It’s time once again to reflect on a great year. But, not only am I reflecting on a great year but also on a great decade. The decade began, as you know, with the potential for disaster. Though no computers crashed and the world didn’t end, my family encountered quite a disaster. Apparently my uncle inhaled too many smoke fumes from the fireworks and ended up in the hospital! Quite a way to ring in the new year, right? Other than that, the beginning of the decade was uneventful.
But, the decade itself was quite eventful. I graduated high school, sang in Carnegie Hall, went to Disney World three times, went in and out of college, experienced great loss, went to Honduras, led worship, left the Church, returned to the Church, became a Derek Webb fan, fell in love with New Orleans, adopted a dog, saw Alison Krauss in concert, built a house, moved about ten times, watched my friends get married, watched my friends become parents, discovered what I wanted to do with my life, and met some truly amazing people along the way.
It’s been a great decade. I am not who I thought I would be or doing the things I thought I’d be doing at this point in my life, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m finally looking forward to finishing college and I know exactly what I want to do with my life and exactly where I want to do it. I’m praying that the 2010’s (not sure what to call the upcoming decade…) includes student teaching in Greece, moving to North Carolina, working towards a Master’s (never thought I’d say that!), adopting another dog, traveling to Asia, getting an iPhone. 🙂
But first, before I can move forward, I need to look back at this past year. I wasn’t sure what to expect in 2009 and I’m beginning to think that’s the way to look at everything… with low expectations! I certainly didn’t have any big plans for 2009, but this has been one of my best years yet.
The year began with a “Friendship Day” with Miss Ashley Martin. We hung out all day and watched Tyler Perry movies and then semi-successfully made Hoppin’ John’s (a New Year’s Tradition). A few days after this, I started taking classes at the University of Alabama… something I swore I’d never do. The rest of the year was quite a whirlwind. Here’s a recap:
– January 21 – my sweet granddaddy passed away. Though it was sad, it was peaceful and my family and I enjoyed our last days and moments with him. A few days after, we had a Celebration of Life service (rather than a funeral) and man… it was awesome!!
– Went to Gulf Port for a mission trip. Learned how to skirt a trailer.
– Spent four hours in a car with Rob & Benji while traveling to South Alabama to see Misty & Bobby get married. Rescued a turtle on the way. Pretty sure it was a TMNT.
– Had an Easter Sunday picnic on the Quad with some incredible friends.
– Went to Tennessee with Rachele to renew her driver’s license and then drove back. That was a random day which included a tasty lunch at a cute little diner in Podunk, Tennessee.
– Traveled to Honduras! This was definitely a highlight of my year.
– Had my wisdom teeth taken out. Then had an allergic reaction. Times two. Then had severe dry sockets. This was definitely not a good experience!
– Went on a 10-day road trip with my mom up the coast and back. Saw Louisville, Cincinnati, Greenville & Guilford (ME), NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and the Blue Ridge Highway. Rode in a sea plane. Spread my granddaddy’s ashes in Moosehead Lake. And I touched a zebra.
– Ended up in the E.R. one night thinking my intestines were obstructed. Just a kidney infection… you know, no big deal.
– Went to the beach with Rachele and did NOTHING. Except lay in the sun.
– Had a dream that I received a hefty financial aid package. Found out not long after that I did, in fact, receive a hefty financial aid package. 🙂
– Turned 24. Had a rockin birthday party.
– Interned in a kindergarten class (and survived!).
– Traveled to North Carolina (one of my resolutions!!) to seemy dear friend Alisa get married!!
– Rolled my first house (sorry, Chris McCay!).
– Determined what the heck I wanted to do with my life.
– Became a semi-avid football fan after attending the UA/TN game.
– Had a root canal. WAY FUN. Not.
– Went to Disney World for Thanksgiving with some of my extended family. Rode Mt. Everest not once, not twice, not…. okay, we rode it FIVE times. In a row.
– Finished my first professional semester at UA.
– Bought a ukulele.
And those are just the big moments. Lots of amazing little moments in between…. dates with Ashley at City Cafe, reading lots of incredible books, a mini-weekend in Birmingham with Carla, way too much time spent in the dentist’s chair, and lots more. This year really was an incredible one.
So, to wrap things up… it’s time for resolutions. I think I did pretty well with last year’s:
1. Start UA and work towards my degree (obviously) and towards getting accepted into Teach for America
Done. All A’s, both semesters.
2. Pay off my car loan!!!
Done. Waiting on the title!
3. TRAVEL! Even if it’s just to NC to see Alisa!
Done. LOTS of traveling this year!
4. Draw boundaries (and stick ot them) with the way I spend my time and energy.
Done. Though it was difficult and I’m still not that great at it!
This year’s resolutions are:
1. Travel to a state I’ve never visited. (I have been to about half so far.)
2. Try a new food/cuisine at least once a month and write about it.
3. Learn to sew/monogram and use the Cricket.
I don’t even put “read more” on my list of resolutions because I think I do that anyway.
What a year. My feeling is that 2010 is going to be a year of preparation… I’ll apply to two major programs this year (to do my student teaching overseas and to Teach for America). I could have a job contract by November 23 of next year. That freaks me out a little bit! So, hello 2010. You have a lot to live up to!