How do you a measure a year in the life?
I’m continuing yesterday’s year in review and looking through my experiences in 2018, month-by-month. Here’s part two:
June: While May had been a month of many tearful goodbyes, June had many exciting reunions. My childhood friend, Emma, came to visit from Ireland and we got our entire childhood friend group together for one day exploring Manhattan. I saw my cousin, Sophia, again after many months apart and we enjoyed a wonderful summer night in Bryant Park. Soon, some of my Disney friends, Jenn and Ryan, even made appearances in Manhattan and I was overjoyed to be reunited with these people that I missed so dearly. In June, I realized how blessed I was: I have so many amazing people in my life that bring so much joy into the world.
July: July is always my favorite month, as it is my birth month (I am a proud cancer), and this July was as wonderful as ones in the past. I spent Fourth of July with my friend, Sam, who could rival Captain America with his patriotism. Soon, the event I had been waiting for for months approached: the Taylor Swift concert. I boarded my bus to D.C., eager to see her perform and see some of my good friends. Her concert was one of the greatest nights of my life, even if we did almost end up stranded in suburban Maryland. Scream-singing Taylor Swift songs with your friends is so much more fun when Taylor Swift is singing live. I also reunited with an old friend, Sunny, on this trip: Sunny and I had done a summer program years ago together and kept in touch. She and I got lunch in D.C. and then had a fabulous night when she visited New York a few weeks later. I also reunited with a great friend from high school debate, Katie. Friendships like Sunny and Katie’s are so meaningful to me: no matter how long apart you are, when you reunite, it’s like no time has passed.
August: August included returns to two of my favorite places: Disney and Georgetown. Thanks to my sister who gifted me plane tickets to Florida for my birthday and my dear friends who housed me for a week, I was able to return to Orlando one last time before school started. And, what a wonderful week it was! I went to Universal and went on drives with Kelsey, I spent days running around the Disney parks with my friend, Kelly, I spent hour meandering Disney Springs and the surrounding hotels with another friend, Abby, and I spent days by the pool with Julie. I never wanted the trip to end, but it soon did and led to my return to Georgetown. Once I arrived, I realized I had forgotten how dearly I missed this place and was excited to be reunited with great friends and my activities, such as the school newspaper, The Hoya.
September: September brought the start of school and with that, the start of club recruitment season. As social media editor for The Hoya, I found many of my days being consumed by working on my daily tasks, such as best promoting the content, and working to best publicize our application and lead recruitment. I wouldn’t have it any other way though– the hours I spent with friends at the paper are hours I cherish. In particular, this paper brought me a new friendship this month with a girl named Kathryn. Kathryn is now one of my most treasured friendships and I am so grateful for this organization for bringing us together. In addition to newspaper recruitment, I also had sorority recruitment this month. Sorority recruitment is stressful for all but I loved getting to spend time with all of my sisters (and all the free food) and welcome in an amazing new pledge class.
October: October went by in a blur. I went home for the first time this semester and had an amazing time apple-picking with my mom and sister and exploring a local fair. October also brought one of my greatest joys and biggest excitements: the launching of this blog! I am so happy to have started this journey with you all. This month though also proved my most challenging of the year, as I struggled to keep up with all of my commitments, while still maintaining my mental health and practicing self-care. I had some failures in October, but these failures just helped make my direction even clearer.
November: November was a month of smiles. It started with getting my two amazing littles who I adore and am so happy to have them join my little sorority family (shoutout to Emma for being the world’s best sorority twin). It continued with a wonderful newspaper photoshoot with my social media team. Thanksgiving was a welcome trip home and I enjoyed spending time with my family (especially my puppy, Luna) and friends for the weekend. Returning to school brought my favorite night of the semester: last night of production for the semester of the newspaper. This night was so much fun and when it was over, I found myself wanting to press pause on life and just live in the happiness that existed in these moments forever. I truly love the people I got to work with this semester– they have become my support system, my motivation, and my great friends. I am so grateful to have them.
December: The beginning of December brought wonderful nights of dancing and too many days of goodbyes. With formals for both my sorority and the newspaper, I got to spend great nights, dressed to the nines, dancing and singing with great friends. However, these nights soon turned to goodbyes, as many of my friends are going abroad next semester. I am going to miss them all so much, but I cannot wait to reunite in the fall. Speaking of reunions, I was able to reunite with a few Disney friends this month and these moments make me smile so bright. I am so happy these friendships withstand distance and are still so strong. The latter part of this month has been at home, where I’ve been going on many adventures with my family. It’s been a great time, getting to truly enjoy being with family.
I think back to where I was last December and I cannot believe the difference a year can make. I come back to thinking of Seasons of Love and another lyric:
Measure your life in love.
This year, I was blessed with so much love and that love changed me. Love has the power to change the world, if we open ourselves up to it. Thank you to everyone who has made this year filled with so much joy– you are so special.
2019, you have big shoes to fill but if you’re anything like 2018, it’ll be a year full of new dreams and adventures. I can’t wait.