I have to say, 2019 was quite the year. There were lots of ups and downs both in my life and all over the world. The transition into 2020 feels like a big one. Not only is it a new year, but it is a new decade, and I sense it is going to be a very different one. The 2010’s was a decade of discovery. Technology developed rapidly and contributed to the great advance of science and medicine. However technology also contributed to the rapid decline of mental health in teens and young adults due to increased screen time. So much information has been brought into our lives in the last 10 years and I think its important that we carry on all of the incredible knowledge that we have aquired into the year and the decade ahead.
This past year I took the time to learn about myself. I spent hours on my own learning, being outdoors, expanding my extracurricular skills, and truly trying to tune into my inner-most self to find the things that I am passionate about.
I established many habits into my routine that I do on a daily basis and that have most definitely changed my life for the better. Many of these habits have helped me to relax, focus, and enjoy life even when I’ve had a really hard day.
I’ve learned that being a teenager is hard. It really is. But I have made the conscious decision not to focus on that, and to instead take advantage of my young age and to continue to learn, improve and grow.
In fact, that happens to be my resolution for this upcoming year. I want to continue to learn, improve, and grow (as a person, athlete, friend, etc.), and especially take advantage of all of the incredible resources I have to do so.
Here are some of my highlights of 2019:
March: Over spring break I got the opportunity to fly down to Puerto Vallarta Mexico to spend some quality time one-on-one with my grandma.
April: I flew with my class to NYC to spend a few days observing some of the main attractions. Although I have been to NYC several times before, I got to see some unique things that I never had before like the stock exchange, The Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and the MOMA.
June: I did a lot of hiking after the school year came to an end and this is one of my favorite hikes in town!
July: I got to ski in Mt. Hood, Oregon for two weeks and then flew to Philadelphia to visit some family. This was such a great month becuase I love to travel and seeing my family is so special to me.
August: I think that August was my favorite month this year! I am so grateful that my dad took my heli-skiing (which has been one of my dreams for years now) in Chile and we also got the chance to spend a few days in the city (Santiago). Additionally I spent a week on the beach in the Outer Banks with my mom’s side of the family which has been an annual tradition since she was a little girl. It is so neat to be able to go from a temperature 20 degrees to 90 degrees within days of each other and I am so appreciative of the fact that I was able to travel to some of my favorite places this summer.
October: I was able to fly down to Orlando, Florida to visit my grandparents who I hadn’t seen for quite a while. My uncle who also lives down there, surprised my family with tickets to a Philadelphia 76’ers vs. Orlando Magic basketball game which was a ton of fun! The trip was very special and I hope to go visit my family down there again soon!
November: I spent two weeks training at Copper Mountain, Colorado to prepare for the ski season. We got to wake up at 4am and watch the incredible sunrise on the way to the mountain every morning and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had.
This year has been incredible and I’m so excited to see what the year ahead holds. I wish you a happy new year and thank you so much for being here and for your readership and support on my blog. Chose to make 2020 a great one, and let me know what your resolutions are this upcoming year in the comment section down below!