The simple thought of 2019 makes me excited for whatever it is that I'm going to accomplish this year. I am going to take it one day at a time and do my best because that's all I can do. I'm officially a year and a half (3 semesters left, counting this one) from graduating at OU and that's crazy to me. At the end of this May, I will finally be a Senior! I feel like it'll happen in the blink of an eye and I want to make sure that I enjoy every possible second (or at least try to.) I have realized that I am a strong and very capable woman and I can do anything I want if I put my full mind and heart into something.

I know a lot of people who don't believe in New Year's resolutions or intentions but I do. I think of it as a fresh start. My word for 2019 is FOCUS. I will focus on being completely myself, focus on what I want to do day to day, focus on my schoolwork, focus on being President of OU Odyssey, focus on trying to have a social life, and focus on my mental health (because as time goes on in college, you start slipping up.) I am going to focus on the things that mean the most to me. I am determined to stay FOCUSED.

I have some really cool content ideas for future articles this year that I want to try and tackle. The past 5ish months I've had this idea that I want to be a YouTube vlogger. If I was a YouTuber, I would try to be a daily vlogger and break the stigma of college. College is not easy and it's a lot of hard work, but it can also be really rewarding. I've fallen into a rabbit hole with watching college vloggers. Some people might think that's super boring like why would I care about what someone else is doing in their day to day life? But I think of it as a video diary and that it would be super cool to go back and reflect later on. Another idea that I've had lately is that I want to create a podcast to talk about student life and mental health with my friend Emily. I'm not sure how the podcast would work or how I would do it, but I think it would be pretty cool if I could try it out! Emily is super open to trying this out with me and I love her for it. Who knows what will happen this year? I want to do the things that make me happy and the things that I enjoy doing but also help and encourage others. I know that I have a greater purpose in life and I'm just doing my own thing while trying to find out exactly what that is.

2019 will be my year. As every year passes, I am growing more and more as a person and I'm learning more and more about myself, who I am and what I believe in. No one will make me happy except myself, so I might as well put all my focus and energy back into myself. I want to be the best person I can be and so should you. Cheers to 2019!