Timmy's 2017: A Year In Review

Timmy's 2017: A Year In Review

A third person critique of my year.
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It's a common practice for writers, bloggers, reviewers and critics to take a look back at all that happened in the past year and give their thoughts. As 2017 comes to a close and I think about all that's happened in my life, I felt compelled to do the same.

So, without further ado, here's my personal, third-person year in review.

Things started off strong in January. Tim was in the midst of one of his final semesters of college and had plenty of creative ideas for how to spend his time in 2017. The first few months went well. He started volunteering, doubled down on his fitness and was continuing his hobby of streaming games online.

The end of February presented a bit of snag as he sprained his lower back pretty severely. His physical well-being took a major hit, and his fitness suffered. Things were in limbo for a couple of weeks as he tried to figure out what to do next.

To add insult to injury, his longstanding relationship came to a brief end in March. This was a massive emotional setback that had repercussions for the rest of his activities, namely his schoolwork.

Not a fan of the single life, he tried his luck with various popular dating apps. Never having been a lucky person, Tim continued to be unlucky in the dating department for the remainder of the year.

Due to certain circumstances, he was forced to withdraw from one of his classes at the last minute. This would set him back in his quest to finally graduate. However, he would later take summer classes to help in this endeavor and ended 2017 with only two courses left to complete.

Tim spent a lot of time unemployed, leading to a rough patch of time where he needed to sell many of his personal belongings to stay afloat. Come autumn, he would find a decent position and he started the long trek back towards financial stability.

A family trip to Korea in May would provide a nice escape from the stresses at home, but it would ultimately be a stressful trip in and of itself due to various occurrences. The time away also marked an end to his time volunteering and an indefinite hiatus to his game streaming.

Once his back had healed properly, Tim redoubled his focus on fitness and began powerlifting. He also started documenting his journey on Instagram and is primed to compete in 2018.

Ultimately, with the early back injury, academic struggles, relationship woes and dip in devotion to his hobbies, Timmy is left dissatisfied with his 2017. However, Tim recognizes some of these steps were necessary to take better care of himself. We're looking up in terms of fitness and excited and hopeful for a better 2018.

Overall Grade: C+

Cover Image Credit: My photo

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There is beauty in new beginnings.

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In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."


I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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