Another Year Over… A New One Just Begun…


Did you do something fun for the first time? Seeing how the year is about to end soon, I sincerely hope you did. We all talk about how life is short, and that the present needs to be embraced, but the real question is how many of us did it? I know that there are so many things that I want to do, but still have yet to accomplish. There may be a lot on my to-do list but I have to say, I had a pretty jam-packed remarkable year.

The new year started out the spring semester of the academic year. One of the major things about that semester was that I reunited with ballroom dancing, and I had not been in touch with dance since I was in high school. It really was a turning point for me. Up till then I still had that “small minded” mentality. Even in college, people thought since I am short, that it gave them an automatic bully pass. Not only that, people even go further to tease me on my intelligence. Ballroom really was a ground breaker for me. It gave me confidence. People recognized my hard work, and for the first time talent. It was really humbling, and for the first time I felt like hard work really did pay off. In the end it did. For the final of our class, we had an optional competition you could enter. I had not made any plans on entering, but since someone asked me I took a chance. Little did I know, we would end up winning first place.

Just goes to show, you work hard and you put 110% of heart and soul into something it will pay you back in ten fold.

The summer brought tons of memories. Family vacation was excellent, and something else also gave me a shot of confidence. Thanks to a friend’s invitation, I started taking Zumba classes. For those who don’t know, Zumba is the popular dance-aerobic workout class that’s sweeping nations around the world. I remember the first time I went, I was such a mess! I stood in the back, was so confused on the choreography, and by the time it ended, I could not catch my breath. By coming to class almost every single day, I built up stamina, memorized the choreography, and quickly picked up on moves if we learned anything new. It was that kind of persistance that led me to not only going to class consistently, but also adding additional workouts to Zumba. For that I have my older sister (the fitness lover) and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block to thank. My life has been such a thrill with fitness. I feel stronger, more confident, and I love being (what my instructor calls) a certified “front row diva!” 😉 I really hope to inspire at least one person out there to live healthy, because if it’s one thing society owes itself, it is that every person on the planet deserves to live happy and healthy.

In the summer, my best friend and I also got to spend a lot of time with each other. Even though we are sixty miles a part, it is still hard to see each other. I am so thankful that we got to spend some time together. She gave me so many memories that I cannot repay her enough. We have been best for years, and it is my hope there are many more years to come.

Since, I spoke so much about NKOTBSB, I will say that there are no words to thank each and every one of them. They brought my best friend and I so many memories. I have met so many incredible “sisters” and it has truly been an inspiring and moving time with them. To each member of the band to every single #BH and #BSBSister, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Fall brought in a new academic year for school. I am now a “first year senior” and will be graduating in 2013 with hopes of becoming a production manager of live entertainment one day. This semester has been one of the toughest semesters I have ever faced in my collegiate career. Not because of the hours I took, but because I dealt with so much emotionally, physically and mentality. I became an officer in an organization, I finished my last semester of juggling a job, school, and internship, and also dealing with a lot of family events. One thing I will say is that, the most valuable lesson I learned is not in the textbooks. Something very traumatic and emotionally scarring happened to me last month, and it taught me that whatever you have on this earth can easily be taken away from you. You might think it’ll never happen to you, but everyone learns this difficult lesson. So, we must cherish our health, the ones we love, and really focus on loving and treating each other with respect. Once you leave the world, you cannot take that big screen or Mercedes with you. All you can take is your pride, your dignity, and the love in your heart that you have for others. Leave a legacy, not possession…

Finally, we reach this time of year… I want to share my Christmas wish with you. I hope that wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, please spend some time surrounding yourself with the ones you love. And also please remember that even we may complain we have hardships, but there is someone out there dealing with a situation far worse beyond our comprehension. So, treat each other with love, do something selfless for someone else, and remember that this is a season for happiness and cheer. Even in the worst of times, we can still appreciate all the blessings we have. Make goals to better yourself in the new year, celebrate the present, and give cheers to yourself. It’s been quite the year, and you survived it. Cheers, and I’ll see you next year!

Steph

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