Hello 2021

We’re more than halfway through January, there’s a new president, and Corona is slowly on it’s way out. I have high expectations for the year already; I think I have them every year, but this year feels different.

I’ve thought about some goals I have for the year, and nothing’s definite, but one thing I won’t do is crucify myself if I don’t meet them. I’m sure my goals will change as the year progresses, and I don’t want to force myself to do the impossible, but these are some of the big ones that I’m happy to share:

  1. Make a web app.
  2. Get an AWS cert.
  3. Revisit Seattle.

I think this year will be what we all wanted 2020 to be; a year of growth, having fun, and trying new things. The pandemic put a hold on all of that, it changed some of my plans too, but I think 2021 has the potential to make 2020 seem like a bad dream and nothing else.

The beginning of every year is always exciting. It feels like a worldwide reset button was pressed and we’re in a whole new world. I think that’s what most people expect, even myself, but it’s not that. People wake up on January 1 expecting to see something different, but the reality is that it’s not that easy; to see change you have to be the change. Change is something I’ve talked about before and maybe something I talk about a little too much, but change is an everlasting part of my life and your life too. I love change and embrace it openly, you should too; it’s one of the only truths in life.

Remembering the last bit of 2020, the end of the year went well for me. Christmas was nice and similar to other years; my family usually just spends the day together at home; I wouldn’t have it any other way. New Years was a repeat of Christmas, we had a nice dinner and then everyone went off to doing their own thing. I got to cook one of the side dishes for our New Year’s dinner, so that was exciting. I wasn’t fully trusted to be alone in the kitchen, even though I know that I’m more than capable of making food; but that’s besides the point. My mac and cheese came out really good and I had fun making it, it’s a simple recipe, and requires half a brain to make; which is perfect for me.

Something else I did in December was apply for a content writing internship with a medical school consulting startup. I wasn’t really sure if anything would come out of it; I was mainly looking for opportunities to make some extra money. Luckily, I got an email saying I was selected for an interview. I went through a couple of those with the CEO; those went well and I’m happy to say I got the position. My first article has been published already; please take a look, even if applying to medical school isn’t on your to-do list. I’m hoping to stay around with them for a while, and as my articles get published I’ll let the blog know.

I’ve been sending out lots of applications for different internships and jobs this month. One of my goals for this year is to get an internship in tech. I want to move on to the next step of my life and that’s a stepping stone for it. I’m more than capable, as much as I like to tell myself I’m not, I believe I’m ready and have the skills necessary for it.

January has been flying by and I’m excited about that. I’ve been trying to focus and really put all my efforts in doing everything possible to secure my future. It takes up a lot of my time, but I’d rather put in the work now than later.

Other than busy work, I’ve been listening to a lot of music this month. I’ve been expanding my horizons and listening to new artists and songs. Spotify’s discover weekly is the reason I look forwards to Monday’s. My favorite song right now is Only in My Dreams by The Marías.

School started back up this month and every Friday before I have to show up for class I stop by my favorite coffee shop in Phoenix. That’s one of the things I look forward to every week. I pull up, get my large, iced, oat-milk, vanilla latte, and two salted, chocolate chip cookies. It’s a mouthful but it’s quickly become one of my favorite treats.

School has been good so far, we’re only a few weeks in but everything is going well. There’s only one class where I think I’ll have a really hard time, but that’s okay. I’m happy to be starting the final semester of my junior year.

I’m more than happy to be writing my first blog of the year. I hope that the new year has been treating you well and you’re staying healthy and safe. If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom, thank you!

-Jonathan 💜

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