A year in review: ’09 was fine

Back in the day, I hated doing the year in review features for whatever newspaper at which I was employed.

It was tedious work, although every once in a blue moon it reminded me of a great story on which I worked.

My beautiful friend, Leah, completed her bloggy Year in Review and I’m going to piggyback on her words.

Because this time it’s about me. Not about anyone else.

1. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t like making resolutions. A British University study has found 78 per cent of people fail at their resolutions. I choose to not set myself up for disappointment in me. After all, I battled my Catholic guilt for long enough. Why do that all over again?

Instead, I’ll try to find something beautiful and awesome in every day.

2. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The day I realized I make rash and impulsive decisions because of a big decision that was taken away from me when I was 17.

I started a new me the next day.

3. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I did Christmas my way. Without guilt for not doing it someone else’s way just to please that person.

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Shep and I packed up the truck and busted for Washington State. We visited with friends in Kamloops, B.C., Seattle and Spokane. It was incredibly relaxing and, while Shep was partaking in more relaxing, I was shopping … like a fiend!

4. What was your biggest failure?

I fell in love too quickly … again. But that was before the aforementioned epiphany.

He really was a nice guy, I swear. And he said a lot of the things that every girl wants to hear. He was romantic, he was attentive and he was one helluva date.

He also was nowhere near the place he should have been to want to be in a relationship.

And neither was I.

5. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I was so excited for my date with the aforementioned guy with whom I fell in love. I obsessed over my outfit, my shoes, my makeup, my hair.

It was the first real date I had since probably prom. Long have I been the type to just fall into a relationship without challenging me or the guy to make the effort for each other.

And, although the relationship didn’t work out, it was worth it.

I’ll remember that date forever.

And I’ll expect more from men in the future.

6. Compared to this time last year, are you:


i. happier or sadder? Happier. Most importantly … more content with who I am.
ii. thinner or fatter? Oh fatter. It’s been the December of Decadence. And it’s over in a few days.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer. I changed jobs and my new position allows me to make more money. A lot more money.

7. What was the best book you read?

There were two books I read that I couldn’t put down.

A. Idiot America by Charles Pierce

2. The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew J. Keen (I almost hot linked to Wikipedia and that would be doing a tremendous disservice to Mr. Keen. If you read the book, you’ll understand why.)

8. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 38. I spent it quietly, taking Shep and the camera for a walk at our favourite park in the northwest. I remember a thunderstorm started and scared the bejeezus out of my dog.

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The clouds stuck around and I recall posting on my Facebook status that I couldn’t find a star on which to spend my birthday wish.

9. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Nothing. It was an incredible year of learning and growth.

10. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

I can go from sweatpants and a T-shirt to an updo and cocktail dress in less than 60 seconds.

My shoe closet has tripled in size. Now that I’m making better money, I’m investing in nicer pieces, too.

I remain addicted to Dynamite and now that I’ve discovered Nordstrom Rack … well, there are a few reasons to go back to Spokane. Often.

11. What kept you sane this year?

Blogs, therapy and friends.

12. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

It goes back to my answer for No. 2. My life lesson is step back from a situation and think it through, before making a rash, impulsive decision.

This will be reflected not only in my love life but also in my professional life, my personal conduct and my financial stability.

Because I’m going to put the ’10’ in 2010 … and be a 10!

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