22 Genuine And Purposeful Intentions For My 22nd Year

22 Genuine And Purposeful Intentions For My 22nd Year

A year to remember.

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"One day, you're 17 and you're planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life." - One Tree Hill

This quote just about sums it up.

For me, college has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Out of nowhere, I turned 22 and started making decisions for my future. While it's been terrifying, there's also something really cool about it.

At 22, I'm the same person I've also been, but also very different than I used to be. I dedicate myself to what I like to call the two "G's" ― growth and grace. One thing that has never changed about me is my Type-A personality. Organization and compartmentalization is my forte. When I turned 22 I, like most Type-A people, made a list.

22 is the age we all dream about at eight-years-old, and now that I'm finally embarking on this journey, these are the 22 intentions I wrote down very quickly and without thinking too much. While some of them are direct, detail-oriented tasks, others are more broad attributes that I intend to discover and maintain.

Are you in your 22nd year? Are you in a season of growth? See if these intentions could align with your own!

1. Hey, God. 

Growing closer to God and nurturing my faith is a special intention for me this year.

I can feel him at work in my life, and because of that, I feel little worry and lots of happiness.

I intend to dive into this.

2. Bye, Social Media. 

I intend to remove myself from social media as much as possible. It's a black hole in many ways.

3. Distraction-Free Quality Time. 

I intend to focus on quality time with the people who matter most ― no phones, no distractions.

4. Hey body, how are ya feeling?  

I want to be more aligned with my body and take care of it accordingly.

When it tells me to slow down, I will listen.

5. Hey mind, how are ya feeling? 

Emotions.

6. Hometown. 

I intend to reconnect with my hometown and embrace what it has to offer.

7. Is this going to make me happy? 

I intend to ask this before making decisions.

8. Keep listening to that gut of yours - it's always been right. 

I want to listen to my gut and follow my heart. It has never, and I mean never, steered me wrong.

9. Bank Account, You Good?

Y'all know us college students are BROKE.

I intend to earn an income and begin saving.

10.  Hustle 

More than ever, I hope to work as hard as possible. Dreams don't come true without hard work.

11.  Good music. 

I want to listen to nothing but the best music out there.

Different genres. Different artists. Good messages.

12.  Coffee Addiction 

I intend to drink lots of coffee.

Maybe start plans for my dream coffee shop?

13.  Generosity. 

I plan to pay it forward as much as possible, in many different ways.

14.  Stream-line. 

I want to simplify my life ― clothes, my room, my computer files.

I am easily the kind of person that works with 15 tabs open at a time. I want to be more intentional and focus on one or two things at a time, while also accomplishing bigger goals.

15.  Travel to at least three new places. 

I want to experience new environments and learn about new things.

Nashville. New Orleans. Montana.

16.  Dedication. 

I want to remain dedicated to my friends, family, and myself.

17.  Openness. 

I want to open myself up to the possibilities of life.

18.  Graduate School. 

I plan to earn a Masters degree in the field I love.

19.  Love. 

What does it mean?

20.  Learn first, then teach. 

I want to learn as much as I can and teach those around me ― particularly my future students.

21.  Connect with a new community. 

School community. Coffee house community. Any community.

22.  Rediscovery. 

I plan to rediscover myself, while also staying grounded.

I cannot wait for this 22nd trip around the sun.

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."
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“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?

Nope.

High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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