So now not only am I another year older, but I've also been in the workforce full-time for more than a year. I have received my first promotion and pay raise (yay!) and experienced the grind of working. There are good days and bad days, but overall, it hasn't been bad. Whether or not budgeting is something I will do for the rest of my career (hopefully not) remains to be seen. I'm just not very fond of the idea of job searching again.
Estella is now away from college, which in a way reversed the role that we played for so many years - except that I am now an adult and have been one for awhile. It's odd on some levels and on days, annoying because I haven't been acquainted with the nagging full-time for a long time. It's a weird dynamic. That and I guess part of getting older is becoming more cynical, because I feel, under my parents' influence, I will become cynical and critical of everything very soon.
I don't exactly know where my life will go from here and I am not sure I want my life all plotted out from this point on. It's kind of depressing it all goes downhill from here, considering I'm only 25. It's nice to have some kind of guidance, but at the same time, you grow the most from the unexpected circumstances. Of course, I want those circumstances to be happy ones, if possible, please...