Without a doubt, this past year has been one of the biggest of my life. I traveled, made new friends, I loved, I lost, I moved twice, and learned a lot. Admittedly, there were several areas in which I monumentally fucked up, but I swear, I have learned from those mistakes.

I’m not going to say that 2016 will be “my year”, nor am I going to say “new year, new me”. I really hate cliches about starting over in the new year, but not as much as I hate that holier-than-thou “Why wait for the new year to start over when every day is a new chance?” bullshit. Instead, I’m going to take what I’ve learned this past year and use it to build a better future for myself.

In my last post, I mentioned that Jay and I had just broken up. Two weeks have passed, and I am feeling a lot better. To describe my feelings, I feel 90% happy and 10% sad, but that 10% is shrinking in size more and more every day. As rough as this sounds, I’ve always believed that everybody needs to have their heart broken at least once in their lives.

I’m not looking to get back into the dating game anytime soon. I downloaded Tinder and decided after two days that it wasn’t for me. I’m too picky, and plus, if I had a dollar for every white girl or gay dude that had “it’s going down, I’m yelling Tinder” in their profile, I’d have enough to pay my rent.

2016 will be a big year for me. In 11 days from today, I will be on a plane to New York, traveling alone. My original plan was to Couchsurf it at a stranger’s place, however, I told my family, and they lost their shit. I will now be staying with one of my older brother’s classmates from Harvard, who is a lawyer residing in the West Village neighborhood.

I will also be beginning an internship at a Dallas-based marketing and public relations firm this coming semester. I am looking forward to beginning this internship, as it is one of the first steps of getting my foot in the door for my post-grad career.

If everything goes well, I will be graduating next December, and then beginning my world travels. If I do not have the funds for traveling immediately after graduation, I would love to work in the PR or A&R department of a major record label.

Here’s to 2016, a year of moving forward, beginning my career, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.