Monthly Goals {Weekly Wishes}

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Link-ups are always fun.  They give you the opportunity to meet new bloggers, make friends and promote your blog.  Community is my favorite factor about blogging, and I am very excited to be linking-up with The Nectar Collective and other AMAZING bloggers today.  Since I will be starting my last semester of college this next week, I figured it would be fitting to make a list of monthly goals.  The Nectar Collective’s Monday post came at an ideal time!  These are my monthly goals:

Personal:

  • Try something new that is outside of my comfort zone.  This goes along with my New Year’s goals I posted a week ago, and I figured that I should stick to them.  Maybe, I will join a new club to meet new people or try parasailing like I have always wanted.
  • Write in my personal journal more often this month.  I love to write (aka this blog).  I share many of my adventures and thoughts on this blog, but sometimes you can’t share on the WWW.  I love writing in my Journal, and I want to do it more often this month.
  • Visit two beautiful locations to practice taking photos.
  • Take a friend out for coffee that I have not talked to in a long time.
  • Plan my trip to England, Scotland and Ireland in May.

Academic:

  • Make an effort to block out AT LEAST two hours a day of straight studying.  I’m almost there, but senioritis is starting to sink it.
  • Enjoy my last semester of classes & start them off right!
  • Visit & take pictures in my favorite places around campus.
  • Get to know at least two of my professors and develop a relationship with them.

Career:

  • Apply, Apply, Apply!  Applying to jobs will become harder as I get deeper into classes, but I want to make an effort to apply to at least 30 jobs this month.
  • Open up sponsorships on my blog to start helping others and my blog.
  • Revisit my resume and have two new people read through it.
  • Apply to new teaching positions in Asia.
  • Enjoy my job with the Boys N Girls Club.  It is quite an amazing organization.

So many goals so little time!  If only these goals could be read to me when I wake up in the morning, they might be more apt to happen!

Onward to 2014

Wow, it is already 2014.  The year of my college graduation, the end of one chapter in my life and the start of a new one.

I celebrated the countdown to 2014 with a couple of my closest friends, got barely enough sleep last night then went to stake out our spot at the Rose Bowl Parade early this morning.  Every year, friends of ours sleep on the streets of Pasadena for two days before the start of the parade to get a decent spot.  We did this one year, but I froze.  Never again!  Now, we leave at 4:00am in the morning and grab our spot on the sidewalk alongside them.

The parade was amazing this year, and the floats were as beautiful as ever.  It is a special year, because Michigan State made it to the Rose Bowl.  There are two older adults in this household that graduated from this college.

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These guys were pretty fun – full of laughs.  Well, they had a fun personality and put on a show for us.

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Spartan Marching Band!

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This float was one of my favorite floats celebrating women in the military!

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A Merry Snowy Christmas & A Year in Review

Hark! How the Bells, Sweet silver bells! Currently enjoying a beautiful snowy day in Michigan. 

Hello, my lovely readers!

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Merry Christmas! I know I am catching you at the end of the day, but I wanted to make sure that I said it before the day was up.  My readership has been growing immensely these last few months, and it is all due to the continuing support of all of you!  Merry Christmas and thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.  I hope your Christmas was filled with yummy food, lots of sugar and family laughs. I know mine was! 

My family and I made our way to Northern Michigan late Christmas eve (yesterday).  When we arrived in Michigan, we were greeted with a white christmas.  What a wonderful day with family and food!  

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Since it is Christmas and the season of being thankful of the things we have in our lives, I have been reflecting upon my last year.  This is my year in review…next year will need to be just as amazing. 

I attended my first baseball game, and I fell in love with Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. Hehe

I celebrated my 21st birthday and had my first beer at Stone Brewing Co.

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I traveled to Tennessee, Las Vegas, Florida and Michigan.

Firsts – First time zipplinning & first time indoor skydiving

Worked my first beer festival with Wiens Brewing. 

Found my passion through the Circle of Change Leadership Conference

Moved in with new roommates and started a new job with the Boys n Girls Club.

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Meant amazing new bloggers through this very supportive blogging community.

Big breath! That was a big year.

It is amazing the many different things we can achieve in just one year.  Imagine if we had a 100 years!  I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to accomplish all of these.  My New Years resolution is to come soon – stay tuned!