I like reflecting and recapping when a new year or life moment comes along. So, I’m going to recap what I consider to be the top ten moments of 2013 for me! And these are in no particular order by the way.
One of my closest friends came back to UNC. I got so much closer to my other friends. I even lost a friend, which is something I believe benefited us both. She went on to blossom after I was out of her life and vice versa. People come and go for a reason. People get closer for a reason. Either way, I love my friends. Old and new.
2. USA TODAY
This was an amazing opportunity. I’m still thankful for this. I’m thankful for the people I worked with also! All amazing journalists. Each and every one of them.
3. Returning to my natural tresses
This was major for me. Transitioning and then cutting off my hair was a very emotional process. When I cut my relaxed ends off, I felt free. I felt like myself. I looked like myself. European beauty standards (i.e. straight hair) isn’t for everybody. I’m glad I learned that I was one of those folks it isn’t for.
I fell in love with a great guy this year. And though it didn’t work out, I learned a lot about myself during our time together. It’s so fulfilling to have been loved by someone who challenges you, supports you, and pulls you out of your comfort zone. I also had no idea I was capable of opening up to someone and allowing them to love me until I met him. So, yeah. That was great too haha!
Then I also fell in love with myself. And I haven’t always loved myself. So that was even better.
5. Writing an article about low black male enrollment at UNC
This article caused UNC’s Office of Institutional Research to remove data stating that only 98 black males are enrolled in UNC’s current freshman class from their website. This article shook Carolina’s administration. But more importantly, the article got people talking openly about a longstanding sociopolitical issue at the University. We NEED to address this issue head-on. It’s a problem. Get more colored faces at PWIs.
This article was also discussed on HuffPost Black Voices. Crayy wins.
I started writing again after a 8 year hiatus. It feels good to be back. Relearning how to express myself through poetry has done wonders for my soul. It allows me to get things out. It allows me to feel deeply. It gives me perspective. I love this. I’m glad it’s doing something for me again.
7. Numerous big-time POC Journos followed me on Twitter
I’m still giddy about that. Still. To this day. When Gene Demby retweeted me I could have fainted. Seriously. Then Kat Chow actually followed me. It was awesome. Omgah. And The Grio retweeted me. Again, omgah.
8. 21st birthday
I was the last of my friends to turn 21. Now I can go to bars and buy wine. This is freedom like I have never known.
I love to run and I found that out this year. I feel better. I look great. It’s a wonderful feeling. I enjoy passing out after going to hard and not being able to move. It’s truly great.
I listened to so much great music this year that I couldn’t not put this on here! Music is an outlet. When I’m in a funk I’m either writing, listening to music, or both.