The Extraordinary Ordinary

Welcome, 2019!

Happy New Year 2019! Hopefully y’all had a good celebration!

I’m currently trying to decide if the windstorm last night was a forebearer to how 2019 is going to go. It was a wicked wind around 10:30 when I left my live-in pet sitting to head for Grandma’s to watch the ball drop. On the half an hour drive, I counted two downed trees and a branch big enough I had to drive in the other lane to pass. On the way back to the pet sitting at 1 am, there were two trees down on the highway and another three down on the back roads. This morning, when I went to get brunch and a mocha at Sheetz, there were powerlines across the road.

So, a foreboding omen? There will be windfalls blocking your path but just keep an eye open and you’ll scoot on by? Don’t go driving in windstorms and bypass all that ridiculous jazz? 2019 will be crazy and reckless and more than likely dangerous? Probably all of the above. But thank goodness I don’t have to worry about that! God’s got His hand on my future and the windfalls can only be part of His plan to make me the person He wants me to be.

Can you believe that it’s already 2019? I feel like Fall semester is just about to start instead of Spring semester. (The current weather of no snow and 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside isn’t helping much.) Or maybe it’s the last half of my senior year of high school? Wait, I’m an adult? Sheesh. Time is flying by! I just barely remembered to write ’19 on my paperwork today instead of ’18.

I can’t end this post without talking about New Year’s resolutions, now can I? Well, it might be slightly difficult since I honestly didn’t actually make any. The month of January, I want to sit down and think about what I really want to pursue. If 2018 taught me anything, it’s that I have so little time that’s actually my own–I need to make it count. I also need to take moments to breathe, something I didn’t do much of at all last year (and which is probably why I’m just now starting to feel slightly less worn down, a feeling that has followed me with a deadly passion since before Thanksgiving Break). I know that I want to focus on writing this year–writing for myself, not for school assignments–but I have to figure out how to do it without wearing myself thin after writing school assignments and working all day. Work. Yes, work. I also have to figure that out: college is expensive, but internships are important and also mainly unpaid–how do I find a balance? And family? How do I fit them in my hectic schedule? They are important to me, as are my friends, but I had very little time for them last year.

So I suppose my goal for 2019, or my “New Year’s Resolution” is to simplify. To go through the goals and dreams I had/have/will have for myself and decide which ones I truly want to follow and then simply my life as much as possible to make those few–keyword: few–happen. Also, to find some form of exercise that I enjoy (if y’all have any suggestions, please let me know!) and can actually do since I’m basically going to college to learn how to sit at a desk and use my fingers.

So what about you? How did 2018 treat you? What are you looking forward to in 2019? Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are they?