I don’t even remember what my “resolution” was for this year, but I can say with confidence it would have never been what has actually happened for me in the past year. I’ve been forced to learn lessons most of us want to avoid and let go of people most of us never imagine letting go of. With that said, I truly believe going through all of that, allowed me to be where am I today. I know the new year is going to continue to be new lessons and new experiences and what better way to spend the first four months than in the greatest city in the world.
This time last year I could have never fathomed what has transpired now. I had taken last year off from school to figure out myself (mostly) and what in the hell I really wanted to do with my life. I always knew I loved fashion in this obsessive, Carrie Bradshaw, sort of way but never knew how to incorporate it into a career without the obvious designer dream that every girl has. So, once I realized I wanted to be behind the scenes in the industry, PR/Marketing, Visual, Production, etc. I enrolled myself back into school working towards a degree in Communication. Broad enough to give me wiggle room but also refined where I am still learning something useful.
First best moment of 2012: receiving an email from an enormous international management company requesting an interview for an internship I had applied for.
Second best moment of 2012: BEING SELECTED FOR THE INTERNSHIP!
I have never really believed those people who say your dreams can come true. I mean, your real DREAMS, things you think are so far out of reach, you just hope that one day you get close enough to think to yourself, “this could happen”, but deep down know your chances are slim. The two loves of my life, besides the obvious dog and family, are fashion and New York City. When I began applying for these internships, I completed them with the same sentiment, these are long shots and I am just doing this for fun, because why else? A girl can dream, right? Well, turns out… you can dream AND it can come to life.
Obtaining the interview was astonishing to me. I thought to myself, what could they possibly see in my very much lacking of any experience, resume. Then I thought to myself, who cares?! I got an interview! Absolutely on my own, having zero connections with this company, not even knowing anyone who works or had interned there. All I knew of were the extremely talented people of the industry they represented.
I move to NYC from measly ole’ Ohio, in less than a week to begin working towards a dream I never thought possible. Take it from someone who’s been there, you can go from an unimaginable low point in your life to believing in yourself and not worrying about what others may think of you. I’m almost 24 and these are and need to be the most selfish years of your life. You need to find what makes you happy, once you find it, achieving your dreams seem infinitely accessible.