Friday, January 1, 2010

Following lead

I've noticed a common thread in the blogs I follow: reflection on 2009 and hopes for 2010. I'm not one to stir the pot (well... I am, but not this time), so I'm following their leads.

2009 Recap
2009 was an exciting year. It was the year that I had always finished with in my "Where I want to be in 5 years" plan. I accomplished my long-time goal of graduating with my masters, and I'm now a certified therapist. It feels surreal sometimes, but they keep paying me, so I guess it's for real. And, at the end of the year, my husband finally got the confidence and motivation to apply for grad school. He'll be starting in ten days!

In other, non-education news, we bought our first car together and paid it off before the new year (thank goodness!). I also recently took the plunge and chopped my hair off (Randy's exact words, "Go short or go home."). It's the shortest I've ever gone, and man... it feels good (especially when it takes 5 minutes to do). We also decided that our love for dogs (pugs, especially) could be more beneficial if we volunteered as foster parents. Ever since, we've had five fosters and have loved them all. It's heartbreaking and rewarding far beyond belief.

I've also met a great deal of wonderful people in 2009. I've never been one to have oodles of friends, but I can say that I've upped the ante last year. We met so many wonderful people through our pug rescue group, and getting hired on in a school helped as well. It's been really nice to hang out with people who share interests and hold good conversations. And, the fact we all enjoy wine is a nice common denomenator.

2010 Here We Come
I'm at a loss here.... like I said before, this is where my planning stopped. And I'm a major planner. So, 2010 might be the year for me to cut a little slack... be more spontaneous.... explore a bit. I'm not setting myself up for failure by committing to a resolution, per se. But, I do want to live a healthier lifestyle. I'm already getting ideas for our new garden. Thanks to my friend, Christine, I'm giving into the neti-pot, which is amazing! It might be the clearest I've breathed in a long, long time. So, we'll see where 2010 leads me. I'd love to think that Randy and I will be traveling, but with his job and grad school, I think we'll have to wait a few more years before major travels take place. It's been something I've dreamt of doing, but priorities are what they are. It's time for me to be supportive of my husband, just as he always has been of me. Besides, we have time.... like when we both have summers off.

Welcome 2010! We're gonna have a good time.