Another Year Older
It’s my birthday!!! 🙂
I can’t believe that I am 23 years old. I guess I don’t really feel any different, but I kinda like the sound of “23” – it makes me feel like more of an adult. Maybe this is the year people will stop telling me I look like I’m a senior in high school…doubtful, but a girl can hope right?
Here is a pic of baby Lindsay-
And here are two pictures I found from my 2nd birthday and I thought my excitement was awesome 🙂 –
Not gonna lie, I still feel as giddy as I look in those pictures on my birthday.
A lot happened in my 22nd year of life. Here’s a list of some of the big things that stand out 🙂 –
- Graduated magna cum laude from Miami University in Ohio
- Went to Hilton Head, SC for a summer vacation
- Was a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding
- Moved to Boston for grad school, knowing absolutely nobody
- Started graduate school at Tufts University to obtain a masters degree in occupational therapy
- Made a bunch of new friends in my OT class
- Went to Siesta Key, FL for spring break
- Attended my first American Occupational Therapy Association national conference in Philly
- Started blogging 🙂
- Finished my first year (out of two) of grad school
Of course, many more wonderful things happened- but these were some of the big highlights.
During this past year I’ve definitely grown as an individual and learned a lot about myself-
- I am more outgoing than I thought I was. I have always considered myself a shy person and the thought of moving to a big city and not knowing anyone really scared me, but I was actually very at ease when it came to meeting new people. I think part of this deals with the fact that I’ve definitely become more comfortable with who I am.
- I no longer try to please everyone so they will like me. This was something I did a lot in high school and even in college. I’ve always wanted other people to like me and want to be friends with me. When someone didn’t, it would knock down my self-esteem and I would wonder what was wrong with me. I don’t know if it’s come with age or getting tired of trying so hard to be a people pleaser, but I just don’t care enough anymore. If someone doesn’t like who I am- it’s their loss and not mine. Of course I still have moments where I want other people to love me (I’ve had this with wanting other bloggers to like me…oh boy), but at the end of the day, I’m not going to change for someone else or put forth a ton of effort for nothing in return. There are more important things in life to spend my time and energy on, and there are other people out there who DO like me without me having to put on a show
- I can still succeed without wearing myself down. In undergrad I studied all.the.time. I worked myself so hard and often didn’t let myself enjoy nights out with friends. Yes, I still had lots of fun in college, but I would often agonize over how much studying and work I needed to do to get good grades. I definitely over-studied for so many tests. My parents always told me that I needed to lighten up a bit, and I realized that when grad school started. Once I first started studying again, I discovered that I couldn’t do what I did in undergrad- I think my mind was burnt out. I’ve learned not to be so hard on myself with studying. If I can’t concentrate, I don’t keep pushing through the material- I take a break and watch a tv show. I listen to my body and my mind and I let myself live a little. I’m not going to miss out on more fun nights. And you know what? I still did really well my first year.
- I’ve found the hobby I was missing with this blog. I’ve never really had any hobbies. During undergrad and even up until this past month, I considered mine to be fitness related things and reading. Um, that’s kind of boring. I’ve been reading healthy living blogs for a while and seriously, one day I was just like- you know what? I really think I want to start one. So I did. In Sweetness and In Health was born….and I love it. This blog has fulfilled a creative hole that was present in my life. Now, I don’t consider myself a creative/artistic person by any means- but writing posts gets my imaginative juices flowing. It makes me think in different ways than school does. Also, sometimes I feel like I am able to communicate my thoughts better through writing than I am through verbal communication, so this is a great outlet for me. I feel like I’ve found something that I can be passionate about and it isn’t for a monetary or any other purpose- it is just for me and the joy I get out of doing it :).
So, all in all, I think I had a great 22nd year. I can’t wait to see what will happen while I’m 23 :). Hope you all have an awesome day!
What is one thing you have learned about yourself this past year?