I'm really glad that this year is coming to an end....not in the same way that I was glad that 2007 ended. 2007 was such a horrible year that I just wanted it to go and clear itself from our lives so that the memory of it was just a fleeting, bad thought. This year was really busy; Joey took his entrance exam and got into a PhD program, my mom had to have another MRI of her back, we went on a cruise, I finally went to see someone about my anxiety, I got into ECU's grad program, and the band started recording a couple of songs for a potential album. It was such a full year, and not an entirely bad one.
I'm reflecting back on this one in a much more logical, methodical, reflective way, not wishing that I could do something again or wishing that something hadn't happened, but looking back and seeing how every part of what I experienced this year was very significant to me in the long term. Decisions that I've made this year will affect how my life plays out in the future; they are changing the way I view the world, the way I interact with others, the way I view myself. This year was a year of growth.
Speaking of growth, my ponytail is a foot long now...I'm going to let it grow until February and then I'll get it cut short...I want to make sure that the kids have good hair for a wig. I'm glad that I decided to donate to Locks of Love. I don't know that I'll be able to do it every year, but I will try to do it again, definitely.
The girls in the office have decided to train for a 5K in May...I printed off the Couch to 5K training plan, and I'll start it when we hit the gym on Thursday...we were going to start tomorrow, but the gym won't open until 8 am and I'll be at work by then.
I'm also going to take the Bento Challenge. I'll be focusing on making bento-style lunches (and incorporating lots of Japanese ingredients/food) to help with portion control (and because I just think that it's fabulous!). I've already got some stuff set out for tomorrow's, and I'll take a picture once I get to work.
That's all I've got for now.