Plenty of sane people out there are being wise and stickin’ to 12 new things for 2012. I, on the other hand have spent one moderately regrettable year with my head in books, behind a computer monitor breakin’ brain sweats for my Master’s Degree (which I’m getting this May, hooray!) and I feel that I must make up for lost time. All work and no play makes Shannyn a
dull girl snarky lady.
This year I’m going to really grow out of my comfort zone yet again- I’m going to milk this Chicago experience for all it’s worth. I relocated here well over a year ago and still have so much to experience about the city- and guess what? I have more money to do so, hooray! I have been barely squeakin’ by financially due to the high cost of tuition, but now that I’m pretty much done, I have a few coins to rub together and I intend to use them- or at least pitch them with good wishes into the fountain of life.
2012 is going to be all about soul and beauty. I’ve been living the frugal life for a year now, I think I shall learn to incorporate more of the beautiful… just the simple joys- good friends, new experiences, flowers, staring up at the sky, looking at life through new (camera) lenses and just feeling and creating deliciousness.
Everyone has been asking me what I’m doing next now that I’ve “accomplished” what I set out to do in Chicago (A.K.A. get my degree) but I feel I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do. I came here to really live my life. I have a lot of that left to do. I haven’t found love, there’s music still unexperienced, food I haven’t tried, laughter I haven’t listened to in places I haven’t discovered yet.
I haven’t finished what I started and if I were to turn back now, I think I would be leaving Chicago before I fully “unpacked.” I have a lot left to experience- and I have to lead by example. I’m not packing it in yet- and if I change my mind and hit the road, that will be for me to discover later on. Right now thought? I’m staying right here and taking this experience for all it’s worth, writing my chapters and Ralph and I are going to be just fine.