New Year, New Me?

2018 is just around the corner. You know what that means, right? It means there’s about to be timelines full of those “New Year, New Me!” posts. Soon everyone is going to start sharing their New Years Resolutions. I’m ready to see all types of resolutions from fitness goals to financial goals. And I can’t forget about the “If you don’t get a text from me the day after New Years, you got left in 2017.” tweets. Those are my favorite.  

I actually LOVE New Years. I love the excitement in the air of another year. It feels like we all get to push the restart button and try again. I know of some people who make vision boards so they can map out exactly who they want to be during this new year. 

But for this year, I’m not searching for a new me. 2018 is not a year for a “brand new” Jasmin to emerge. I want to take this year to get back to the basics. I want to rediscover the things that make me, me.

2017 wasn’t a bad year for me. It had its ups and downs just like any year but overall I was extremely blessed in all that I did. In this past semester, I saw so much personal growth and I can say that I’m honestly so proud of me for what I’ve accomplished. I know my mindset changed in 2017. Instead of complaining or wondering why things weren’t happening  “on time” for me, now I’m way more grateful for what I have and have done. This is huge for me. For so long I would get so stressed about what wasn’t there or what I hadn’t done instead of looking at all the blessings in my life. After this mindset change, I feel so much more at peace and comfortable with who I am. I have more patience in this journey because I’ve realized that the things God has for me won’t miss me, and that’s it.

One of the down sides of this semester was that I was so busy. Now, I loved everything I did in my free time and I never felt like they were a waste of time. But, I just had too much going on some days. Outside of academic stuff, most of my free time was filled with going from meeting to meeting without much time for rest. I didn’t have time for myself some days. Most days I didn’t even have time to workout which is how I relieve my stress. I didn’t have time for God either. This past semester I really neglected my relationship with God when I knew better. I want 2018 to be a year where I go deeper in my faith and my relationship with God, so I need to refocus on that goal.

 In 2018 I want to refocus on what it is that makes me unique and what my true passions are. I’ll start the the first semester of senior year in August 2018 and I already know that senior year will be filled with its own challenges. When I start looking for jobs, I want to have an even better idea of who I am and what I can offer the companies I apply to. I don’t expect to know what I want in every aspect of life by the end of the year, but I do want a better idea of the direction I want to go. But to do that, I know I need to reconnect with what makes me the happiest and what makes me who I am. 

All in all, I’m super excited for what 2018 will bring for me. I’m hoping for the best in every way! 

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