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What about your 2011 resolutions? Did you keep them?
I don't remember them, so the answer is likely "no." Sorry.
Births: Annalise's childhood friend Maddie had a gorgeous baby girl and my friends Greg and James adopted little Davis!
Weddings: My brother married his new bride and brought us all more joy and fun. It was such an exceptional, small, effortless and magical wedding that I blogged about it and I only blogged about 4 times last year. This wedding got me, good. And, with this wedding, I got an exceptionally awesome 4 year old niece. Bonus!
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Local only except for Christmas. I did see some magical places locally, but not as many as I did last year.
What would you like to have in 2012 that you wish you'd had more of in 2011?
More time with friends, more authenticity regarding myself, assistance with home/yard things and social interactions.Travel and adventure, bravery and more poise in situations where I'm being asked for my opinions and thoughts.
What dates from 2011 will you never forget? Why?
June 6th when I graduated and learned I won an award for a paper I wrote (Animal Assisted Interventions with Youth Experiencing Traumatic Grief).
September 11th, and not for the anniversary of the WTC bombings, for reasons that will remain unblogged.
Biggest achievement of the year?
Trusting the process in my work with kids and getting better at allowing for awkward silences. Completing my MSW, and all of those papers and bibliographies. Staying positive as much as possible.
Giving up authenticity when it's easier to let things slide. Trying to hard to make things "work" and trying to hard in general. Putting on that helper mode to the point where it annoys even me. This is how we learn, right?
Best thing you bought?
A wireless ipod/radio system so I can listen to my ipod music in the house and a coffee maker that grinds and brews.
Whose behavior do you applaud?
My daughter for her bravery, talent and determination. She got it done and she's still getting it done. In the Top Ten Singer/Songwriter list when her EP was released on iTunes. All of this is great, but more so, she's kind and loving. My friends and coworkers who put up with me being busy and gone a lot during the academic part of the year and their support as I finished. This meant everything to me.
Whose behavior appalled you?
Let's just say that anger is the mind killer and people should not let their minds be killed.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I started my first official Social Work position at GVCO. I'm the Social Worker for a brand new housing program for Veterans. It's been a start up, create it as I go process, (my favorite kind!) I took my licensing test and when I passed, dorky me hugged the poor guy who worked at the testing place. Now that I have my license, I can now do some private work on the side to keep working on my counseling chops. I was very excited to have Abbot join the family, he is a former seeing eye dog, who now works as my social worker/counselor partner. He's a natural, of course.
What song will always remind you of 2011?
My girl's tune, This Love Won't Break Your Heart.
Anything else you would like to add?
Like every year, this one wasn't easy, though there were sweet moments. I am privileged to do the work that I do and lucky that I love it while I'm doing it. My work got me through the year and led the effort for an overdue aha! about boundaries, authenticity, honesty and being in the moment. I get it now. Thank you 2011 for ramming that into my consciousness so well that I will not forget it. I said goodbye to a very sweet relationship that I learned much from and will always feel glad to have experienced. As the year ends, my house, which I thought would be way too big for me, is now full, thanks to three dogs, two rats and assorted visitors and friends. This makes me happy.
2011 was an archaeological dig. I learned what I love, what I don't love, what I want in my day to day and what won't work in my day to day. I found some hidden treasures and a lot of dust. 2012 will be a year to put these discoveries into practice.