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Realization

Last month I finished my final set of online classes for my junior year.  I’m officially a senior.  It’s weird to say that.  I still feel like I’m a clueless 11-year old sometimes… now I’m 17 and going into my last year of school.

For anyone new here, this also means that I’m just about halfway done with my Associate’s Degree because the program I’m allows the coursework of my classes to count for college credit.  This means it’s a little more advanced, but I’ve handled it well the past year.  I also have to take two classes this summer to stay on track, math and a finance business course.

It’s a weird combo I have going on here – I’m a senior in high school and a sophomore in college.

Crazy, right?

But since last week I’ve been thinking a lot about the future.  I guess it’s normal for a 17-year old who is about to enter senior year and has been looking at what colleges to apply to.  It’s a little scary though.  Even though I pretty much know what I want to do, I’m still scared.  I have all these decisions to make and soon I’ll have forms to fill out.

I’m just grateful that I have six older siblings to help me with all of this.

My classes don’t start until July, so I’ve had the majority of May and all of this month off to enjoy summer.  Although, it’s not like taking classes during July and August will ruin summer.  First of all, it’s only two classes and they’re online.  That’s the best thing about online school… I can still go places and even get work done early in the week so I don’t have to worry about it later.

So, yeah, that’s what’s going on with me right now.  How are the rest of you doing?

sly

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17 Before 17: The Results

In the wake of my 17th birthday tomorrow I’d like to take a look at the results of my 17 Before 17 List I made last year.

17-before-17 results

I’m not going to go through all the items on the list, rather I’m going to just list the five I was not able to complete.

  • Write my 100th post on this blog – Honestly, there wasn’t any reason other than laziness for this one.  I let myself get too involved with doing schoolwork, work, video games and other activities to focus on my blog enough to get to that point.  Maybe next year…
  • Travel outside the country – Money and time just wasn’t there.
  • Write a fan-fiction for a favorite fandom – again… laziness.
  • Visit my cousin in London – Well, considering that she and her husband moved back to the USA a few months ago, that’s not entirely my fault for not completing this one.
  • Have a meaningful conversation with a stranger – I had conversations with strangers, but none that really seemed meaningful though.

Not bad though.  I mean, I did accomplish 12 out of 17 of my items.  I’m not doing another list though.  If anything, I’ll just add to my 2016 Goals or start a 2017 Goals bucket list.

On that note, I’m going to update that list now.

sly


My 2015 Goals: the Results

Dang, it’s 2016 and it’s been a while since I’ve written.  I guess I got caught up in my everyday life that I completely ignored my blog.  I’m sorry blog… and the readers.  But it’s a new year and and I’m determined to be on here more (or at least once a week).

2015 goal results

Back June I gave a progress report on how my goals were going.  I was doing okay from what I remember and I can tell you right now I didn’t quite complete my list, but I guess that happens.  So here are my results for last year’s goals.

Sly’s 2015 Goals – the Results:

– Post at least once a week on my blog… failed.

I can’t say it’s a total fail.  I did good up until the end of the year, when life got a little crazy for me.  This might be another goal for this year, but we’ll see.

– Travel to a new country… failed.

I was unable to make it out of the United States this year, which kind of stunk. But I’m already looking at places to go to this year so I think this one will make it on this year’s goals list.

– Learn 24 new recipes… Completed December 2015.

In my time off the internet, I spent a lot of it cooking and learning new recipes.  I’m happy to say I can make 24 new dishes, even if some are simple ones.  Of course, not all were perfect, but I still learned to make them… so it counts.

– Try something new… Completed November 2015.

I actually tried doing a 10-day green smoothie cleanse in early November and I did feel really great after it.  I was a little moody the first few days though.

– Get a part-time job after my 16th birthday… completed April 8th, 2015.

I actually got a part-time job/internship before my birthday, so that was a huge accomplishment for me this year!

– Get my girlfriend a super amazing present for our 1 year anniversary in March… completed March 1st, 2015.

Yes, I did spoil my lady this year for our first anniversary…. and you can read all about that adventure here.

– Increase my running stamina to 3 miles… Completed July 2015.

I completed my goal of running three miles with no trouble this summer.  It was a great accomplishment for me.

– Get my driving permit in May and my license by December 31st… failed.

I’ve got my permit, so that’s half of it.  But unfortunately I was not able to get in to take my driver’s license test before the end of the year.  I am happy to say that I do have an appointment this month to take the test and hopefully pass.

 

So I didn’t do too bad.  I actually completed more than I thought.  I’m currently working on my goals for this year, so you can expect that post to be up in a few days.

Happy New Year everyone!

sly


My 2015 Goals: 6 Month Update

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into June of 2015, but it’s here… staring us in the face whenever we look at our calendars.

2015 goals update

Back in January, I was inspired by Tabby to make my own Goals of 2015 list to complete this year.  Yes, it’s pretty much a ‘new year resolution’ list, but I like the idea of having goals and a deadline to complete them (within reason, of course).

So, as you can see I have a separate page here on my blog for my goals, but let’s take a look and see how I’m progressing with them so far…

Sly’s 2015 Goals (Update 6/14/15):

– Post at least once a week on my blog… in progress.

Since this is an ongoing goal, I can’t say it’s completed.  And there are always circumstances that come along where I am not able to post, but I don’t think I’ve been doing too bad so far.

– Travel to a new country… not complete.

I still have yet to leave the USA as of 2015.  I just have not been able to in the last six months, but now that it’s summer, I should be able to get on that.

– Learn 24 new recipes… in progress.

Twenty-four recipes is a lot, for me anyway.  So far I’m up to eleven and all can be found on my Goals page, complete with links to the recipes.

– Try something new… not complete.

I have yet to try something that I really consider new.  No, the new recipes do not count.

– Get a part-time job after my 16th birthday… completed April 8th, 2015.

I actually got a part-time job/internship before my birthday, so that was a huge accomplishment for me this year!

– Get my girlfriend a super amazing present for our 1 year anniversary in March… completed March 1st, 2015.

Yes, I did spoil my lady this year for our first anniversary…. and you can read all about that adventure here.

– Increase my running stamina to 3 miles… in progress.

To be completely accurate, I’m currently at 2.25 miles without wearing myself out.  I don’t have too much more to go!

– Get my driving permit in May and my license by December 31st… in progress.

I’m currently halfway there.  I got my permit on my birthday, so after some lessons and practicing for about 5-6 months I’ll be able to take my test before the last day of the year.

 

So it looks like I’m doing pretty well, even if only two of the tasks are fully complete.  I think I will actually be able to complete my list by the end of the year.  Of course, this is assuming I don’t fail my driving test at the end of the year.  We’ll see how that works out.

sly


Baking Bug

I’ve been hit with the baking bug.  Though, to be completely honest, I’ve been hit with it since becoming a vegan and having to make my own food.

I’ve baked a ton of desserts over the past 10 months.  There are no favorites when it comes to baked goods, at least for me.  I love them all.  I’ve made pies, cakes, brownies, muffins, cookies and more.  Even though one of my main reasons for going vegan was to be healthier, I cannot deny my sweet tooth its cravings.

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The past week in particular, I’ve baked everyday.  It probably started because of “Pi Day” on the fourteenth, but I think that’s only half the reason.  The other reason being that I’ve just been wanting sweets lately and my housemates have also wanted sweets (even if they are vegan sweets).

The good thing about my housemates is that they encourage my vegan diet, and they actually request a few of the meals and treats I have made.  Though there is no way they will ever go on a vegan diet, they don’t object to eating vegan treats and meals every now and then… but it does happen more often than you’d think.

Today though, I was craving cookies.  So I made my favorite kind of cookie – oatmeal raisin.

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Well, I had to skip on the raisins since we didn’t have any and no one was home to drive me to the store to get some.  But they taste just as good.

sly


This Time Last Year v.1

This time last year my life was a lot different.  I was still at boarding school with my brothers and loving it.  Sometimes I find myself missing the school and wishing I was back, but I do love being in Virginia with my two older brothers and going to school online.

While I don’t know what I was doing on this exact day last year, I know it was in early February that I finally decided to get some social media accounts, with Twitter and Facebook, so I could stay in touch with my family and friends living in Connecticut and New York.  I think I had shocked a few of my friends when I joined Facebook since I had never been interested in the social media thing, but I know that it’s quickly becoming a requirement for getting myself known out there as a potential photographer and designer (when my skills are a little more developed, that is).

I was also still sort of recovering from losing my parents.  I remember spending a lot of hours locked away in my dorm room because I didn’t feel like talking to many people.  There was one person who wouldn’t let me be alone 24/7 and I really have to thank her for her persistence because I might not have come out of my shell as much as I did.  She really showed me what it means to be a friend and though I don’t see her all the time now, she’s the most amazing person to have entered my life.

There’s not much more to say about what I was doing at this time last year, I was fourteen, in school and slightly depressed.  The good thing is that thanks to the best people in my life, I am doing better now and loving where my life is heading.

sly


Perspective Can Change

As human beings, it’s pretty cool how we can all look at something and have a completely different perspective on it.  I also find it interesting that a bunch of us can do one thing, but for many different reasons.

Say… going vegan.

A few months ago I wrote a post entitled Stop the Stereotypes because quite frankly, I was sick of being judged as an animal rights activist when people found out I’m vegan.  Not to different from other people, I chose to go vegan because it is one of the healthier diets out here.  Since I never ate meat all that much to begin with, it was a little easier to make the change.  Either way, it wasn’t because I suddenly became an animal rights activist that I became a vegan.  I just simply wanted a healthier diet/lifestyle.

Curiosity has gotten the better of me though.  Since these people I don’t even know are assuming I’m an animal rights activist, I decided to look into why some people live a vegan lifestyle in order to be “cruelty-free.”  To be honest, I was disgusted how some animals are treated for food processing and now I can understand why people choose to become vegan for this reason.

But I have to wonder, are they only living a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle?  Or are they still living the rest of their life as someone who is not passionate about saving animals?

As in, are they also using cruelty-free products?  I believe it’s no secret that animals are used for testing a variety of products, though some might have been banned if I read correctly.  Still, if a person wants to preach a vegan lifestyle to others because it’s cruel to the animals, then shouldn’t they also boycott regular make-up and other product companies that are not cruelty-free?

I guess unless they’re being specific to how animals are treated on the food processing aspect, then they don’t have to.

I will say that what I’ve learned from this has definitely ensured that I will not ever change my vegan diet.  Though I’m not going to go out preaching that others should become vegans because of animal rights, I still was affected by what I have seen from my research.  So no worries, I will not force my vegan diet on anyone.

After all, “To each their own.”

sly