2014 was an interesting year for me. I hit a lot of highs and lows; in some ways it was the best year of my life, and in other ways, the worst. But in the end, one this is clear. I made this year about me. While I've never been one to really worry about other peoples' opinions, I finally shook off other peoples' influences over me and I focused on myself. I focused on what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, and didn't let anything or anyone get in my way. I know I said this about last year, but this year was a year of huge personal growth for me.
I started off the year not so great, then it got bad - mostly with the exhaustion that finishing college and simultaneously being in graduate school left behind, before I finally stepped back and focused on myself for a few months before starting again. Spring semester was one of the most mentally trying few months of my life; I was pushed to the limit mentally and emotionally. I nearly thought I wouldn't be able to finish the semester and I also had more mental breakdowns that anyone should have over a three month period. Thanks to sleepless nights, endless papers, my senior thesis, and far more than a normal person should juggle. I actually remember when my last paper was handed in, my friends dragged me out for celebratory drinks, and I had approximately one glass of wine before I crashed and nearly fell asleep on the way back home. Yeah, that was interesting.