However, with leaving college behind, New Year's hits at an introspective time in my life, and instead of letting all of this live in my head, I'll let it live here, where at least you can enjoy it, too. Some of these things I learned are just on my mind right now, but for others, I went back in my Tweets and Facebook posts to find the most accurate representations of the things I learned.
Without further ado, here they are:
1. Tweet from March 15: "Advice: When you're really struggling in the last 7 minutes of your 60 minute workout, some old school NSYNC will get you through." Clearly it worked for me on March 15th and it's still true. Try it!
2. Wear hot pink lipstick when you want to. Seriously, who cares. Do it, go to Happy Hour, take a photo of it and Tweet it. (More like this at www.twitter.com/jschu_.)
4. Find that friend who will hold your hand on your bad days and pose for a selfie with you on your good. I found mine and her name is Kristen.
5. On April 18th I tweeted, "I just want to put it out there that I have a complete soft spot for animals who have stuffed animals." Also up there, dogs who stick their heads out of windows in cars. I'm not sure if I learned this in 2014 because I remember thinking something similar on a trip to Argentina where I saw a dog with a stuffed animal dog but it's one of the better things in life.
6. On July 4th on Facebook I checked into the CBS Broadcast Center and wrote, "Happy Independence Day! And special shout out to those of us at work today so that there can be something on the television in the background while you get drunk." Television is one of the industries where working on holidays is common, but it was tough to turn down a weekend trip with a friend that I really wanted to go on and opting to work instead. Being the intern who asked for a day off felt wrong to me since I was only there for 10 weeks. I still hope the opportunity for this trip presents itself again. Make these choices boldly.
7. On February 21st, I tweeted for the first time about my plans to live with one of my best friends Nicole for my senior year. I'd come to learn it would be better than I ever could have imagined when I tweeted it.
8. The relationship we have with social media is a complicated one. I understand the irony in posting this in a blog that references my own social media posts, but I've really started to examine the way we post and why. I think it's important to acknowledge everyone is going to do what works for them, in life, and in social media. But I've started to ask more questions. If we're truly happy, why do we have to post this and garner approval from others? If we're sharing details, does it detract from the intimacy of experiencing the moments for ourselves? Do we post things because we want to share them, or because we assume others will care about them? As I head into a career in a public field, the way I post is changing. Not everyone needs to know the restaurants I eat at, the people I hang out with or what we do. If you're close enough to me to know who I hang out with and what I do, you don't need to see it on my social media. That's a huge thing I'm learning.
9. When you lose your appetite because of stress or heartache, you don't have to eat! Trust me, the act of forcing yourself to want food and trying to consume it is going to make you miserable.
10. Tweet from April 22: "Self esteem advice by me: even when you don't love every part of your body, your bed always will... So no worries." I do rival you to find someone who enjoys a comfortable bed and blanket more than I do, but this self-esteem statement was said before I read this blog post which taught me a lot and changed the way I think of my body forever. I sometimes think if more people read it we'd have a much more positive narrative about body image, one that does not revolve around food, exercise or clothes, but one that recognizes our bodies as miracle machines that mostly do not fail us. For that, I think it makes them all beautiful.