2015 was a thing that happened

Yes, my New Year’s resolutions post is happening in March. Don’t @ me.

I did a year-in-review/New Year’s resolutions post last year, and I’ve actually revisited it several times since posting. My specific brand of brain weirdness means that I focus way too much on negative things that have happened and ignore the positive, so it was really helpful to have a list of good things that happened in 2014. That post also helped to remind me of my resolutions, which were… well, you’ll see.

2015 was actually rad. Here’s a rundown, complete with Instagram annotations:

  • Presented papers and went to conferences! I will refer you over here and leave it at that.
  • Copy edited! My last semester at the Pitt News culminated in me winning Paper Hat Awards for “Most Ravenclaw,” “Most Likely to Nap on the Office Couches” and “Best Leaver of Snarky Notes” at the end-of-the-year banquet and subsequently drinking an entire bottle of champagne in celebration, so I consider this an overall success.
  • Graduated from college! Did I cry on my way home from my last undergrad class? YOU KNOW IT. I graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Classics, and I’m proud of myself for doing so well in the second half of my college experience. I loved studying at Pitt, and I’m looking forward to going back for my master’s in the fall.
  • Was in a wedding! One of my friends from high school got married in June and I got to stand around and wear a dress. A good time was had by all. I also road tripped out to another wedding in Indiana in March with some friends from elementary school (!!), which was absurd and delightful.
  • Traveled! I tagged along with my dad on two business trips, to Chicago and Boston. Got to see a bunch of my friends from Missouri in Chicago and my cousin in Boston. Went to a lot of museums, walked about a billion miles.
  • Dogsat! I watched my friend’s mom’s dog every Wednesday for probably six months, which was the best job I have ever or will ever have. Molly is the second-best dog I currently know, after Linus, who I watched for a week over the summer while his family (my best friend) went to France. So many dogs, and sometimes at the same time!
    • We also found two feral kittens under my neighbor’s shed, which was exactly as exciting as it sounds! They’re both girls, as far as we could tell, and we named the black one Pudge and the tortoiseshell Smudge. They have since been taken to the Humane Society and have hopefully found good homes.
  • Interned! I signed up to volunteer at Northland Public Library in June and ended up staying on as their children’s department intern for six months! It was the best internship I could have possibly hoped for — I met so many wonderful people, did a ton of fulfilling work, and had a tremendously good time.
  • Met some authors! On top of meeting Laini Taylor at the FSF Conference in the spring, I met Maggie Stiefvater and Rainbow Rowell within weeks of each other in the fall and yet I did not combust! Keepin’ it together, like a professional.
  • Got some jobs! Note the plural there. In the last few months of 2015 I started working as a library clerk at the C.C. Mellor Memorial Library in Edgewood, PA, PLUS as a bakery clerk. I’ve been working six days a week for about three months now, and everything is fine.

My 2015 resolutions were… semi-successful? The results are as follows:

  • Blog more: Well, I did blog a bit? In my defense, I was really busy. (See above list.)
  • Tweet more: I’m still trying to figure out what the audience for my professional twitter account is, which is causing me to not really use it. I think I’m going to start using it for library-centric things, and if I’ve got a focus it might help.
  • Write more fic: I published a grand total of zero words! Boo! I’m still anxious about people reading my writing, and I keep fiddling with WIPs instead of finishing them. I’ve been itching to pull the trigger on one I’ve got just about finished, though, so maybe soon?
  • Learn to read tarot cards: This was pretty low on the priority list, so it didn’t really get done. I did get a book, and have been slowly learning all the card meanings, but dang, there are 78 of them! A bigger project than I anticipated.
  • Drive more slowly: SUCCESS! I’m definitely more conscious about my driving now compared to a year ago. I can’t honestly take credit for this improvement, though: it was largely forced on me because my brakes were really worn out for most of the summer and I was terrified that they’d just give up the ghost at any minute. Fear is an excellent motivator for safe driving habits.

My 2016 resolutions are as follows, AND THEY RHYME in a way that is not at all contrived:

  • Create. Finish writing those fics! Put some book reviews on the blog! Even just take better Instagram photos — just try harder at making stuff.
  • Date. I don’t want to talk about it.
  • Hydrate. This is shorthand for “take better care of your garbage flesh prison,” including, but not limited to: using that weird hippie skin salve I just bought, reading on the treadmill instead of the couch, and occasionally eating a vegetable.

Despite all evidence to the contrary (I’m lying in bed eating Girl Scout cookies as I’m writing this) I’m feeling really good about the upcoming year! I’ve already been accepted to graduate school and signed a lease on an apartment with a friend, so that’s two big things out of the way already — the actual moving and schooling won’t happen for a couple months yet, but still! I’m going to Italy with my mother and sister, I’m going to be a maid of honor in a wedding, I’m going to… dye my hair blue? WHO KNOWS?


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