Sunday, December 29, 2013

Final 2013 NYR Update {Part 2}

The continuation of yesterday's post about the struggles that presented themselves this year. And also how I managed to make them into better things. These weren't nearly as rough as the first 6 months.

July- Exploration
Just like June, this one frustrates me because I wasn't in LA like I planned. But instead of sitting around like a bump on a log in pity, I decided to write up my 101 in 1001 and set some new goals for the next 3.5 years. That's exploring, right? I also went to SEC Media Days and Nashville during that time. I think that counts as some solid exploration. In more ways than one.

August- Reading
I would say that is was best accomplished in June while I spent a large chunk of my time sitting at home or at the pool. But I have read almost 20 books this year, a few more than last year. And I'm looking forward to reading all of the books I've stocked up on lately.

September- Writing
This was something I didn't have much of a choice but to improve. Being in Newsource and having to focus on writing at least 2 days a week definitely made my writing more personable and simple for television. I also did a decent job of keeping up with the blog that month while my slow death from this semester started. So, win-win in September!

October- Skills
This is an interesting one for me to look at. I meant for this to be a month of me working on my editing, and shooting, and reporting skills. I think this month ended up being more of an eye-opening month than any other. Going into this year, my life goals were much different than they are today. I wanted to be a sports broadcaster, even if it killed me getting there. After spending this month traveling all over the place, and trying to keep my head above water-- I found new passions in life and my general state-of-mind changed. A lot. So I like to think I gained life skills more than anything during this time. And I'm extremely grateful for that.

November- Love
This one. Total fail. I didn't think this through very well. Things that happen in November: hell week, some finals, Thanksgiving break, football chaos. Yeah, not really conducive for "love." And, as usual, I'm quite content with that. If you spend your life looking for it, you'll probably never find it. I'm busy, I need someone just as busy, and that's hard to find in college. So, here's to next year!

December- Personal Time
I think I did an okay job with this one. This semester was, without a doubt, the toughest I've had so far. I had absolutely zero downtime and spent my time running around like a crazy person. After finals, I have fully enjoyed my time sitting at home (or in Athens) doing a whole lot of nothing… Other than working out, which I consider personal time, really. I've been able to reflect on this past year and look forward to what I want to accomplish in the future.

All in all, I'd say I'm quite content with where I'm at right now. Going in 2014, I'm in a very good place and I'm excited for a lot of the opportunities ahead of me. My spring internship, the possibility of summer internships, and graduation in December. It should be a great year!

What are your plans for 2014?

xoxo, jgp

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