1. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I don’t recall doing anything at all for my birthday, I was 30, and my husband didn’t even remember it until later that night when he came to bed. (humph, I’m not holding a grudge or anything, why do you ask that?).
2. What are your most prominent memories from this year, and why? Some good ones, going to Washington, D.C. in January and finally getting on the campus of Gallaudet. Getting to go canyoneering in Costa Rica. Learning how to surf with my sister in law in June in Brooklyn. Being in Arkansas with Wes’s aunt and learning that our dog, JJ, had died at only 4 years old. And grieving the whole time we were there but being so thankful for family to comfort us.
3. What did you do this year that you’d never done before? I learned how to surf, I went canyoneering, I took a personal training course, I became someone’s running buddy.
4. What did you want and get? I wanted a Nike FuelBand and I got it before we went to Southeast Asia again. I also wanted a few specific workout programs (that I had to pay for and print out, and my husband obliged by getting those too.)
5. What did you want and not get? More quality time with the most important person in my life, my husband.
6. What would you like to have next year that you didn’t have this year? Same as above. I would like peace of mind as far as what my husband’s work will be and will we be able to spend a little more time together (will he actually have a 9 to 5-ish kind of job).
7. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I think I did. I learned how to swim without hurting myself, I didn’t make many new friends but I got much closer with the ones that I made before, and I accepted life in Atlanta for the time being.
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year? I got fit -and- healthy, and I ran way more races than ever before without damaging myself. (I also got a slightly better body image thanks to starting a really wonderful bodybuilding program through He and She Eat Clean).
9. What was your biggest failure? I think I was never as patient as I should have been with my husband and his work schedule.
10. What did you rely on when you were overwhelmed? Running, lifting, friends (occasionally), but most of all, swimming.
11. What are your strongest recommendations for entertainment from this year? (books, television, movies, music, etc). Music: Sara Bareilles, Danielle Bradbury. Authors: Jim C. Hines, Ann Aguirre, Kat Richardson, and Suzanne Collins. Television: Glee, Nashville, Switched At Birth, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Voice, The Sing-Off, Dancing with the Stars, and The Chew. Movies: Catching Fire, Kick-Ass 2, and Les Miserables.
12. What song will remind you of this year? Brave, Sara Bareilles
13. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (not necessarily from the song that reminds you of the year). “High dive into frozen waves where the past comes back to life
Fight fear for the selfish pain, it was worth it every time
Hold still right before we crash cause we both know how this ends”
14. What was your most enjoyable purchase? Running shoes.
15. Did you travel? If so, where? (may I preface an apology, I promise this is just because we prioritize travel and I go with my husband as he works). Washington, D.C., Colorado, Costa Rica, New York City, Arkansas, Portland Oregon, Philadelphia, Alabama, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Enjoyed our dog while we had her. Spent time with people. Worked on the things that make me feel better (lifting, running, swimming).
17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Been angry at my husband for things beyond his control.
18. Compared to this time last year, how are you different? I am stronger, fitter, happier, healthier, and a lot more sad. I have a new dog and a dear first dog in Heaven watching over me.
19. Compared to this time last year, how are you the same? I am still married (thanks to the grace of God), I still live in Atlanta, I still love a lot of the same things (swimming, running, music).
20. What’s a life lesson you learned this year? That I am stronger than I think, more capable than I know, and that things will usually work out even if the working out (the refinement) is super painful.
Psalm 5: 11-12
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.