If you’re anything like me, as the year winds down you spend the occasional moment looking back over the preceding months and reflect on what’s been going on.
I have a lot to reflect on.
I don’t think I could have predicted that at this point, one year since I upped stakes and left a reasonably secure job that I’d be able to say I’ve completed my Masters in less than a year, AND with a Distinction average (with 1.675 marks to spare!)
I didn’t imagine that I’d have supported myself by my own efforts and some canny contracting and today paid off a credit card (taking my total cards down to one. Phew – getting out of debt in the GFC. Yay me.)
I didn’t imagine for a second that I’d have spent one day a week as a nanny and LOVED it. It felt a little like a necessary evil in those first few weeks when I was terrified I’d end up destitute or when Missy spent that first hour of every day I was there SCREAMING. Happily, it has turned into the highlight of the week for me and will do so long into the New Year. Nannying 2009 culminated in a marriage proposal, and not my first from a member of the younger set. I’m a huge hit with the under sixes – sigh, if I could just up the average age by about 30 years…
I never thought I’d find so little to blog about in a whole year. I’ve been so remiss but I suspect that most of my writing energy was being expended on writing essays – and let’s face it, you’re likely to be not particularly interested in the kind of stuff I was turning out… maybe 2010 will be better for blogging. I certainly need to do some design tweaking… this notebook look is so old skool.
I never thought I’d be able to successfully pull apart my Mac and put it back together (and have it work) without major incident.
I never thought I’d be in NZ twice in the year I was a student, nor that I’d be going also to Tasmania for a holiday in January but I did and I am, and I’m so grateful to be able to get to see the family and friends on the other ends of those plane rides.
I never thought at age 41 I’d have to prevail on other people’s generosity when my circumstances looked impossible and when I didn’t know where the next dollar was coming from. At the same time I could not be more thankful that I have such close and generous friends who bought me groceries, meat parcels and coffee and who took me out for steak and tequila once in a blue moon. Or, even better, gave me work so I could buy coffee for other people on occasion.
I never thought I’d be inquiring as to the possibility of further study next year, a research project that will upgrade my degree to Honours. It’s a nagging thought I can’t shake… I must be insane, particularly given how excited I am by the thought of surveying Christian churches about their use of digital technologies…
I never thought that I’d be so happy to go to church on a Sunday nor that to get so happy I’d have to leave one church and take up with another. This is such a bittersweet change and one that I never expected to occur, I still find it a bit bizarre. I only know that given the paradigm shifts my faith and feelings have gone through this year and as hard as it is that there are people I see a lot less of now, it’s still the right thing to have done.
Above all, I never thought that my life could be so rich with friends, relations, experiences, love and life, both IRL and here online. To all of you, whether I know you in person or ‘virtually’. Thank you for making this year an awesome one! I hope yours has been as much an adventure for you.
Merry Christmas chick. This year has been amazing for you. Congratulations on your fantastic results at Uni, you clever clogs (!) – and may 2010 be just as rich and fulfilling for you at ’09
Merry Christmas from all at the Kiwifruit Farm and Gaming Emporium.
WOW a year goes by so quickly… LOVE reading your thoughts.
congrats on such great results. one smart woman.
HUGE blessing to u Miss D
my goodness,when you put it like that – you are a legend Dee, pure and simple :) … can you picture how amazing 2010 is going to be for you? :)
Merry Christmas to you too! I’m so proud of you for everything you’ve accomplished this year!! Rock on!