Posts Tagged ‘goals’

Today I realized that I have been keeping up with this blog for a little bit over a year, so I took the time to look back at some of the first posts that I had written. I look at myself through this blog a year ago, and I remember how confused I was — about my futures, my goals… myself.

On January 2, 2011, I wrote a post entitled “2011: The Year I Got My Life in Order.” I set one New Years resolution for myself:

decide what I want in life and get motivated to make it happen

Personally, I think I did damn good.

A year ago, I had just gotten rejected from Texas Creative, the original reason I had become an advertising major, I was frantically searching for a last-minute internship, and considering switching my major to Public Relations. Hence the resolution.

But this year I applied and was accepted into the TexasMedia program, travelled to London to work a summer internship, and took a trip to New York City, where I networked with 4 agencies in hopes of securing a full time job come post-grad.

now I’m not really sure where the next year will take me.

2011 was definitely a year that has shaped my future. 2012 will be the year that begins it.

On March 14, 2012 I will be turning 22, and for me that kind of signifies the real start to adulthood. 21 was a year to play and have fun, 22 means it’s time to get serious. On May 18, 2012 I will be graduating from the University of Texas. Shortly after that, if all goes as planned, I will be picking up and shipping out to New York City, fulfilling a dream I’ve had for years.

See that.

That is what I call a plan.

A year ago, I didn’t have one, and I told myself that soon I was going to have one. This might have been the first New Years resolution I actually made happen, ever. Well, cheers to 2011, and I cannot wait for 2012!


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New Years resolutions are littering my twitter feed and Google reader. Some people want to lose 10 pounds, some only 5. Some people want to read more, learn more, be more spontaneous. To me, New Years resolutions seem so cliché, so I have never really participated. I’ll be honest, if I say I want to lose weight, I’ll be very enthusiastic about going to the gym… for about two weeks.

This year my mindset is a little different. The past few weeks have been a very relaxing break from the stress that is college life. I’ve had time to really reflect on what I’ve done over the past two and a half years and really think about what I want to do with my degree and where I see myself in the future.

And I’ve come to a conclusion. I’ve developed one New Years resolution that is broad, but captivating. It is simple, like I think all resolutions should be, and offers a big picture and a big goal:

When I am 40 years old, married with kids, and have a career, I want to look back and say that 2011 was truly the year I got my life in order, the year I decided exactly what I wanted in life and the year that I really got motivated to make it happen.

So bring it on 2011, I’m ready for you.

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When I first decided that I wanted to be an advertising major at Texas, I dreamed to be a Texas Creative. The classes sounded so fun, the portfolios were amazing, and every student that made it through P3 had a loaded resume and amazing portfolio to take on job interviews.

Oh, how things can change.

One of our main assignments for the prereq for Texas Creative (Adv 325, Introduction to Creativity) was an “Idea Journal”. Needless to say, I did not score to high on it. Apparently my creativity isn’t what its supposed to be for a creative.

So this made me think. Instead of being disappointed about it, I examined my options. I thought about myself, and I asked myself if being a creative was really what I wanted to do with my career, and basically my life. The answer to that was no.

I am an internet geek. I am obsessed with any Apple gadget that hits the market… I’m still crossing my fingers I’ll have an iPad under the Christmas tree, but that’s wishful thinking. I am obsessed with social media. Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare. I want to blog. And I want my blog to be read. I actually look forward to the changes in Facebook, instead of being one of the millions complaining. I’ve grown up with social media, and social media has grown up with me.

With an advertising degree and a minor in business, I think this could work. It sounds like I could have a future in internet marketing, advertising, and branding. And it would actually be something I have fun with and something I’m interested in. Which is esentially my dream job.

I don’t know how I’m going to get this blog read. I don’t know how to rack up hundreds of twitter followers. I’ve been sending out resume after resume hoping to line up some amazing internship. Follow me here. Tell your friends. This is my journey. Oh, the places I will go. Just wait.

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