Another year, come and gone.
Last night, I spent a little while re-watching a vlog I had made one year ago yesterday, in which I stared at my iPad camera and talked about my DCP for 19 minutes straight (it’s super awkward so I’ve only shared it on Tumblr; if you REALLY want the link, just ask).
It’s interesting to me to see where I’m at now versus where I was a year ago (I started my “end of 2014” post with almost the exact same sentence). A year ago I was gearing up for a two week long Disney trip, and getting ready to start my second “full” year of grad school. I was still feeling the post- Disney feels, hard. And I was having a rough time letting go of 2014, which, despite its ups and downs, was one of the best years of my life.
In my post last year, I wrote about how I had rung in 2014 with my cat, who was not doing too well at the time. She defied all odds, though, and we had her until October of this year. I do miss my purrful girl sleeping on my pillow, but I have no doubt that she, like my grandma, is in a better place and no longer suffering. She did pretty well for only having one half of one kidney functioning for the better part of a year!
But possibly the most significant thing about one year ago was that my grandma had gotten news that what they saw in her lungs “might” be cancer, but she hadn’t gotten the official diagnosis yet. We were all keeping quiet, trying to stay optimistic, but we knew what was coming. Most of my 2015 was filled helping my mom take care of my grandma. It feels like ages ago that she did chemo and radiation, when in reality it was less than a year ago. Though the chemo and radiation helped for a little while, in August, my grandma ended up in the hospital. She was there for 38 days before we moved her to a hospice care center, where she died four days later, on October 2, 2015. The whole thing, from diagnosis to hospice, was, quite literally, one of the hardest things I ever had to go through. But, as cliche as it may sound, it’s better now that she’s no longer suffering. Because the suffering was the worst thing to watch.
But even among these losses, I was able to live my life and do many the things I had planned. I finished two heavy semesters of school. I ended up taking four Disney trips, all of which were excellent. I visited my sister, who started her first year of veterinary school, on St. Kitts. I had a great Seaside Park trip. I spent a lot of time visiting NYC and seeing Broadway musicals. And I spent a lot of time with family.
I don’t even know what else to really say about 2015. It was a rough time, balancing school, work, and family stuff, while still trying to have some semblance of a social life, and get my act together in preparation for my big life change coming in 2016. But here I am, at the end of it, and I have what could possibly be the best experience of my life straight ahead.
Coming up, I’m starting my last semester of grad school. It’s been a wild run, but this semester will be fairly calm, academically; I have one class — Capstone — for my major. I’m also planning to audit an American Sign Language class, and I’m very excited to start learning a new language. My graduation day is May 23rd.
In about a month, I’ll be applying for jobs at Disney, to start in June. I’ll be making the big move to Orlando sometime in June, probably as a CP or Professional Intern (PI). I don’t want to assume that I’ll get hired — it’s not a sure thing — but I’m also not granting myself the benefit of a backup plan. I’ll cross that bridge if and when I come to it. But one thing’s for sure — this is my dream, and I’m not giving up. Faith, trust, and pixie dust.
This is a fairly quiet end of the year recap in comparison to what I wrote last year, but really, I’m tired. I’m ready for change. I’m ready for 2016 to be a great year as I finish my MA and pursue my career goals of working for Disney again.
2016 is going to bring a lot of changes. But I’m ready for them. If all goes according to plan, I’ll have a lot more to say in my 2016 recap post. And, with any luck, I’ll be writing this post from as an Orlando area homeowner and Disney World cast member.