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Originally from Texas, I am a reader, writer, pseudo-gardener, baker, record collecting student working on my Ph.D. in the Midwest.

Thursday, December 30


Isn't that a fun name? Shutter Sisters named this week between Christmas and New Year's that. I'm not that creative.

Anyhow, hello end of Crimbo!

I've missed blogging. I'm really impressed by people who kept it up during the holiday; I just couldn't write with my parents here.  I missed them too much. In fact, I only pulled out my laptop twice while they were here, and the husband never pulled his out. That is really impressive for us.

Anyway, this is not a post about my missing of blogging (though I did).  This post is about how I love this week in between because it gives me a chance to think. I've been out of school long enough to not be thinking about that business and far enough from starting up the spring semester to not be worrying.  So, I get to think. And, of course, I think about the previous year.

It's been a pretty good year. Especially these last few months.  So many things just came together for me beginning in September. I busted my ass over the summer putting in 50-60 hour weeks working since we were recovering from both being unemployed and moving across country and yadda yadda.

The husband found a job he adores.
I finally started feeling like I was making it in the program and loving seeing clients.
The course load was ridiculous (I was clearly feeling spunky when I decided to do 11 hours), but I was enchanted by it.
We made it through some tough spots in our baby marriage. 

And, because we actually had an income (ahem, I wasn't worrying about electricity, rent, food, etc.), I was able to start taking care of myself. And by that, I started doing things which made me feel happy.

I started slowing down.
I started writing.
I started taking photos.
I started learning about typography.
I started dancing more.
I started reading again.
I started teaching.
I started meditating.  

This year, I've felt whole. I've felt better. I've felt loved and appreciated. It's been a good year.

I don't do resolutions. I just don't; they never end up well. But, I want to focus on my connections, on being creative, on living life, on my spirit. I want to get my health in check and exercise. I want to stop eating out and cook more. I want my husband to teach me stuff.  More than anything, I want to go into 2011 intentionally. 

How do y'all do things intentionally?


Heather said...

I missed your blogs!!! They are always so, so... insightful. Hope 2011 is absolutely amazing for a woman who is absolutely amazing!!!

Nicole said...

oh Heather. You're so wonderful!

And the sentiment is so the same. I love you!