another new year

The new year always sneaks up on me.  I spend so much time preparing for Christmas and traveling and trying to rest that before I know it I’ve found myself in a new year, utterly unprepared.  I have no concrete resolutions, and having gone to Passion the first week of 2013 already puts me behind in any resolution I do make.  However, I do have some ideas and I am going to try to stick to them, even if it means playing catch-up for a week or two.

Read 35 books this year.
Take photos every week.
Learn two new recipes per month.
Write at least two hand-written letters per week.
Read the Bible through in a year. (I’ve done one like this in the past.)

I have a feeling that this year, more than ever, I will be learning a lot about how to leave certain things behind.  2013 is going to be about  letting go of the things I cannot have or do not need in order to pursue tangible goals as well as dreams.

On a semi-related note, I am officially an alumna member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  I went through my final ritual ceremony on Sunday afternoon, and it was neat to come full circle as an ADPi member.  ADPi is one of the main reasons I stayed at Mercer when I felt like giving up and transferring home.  I met truly amazing women who were supportive and encouraging, and they helped me through some of the toughest times in my life so far.  I know that even as an alumna, I still have those lasting friendships that I made during my time at Mercer, and I’m truly thankful for that.


I also finished some graduate school applications this week, and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for this application process.  Sure, most people complain about editing resumes and writing statements of purpose, but those are the exact things that helped me to realize that graduate school is something that I truly want to do; it’s not just another stepping stone to get to where I want to go.  Furthermore, researching the different schools and programs really confirmed that school psychology is what I want to be doing for the foreseeable future.  Four years ago I was barely aware that one could become a school psychologist, and I certainly had no idea what they did.  (Go here for more information.)  During this process, I teared up while reading about the goals of the different programs.  It really hit me that these were the personal goals that I’ve carried with me for as long as I can remember.  It is an emotional moment when you begin to realize that your passions can line up with your career.  I’m more excited than I’ve ever been about school, to say the least.