As we prepare to come up with some solid and promising New Year's resolutions, it's natural to do a bit of self-reflection on what we've accomplished and experienced in the past year.
Some years aren't full of milestones. Some are meant for getting life back on track or simply staying the course.
The year I graduated from DePaul, I had graduated, gone to the Olympics, started a relationship, gotten my first job, my first car, my first apartment and my first student loan statement. It was the year of firsts, I guess—it seems that's probably the case for most college grads.
This year, I went on my first mission trip to Mexico, rode in a hot air balloon in Santa Fe (a bucket list item) and moved into a new apartment (which is often a standard yearly activity for 20-somethings). I saw Mitt Romney up close (but didn't shake his hand) and wrote two stories I was particularly proud of.