I am no longer a teenager. That is crazy to think about. I know that my 20's are going to be a time of immense growth with lots of trials and tribulations. I figure it is always helpful to think ahead to what I would like to accomplish or do during this time of my life.

1.  Put myself first

I think this is one of the most important goals I have. I have always been one to give too much of myself to others and not think about myself. I feel selfish when I put myself first and that is wrong. I should never feel ashamed for putting my mental health above anyone else. If you truly care about me, you would agree.

2. Stop overthinking

Worrying is putting yourself through the suffering twice. I like to make up fake scenarios in my head and then convince myself they are true. I then allow myself to be upset about the fake things I made up. I spend too much time thinking sometimes that it prevents me from enjoying life. I need to keep my head on my shoulders, just not in the clouds.

3. Run a half marathon

I want to physically challenge myself while pushing myself through mental obstacles. What better way to do that than by running a half marathon? My mom and aunts have been running them for years now. If they can do it, I can do it! Right?! I've already signed up to run with them in one this coming April.

4. Relearn French

I studied French for four years in high school. I was no where near fluent, but I could understand most spoken French and was able to read and write a good amount as well. I stopped studying it and have lost almost everything. I love the language and want to relearn it and hopefully one day become fluent!

5. Graduate undergraduate school

I am set to graduate with my Bachelors degree in May of 2020. I am very excited to start my senior year this fall but I need to keep pushing! I'm not finished yet and it is so hard to not slack off sometimes. I will finally be able to start my adult life in less than a year. How exciting and terrifying at the same time!

6. Graduate with Masters

I want to get a graduate degree, but I do not want to pay for it. I am hoping to find an employer that is willing to pay for me to take a class or two each semester. Once I find that employer, I plan on working full time while taking online classes. I am already accepted into my university's MBA program, so now I just need to find that job.

7. Rediscover MY faith

I have grown up Catholic, and I am forever grateful for the foundation that has laid for my faith. I want to discover what I believe in and how I want to practice my own faith. It will not be easy, but I know this will be one of the best journeys of my life.

 8. DO NOT settle in my relationships (romantic or not)

I am not very good at reading people. Sometimes I can be too trusting, and can fall into relationships that are not good for me. If I cut you out of my life, I am not sorry. I have started to realize when I am in toxic relationships, and I will no longer put myself through that. People change and I am not obligated to surround myself with someone who is no longer beneficial to my mental health.

9. Take more pictures of things and people I love

This one if kind of difficult for me. I love taking pictures but I also do not want my only memories of a place to be those pictures. I want to find the balance between capturing a moment to look back on later and being present in a moment that will allow me to remember it later.

10. Travel more

I have been bitten by the travel bug, and I know I will have it for life. Whether it is traveling around Europe or just exploring new places in my home state, I do not plan on staying in one place for very long.

Ultimately, I just want to grow into a woman my younger self would be proud of. There is honestly no better goal than that.