2013 has been a year full of dramatic changes.
I got my first job after graduating college (Sep ‘12). I went home for a month to visit family after two years (Feb ‘13). I got my driving license in the US and bought a car (March ‘13). After my 6 month contract ended (April ‘13), I had a tough time finding another job for the remaining time on my OPT. I got accepted into Ball State with an assistantship (May ‘13). I ended up working at a call center until graduate school started (May - July ‘13). I moved towns (Aug ‘13). I completed my first semester at Ball State with a 4.0 (December ‘13). I worked over Christmas break to save money towards my Spring semester bill (December ‘13).
I’ve definitely cried a few times from stress, but I’ve also learned that I have a great support system in various countries who believe and love me more than I love myself sometimes. It’s great to be 23, and surrounded by people - far and near - who continually teach me how to keep going. Perseverance has a more intimate meaning to me after a year full of ups and downs.
I have always loved reading, but I seem to have read quite a few books this year compared to prior years. I am guessing that I read more this year during turbulent times because words are such a wonderful escape into other worlds. As the list below shows, I traveled to India, Nigeria, Haiti and the Midwest of the USA through literature. *s indicate my favorite reads. I always intend to write longer reviews for each book but I’ll settle for stars this year :)
» Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta
» India Becoming by Akash Kapur
» *Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
» *Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
» Mad Women by Jane Maas
» *Kissing Beyond the Lines by Diane Farr
» The Enemies of the Idea of India by Ramachandra Guha
» *Caucasia by Danzy Senna
» *The Last Jews of Kerala by Edna Fernandes
» *Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy Wilentz
I’m still reading Work and Other Sins by Charlie LeDuff.
I am going to start 2014 with:
» Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
» Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoevsky
I have also decided that it’s time to imagine and complete a project. I have a hard time executing ideas because there are so many wonderful ideas dancing in my mind. I hope to write a children’s book this year. I have stopped writing as much as I used to during my undergraduate years at Anderson. It’s going to be one of my resolutions this year - to imagine, to write, to create and to inspire. Writing will also be a good distraction from the demands of 12 credits this semester :)
R and I have our usual NYE’s plans this year with our friends at the Exodus House. I’m going to bake red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. R’s mum gave me some recipes over Christmas, and I’m looking forward to trying them out one by one.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s with family and friends. 2014 is the year to be free.