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How was 2014? - December 31st 2014, 06:28 PM

Was it good? Was it bad? Did you make any changes in your life for the better? Did you graduate from secondary school or university? Get a job that lasted more than a month or two?

Sum up 2014 in a short paragraph; and, if possible, use an adjective to describe 2014. It can be about the phase of your life or what happened throughout the year.

For me, the adjectives of my choice are: selfish and fearless.

First, selfishness was carried over from 2012. Remember, being selfish in a good way can dramatically improve your life for the better!

But for the majority of the year, the adjective would be FEARLESS.

I was fearless in making decisions for myself, preparing for the unknown, ready to take on what life wanted to throw in my way. Fortunately, nearly everything has been good for me. I was asked to write for a magazine, then those people hired me to work for them a few weeks later. I was in college during the first few months of the year, but it was just... Ugh, and I decided to withdraw from both the courses I was taking.

I guess another adjective would be CLARITY, especially when it comes to school. I was 29 and have only pretty much gotten two uni terms down (ie. 15-18 credits) in seven years. I realized, hey, I don't need a college degree. Plus, what I am doing at my job is what I was studying towards at college. It's just the gen ed courses that are a pain in the ass. Anyways, I'm doing perfectly well without a degree. I realized that just a few weeks ago, they were so impressed.

Towards the end of the year, after I got back from my trip and before Christmas, I fell into a bit of a funk. I was sad, lazy, didn't want to do anything. But I feel better now.

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Re: How was 2014? - December 31st 2014, 09:17 PM

2014 was AWFUL as I didn't do great in my exams, my friend was murdered, nan died. My next adjective would be that 2014 was LONG, which is self-explanatory I guess.

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Re: How was 2014? - December 31st 2014, 09:24 PM

If I had to describe 2014 maybe it would be "resilience" because I went through hell and back more than once and I got through it. I learned so much and things became a lot clearer in some ways, yet a lot more confusing in others but I feel (and maybe this is because I'm in a fairly okay mood so I'm being biasedly optimistic hence the choice of word) that overall I am getting through things and I revived the hope that was lost for a lot. Another word would be "treading" because I was moving but in small increments. Not swimming but treading and slowly recovering and taking charge of my life as best as I can. But the treading stage is important to eventually swim long distances :3
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Re: How was 2014? - December 31st 2014, 09:53 PM

I don’t even know how to describe 2014. ‘Disconnected’ might be a good word. I had some good things: I did well in my dissertation, finished university and graduated, and started volunteering here. But apart from that I felt really numb. But I’m glad that I feel better now and am trying to get help for myself, so I hope 2015 will better!

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Re: How was 2014? - December 31st 2014, 11:51 PM

2014 was hard but I learned a lot about myself. I've struggled with the past a lot this year especially, but I also started therapy with a therapist that specializes in what I'm going through and I'm thankful to have people that are so willing to help me out. I've made a lot of progress with my writing and that has been a major help in my survival. I can admit to falling down a lot and being at the lowest that I have ever been at but I am still standing. There were some nights that I wasn't sure if I'd live to see the sunrise but I held on. If I could use a word to describe 2014 I would use "bittersweet".

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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 12:56 AM

I would say 2014 was 'bittersweet'. There were a lot of ups and downs, but I guess it was all worth it.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 02:41 AM

I tried to think of some retrospective "I learned something" word, but all I could think is "god awful." Lots of breakups of my friends, then lost a large amount of friends as a whole from either moving to Australia to totally cutting out of my life. My grades are down, my graduate school outlook is dim, and overall, things sucked.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 03:32 AM

It had its ups and downs. It was better than 2013, thats for sure. I moved around a lot in 2014, living at four different locations. My drinking has improved. I have gone from drinking everyday to only drinking once a week. I finally got a job in June and worked there for five months, which was nice. My mother is finally treating me better and not acting like a tyrant. Oh and 2014 was the year I joined TH and have met a lot of friendly people on here.
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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 04:15 AM

2014 was ok for me. Had it's ups and downs but I survived it!

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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 05:37 AM

2014 was a struggle. I fell into some bad habits again but I am still here and surviving. There was some nights that I didn't think I could make it through but somehow I did. I had some rough times and I had to face a few things about my past but I am going to therapy and trying to become in some sense better. I would say this year has been difficult but I hope 2015 will be better.
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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 08:45 PM

2014 was really terrible for me. Nothing really good happened to me that I remembered and mostly bad things happened to me.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 08:59 PM

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Re: How was 2014? - January 1st 2015, 10:12 PM

How about "Crazy?"

There were so many high points and low points and weird points that there's not really a great word to describe it. On the one hand, my friend disappeared after a long few months with depression, anorexia, and self harm issues, and there was the assumption that she was dead before finally contacting her a month later and finding out she was in a hospital. There was my other friend moving to a boarding school. There was a guy who spent the entire year pestering me because he is "in love" with me despite having a girlfriend with whom he is also "in love."

On the other hand, I met some amazing people who are now my closest friends. I discovered TH. I had a great summer. I learned a lot and started acting more like myself, now that I realize people like me for that. I found clubs and groups and communities where I fit in -- who'd have thought it would be in nerdy clubs with the guys who remix recordings of our teachers' voices into dubstep songs?

So yeah. Crazy.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 2nd 2015, 12:25 AM

My 2014 has been challenging but that's not always a bad thing. I have still taken in more literature and more full albums than I ever have and I discovered the significance of the awesomeness of the Foo Fighters. I fell in love with V8 Supercars and, at least for a small amount of time, I had a job.

I had surgery and it was then that I realised the true importance of family. My cousin came to Australia, which was absolutely outstanding. (I thanked him for the free hoodie and book he gave me (left behind in Australia) ).

And I spent the final day immersed in a podcast, an art form I have only discovered recently. Upwards and onwards.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 2nd 2015, 01:01 PM

Overall, I would say that 2014 was a great year for me. I'm so glad to be out of high school and moving forward with my life in college. After finishing my first semester of college, I'm glad to say that I'm actually loving school for the first time ever in my life. I have some friends at school that I'm hoping to reconnect with once school starts and meet more people. My social life here has been going great as well, I now have a boyfriend and love him with all my heart. <3 But yeah, it was a pretty good year for me and looking forward to what 2015 holds for me.


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Re: How was 2014? - January 2nd 2015, 03:35 PM

2014 was...a drag. Towards the end of the year especially since we've been dealing with a lot of financial difficulties and struggling to stay afloat. At least it was better than the earlier years of my life, so there's that for positivity.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 2nd 2015, 09:31 PM

2014 had its good and bad times.

On the crappy side, my fiancé joined the Navy and had to go way out to Chicago for his basic training. He wasn't home for my birthday or our anniversary, and he'll only be home now until the 4th. Then he goes back for 8 months. And, for the first 2 months of him being gone, I was barely able to speak to him; he had to call me from boot camp on a pay phone, and they weren't allowed to call home hardly at all.

On the wonderful side, however, my fiancé proposed to me with a beautiful engagement ring; he didn't have the money before he left, but we were still decided and making wedding plans. Now he's officially proposed, and he did it the day before Christmas Eve.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 3rd 2015, 06:33 PM

2014 has been a real mixture of good and bad for me. Although on the whole nothing terrible has happened I still feel as though I am trapped in the same routine. I wanted to get a new job, but in all honesty there is nothing out there that has caught my eye. I wanted things to be different for me, but my depression has been pulling me down so much. So for 2015 I hope to deal with my own issues better, and avoid confrontations the way I currently do. Not to say I want to be argumentative, I just want to get a back bone. I want to get my confidence back and be the happy person I was a long time ago. I just want to be me again. I don't feel like myself right now.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 4th 2015, 01:41 AM

2014 had its up's and down's. It had lots of drama in it, but I also got accepted to college in 2014, so I am happy about that.


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Re: How was 2014? - January 4th 2015, 03:08 AM

On a scale of 1 - 10, my last year scored a five. It never broke with mediocrity enough to rank much in the grand scheme of things. This year's already better than last, and I've only been into it three days. My projected estimate for this year is a six. Anything better than that, and you could probably knock me over with a feather, because it'll completely flabbergast me.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 4th 2015, 05:13 PM

I'm sorry to see so many people had negative experiences in 2014! I hope you're all able to enjoy 2015 and overcome any obstacles that may have carried over from 2014.

Patience, endurance, and healing sum up 2014 for me.

Patience came into play every single day of 2014. I found that I wasn't content with my circumstances, regardless of what changes occurred. I wasn't satisfied with two part-time internships, even though I was getting a TON of hours toward licensure, because neither one was paid. Once I had a part-time paid internship, I wasn't satisfied because it wasn't the kind of work I envisioned myself doing. That led me to apply for a full-time position with another organization, and waiting to find out if I'll get that position has tested my patience more than ever! In 2015, I'm hoping to continue practicing patience, but more importantly, to truly be CONTENT with wherever I'm at in my career. I have to remind myself that I am where I am at this very moment for a reason, and it's okay to wait for the next big change in my career.

Endurance was HUGE, mainly because of the wedding planning and house hunting. My husband and I pulled these two tasks off on our own while we continued to work full-time. There were so many times when I wanted to break down due to the amount of work to complete, but we toughed it out, and it was worth it in the end!

Physical, emotional, and spiritual healing have been intertwined throughout 2014, and I imagine it will still be the case in 2015. I've been dealing with physical health issues since 2012, and medical professionals weren't able to identify the cause until a few months ago. As you can probably imagine, my emotional and spiritual health took a beating while I struggled with the uncertainty of whether my physical health issues would ever be resolved. Fortunately, medication is making a difference, but I still have a ways to go. I'm hoping to place more emphasis on all three aspects of healing in 2015, because if one area is neglected, the others will suffer as well.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 4th 2015, 06:15 PM

Adjective: Bittersweet

I moved to a new school, a new city and a new state. I made some of the most amazing friends here and joined a lot of extra-curricular activities at school. My debut novel got officially published in my country. But I also suffered from the worst heartbreak ever which brought back all my self-harm and suicidal tendencies, I started drinking because of that and this is something I'm extremely guilty of doing. The heartbreak is still there but well, working on it. I also lost a lot of people who showed their true colors. I kept getting anonymous hate on the net for months, thanks to my ex. He forwarded pictures of my scars and threatened rape so that was pretty...shaking. So all in all, it had its ups and downs. I hope I get to be more productive this year and lol sorry for ranting haha.

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Re: How was 2014? - January 7th 2015, 05:24 AM

For me this year is not so as good as I was expecting to be good, I am admitting here that I took lots of worst decision which makes me behind very with lots of guilt. But I hope that this newyear would be amazing for me and my family.
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Re: How was 2014? - January 7th 2015, 12:25 PM

2014 was productive for me. I accomplished a lot of the things that I wanted (which was great), but it was really stressful.
One really great thing about 2014 is that I really started coming on TeenHelp and became a LiveHelp operator I think TeenHelp was probably the best thing that happened to me last year.
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Re: How was 2014? - January 7th 2015, 02:10 PM

It was okay I did do badly in my exams and my E.D.S. seems to be getting gradually worse but I've been spending time with my nephew who was an angel And my sister's expecting another baby

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Re: How was 2014? - January 8th 2015, 09:51 AM

Testing to say the least.

My grandfather died
dad had a heart attack
nan got cancer
EX-fiancee cheated and left with another man
Had my first taste of jail for being attacked on my door step
uncle got cancer
so with sress and having to care for people got put on anti-depressants which leave me tired all the time.
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