"Whoooo is that girl I seeee... staring straiiiight, back at meee..." Okay, sorry, I could never resist a Disney song when the opportunity presents itself. My dear friend, Christopher Jay, who has been blogging ever since he discovered he has fingers, does a summary of his year every year. I am stealing this idea, and am presenting to you my year in a nutshell.
There are three major things that I am taking away from 2010, all of which are extremely personal to me, so bear with me as I do my best to put myself out there in words.
At the end of 2009 and for all of 2010, I committed myself to discovering faith. There were times when I found myself seeking help that could only be fulfilled by God. Throughout the year, at times when I sought comfort and peace, I found it through prayer. My hope going into 2011 is to strengthen my knowledge of and my relationship with God.
Last year's annual review included a specific hope for 2010, and that was for Eric and I to start a family of our own. This still has yet to happen, and there was a stretch of time that I really struggled with the disappointment of it not happening and the desperation of wishing for it to happen soon. What I've learned (and am still working on) is trust, patience and gratitude-- trusting that when the time is right, it will happen for us, and meanwhile, patiently waiting and being thankful for things that we still are able to do before this major change in our life.
And finally, in the last few weeks of the year, a lot of my close friends unexpectedly lost loved ones. And from this I was reminded that life is way too short and to truly, truly cherish those that I love and those who love me. I don't think I was ever one to be shy about telling people that I love them, but I am definitely taking advantage of all opportunities to do so. In this coming year, I want to show my family and friends more often how much I care about them. I want to be able to brush off the small petty things and appreciate every minute I have with everyone, because you never know when it will be the last one.
"Whyyy is myyyy reflection someone IIII don't knowwww~~" Okay sorry, had to lighten up the mood a little bit with some more Disney. Anyway, I have another resolution that I've only committed to a handful of people, and I figure I should make it public to force myself to stick to it. I am committing to running 4 times a week. In 2011, I want to run my first half marathon.
And there you have it folks. I can't complain at all about 2010. It was a really good year for me, and I am very thankful for it. I am definitely looking forward to this coming year. I don't want to jinx it, but I got a really good feeling about 2011.