One of those extremely happy couples in love. Snapped this photograph during Spring Break this past year.
Before each New Year celebration I like to (along with the rest of the world) reflect. But before I do that I need you to do me a favor. Can you do that? Okay it takes three steps. Step one: Inhale deeply and shut your eyes (eye shutting is optional). Step two: exhale slowly. Step three: relax and smile. See, that wasn’t so hard. A lot of the time people get so wrapped up in what is happening in their life (myself included) that they forget to take a step back and enjoy it. News Years seems like the appropriate time to do just that. Instead of reflecting solely on the things that have happened this last year, I like to think about everything I’m thankful for. Although I kid around about everyone who is currently in love and display it lavishly during holiday seasons, (check out my seasonal boyfriend article) I truly am surrounded by so much love from my friends and family.
This past year has been filled with many great experiences. Indiana University men’s basketball team has been playing incredibly well and beat the number one basketball team, Kentucky. Their current record is 12-1 after the lost against Michigan State yesterday.
For the past twelve months I have had the pleasure of working at A Total Tan. Although the business isn’t too glamorous (employers basically clean customer’s sweat off of tanning beds), it has given me the opportunity to meet several people who I never would have met otherwise.
I have recently moved out of the Dreamboat (named sarcastically after its sketchy location, landlord, and foundation) and into a new and improved house on the Bloomington campus. The new house has had its flaws (two lounge chairs and a grill have been stolen from our porch), but it has proven to be an instant home for all of us. For the past five months I have been living with four other girls. Yes, it can be frustrating at times living with four other girls (Some don’t do their dishes or clean…EVER). However, I laugh everyday and am able to go out to bars with these four girls and wear sweats and watch movies with these girls.
Okay, we don't usually dress up as nerds. I promise it was a themed occasion.
I’ve attended several events on campus. I’ve seen several concerts including Bloomington’s local band Main Squeeze, a jazz combo production put on by the Jacob school of Music, and during Little 500 last year, I went to a Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Rick Ross concert that was amazing. I’ve attended several sporting events including football, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and swimming.
Many Tuesdays were spent with good friends, good food, and good drinks at Ami restaurant for 30% off sushi followed by a stop at Kilroys on Kirkwood bar and grill for $2 Tuesday. I also had the opportunity to take some pretty amazing classes taught by outstanding professors during the past year. My favorite recent class was a sports writing class taught by The Indianapolis Star beat reporter, Terry Hutchens. Hutchens came to class everyday and talked enthusiastically about one of the things I love: sports.
Lil Wayne wearing an Indiana University jacket during a performance in Assembly Hall.
All of these amazing occasions were made possible by my parents, who have loved and supported me through every step I have taken. Of course, my mother still gets frustrated when I don’t balance my check book after every entry (or ever…bad habit, I know), and my father gets frustrated when I come home from college for holiday vacations and leave my items all over the house (I know I left my dirty clothes on the table, don’t you still wish I lived here, dad?). My parents have financially supported me through college and when I talk about things I want to do after college, they tell me that no matter what they will help me make it happen. My brother, has also helped me strive to be who I am (even if he doesn’t know it). My brother is stubborn and sometimes a pain and the ass, but he knows what he wants and has always gone after it. He took off four years ago for Wyoming, never previously been there, and became a fly fisherman guide on a ranch outside of Jackson. I have always looked up to him and hope to emulate my brother’s desire to go after his dreams.
As the New Year 2012 rolls around (insert something mundane and repetitive about the Earth’s status this year) I look forward to many more memories and experiences with my friends and family. Through the busy pace and schedule of life it’s hard to stop and enjoy it. Remember that every little thing that might cause a bump in the road isn’t the end up of the world it’s a time to be thankful for the people that surround you during that part of life. Personally, one of my New Year’s resolution is to slow down and enjoy my last semester of college. I hope the New Year brings you much happiness. I’ll cheers to that.