Peak and Pit of 2018

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I could remember New Year’s Eve of 2018 like it was yesterday. I was in Jax and decided at the last minute to drive back to Orlando to go to the Kevin Hart’s show. I went into 2018 feeling like it was going to suck because in 2017, I spent New Year’s in Paris and traveled for half the year. How could 2018 top that? Plus, I was still recovering financially so I knew I couldn’t travel much.

I’ll start with the pit. There were a couple months of the beginning of the year that I felt super discouraged. I was working as a graduate assistant then worked game nights for the Magics. Only making enough to cover rent and maybe had around $200 extra. I started to look for full-time jobs and I must’ve applied for over 30 places. 90% of those places sent back a rejection email. I started feeling so disappointed and unmotivated and really questioning my qualifications. Towards the end of the year, the pit was going through a really hurtful breakup. Probably one of the most bittersweet things I’ve ever experienced. (I wasn’t meant to have a good life).

Moving on to the peak. There is light at the end of the tunnel after all. After the months of not finding a job, I switched up my method and got one through job shadowing. A short 5 months later, I got promoted. This is also where I met Meghan, one of my best friends. At the same time, my other friend Illian moved back from ATL. During my lows, they were there for me and I started meeting other people who had really helped lift me up. As I get older, my relationship with my parents gotten strong as well. I couldn’t ask for a better support system. Speaking of getting older, is turning 25 a peak or a pit? Lol Anyway, I did travel a tiny bit, after all, I went to Bimini, Miami, Chicago, Charleston, NJ, and NYC.

Ended the year with a master’s degree, great trips, and achieved my savings goal. I’m going into 2019 with a much more positive feeling. I think odd years are more of my year.

This year, I’d like to be an aunt (Sister, if you’re reading this…no pressure), grow professionally, pick up a new hobby, read more books, and go somewhere new once a month, whether it’s an hr drive or a 12 hr plane ride.

Xoxo,

Tien 

 

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