Friday, January 8, 2010

Glancing back and looking forward...

As I get older the more I learn how unreliable life really is; however, I'm slowing learning to enjoy the unexpectedness of it. The biggest lesson that life is teaching me right now is to trust. 2009 threw some unexpected things in my path and I think that I dealt with them pretty gracefully. 2010 has just begun and it too has thrown some unexpected things my way. All I have to say to 2010...BRING IT ON!! My motto for this year...and soon to be my new TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART!! Here's a glance back to my 2009 and a expectant look forward to 2010...

January 2009 - Brought an unexpected car accident my way. With it came a few aches and pains (and a new car); however, I was determined to not let those get me down. Because of this car accident I found a new found passion for yoga. My body has never felt better and I now know that I can physically do pretty much anything I put my mind to!
March 2009-I flew to Denver to visit my best friend! We hadn't seen each other for 3 years!! We spent a great weekend together and picked up right where we left off. We also determined that 3 years would never go by again. I'm anxiously anticipating her visit this March!
April 2009-I celebrated my 28th birthday! Here's to almost being 30!!
May 2009-I ended my 4th year of teaching and celebrated a very nice mother's day with family.
June/July 2009-Found us in Boston for 2 weeks. There are too many memories and pictures to just put one up, but I'll try!
August 2009-We celebrated 8 wonderful years of being married. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I married Layton as a very young 20 year old! What 20 year old knows anything about marriage. I have been so amazed at the blessing and lessons that I have been able to experience with this amazing man!
September 2009-I started my 5 year of teaching at Capital.
November 2009-Of course I have to mention the annual Apple Hill girl's trip. This always is one of the highlights of my year. We were missing a few friends, but we still had a fabulous time! Layton and I also got to go to Bodega Bay with the entire Wedgie clan! That always makes for a good time!
December 2009-Christmas and a fabulous little mini-vacation with Layton to Big Sur!!

On to 2010...
About 5 years ago I put together of list of 30 things that I'd like to accomplish in my life before I turn 30. I was a little over zealous! I didn't think about the money that it would take to accomplish a lot of these things. Since I started my list, I've made slight revisions to it and I've also come to the realization that I won't be able to do all of the things on my list in the next 1 1/2 years :) So...I've decided to just make it a list of Life Goals. I've decided that I can make revisions and delete things from it. Here's my list. The things in green are the things I've already checked off of it and the things in blue are my goals for 2010!

1. Get back on a bike

2. Learn how to play Monopoly without the help of Layton

3. Learn how to crochet

4. Finish my scrapbook

5. Acquire a taste for tomatoes

6. Take a cooking class

7. Read "Great Expectations"

8. Read "Les Miserables"

9. Read the entire Bible

10. Take a photograph that I can proudly hang in my house

11. Volunteer

12. Play Blackjack in a casino

13. Take ballroom dancing lessons

14. Take a painting class and paint something good

15. Learn another language and actually use it

16. Visit Alcatraz

17. Hang-glide in San Fransisco

18. Start an herb garden and keep it alive

19. Go sailing

20. Start writing my book

21. Fly first class

22. Experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon

23. Live in Chicago, Boston, Italy, and Ireland

24. Scuba dive

25. Own a brand new red Lexus is250

26. Go back to Ireland and kiss the Blarney Stone

27. Start taking flying lessons

28. Overcome my fear of moths

29. Start my own organizing company, photography business and interior design business

30. Turn 30 gracefully

I heard a great quote from my yoga teacher last weekend..."There's no such thing as Try...there's only DO."

I AM GOING TO DO ALL OF THESE THINGS IN 2010!!! And I am going to trust in the matter how unexpected or unreliable 2010 proves to be!

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