I never really make resolutions at the turn of the calendar year, but at this juncture in time I am finding it very natural to make resolutions about the coming year. This past year has been one of my most challenging, but after lots of hard work and struggles, I see this year unfolding before me full of promise. I made the difficult decision to stay for a second year and I believe without any doubt that it was the right decision. After getting to travel all over the country with some friends here, I went to Seattle for the other half of my summer break. I was steeped in love, laughter, nature, good coffee and good company and truly have returned prepared. I was able to spend time with some of my nearest and dearest friends and family and somehow leaving them to come back to Mexico hardly felt sad. I have come back incredibly refreshed and armed with so many things I now know I need. My cab ride from the airport greeted me with crowded streets full of colors and sounds and it just felt good to be back. I start Spanish classes at UNAM in one week, signed up for real internet, and am joining a gym... my resolutions include action, acceptance, travel and fierce positivity. After a year where I felt like I was so bombarded with challenges that I constantly kept my head down, I am ready to look up and out and take in a fuller experience this year.