Happy New Year! Now that on the parties have settled down and school is back in session, I have had much time to myself and much time to think and reflect upon last year. 2014 for me was filled with much growth and changes on top of exploring these United States. I was blessed to live in Ohio for 1/3 of the year, to build friendships, be involved in a community and intern for HONDA! I started to learn and practice more Judaism by wearing skirts the second half of the year, reading Shemonei Esrai and reading books on Judasim. I went on dates and had flings with guys that weren’t right. I learned from each experience. Especially the last date I went on, at the very end of the year which taught me so much about myself. It was a great day, we went bike riding and ate lunch. It was fun. However, I broke my tendencies from the past and realized the situation with my head and not my heart and was able to choose to not go further. I learned to not be codependent. I grew this year by making choices that were right for me even if my family or friends didn’t agree. I spent the first half of the year hiking a ton and being outside any chance I could get. I completed a triathlon. I embraced CBU more. I explored OHIO. Learned how to learn even more. I took 19units in one semester and passed all my classes, thank G-d! I went to 22 or so states throughout the year. I spent my celebration of life weekend in Canada at Niagara Falls, with my best friend! I learned to ride a long-board. I lit Shabbat candles. I tried to start an impactful movement (Operation Instant). I took a ton of photos which led to photo adventures. I got sick and had to start eating gluten free. I had a few health scares while in Ohio and I learned how amazing the community is there and how much they are willing to go out of their way for you. I met amazing people and a handful I still keep in touch with, daily, because they are so awesome. I had a hard few months throughout the year, however looking back I am thankful for the support and encouragement my parents or friends or both gave to me during that time. I struggled with school and friends. However, I feel blessed to say that I have a handful of best friends that are there for me through the good and the bad days, for that I am very grateful. I learned so much more about real life and not school-dictated life. I learned more about G-d and His plan for my life. I learned that sometimes if not always, I need to ask G-d for what I need or want and not just expect him to give it to me. I have continued to learn how amazing G-d is and how much He continues to lead me towards what I don’t expect sometimes and how its exactly what I have been wanting or waiting for. I’m thankful for 365 days of adventures some good and some bad, but I’m grateful for the uniqueness in each one of them. I’m grateful to be moving forward. My last note is this, on August 9, 2014, I was at Niagara Falls taking a picture with a sign that said how I was in a fatal car accident and at the time was interning for Honda to help make cars safer. This stranger (young woman) came up to me and shook my hand. She said that is why she wants to be an engineer. It almost brings tears to my eyes. To feel like I impacted even just one life for the betterment of the world, I am thankful. I am grateful for the purpose which G-d has in store for me, and I have no clue what it is. Although 2014 has concluded and the New Year has rung in, I am happy and content with the many blessings of the past year. I am excited and looking forward to what this year has to offer!
2014 in Review