Welcome to 2014 folks. Time sure does seem to be flying by. How I went from 0-25 so quickly is beyond me. Because the days are passing by with the blink of an eye (I didn’t rhyme on purpose…swear), it reminds me that there’s only so much time allotted to do all of the things you want to do in life. Like a lot of you out there, I spend more time sitting around thinking about all of the things I want to accomplish in the days, months, and years to come, and less time actually doing these things. I’m not saying I haven’t accomplished anything worth while this year; in fact, I feel like I’ve done quite a few things that I’m very proud of. All I’m saying is that there’s always room to do more. I’m 25 and I’ve decided that every year until I’m 50, I’m going to give each year a theme/title. On that note, I’d like to declare 2014 the year of: Getting Shit Done. Simple. Self explanatory. Getting Shit Done. This year’s going to be less about daydreaming and more about doing. It’s going to be about taking chances, working hard, and exploring things that scare me, or things I never thought possible. 2013 was a good year, but 2014 is going to be the year where everything changes. It’ll be the year I look back on when I’m 50 years old and say “2014 was the year I took control, the year I truly explored who I am what I’m capable of, the year of Getting Shit Done. I have a lot of plans for this year. But before I get into that, I figured it would be appropriate to share some of 2013’s highlights.
1. Red Dress Gala & Fashion Show. I’ve been planning small events for years now, and I’ve always wanted to do something on the larger scale. The Red Dress Gala I organized in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation was the first major event I’ve put together, and I can’t wait for this event to happen again next month (February 26th). Wow. Next month. You see what I mean about time flying by?
2. Twenty-Five. Last year I celebrated my 25th birthday. Some people don’t see 25 as a milestone birthday, but I do. I feel like it’s the age where you look back on all you’ve accomplished so far, evaluate where you currently stand in life, and spend a lot of time thinking about your future. That’s what I did anyway. Anyway, last year 20 of my closest friends showed up to help me celebrate birthday, which made me extremely thankful for all of the special people I have in my life. You know who you are, and I love you!
3. The Vegas. You have no idea how long I’ve been wanting to go to Vegas, or how many times I came close, or how many times friends have gone when I couldn’t. This trip almost didn’t happen, but there was no way I was going to miss out on it AGAIN! Luckily one of my best friends is as spontaneous as I am, and decided a few days before our plane took off, that a trip to Vegas is exactly what we both needed. And boy, we were right!
4. Graduation. From elementary, to middle school, to high school, to university, to college. Man, how much education does one person need? Don’t answer that. After spending the majority of my life in a class room, I finally graduated from college. Not only was it a huge accomplishment achieved after spending thousands of hours behind a desk, but because since my grandpa, I’m the first one in my family to get a college education. I still have a few classes left at The University of Winnipeg to take to get my Bachelor of Arts, but it’s nice to know I have a diploma in my back pocket.
5. Moving. Up until mid-October I’ve always lived with another person, or other people. During the fall my roommate and I decided to live separately. At first I wasn’t excited about the idea because financially, I wasn’t ready for it. But living on my own has been amazing. I can keep things as clean or as messy as I want, I have more room in the fridge for all of the things I want to cook/bake, and the most fun part of it all? I can decorate everything Charmaine style. I always describe myself as a creative person, and I’m enjoying the chance I have to really make my apartment my own. It still needs work, but it already feels like home.
6. Book Club. I always talk about how much I love the people I met through the Creative Communications program at Red River College, and I probably always will. So many people have come in and out of my life, and don’t expect that to end. I mean, that happens to everyone right. What I do expect is that the friendships that have strengthened over this past year will still be going strong well into the next decade, if not longer. Although we’re all so close, it’s inevitable that people start to get busy building their careers, creating new projects, and starting families, which is why we came up with the idea of starting a book club. We get together once a month to discuss the books we’ve read….oh who am I kidding. We haven’t read a book in months. It’s really just a way of setting aside time for us to get together and catch up. But who knows, maybe one of our New Year’s resolutions will be to start reading books again. Either way, I love these girls and I’m lucky to have them all in my life.
Like I said, 2013 was a good year. But in the spirit of Getting Shit Done, 2014 is going to spectacular! Here’s a quick list of some of my goals and resolutions for the new year:
- Have a successful 2nd annual Red Dress Gala
- Work on building a strong portfolio
- Have more focus on exercising and eating healthy
- Take a trip overseas
- Plaster my apartment with creative decor
- Laugh more, smile more, dance more, and Instagram it all!