Monday, January 3, 2011

The Old Year, The New Year

I wanted to write a reflection of 2010, but I don't know if a full recollection is possible. I am overwhelmed just thinking about it--in a very good way.

2010 was the year that I was able to stand up on two feet and finally look over the mountains that 2008 and 2009 built up before me. Somehow, I was able to grow taller and taller until I was able to walk over them and see I was, indeed, going in the right direction.

It was a year of learning, a year of undoing bad habits, and a year of being happy for what I had.

And I am still happy and grateful for all that I have.

I keep telling people, "I'm so excited for the new year, but really, I'm just hoping it's a continuation of 2010." And that's how I feel. I want to continue to grow and learn and love in the same direction as I have for the past year.

Notable events:

-January 7, 2010 - I began working for deviantART

-July 7, 2010 - George and I moved into our apartment in Hollywood. The first place we had ever moved into on our own. The last place we had paid for by ourselves was a wonderful little place called the 'Coral Motel.' Otherwise known as 'harsh reality.'

-November 1, 2010 - Started writing what is now called Curio or Curios.

-December 12, 2010 - Finished writing Curio. I have written so much over the years, but I've never, ever completed a novel before. Monumental.

2010 brought a year of recovery for George for his health issues, and while it was the most difficult thing to deal with for the entire year, the end of the year showed us that the time and effort would pay off. He's getting better now, and I can only imagine how much better it will be in 2011.

2010 was a year of discovering new friendships and building better and stronger relationships with my family.

2010 was a year of learning how to make pancakes, use a George Foreman grill, and boast that I never, ever had to resort to cooking a frozen food. (We lived on frozen burritos and meals for a few years.)

I know that I can't fully sum up 2010 with all of the feeling and emotion I have for it, but at least a small glimpse will show how lucky I was and how lucky I still am.

So what now, 2011? Are you ready? I sure am.

2011, ya got big shoes to fill.


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