You guys, I’m 21 today!!! And with that, I must say, YIKES, I’M 21 TODAY! I’m getting closer and closer to life as a grown ass job-working, bill-paying adult, but before that happens I wanted to make sure that I live my college life to the fullest so I graduate with no regrets (at least no more regrets).
So in the spirit of being 21, I decided to make a list of things I want to do before this time next year. I know that a year can fly by really quickly (p.s., check out my post on things I learned from one year of blogging!) and I hate setting goals and then realizing in the end that I didn’t reach them, but if there’s anything I’ve learned so far in 2017, it’s that some things aren’t always as far-fetched as they seem. I’m not saying that dreaming about flying like a bird will help you grow wings and fly, but I am saying that with enough planning and effort, you can get what you want eventually instead of wondering what could have been. I’m rambling now. I’m getting old; I’ll probably be 22 by the time I finish this introduction.
Alright, now I’m done. Check out my list and let me know if you have any similar aspirations!
1. Travel to California.
Ever since I returned from my study abroad trip to Ireland, I’ve been very travel crazy. Who am I kidding, I’ve been travel crazy even before I got on that plane! I’ve been dreaming about traveling to Cali for a really long time now. I know it’s “just another state” but I’m excited to experience the media industry there since that’s where some of my job aspirations lie, and also possibly meet a celebrity! I’ve even been looking into interning in California this semester at a media company, but I know this will be very expensive since I don’t have relatives or friends who reside in Cali and I’ll likely have to pay for university housing if I actually get an opportunity there. But I’m willing to bet my birthday cake that there’s a possibility if I look hard enough, so that’s what I’m going to keep doing.
Also, my badass best friend got an internship with a Cali-based company for the summer so we’re hoping to travel there together this summer and hang out a week before her internship starts. So maybe I’ll get to see San Fran after all!
2. Intern at a well-known company.
While we’re still talking about summer plans, this is one of my hopes for the three months before the fall semester. I had a fantastic editorial internship last summer at a company that was already kind of big but has gotten EVEN bigger over the last six months. One day, my cousin messaged me a link to one of their Facebook beauty videos and I felt super proud telling her that I actually used to work there! I hope to be able to do this again this summer.
3. Publish a book.
Or at least already be in the process of publishing a book. I have wanted to be an author since I was in middle school and wrote my first shitty novel. But no time like the present, right? I didn’t do as much writing as I would’ve liked to have done during my spring break, but that’s already in the past. I enjoy writing both fiction and self-help type of things, so maybe my first book will be one of those (PLOT TWIST: my first book will be BOTH. *gasp* No, let’s not).
4. Attend College Fashion Week.
I was SO upset when I couldn’t attend CFW this past fall, but this year, I’m READY FOR IT. Her Campus organizes it every year, and, let’s be real, any HC event is full of glamour, free stuff and general awesomeness, so you can bet your strawberry daiquiri I’ll make every effort to be there. I think CFW is such an empowering event because the models are REAL college girls who come from so many different backgrounds and are unique in their own way, so I’m really excited for the chance to go this fall.
5. Have a photoshoot on the beach.
My first time actually walking on a beach was when I was in Ireland and went to Inch Beach. It was cold as hell, if hell were to freeze over, but it was still really cool. My group didn’t stay on the beach long, but the next time I go to any beach, I intend to go prepared for a day of fun photo-taking (and actual sunlight).
6. Take a spontaneous trip somewhere.
I wanted to do this for my spring break this year with my best friend. My plan was to basically call her up and be like, “dude, what’re you doing this spring break? Nothing? Let’s go on a train ride to South Carolina!” Unfortunately for us, our spring breaks didn’t overlap so no spontaneous train trip happened. I’m gonna be on the look out for spontaneous travel opportunities over the next year, because why not?
7. Work with more brands on my blog and social media.
I really love learning about new brands and sharing them with y’all, so I definitely hope to work with more brands this year. I have already gotten to work with amazing ones like Clarisonic and Essence makeup, and I had so much fun while doing it!
8. Make a scrapbook.
I have been thinking about this for a while now but never actually made a move to go out and buy scrapbook materials. Oops. Now’s as good a time as any to start, I suppose. It would be nice to have something to look back at cherish.
9. Start a YouTube channel.
I promised myself I’d start a YouTube channel in 2017 and I still have yet to do it! I love watching videos and I also love shooting and editing videos. I’ll be damned if I don’t post even ONE video on YouTube by March of next year. Space and time for filming and editing are my biggest obstacles this semester, but hopefully I can make something work.
10. Get blog merch.
I want to get my blog logo printed on stickers, baseball caps, shirts and basically other cute things. It’s shameless self promotion and I want to have something symbolic of how far I’ve come with Macarons & Mascara.
11. Buy a pair of really expensive sunglasses.
I’m not extra, I promise. But I really love Kate Spade and I’ve been eyeing their sunglasses for a really long time now. I’ve become more of a invest-in-one-really-high-quality-thing kind of person instead of a buy-a-ton-of-cute-things-for-cheap kind of person, and expensive sunglasses are definitely on my list. It’s much better to buy one good thing that can last you a really long time than to spend less money on a low-quality item that you KNOW is low-quality and will have to be replaced in a few months.
12. Learn how to swim.
If it ain’t an inflatable swimming pool, I’ll probably drown in it. Yeah, I don’t know how to swim, which is probably a skill everyone should possess. But luckily, the swimming pool at my school is supposedly opening up next semester, and one of my friends is a part-time swim teacher and has promised to teach me how to swim even if she has to drag me to the pool everyday, so I feel blessed.
13. Get a tattoo.
This has been on my list probably since I was in high school. I love tattoos and I love looking at other peoples’ tattoos and hearing about what it means to them. I also have a kind of low pain tolerance, so I don’t know what’s going to happen there, but hopefully I’ll be less of a chicken this year and just go for it.
14. Take a bartending class.
My college offers bartending classes to students where we can earn a certificate by the end of the semester. I think this is pretty cool even if I might not get a part-time job as a barista. It’s something interesting so why not!
15. Take myself on a date.
I feel awkward when I’m out somewhere by myself so I want to work on getting over that. I keep looking up articles on places to take yourself on a date and I’ve been seeing some really cool stuff (including taking yourself on a trip to Iceland!!!) Maybe travel is in the stars for me.
16. Become better at makeup.
I love makeup and have so much of it. I really hope to be able to take the time perfect techniques for eye makeup so I can do pretty looks for events and special occasions.
17. Donate clothes I no longer wear.
I have too many items in my closet that I haven’t touched in years and seeing it all sitting there annoys me because I know that there’s probably someone else who could put the clothes to good use. It’s probably going to take a while, but I want to do a thorough cleaning of my closet. I think this is definitely the year I finally get up and actually do it.
18. Be featured in a magazine.
I’ve imagined seeing myself in a magazine (and maybe even on the COVER) since I was a little girl. It’s probably far-fetched but a girl can dream!
19. Win a lot of money on those scratch off games.
I’m obsessed with scratch off game cards. Especially the $1 ones so I can buy a bunch of them at once. I’ve one money off of them several times before but nothing to really brag about. It would be cool to win like $500 or $1,000 from a scratch off game, so fingers crossed!
20. Create the ultimate dorm room.
My dorm decor game has gradually gotten stronger over the years. I’ve been building a more and more comfortable and efficient dorm room by simply organizing things differently and getting the right decor for my aesthetic. Hopefully, my senior year will bless me with the genius idea for a dorm room that will make everyone else cry.
21. Keep blogging!
Heck, I sure hope that a year from now I’ll still be doing what I’m doing at this very moment! Blogging is so much fun and I’ve been able to connect with so many other people who share that interest with me.
Here’s to being 21!