Two-thousand eleven. What to say?
Well, I'm sorry to do this, but in order to assess the past year, I have to go back and put it in context among the past decade.
See, the thing is, pretty much every single year of the 2000s, I experienced some major life-changing event. Such as:
- 2000: Graduated from college, and within 48 hours I had moved back in with my parents and started attending a teaching credential program. Started 3-year long-distance relationship when Bill went to law school in Chicago and I stayed in California.
- 2001: Did my student teaching, finished my credential, got a job teaching 5th grade. On the second day of school, 9/11 happened.
- 2002: Finished a really emotionally gut-wrenching first year of teaching, changed grades to teaching 2/3 multi-age the following September.
- 2003: Moved out of my parents' house and lived alone for the first time. Got engaged.
- 2004: Got married, moved across country.
- 2005: Began the year with a really bad teaching job, quit that and changed careers to be an editor in the educational publishing field.
- 2006: Got pregnant.
- 2007: Had a baby, switched to working part-time, bought our first home.
- 2008: Experienced episode of major depression, switched to full-time at work, finally quit to be a stay-at-home mom.
In 2010, though, things began to feel stagnant. I began to think I needed something big to happen again. Have another baby! Go back to work! Make it big as a blogger!
And yet, none of that felt right. Every possible life path felt wrong.
I didn't get it right until 2011, when I realized that the answer lay not in giant leaps, but in baby steps.
So the best way I can sum up 2011 is to say that it was the year of baby steps.
I didn't go back to work full-time, but I did do some freelance work and found out I loved it. I didn't make it big as a blogger, but I did make money off my blog for the first time. I got a lot of free stuff, had some great bloggy experiences, attended my first BlogHer, made some great friends, and built up my readership.
I learned how much I love participating in community theater. I completed an indoor triathlon. I went on vacation by myself.
It was a lot of little, but really great, experiences.
As for 2012, who knows? I like to make resolutions like everybody else, but those are about specific behaviors, not about the bigger plan or theme or picture.
As always, the new year is a blank slate. See you there.