always does. 

So I say my farewells to 2011, you were a hell of a year my friend!  Cheers! xoxo

 

Sincerely,

Shea

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Dear World,

I had a fantastic Thanksgiving break and I got to see the family which was lovely.  I had a falling out with my brother which is disappointing because I thought we were doing well for a while.  Maybe he’ll realize how important I am once I’m not around a lot.  Is it not enough that we live in different states and lead very different lives?  Maybe when I live in Ireland he’ll miss me.

Nothing has changed on the guy front.  I hope no one thinks I am boy-crazy.  I’m not.  The situation hasn’t changed much.  The guy still hooks up with that girl allegedly but is consumed by me at parties.  He hugs me all the time, and flirts shamelessly with me.  However I read this fantastic quote the other day that said “Me?  I’m just happy to be.”  To me that meant being happy with one’s own existence, not sweating the small stuff, and loving life for all that it does.

I have to much to smile about, the rest is so silly.

I am surviving this hell week of papers, and next week is exams.  THEN?!  Winter break where I will shameless fill the netflix queue, drink tea, cuddle with my cats and go for long runs in the sharp cold.

 

Sincerely,

Shea