What a year can do

It’s mid-June. A year ago I made a major decision. I thought it was a choice for a stable life, but things turn out to be so different from what I’ve expected!

This is a list of the major life events happened in the last 12 months

  1. I started a new job
  2. I quit the very same job
  3. I subsequently rejected two job offers
  4. I applied to five PhD programs
  5. I got rejected to two; another two still pending
  6. I got into Brown University without a scholarship
  7. I started writing my first novel
  8. I published my novel
  9. I became a semi-pro in book publishing
  10. I planned my first book signing event
  11. I came close to getting into two relationships
  12. I became a podcaster
  13. I realized money has very little to do with happiness
  14. I encountered many a-holes
  15. I made even more awesome friends
  16. I became friends with some big name elites without any agenda
  17. I became a lecturer
  18. I learned how to drive
  19. I started blogging, stopped blogging and restarted blogging
  20. I learned to embrace who I am
  21. I stopped comparing myself to others
  22. I discovered the real joy of teaching
  23. I discovered the real joy of writing
  24. I celebrated my birthday at an Apple store
  25. I overcome my fear of rejection
  26. I overcome my unhealthy perfectionism
  27. I learned a lot about research
  28. I decided to leave this city
  29. I followed my heart and live without regret

Funny how things seem to be the same every day, but when you look back, nothing is the same.


About Nicky

Nicky English is a journalist, an educator, a podcaster, a couch potato, a dreamer, and a child at heart. Learning is her passion, so is the English language, which she believes is the tool to unlock the door of knowledge. Born in Hong Kong, she received intensive writing training at The University of Iowa, where she double-majored in journalism and political science. Apart from the Hawkeye State, she’s lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. When she was a guest student at Georgetown University, she fell in love with Washington, D.C. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication. A little side note—she cannot imagine a world without her Mac and iDevices. Like many crazy ones, she hopes to change the world one day at a time.
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