My Plans For 2015 + St. Louis in Summer + Abroad Plans

My Plans For 2015 + St.  Louis in Summer + Abroad Plans2015 is soon approaching, which has led me to think of what my future has in store for me. I like to keep pretty organized so I have been thinking of what goals I want to complete in 2015. 2014 was filled with many goals and I actually completed most if not all of them, so I’m keeping the momentum going!

I obviously plan on being in school from January to April, and then I have an awesome 3-4 months of summer vacation. I plan on living in St. Louis in the summer whenever I am not traveling.

I will be staying with my sister and her husband who I MISS LIKE CRAZY. And those dogs.

Ah. I can’t wait for summer. Only about 4 months away =) I have some HUGE plans for May-August since I’ll have a good amount of free time. I plan on taking 2-3 college classes in May/summer to get my graduate date bumped up. As far as working goes in the summer in St. Louis, I’m not exactly sure yet. I might just become a nanny and do some more online work as well.

Realistically, I need to find something online since I plan on doing a bit of traveling. I’m not even sure if I’ll really be in St. Louis for long besides possibly May/August. We will see. I’m a little bit excited to be surrounded by all of my friends again though! Even if it’s only for a little bit.

Places I plan/want to travel to:

I plan on couchsurfing for almost ALL of my traveling. I’ve already made friends with people from all of the country and abroad that are willing to host me and let me stay in their home. I’ve seriously met the NICEST people on this site and it constantly restores my faith in the world. There are so many amazing people all around the world and it’s quite refreshing.

I plan to visit Boston, New Orleans during Mardi Gras, anywhere in Florida, Seattle, and more. I want to visit at least 3 of those cities during my Spring semester of school, which should be doable.

I do want to take a trip back to Denver so I can do a bit more exploring. I can seriously see myself living here one day. Maybe once I am done with college?

For the summer, I have major plans. I plan on going to Peru for a bit and volunteering at a special needs orphanage, but I ALSO recently heard about a site called Efcollegetrips, and now I’m going to try SUPER hard to use one of their Europe trips that travel to all of the hot spots in Europe. It only last a month so it should be doable, but I’m not sure if I can manage it financially, we will see. All I know is I’m definitely going abroad this summer!

What are your plans for the year 2015? Any drastic changes planned?

 

Highlights of 2014

Highlights of 20142014 has been a pretty darn awesome year for me. I moved to a new city/state, transferred to a new school, reconnected with my dad’s side of the family, ended a long-term relationship, and more.

I’ve changed drastically in pretty much every way possible.

Looking back to a year ago…

I was a completely different person. I was independent, but at the same time I was dependent on my significant other. I wasn’t living MY life;I was living through someone elses life.

In 2014 I traveled to:

Milwaukee, Kansas City, Jefferson City, Ozarks, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, St. Louis, Vegas, and I’m not sure where else… I feel like I’ve done a good amount of traveling this year and it’s only raised my motivation to go to even more places next year.

Reconnecting with family.

I think one of the things I’m most happy about is reconnecting with my dad’s side of the family. I missed them a ton and it’s great to become close to family that were once so active in my life. I unfortunately moved to a different state and lost most contact with them. This is another reason why I’m so happy I moved to the Chicago ‘burbs!

Ending a relationship.

I also ended a relationship that was holding me back quite a bit. I wasn’t making decisions in my life based on what I wanted, but instead were accommodating to the other. Which was definitely my choice to do, but proved to me that I wasn’t ready for a relationship.

This has to be the best decision I’ve ever made in my life, and quite frankly I didn’t think I would have the courage to do it because I’m always thinking of others and never myself. I rather be the person who stays hurt instead of hurting someone else.

2014 was filled with risks.

I moved to a whole new city and lost all of my closest friends. It’s so much harder to make friends than most people think! Especially being a transfer student and not living in the dorms. I have so much time for school and work, that’s the only plus side. I’ve made a few friends from going out on the weekends and it’s just started to pick up after 4 months. I went couchsurfing and stayed a strangers house, which was pretty ballsy of me at the time, but now I think it’s completely normal and I definitely plan on doing it again.

I’ve changed so much this year than the past five years combined. My priorities are totally flipped to the opposite direction and I feel so much more positive and optimistic about life. A year can really change your life.

Looking ahead a year from now, I’m not exactly sure where I’ll be-BUT I LOVE being so unsure. I know I’ll be an even better person a year from now than I am today. I’ll have gained so many amazing experiences and met so many amazing people from all over the world.

What are some of your top moments for the year 2014?

 

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