Goodbye, Year of Exploration. Hello, Year of Ambition.

For the last three years, I’ve rejected the idea of explicit resolutions and instead made a habit of declaring a single word to embody each new year. There was the year of discovery (2012), the year of dedication (2013), and even the year of exploration (2014). Each year lived up to its name, albeit sometimes in surprising ways that pushed me to my limits and then a bit beyond.

In 2012, I discovered who I was away from my friends, outside of my hometown, and apart from everything that I’d always thought was certain, as well as who I was when I came back. In 2013, I dedicated myself to whatever felt important, including finishing my bachelors degree in English and refining my art. And, in 2014, I explored whatever struck my fancy, even as that led me to travel from coast to coast for months on end and begin a master’s degree in criminal justice. No two years were the same, yet no year was more or less enthralling than any other.

All of that being said, 2014 was pretty intriguing. I spent three months in California, Oregon, and Washington. Then I spent three months in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. That’s not to mention all the states and shores I visited on the way to and from those places. I turned 21 and wasted my newest privilege by drinking a pitifully small volume of alcohol (say “no” to big kablue-nas). I began graduate school and discovered that sometimes the student teaches the professor. I baked foods and treats I couldn’t even pronounce and used ingredients I’d never heard of before.

In short, I explored.

Now it’s time to put all of that behind me, to close the door on 2014’s wild exploration, and step into the year 2015, which already seems daunting and intoxicating.

Over the next 365 days, I’ll be traveling back to South Carolina, the state I know only through my family tree.  I’ll be completing my Masters of Criminal Justice degree, complete with nerve-wracking comprehensive exams. I’ll be leaving my friends and the only place I have ever truly regarded as “home.” I’ll be taking control of my health and defying my genetics. I’ll be taking important steps in my personal and professional lives, striving to achieve success through desire and determination.

All in all, 2015 can and will be nothing less than wild and engrossing, fast-paced and sublime. Thus, in the same vein of thought, I’ve decided to call 2015 the year of ambition. I chose the word ambition to embody or headline this year mostly because I have a strong desire to achieve multiple things this year. I have an end-game in mind and nothing will stop me from reaching it. In addition, I’ve come to realize that being ambitious is just in my nature and that is something to use to my advantage, to accept as a benefit. So, this year will be a journey in accepting ambition as a facet of my nature.

Keeping with tradition, as I jumpstart the New Year, I won’t write down any particular resolutions because, well, it just feels awful when a perfectly composed resolution isn’t fulfilled precisely as it was written. I prefer to stick with matters of certainty, like the inevitable graduation and move, and variety, like the generality of being ambitious in all my endeavors. Along the way, I simply hope that at least 15 marvelous things will happen.

Here’s to a year of purpose and cheers to everyone reading this. I hope that you find precisely what you are looking for in the exciting days ahead. Happy New Year!



The reinvention of this blog will being the morning of Sunday, September 27, 2009 and will include the incorporation of more creative writing rather than editorial writing.  This means I will rarely be doing author interviews and book reviews as I have in the past.

To all my blog followers, please understand and accept this change, it’s more directed at what I hope to do in the future, but it will still require your input to keep it going. I love you all dearly, and many of you know that personally.  Thanks for understanding this change.  <3333

Q and A

I just got back from camp and found that I had a private message asking me to post and explain the title of my blog. So, here it is:

I have entitled my blog “Random Thoughts from a Random Teen” for many reasons.

First, there is the fact that millions, even billions, of people co-exist on the Internet at any one point in time. Very few people will recognize me personally and to most others I am simply a random person that is expressing their thoughts through the Internet and the power of freedom of speech.

Second, randomness makes up the world. The word “Random” has been defined in many different ways:

  • lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance
  • an undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence; All outcomes being unpredictable and, in the ideal, equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation; : (mathematics) Of or relating to probability distribution
  • lack of predictability, without any systematic pattern
  • and an event for which there is no way to know, before it occurs, what the outcome will be; instead, only the probabilities of each possible outcome can be stated.

To me, to be random is to be without a determined purpose, having no pattern, inconsistent, and different from other persons, places, situations, or things. My blog is without a definite purpose and anything could be posted here.

Third, I am only one entity in a vast universe. My thoughts are those among a world of others and it is up to my readers to support my writing.

This is the origin of my blog.

So, please keep reading, commenting, and questioning and support the randomness of everyday life!!!