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2009 In Review: In General

December 31, 2009

On this last day of the year, I wanted to think about what the past year has been about.

A year of transition: to a new (toxic mold-free!) house; to a new way of thinking about the future; of Terri’s health ever-so-slowly (but surely!) improving; to becoming a manager at work; to being a one-income household (but hopefully that will change SOON); to learning to accept what is
A year of getting priorities straight: about money; about health; about stress and shoulds; about putting peace and contentment above obligations (whenever possible); about art (although I’m still working on that one); about love
A year of settling in: to our new apartment; to a new normal; to living in Oakland; to exercising more; to being really okay with who I am
A year of simplifying: simple cooking; going to the library; thrifting; cutting clutter; simplifying wherever we can
A subtle shifting of attitude and goals, ending on a good note, with high hopes and a good attitude about next year. I’m feeling really positive and excited about next year. I’ve got five days to rest and transition to the new year and I’m really planning on getting some good stuff done. Decluttering the house, doing a little work on my projects, reading a bunch, and sleeping as much as I can.

2009 was much better than 2008, but still hard in lots of ways. We lost our baby girl Tiger Lily and Terri had some rough spots with Valcyte and toe surgery, and the inevitable struggles that come with CFS. I struggled with feeling overwhelmed at times, but overall I feel like I’m starting to see the light. The future seems like it has possibilities again and damn, that’s a nice feeling. Happy New Year, everybody!c

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