Now that I've settled down to my new home, there have been many changes to my lifestyle such as bike-riding, running, and doing commissions alongside job searching. Not only that, but I am beginning to pay for my own bills, which is the biggest change that makes me realize just how little working a minimum wage job helps. Back when I was living with my parents, the only thing I paid for was their rent, which was practically nothing in the grand scheme of things. Other expenses were just on food from my workplace, which wasn't much either. Going from not spending much money to suddenly needing to spend money on necessities, rent, and utilities is one huge-and frightening-step further into the "Real World."
I have also learned that I need to listen to the signs that tell me to REST. It's not like I'm on a very short vacation like last summer where there was a tiny time span to accomplish things. During this resting period, I'm coming more to terms that I LIVE HERE. In hindsight, so many milestones were achieved such as getting a new laptop, using Uber, traveling to Los Angeles via Metro, locating awesome restaurants, and gaining more income from online commissions than ever before. However, it was all at the cost of my energy and I don't even have an actually JOB yet!
Overall, the new year may not really encompass a "new me", but it will give me more time to forge my own path in life. Bring on the obstacles!