A year in review, by Kelsey:
1. Taylor Swift is everything. I was a skeptic before, but now I am a whole-hearted believer. All Hail Queen Tay Tay.
2. Gluten will kill you. So will sugar, and diary. As will all GMO-products. Actually, on second thought, maybe all food is awful. Just learn to survive on air and quinoa, and you’ll survive.
3. The Walking Dead is a thing. I don’t understand it, but supposedly it’s a Thing. Start watching it or get used to not understanding the work-place conversations about it because it’ll probably never stop.
4. Onesies are amazing. I knew this before, but had no idea the power of an animal onesie over a regular onesie. They’re not only cozy, but the added level of whimsey can brighten your mood when you didn’t even know you needed cheering up.
5. “Furries” are a community. They confuse and excite me all at the same time. I’m excited to see how this pans out in 2015.
(Sidenote: Does my animal onesie make me apart of this group? Still undecided about how I feel about it.)
6. It’s really easy to lose a plane. And it’s also super hard to find that plane after you lose it. (Is nobody concerned about the Malaysia flight anymore!? Am I the only one?! ALIENS?)
7. It’s totally worth it to spend a few extra bucks on quality products. The money you save in the long-run by buying something better made that will last way longer will far outweigh the money you think you save upfront by buying the cheaper version you have to replace more often. Plan your purchases when your bank account can afford it, and just remember how awesome it feels to look good/feel good with said products when you use them.
8. Givings gifts feels exceptionally better than receiving them. And gifts don’t have to be goods, they can be actions as well. You can never put a price on showing a loved one that you care, or reminding a stranger that despite all the bad in the world, there are still good people too.
9. Triple shot Americanos with a little bit of heavy cream are the best coffee-shop orders for several reasons: It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s universal (every shop usually has it), and it’s still different and decadent enough that you don’t feel like you’re wasting money when you order it (see: buying a black coffee from a shop when you could have made it yourself at home). Shoutout to the QueenSCB for this recommendation.
10. Invest in some of the rewards cards for your favorite stores. Maybe I’m slow to party here, but Sephora rewards points, and Starbucks rewards were the best thing to ever happen to me. I’m going to spend my money there anyway, so why not rack up points and earn free sh*t while I do it?
11. Everyone has a story. It’s super easy to make judgements about people, especially when you’re young and have a very narrow world view. Asking questions and getting to know people can teach you about the world, as well as about that person. And it’s usually the people with the seemingly most unimpressive lives that have the best insight and knowledge. Get to know your co-workers and neighbors and you won’t be disappointed.
12. Puppies are still cute. I know this seems like a given, but still. It’s worth it to remind everyone.
13. Time is short, but there is also a lot of it. Chase your dreams and your ambitions, but rest assured that although anything could happen at any moment, you do have time. You can act as quickly, or as slowly and calculated as you want. It’s okay not to have things figured out at 22, the same way it’s okay to feel like you’re at a cross-roads at 50. Move at your own pace, but know that there are consequences. The time you’ll waste, you’ll never get back. Choose wisely.
(Was that vague? Good. Life is vague. Buddha. Yoga. Find an approach to live that works for you and stick to it. But change your approach as you seem fit. Maybe this is too vague. Or maybe I’ve had too much coffee. Whatever)
14. Pants are overrated. See #12.
See you all in 2015!