My first post in over a year…No words can describe how nervous, excited, and unbelievably frightened I am about the year 2019. Last year, 2018, was a crazy and busy year. From turning 24 in April; moving out on my own in May; getting married in June; purchasing a second vehicle in December; last year was filled with a lot of highs and some lows. I have a mantra that I continually express and try to live every day, “a person’s character is not determined by how many times they succeed, but rather by how many times they get back up after failure.”

I am not perfect nor am I better than someone else. Rather, I am unique and I attempt to live my life through integrity and through the words of Socrates via Plato, “γνῶθι σεαυτόν” (gnothi seauton) or ‘know thyself.’ I recognize that I have faults, and I understand that I erred in the previous year. I feel disappointment in myself, yet at peace. I cannot change the past, nor can I harp on events and occurrences that are outside of my control. I must continually push on and live my life to where I am learning from my mistakes, and improving who I am, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

This year, 2019, will be another insane year, but my resolutions this year have to do with self-improvement. I want my attitude reflecting my principles, while also reflecting the mentality of ‘bouncing back.’ If I have erred in years prior, I want this year to be the year where I resolve my blunders and continually move forward in life, never stopping in my attempt at success.

It is effortless to talk big and just as easy to fail, so for someone to obtain their goals they must work hard and often. I will be the first to admit that I am a procrastinator. The habit of procrastination ends this year for me. Because when I look in the mirror, I am not happy with what I see; and when I reflect on who I am today, I am unsettled by the thought of who I might become if old habits don’t die.

I am declaring that this year, 2019, is the year where even though I may fall, I become who I choose to be, and not the individual who people expect me to be.

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I was born on April 29, 1994, in Charleston, SC and was raised in the tri-county area of Charleston all my life. I was involved in Boy Scouts for ten years and I received my Eagle Scout in 2010. I attended and graduated from Stratford High School in 2012 and took some college courses at Trident Technical College, prior to transferring to the College of Charleston (Class of 2017). At the College I study Political Science, concentrating in Politics, Philosophy, and Law; yet my college career has been based on general knowledge of the different aspects of the political arena. These aspects include but are not limited to economics, philosophy, law, ethics, policy, and public administration. I am not affiliated with a single political party, due to considering myself as a Progressive Republican and a Pragmatist. I firmly believe that being in politics is about serving the people before yourself and that the mission of statesmen and stateswomen are to do what is necessary and sufficient to protect the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, Property, Health, and Pursuit of Happiness; as well as citizen's constitutional rights. I believe in human rights and that each of us has an obligation to protect one another from injustice and immoral policies; especially when those policies are discriminatory and a deterrent of peace and prosperity.

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