13 Goals for 2013 Revisited

Last year I made 13 goals for the year 2013 Let’s take a look at how well I did!

1. Go to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival

Check! … well, kind of…

My roommate and I went up to D.C. over Easter break. I was thrilled to find out that we would be there during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Unfortunately, instead of being greeted with hundreds of blooming trees across the Capitol, we experienced a very wet–and cold–weekend.

Despite the lack of blooming beauties, we got to enjoy Capitol Hill Baptist Church, the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress and, of course, Georgetown Cupcake.

White House

2. Dean’s list/honors list both semesters

Check!

When I made this list, I was supposed to graduate in December. However, I was actually able to graduate in May.

I was able to make all As my last semester of college, though and didn’t have to take any of my final exams. I also received the departmental award for communications studies.

Communications Studies Award

3. Visit friends at ECU

Check!

I did make it down to ECU (in February, I think)! Not only did I get to see Erica and Matt, I also got to see my friend, Briana from high school. My trip was really rushed, but it was nice to catch up with some sweet friends. 

4. Visit Liberty

Check!

This could possibly be the best weekend of my last semester of college. The drive to Lynchburg is beautiful, and I could not have been greeted with more gracious hospitality! Ally and I went adventuring through the farmers’ market, a vintage thrift sale, the Farm Basket and many other beauties Lynchburg has to offer.

On my way to Lynchburg, I got to swing by Salem, VA and see my friend Hannah too!

Ally

Photo credit: Ally Tarantino

5. Go to California

Check!

I started off my trip in Los Angeles with Keely. I got to see the Hollywood sign from the distance, and we went to the beach! I spent a lazy afternoon by the pool and I enjoyed every minute of it! Let me tell you, dry heat is a BEAUTIFUL thing.

After a whirlwind weekend, I took a Megabus down to San Jose to spend some time with my friends Michael and Abby. We toured the Apple campus and even went to San Francisco for the day. The highlight of my time with them was probably meeting their daughter, Ada. She is so precious!

Photo credit: Michael Sumner

Photo credit: Michael Sumner

6. See the sun set over the Pacific Ocean

Check–kinda.

This has been on my bucket list for forever, and I can finally (kinda) check it off my list. I didn’t get to actually watch the sun sink below the horizon, but I did get to see the sunset’s beautiful aftermath.

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7. Graduate

Check!

I’m so cool, I beat my Dec. 16 graduation goal! Orrrr…. maybe it’s more like Dr. Carey’s so cool, he let me graduate with the rest of my class because I had enough credits, just not the last few required classes.

(Don’t worry… I did eventually get my diploma!)

Oops!

8. Get a job

Check!

This took a lot longer than I thought it would. I assumed that I’d waltz out of college and everyone would want to hire me. I had actually given up on this goal for the year by the beginning of November. I had found a temporary job where I was happy and I was sure no one would be hiring someone new so close to the holidays.

Boy, was I wrong! I started my job as the education reporter at the Salisbury Post on Dec. 11. It’s been a challenging and exciting few weeks.

Salisbury Post

9. Hit 50 bylines

Check?

If you include press releases and blog posts for Gardner-Webb and NCDA&CS, then yes, I accomplished my goal. If, however, you want to stick strictly to journalism bylines, I fell just a little short. I currently have 40 bylines between Religion News Service, The Shelby Star and Salisbury Post. That being said, I’ve written 15 stories since I started my job at the Post less than a month ago. I am confident that I’ll reach the 50 byline goal within the next two weeks or so.

wapo

10. Read at least halfway through the Bible

Nope.

I’ve never been able to keep up with a one year reading plan, and this year was no different. I’m not quite sure how far I got, but I know I wasn’t 50 percent of the way through. When I switched to my new phone, I got locked out of my login on my Bible app.

11. Learn to shoot a gun

Check! 

When my dad read my list of goals last year, he decided that No. 11 was one he could help me out with. So, when I went up to Wisconsin on my spring break, my whole family headed out to shoot.

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12. Read at least six non-school books

Ummmmm….. about that.

I used to love reading, but I really struggle to find the time to do it anymore. I did read All the President’s Men this summer, but beyond that, I wasn’t able to finish anything.

13. Create at least six signature cupcakes

Check!

Pictured below are my Chocolate Orange (my personal favorite), Snickers, Banana Pudding, Pumpkin, Lemon Blueberry and, of course, my Nutella Strawberry cupcake.

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All in all, I’d say 2013 was a success! I experienced some of my highest highs and lowest lows, but through it all, I learned a lot!

13 Goals for 2013

I’m not a huge fan of New Years resolutions. Most of the time I break them before the first week of January is over. So, this year, I decided to set goals instead.

1. Go to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival

I’m working on this and it looks like it just might be a go! I would love to see the cherry blossoms, attend Capitol Hill Baptist Church (maybe for Easter?) and soak up the city that I miss so much.

2. Dean’s list/honors list both semesters

Ever since I changed my major to communications/public relations, my grades have definitely improved. My goal is to make all As and Bs in my remaining classes on top of maintaining a busy work schedule.

3. Visit Erica (and Matt) at ECU

Several sweet friends attend East Carolina University. I’ve been talking about going to see them for a while now, and I think it’s time that I finally do it. Maybe some time in February?

4. Visit Liberty

I also have friends at Liberty University that I’ve wanted to visit. Seeing as many of them graduate in May, I better get on it!

5. Go to California

This is my big goal of the year! I’ve never been to California, but I have some very dear friends that live there. I’d like to visit San Jose, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Potter’s Valley/Mendocino County.

6. See the sun set over the Pacific Ocean

This goes hand in hand with #5, but this has been on my bucket list for forever!

7. Graduate

I’m so excited that this can finally put this on my bucket list for this year! So, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I will be a college graduate on December 16, 2013!

8. Get a job

A real life, big girl job! I’m not sure where or how, but I do hope I’ll have a job before the end of the year!

9. Hit 50 bylines

In WJC, Terry told us that the entire world looks completely different after 100 bylines. I’m about 1/10 of the way there, and I’d like to be halfway there by the end of the 2013.

10. Read at least halfway through the Bible

I’ve never been able to keep up with a one year reading plan, but I do think that halfway is doable, so that’s my goal. My Bible app on my phone shows me how far I’ve gotten on the plan, so I can track how much I’ve read.

11. Learn to shoot a gun

I’ve wanted to learn to shoot for a while, I just can never convince anyone to take me.

12. Read at least six non-school books

I know some people who read 40+ books a year, the least I could do is read half a dozen.

13. Create at least six signature cupcakes

I LOVE cupcakes! I’ve started creating some of my own cupcake concoctions. Last weekend, I started with a Nutella cupcake. Who knows what else I’ll come up with this year?

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