Hello 2016

Today, I'm welcoming the New Year with open arms. 

2015 was chalk full of blessings and it's prepared me for 2016 in a way I've never known before. Until looking back on the past year, I'd never realize the mediocrity in the years prior to 2015, which has been my best year yet. 

I feel extremely blessed to be doing the things I've planned for myself. Despite my constant worrying and questioning whether or not I'm doing the right thing, I'm constantly receiving affirmation when I'm at my lowest—ready to give up—which gives me a sense of security that my life is on track. 

People doubted my decision to major in journalism, repeatedly telling me that there were no jobs in this industry, to the point that I started questioning my own career choice, but I stuck with my gut and it's paid off. 2015 has taught me to always go with my instinct. 

If I hadn't, I'd probably be unemployed or working a job I absolutely hate. 

But I stuck with what I wanted and worked hard this year to achieve what I set out for myself. 

I didn't realize at the time, but my amazing 2015 actually started at the end of 2014. It's weird how long ago that seems or fast time can pass. The end of that year set me up for the amazing opportunities that came in 2015. 

After receiving multiple internship offers, I started 2015 with an internship at an amazing website in a brand new city, Manhattan. Despite being turned off by the city and being told the other internship I had lined up no longer had the budget for an intern, I pushed through. 

In 2015 I graduated from the best university in the country (yes, I'm bias) and moved back home to California where I almost immediately took two jobs in my industry of choice. After months of thinking my barista career would have to continue (not by choice), I was amazed watching my hard work pay off. 

And then the blessings continued. 

I was offered an internship at another amazing company, still in my field of choice and began working to build connections with influential people in the next industry I'd like to work in. This year I received an internship extension offer and was blessed enough to even be in the position to turn it down. 

Aside from work, I traveled and found the next place I'd like to call home. In three months I took three trips and set goals to continue making travel a priority. In 2015, I applied for grad school and was asked to come in to interview for a program that has the potential to kick start my career in a new industry. 

So now, in 2016, I'm continuing to watch my hard work come to fruition, while also taking the steps to make this year just as good if not better than my last. 

Hello, 2016. I'm ready for you