I can’t believe how quickly this decade has come and gone. I can remember 2000, when people thought the world was coming to an end, stocking up on canned foods and water bottles. I can remember New Years Eve 1999, watching Speed with my neighbors and hearing the fireworks go off so loud we thought it was someone pounding on our garage.

Looking back on the decade has me thinking how so much has changed. And how even the things I wish hadn’t changed, have only made me stronger in the process. This decade really has been one of growth and learning. So why am I so afraid of the coming year and the changes that are ahead of me?

I’ve lived in the same house my entire life and next year I will be out on my own, a college graduate searching for a ‘real, grown-up’ job in a state far away from my parents and everything I’ve been familiar with for the past 20 years. It’s not that I don’t want to leave. I do, more than anything. I’ll be near family (on my mom’s side) and will be rooming with one of my best friends in a place I’ve loved ever since I was a child. Tennessee has always been a happy place, with trees and grass. The fireflies at night. Playing in the creek. It just feels like... home.

But growing up is scary, despite the other voice in my head telling me anything is possible. I know what I want to do. I’d love to travel. Or be an event planner. Maybe move to New York or London one day. Do public relations in the music industry. Get involved in videography. Create. Design. Inspire. Write, write, write. Who knows what the future has in store for me.

Despite being fearful, I’m excited and hopeful for the coming new year. And this year I have two resolutions: Believe in myself and put my trust in God, two things that are often a struggle. ★

And as for The O.C. pictures, I posted these because no matter how much things change, some things will remain constant no matter what. Every year, I watch the first season of The O.C. & somehow, Seth Cohen's witty banter never gets old.

Happy New Year!
What are some of your resolutions?