That starts with thinking about the last two years. About how 2010 was a year of adventure. We went through the residency interview process, match day, I quit my job so we could run off to Europe, we moved to Oregon (in a Jeep with no a/c. Through the desert. In the summer.), we started new jobs, we met and got to know lots of new people.
Life stopped feeling adventuresome pretty quickly, though. 2011 was a year of getting by. Don't misunderstand me, "getting by" was still pleasant most of the time. Josh and I are pretty good at enjoying the moments we have, but the big things started getting wearisome. Hour long commutes that eat into our precious time together, long days at work (mostly for him), even just not having a space of our own ate away at us from time to time. We often reminded ourselves of the big picture, the long term goals, and how the lifestyle we're sacrificing now will make them more accessible in the future. There were some fun things in 2011; but even though we had a few chances to climb mountains, go to the coast, and enjoy the quirks of this fair city, nothing really felt like ours last year. We feel like we could have done more.
Which brings us to today. I know every day is a good day for a new beginning and there's nothing really magical about the replacing of an old calendar, but why not use January 1, 2012 as a jumping off place? I guess my overall theme for the new year is proactivity.
So far, in 2012 I'm looking forward to:
*Going to Costa Rica in January
*David, Ruth, and the girls coming up in the summer
*Starting the last year of residency
In 2012 I want to (in no particular order):
*Check out potential places to live after residency. We're jumping right into this one - we already have reservations at McMenamin's Hotel Oregon in McMinnville next weekend so we can begin our investigation.
*Take a serger class.
*Take better care of my hair. Most of the time I simply rely on its ease of management which often ends up just looking unkempt. And big.
*Find a church home.
*Actually start exercising. I know this freakish metabolism with which I've been undeservedly blessed won't last forever. To be specific, I will try to do yoga twice a week and run once a week. Just that sounds like a lot to this sewing-chair-potato.
*Meet my fundraising goal for work. I'm proud of my job. This is important to me.
*Make more clothes. I got some Pendleton wool from my aunt that I hope to turn into awesome free shirts for Josh; and I have had some clothes to alter and fabric waiting to become a dress in my "not quilting projects" basket for too long.
*Send more fun packages to our nieces (we'll shoot for Valentine's Day, Easter, and Halloween).
I tried to be specific in what I want to accomplish this year. I think this list will please the part of me that likes to check things off and provide enough lifestyle change to propel me forward. I hope to add to it as schedules flesh out and some things move into the "completed" column. I will, of course, also post about my various projects still. In fact, I'm half way done with my first quilt top of 2012, and it's pretty darned adorable.