I have been matched with Saumirah McWoodson who has written a guest blog entry below. I have checked out Saumirah's blog and she seems like a very intelligent, mature and driven woman. Her blog is focused on her transition between college (university) and adulthood. She writes very well and like me, explores herself through words. Here is her biography:
Saumirah McWoodson is an entrepreneur and blogger from the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Recently, she founded her own dance program, called Dance Daze, and she is looking forward to being part of its growth and the positive impact it will make. Saumirah is passionate about dance, education, working with children, entrepreneurship, and writing.
Thanks for writing, Saumirah! (You will be able to view my guest blog entry on Saumirah's blog soon.)
Blog swap: Delving into myself
My name is Saumirah McWoodson, and I blog at SaumirahLikesArt.com. As a member of 20-Something Bloggers, I'm writing this blog to participate in my very first blog swap! The topic they've given to us, which I like, is: "Action. What will you do next year that you've been putting off for too long?"
After giving this topic some thought, I've finally decided how I want to phrase my response. Next year, I want to delve into myself. In other words, I want to actively pursue getting to know myself. I've been flirting with this idea for a while, but I've never actually committed to it. However, I feel that the time in my life has finally arrived where such an undertaking is mandatory if I am going to continue developing into the person I want to become.
I feel like I grew as a person during college, but that it was just enough growth to get me to the point where I am now. Besides, I know my growth wasn't really intentional. Looking back, I think I just sort of adapted to my situations and surroundings. Next year, I don't want to merely adapt. I want to be proactive about getting to know myself, finding out what makes me tick, satisfying my needs, and being the person I want to be at 23.
The past 5 years have been busy for me. I spent 3 years studying at my undergraduate university, studied and worked in Europe for a year after that, came back to the states and worked in Virginia and Southern California, then went directly into a graduate program in New York City. In the past few months since I've been back in California, I've started my own business and discovered how much I miss the identity I had as a university student.
In the new year I plan to gain a better understanding of what exactly it is that I'm currently missing in my life and fill each of those voids. For example, a few days ago I realized that it's not actually the tests and quizzes I had when I was a university student that I miss, but the thrill and adrenaline rush of working my butt off each week to successfully accomplish the goal of receiving a high score! I had never previously considered how important regular, short-term goals are to me until now. Short-term goals give me a daily sense of purpose, and purpose is something I've realized I can't live without. So in part of my exploration of who I am as a person and providing myself with what I need to remain happy and to continue contributing positively to society, I will be taking on activities such as discovering what type of short-term goals satisfy me in the ways I need to be satisfied.
Though this task I'm setting in front of myself is something I believe I've been consciously or subconsciously avoiding for some time now, I suppose I'm a bit excited that I've finally accepted my mission. I'm also excited to discover all of the wonderful things about me that I may not have been allowing myself to see. Within a year's time, though, I hope to be able to see myself more clearly than ever before.