2018 has been a crazy year to say the least. In all honesty, it's been a year where I've felt stuck or like I took two steps back. But even though it feels this way, there's always an absorbent amount of lessons that you can take away from any bad situation and turn it into a positive. Welp, this year was just a large roller-coaster and when I thought it was starting to go up, it started to plunge back down.
Starting this year, I was working at Umpqua Bank. I felt stable and secure in my job and felt that I had room to advance in the company. Growth in the company actually started happening and I was making my way slowly up the corporate ladder. However, over the last three months, a situation occurred where I had to walk away from the company and basically start from scratch all over again.
I was hoping that this would be an easier transition as I was ready to graduate from community college in December and I could work full time until next September when I was planning to transfer. BUT, of course something went wrong. My previous counselor misinformed me and instead of being able to graduate early, I have another full time semester that I have to complete before I can transfer. This means working part time again. As if the full semester wasn't enough, all 5 of my classes have to be taken on campus leaving two days out of the week where I can't work at all. To top it all off, I'm still waiting to hear back about my FAFSA status. I've recently sent in a dependency override form so I can actually qualify for financial aid rather than having them base the status off of my parents income when I haven't relied on them since I was 18.
It's all just been a waiting game to hear back about what I'll be able to do based off of other people's approval. I've had to pass up on many opportunities this year due to financial issues which has left me feeling disappointed, but one thing that I've learned about myself over the last 3 years is that I'm resilient as hell.
While I'm on break before the next semester starts, I'll be earning my travel agent certification so next year I can start working in the travel industry and possibly start my own at-home business. I've sent in all my college applications and I'm anxiously awaiting to see if I received any academic scholarships to help with my journey in pursuing higher education. I've decided to continue to run for pageants within the Pacific Islander community to keep trying to spread awareness about Pacific Islander social issues and create solutions. I'm back to dancing with Kaleo Onalani and even though life has been super tough lately, being back with my hula family and dancing my heart out has definitely made life a little easier.
Next year will be a BIG travel year for Alex and I and we cannot wait to see and experience new parts of the world. As I'm building my network and business with travel, Alex will be continuing to build his health and lifestyle business.
As 2018 comes to a close, it's that time of the year when you reflect on not only the year but your life up to this point. Even if you've had a bad year, always remember how far you've come and how much life you still have left to live. Anything can happen at any moment so it's important to keep your head up as your trudging through the rough part of the waters. You'll emerge better than ever.
Since I was a little girl, writing was always my go- to way of expressing myself and escaping from the rest of the world.