This year-end recap quiz is pretty much an internet staple. I'm tackling it for the first time. Here goes nothing:
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Moved back to Texas, which I've done before but this move was so much more complicated because it involved moving another person. Related: had paid movers for the first time. On the awesome side of things, we adopted a dog, I was a matron of honor in a wedding, I saw a therapist and did yoga teacher training. On the decidedly crappier side of things, we listed the condo, fired a realtor and worked with a relocation company to re-list it (and it's still, sadly, on the market).
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make resolutions but I did make more of a to-do list. The one that sticks out to me the most was that I had written down "Start looking into yoga school and possibly start training". I never imagined that life would take me to the point of registering in May.
This year, I have a lot of lofty goals that include being in a management position by March and having 3 permanent classes at 3 different/gyms and studios. I'm well on my way to both of those things. I'm also going to PR a full marathon and knock 22 minutes off my Half Marathon PR to finish in under two hours. I have some fundraising goals related to the MS 150 that we're riding in May. It's going to be a busy Spring.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes and no. I mean, no one that we see on a fairly regular basis but two of my old friends had babies this year. Congrats Sheila and Mary Emma!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Adam's grandma passed away in November, which was pretty sad because the funeral was at a time when I couldn't go.
5. What countries did you visit?
Unbelievably, this is the first year since 2007 when I don't have anything to add to the list. The last time I left the US was in November 2010. Bummer.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
I already feel like I'm on the way to having the stability that my 2011 so completely lacked. It's only January 5th, so that is fabulous. I feel like I spent the first 9 months of the year being stressed about our eventual move to Texas and then the last 3 months with a lot of job insecurity. Things are looking up!
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 5th. The day we moved here. September 6th, when Adam and I walked into a car dealership and walked out with a brand new car, which we then drove to the pound and met Higgins for the first time. Everything else this year is almost trivial to those two life-changing days. I'll always remember this as a good Christmas though. It was just good and peaceful.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The biggest achievement of this year was probably Adam's. He got a great job here in Dallas after a long search and a few interviews/offers that just didn't pan out. He rolled with the disappointments and grew as a person from the entire experience. For me, it was definitely August 7th, when I passed my tests and officially became a 200-HR registered yoga teacher.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I definitely sucked as a person for pretty much the first four months of the year. I was either unemployed or totally miserable in my job and mired in some pretty deep grief that I didn't know how to get out of. I'm thankful that my family was supportive and eventually pushed me toward therapy. It was huge.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I almost waxed on about how I've been relatively healthy except for a freak summer sinus infection, except then I remembered that I had the bulging discs from hell in my lumbar spine and was pretty much sidelined for a few months from my normal routine.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well, we did have to pay for his adoption fee and then we spend money on the little sucker all the time so the winner is, obviously, HIGGINS. He's been the best swipe of the ole credit card of 2011. Runner up is definitely the Santa Fe. I never thought I'd be able to drive a brand new car in my life, it was just really exciting. I love that car, despite the recent NorthPark parking garage run in where I injured her.
12. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage/related fees, moving (although we did get help with a lot of that), Higgins, rent, car payments, teacher training and related yoga memberships and now my lululemon wardrobe is currently the main money suck.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Moving, teaching yoga, my job, running with our awesome running group.
14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Probably anything by Adele, Mumford and Sons and LMFAO. I'm obsessed with Party Rock Anthem and I'm Sexy and I Know It. Don't hate.