As the year draws to a close, I thought I’d share with you a small project I started at the beginning of 2015. Every time something noteworthy happens, I write it on a sticky note, date it, and throw it in a jar.
Throughout the year I added 50+ notes to my container. However, I’ve picked out ten that mean the most to me, because lets be honest, it would take me hours to type out every single one (and some are for my eyes only).
Sticky Note Year in Review
January 12th, 2015: I finally started my blog.
This was a big one for me, and a great start to the year. I’ve struggled with social anxiety for a long time, and for me that means I’m terrified of rejection (among other things). Putting my thoughts out in to the world forced me to see that my fears were stupid, to be perfectly honest. And even if someone doesn’t like my writing, someone else will.
March 9th, 2015: Arrived in Vegas.
This was important to me because, with social anxiety, the furthest I’d ever traveled from home was about two hours away. Vegas took me completely across the country, and you know what? I survived. None of my fears came true. This was another step in the right direction of dealing with anxiety.
April 19th, 2015: Last exam before summer!
Oh man I remember how thrilled I was this day. I had been doing five classes this semester and had run myself completely ragged. What made it worse was that three of the classes were through an online university, which meant about double the work of the ones I was taking at the local university. Writing my last exam and being free from school until September was an extreme highlight of my year.
June 13th, 2015: I hung out with B for the first time in ten years.
This was completely unexpected, but I was so grateful for it happening. We had been great friends and even dated (if you can call it that) when we were thirteen. Seeing him ten years later, reminiscing, and seeing how much we each had grown was amazing. We don’t hang out much now, but we still talk, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to see him again.
June 27th, 2015: T’s birthday party!
It was hot, there were lots of people, and I drank a lot of tequila. It was also the third birthday I had the honor of celebrating with him. Not only that, but I met a guy who is now one of my best friends. We started talking by chance and connected instantly.
July 7th, 2015: Started talking to L again.
To be completely honest, she was the last girl I had kissed before T and I started dating, and I had never really gotten over her. To be able to talk and see her again was wonderful, even if it wasn’t the same as before.
July 9th, 2015: Jam in Jubilee #1.
This was the start of a four week concert series that hosted local music, artists, and food trucks. It was also a place for my friends and I to congregate, and we could all go to the “after dark” shows at a nearby pub afterwards.
August 11th, 2015: Watched a meteor shower.
This was fun because it was the only time I got to hang out one on one with someone I’d been snapchatting and texting for several months. We met up at 2:30 am to watch, and stayed up talking until nearly 6 am. 10/10 would do again.
September 22nd, 2015: First day in Disneyland.
I had been exitedly apprehensive of this trip since I found out about it one year earlier. As it came closer, I worried more and more. The only other time in my life I had been on a plane was on the way back from Vegas, and I had slept nearly the entire time (thank you valium). But we got to Disneyland in one piece, and it was a magical experience. The only thing I would have changed was the heat.
December 8th, 2015: Signed up for my first creative writing course.
I came in to this year with a bang, putting myself out there and creating a blog. Now I’m ending it that way as well, by signing up for my first creative writing class. I love to write; blog entries, short stories, poems. I had an epiphany in the last month: I’m not cut out for “regular” nine to five jobs. What I would love most in the world would to become a professional writer. I’ve got the ideas in my head, but to be completely honest, I have no idea where to start. Hence the writing course. The one I’ll be taking in January will teach me the basics, and the one I’ll be taking in May will teach me more about dialogue, characters, and plot, among other things.
Just re-reading all of these has brought me such joy, and I can’t wait for 2016 so I can experience all of the new situations life throws at me. I know I will grow more as a person and keep learning about myself and others. Here’s to another great year!