It’s time for an honest update: this year has been really rough for me. One of the hardest I’ve had so far. I’ve had some low times, some scary times. Some times I should have been proud of what I’ve accomplished and who I’ve become, but was too overcome with stress and self-criticism to see it.
So these last few weeks of December 2018 will be spent getting myself together –in life, in work, in school (looking forward to that May graduation).
One of the things that fall under ‘life’ is this blog. I’m working on a consistent schedule that will force me to produce content on a regular basis. This is both for me, to motivate myself to do what I love even when life gets in the way, and for whomever may be reading this blog, to let them know they’re not alone in their struggle and to maybe make them smile a bit even in the darkest times.
I’ve come up with something to help myself recognize my accomplishments, and I recommend you, the reader, to do the same. Every year, make a list of what you’ve accomplished. It can be anything you’re proud of, maybe it was a breeze to accomplish, maybe it was a struggle. Either way, it’s worthy of recognizing. It doesn’t have to be an exhaustive list, either, just the main events or projects that serve as highlights for a year.
Think of it like a reverse New Year’s Resolution, in which you take a look back at the year that was and say, ‘yeah, I did that.’
For me, that list looks like this:
- Finished a 20-page research paper/project on a topic of my choice, of which I’m very proud
- Had another successful two semesters of growing the social media following on a small museum
- Completed an internship at a historical review, giving me practical experience using various databases and working in an office setting
- Achieved my own personal best score for number of days lived
Music is also something that’s really important to my daily life, so I’m going to include two lists of songs here.
The first lists songs that got me through the year, which I listened to on repeat, sang along to through tears and smiles alike.
Songs of 2018:
- “Kids These Days” Shakey Graves
- “Rise to the Sun” Alabama Shakes
- “Get By” Diane Coffee
- “Alligator Girl” Langhorne Slim
- “Purple Rain” Prince
The second consists of songs I’ve been playing on repeat for the past few days, which will take me into the New Year and lead me through another 365 days of struggle and success, and whatever comes my way.
Heading into 2019:
- “So It Goes” by Hi-Lo Jack (feat. Lawrence, Stolen Jars, DAP the Contract)
- “iT” by Christine and the Queens
- “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” by The 1975
- “Oodles O’Noodles Babies” by Meek Mill
- “Upper West Side” by King Princess
And here are my Top Albums of the Year
- Expectations: released by Hayley Kiyoko in March
- Dirty Computer: released by Janelle Monáe in April
- Can’t Wake Up: released by Shakey Graves in May
- Chris: released by Christine and the Queens in September
- Young Sick Camellia: released by St. Paul & the Broken Bones in September
So that’s my 2018 in review.
I’ll keep on writing and editing and reporting and posting and social media managing and researching and listening to music and making friends and drinking coffee and not sleeping enough and doing my best.
But, most importantly, I’m going to keep going.
And I hope you do the same.
All the best to you in the New Year.