New Year & Post-2014 Reflections

Well, 2015 is HERE. You guys, 2014 wasn’t necessarily the greatest year for me in terms of blogging, but this year… I AM BACK in full swing, ready to get back to this little part of me that I have missed so dearly.

So, with that said, here’s a few little excerpts from a short interview I did last week. I talk about my favorite moments in 2014, what I am looking forward to in 2015, and I answer questions from some of YOU! See you Monday for the start of new posts!

1. What was the highlight of 2014 for you? 

Um, I think it is a tie between submitting my UC apps for transfer and getting published by USA Today. Both of these experiences were really huge for me because of their significance. I spent two and a half years in community college, I had to overcome so many different obstacles, and I had been working towards getting to a four-year university, so when I got the email that they were successfully submitted, I got a little emotional. I did it!

USA Today publishing my articles for college students was (and still is) a complete dream to me. As a writer, obviously I have had thoughts of being published many times and the fact that I successfully published four articles for them (and one for HelloGiggles) was just mind-boggling for me, but I am just so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do what I love while giving others a little hope and inspiration.

2. What is the biggest thing you learned in 2014?

I am just one person. This last year, I tried to do so much for so many people, I was being pulled in 20 different directions and being asked to do so many different things and I seldom said no. I am, by nature, a people pleaser, so no matter what someone asks me to do, I try to do it and do it well. Of course, there were times when I did have to say no and I’d beat myself up over it. This year taught me the importance of not spreading myself too thin. I need to remember that it is okay to say no and to avoid a lot of obligations and burning the candle at both ends.

3. What do you look forward to in 2015?

Submitting more applications to more schools, hearing back from those schools, possibly internships, and of course, more writing.

Questions:

1. Who are your favorite authors?

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Jeannette Walls, Ernest Hemingway, Isabel Allende, Nathaniel Hawthorne… There’s honestly too many to name, but there’s a few.

2. Currently writing?

Personal statements, book endings, and emails!

3. Currently reading? 

This Side Of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald (again).

4. I am having issues with my personal statement for transfer. How do I be honest in my writing?

Honestly, it’s not something I can tell you “how to do”,  really. It has to come from you and you only. Just write about what you are passionate about. Anything. And make sure it comes across like YOU. Have people who know you well read it over and give you feedback. It definitely helps a lot.

5. I am a junior in high school and am contemplating going to community college for a year or two. Any advice?

Make the decision your own and don’t let anyone influence it. If you do attend community college first, stay focused and work hard. It’s a fun journey and if you allow it to, it will change your life.

6. Do you consider yourself a partier? I am in a wheelchair, too, and I get very uncomfortable when people drink around me. Is that normal? 

Not in the traditional sense of the word, no. I can be very fun and lively, and I have a few drinks, but I don’t do it often. As a matter of fact, it is extremely rare. I completely understand where you are coming from and it is honestly totally okay and normal. I know that with my CP, I already lack balance, so I have a fear of falling. I have to be able to still do transfers and stand up if I need to. I have to be careful not only of how much alcohol I consume, but also of people around me. I have to be around people that are going to look out for me, which makes me feel bad because I want those around me to have fun.

If I do drink, I do it around family and if I am not around family, I drink very little or not at all. You know yourself better than anyone so if you are for any reason, uncomfortable, don’t chance it. Go with what you feel.

7. How do you handle going out with friends or over to their houses in terms of accessibility? 

Honestly, I seldom go over to friends’ houses. They either come get me and we go eat or shop, or they hang out at my house. The reason why is because I need to have access to an accessible bathroom and I don’t feel comfortable in a place where I can’t be independent- especially when it comes to the bathroom situation.

8. Tips for when the extrovert wants to retire and revert to his/ her inner-introvert ways?

My biggest one:
GO HOME! I cannot tell you how many times I have been in situations where I want (desperately) to go home because my “fun meter” is just so done, but I try to stick it out because I feel I’ll miss out on something. I usually just become lethargic and unresponsive if that happens, and the only desire I have is to go home, get in my PJ’s, watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix, or read.

When you want to leave, thank whomever hosted the party/ event and head home. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with needing to “re-charge” your batteries every once in a while.

9. A trait everyone should work to acquire? 

Confidence in yourself and your abilities. Because with confidence, you’re unstoppable.

10. Advice on living a happy life? 

Do what you love, be passionate about everything the world has to offer, go after every dream you have, and NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, let anyone tell you that you “can’t”. From now on, that word isn’t in your vocabulary.


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