Last day of 2014/First day of 2015!

December 31, 2014 Jennifer's Thoughts 7

Happy new year to all those who, according to their time zones, it’s 2015! Wooo! And happy new year’s eve to all those like me who are still hanging out in 2014 😉

So, 2014 has been a year full of ups and downs, but that doesn’t stop us from moving on with life’s wonders. I became a senior and that was something I never really expected to happen when I was in barely in Kindergarten. I worked in a Salvation Army summer camp for kids as community works and loved it. And many other things happened that I am very grateful to God for allowing me to have them and cherish their memory. I’ve thought about this post for the whole year and I am ready to share it with you guys.

Last January 7th was my 17th birthday, and that marked something big in me. When I was 12 years old, I had this notion in my head that you had to be 17 in order to have wonderful things like the books happen to you. This was during the time I started to transition from reading children’s books and non-fiction, and venturing to the amazing world of Young Adult and Adult Fiction. I desperately wanted to live something exciting in my life, like meet vampires, werewolves, live in a fairy tale, whatever that sounded like it was taken from a book. (Except Dystopian lol) Thus started my writing obsession as well. I would make hundreds of drafts of stories about heroines who lived great things when they were usually 17, or close to that.

I slowly started to drop that idea from my head as I matured little by little (still am) and until this year I did a change. I can have a bad attitude and argue a lot with people for the fun of it, but I can be shy sometimes and have lost opportunities because of it. So on my 17th birthday I made myself a promise. If I wanted to have a “book experience” of sorts, I would make it happen by ignoring my stupid thoughts and do them. I would take risks that wouldn’t endanger my health, and see how it went throughout the year. And it worked. That same day I rode, for free, an electrical bull and I was exhilarated. I dared do stuff in my church, I did changes in myself, I got into a camp to do my community service hours, I told a guy I liked him (and he’s my boyfriend now) and many other things. I am still shy to do somethings, but I learned something with this experiment of mine. And it wasn’t until I tested it that I noticed how some people are right on this when they tell you as well.

If you want things to happen in your life, you have to act in order for them to happen because they won’t come to you unless you go to them. You have to take risks because I think it’s better to regret and have tried rather than regret without having tried it. I try to live by this, like Carpe Diem, and think that either way I will die one way or another, and it can happen in any moment. And if I have my memories to wherever I’m going after this place, I don’t want to think “Dang it, I didn’t do that! UGH”.

On this new year, if this has happened to you, take a risk and try. You don’t have to do extreme things, just tiny little things that I guarantee you will make a change.

I wish to all a new year full of blessings, books, health, and much success on any projects you plan on doing from your resolutions. I have a few goals (I don’t like calling them resolutions) and one of them is convincing my mom of letting me get a pixie cut. A risk I’ve wanted to take since I was three/four years old. Long story short, I took a scissors to cut it all but ended instead with a Dora haircut when mom caught me and fixed it. 2014 was a great year, considering some awful things that happened. We are a live, and so we might celebrate that and the new opportunities this new year brings!

 

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I'm Jennifer, addicted reader, lover of books, and aspiring author. I babble too much when I write and like to procrastinate work with other work 🙂
  • Genesis Sheli

    I defnitely relate to shy part. I used to be so dang shy. I wouldn’t even talk on the phone with my aunt…MY AUNT! When I started working at my current job (Admissions Office at college), I had to talk to strangers face to face and phone. This got me out of being shy a little bit. I still haven’t mastered making new friends right off the bat but I am trying. I hope your new year is filled with blessings and you can keep accomplishing your goals 🙂

    • jmmbookworm

      I don’t talk on the phone with my own grandma’s… I get so embarrassed! So I know the feel. I guess I’ll just have to try something of the sort as well to get used to talking more to people and make friends on my own. Hope you can accomplish your goals as well, and many blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  • Like you, I have grand ideas of writing something phenomenal. I started a lot of stories, but never really got far into it. This year, I want to take a Creative Writing course. Not because I want to be a writer, but I want all these plot bunnies to actually go somewhere. I think it’s a fantastic motto (Carpe Diem and all that)! I just have to have the gumption to actually do something about it.

    Happy New Year to you and Marianne. <3

    • I have lots of ideas that are good, I think. I just don’t know how to go from there, plus I am a perfectionist, which results in me editing more than writing and end up doing nothing lol I’m excited that you’re gonna take that course, and who knows, maybe we end up reviewing a published book 😉

      And writing a post-it note can help to remind you of doing something until it sticks 😀 Happy new year!!

  • Happy New Year! I also used to think like you did, I always wanted something to happen to me like things happen to characters in books. This is really inspirational, Jennifer! 🙂

    • jmmbookworm

      Thank you! I guess some of us have always thought of our own fictional world huh? 😉

  • Jen this is such an amazing and inspirational bookish post, it’s really a coming of age story isn’t it? It reminds me of my optimistic 14 year old self who thought I would turn into sailor moon or something during that time. But I love how you were sick of inaction and decided to do something about it, and look where you are today! Happy New Year hun, I hope 2015 is as amazing for you.