2011 was an interesting year. It was a roller coaster. 2011 started off on the uphill journey, things were going really well and starting to come together. Unfortunately, when I hit the top of the slope, the dizzying descent was not something I was prepared for and ended up struggling emotionally/mentally for a bit. However, like any true thrill ride, the rails head back up and after a few loops thrown in, the exhilaration of the year paid off.
A new position at work has led to a new outlook on life. I feel that the last five and half years that I have struggled have finally paid off. I am in a position that challenges me and lets me use my mind. I was listless most days in my previous position, now I am amazed at how fast the day flies by.
Luckily the new position came with benefits and a raise! Enough of a raise that I can move out on my own again. I love my parents dearly, but when I moved in here five and a half years ago, it was only going to be for a few months. I crave my independence and I have found the perfect apartment for me. The move in date is a little up in the air at the moment because of being on a wait list, but it will be by March.
I have spent time with good friends this year. I have made some very cool new friends and acquaintances this year. I have had to come to terms with the fact that there are some dead end relationships in my life that I need to stop hobbling along with and instead let them go.
2011 ended up teaching me lessons and that is all you can really ask for in the end.
But now it is time for 2012 to make a roaring entrance (the year of the dragon, after all) and I'm ready for it.
As always, I have had to decide on my word of the year. Last year I chose exploration. It served me well, I think. Now what shall I do for 2012?
It came down to three words that are sticking with me - BLOOM, LIVE, and THRIVE.
My 2012 word of the year is:
It really is that simple - Living my life is what I want to accomplish in 2012.
Life is never guaranteed. You don't know how much time you have on this earth so you need to live your life fully. Do what makes you happy. Be with people that you want to be with and never forget for one moment how truly blessed life is.
Happy New Year!