01 January 2011

Happy 2011!

Happy new year!

We had no idea what 2010 would bring, and it ended up being yet another exciting year for George and me. We made it through the last of law school, bar exam prep, the exam, and the wait for results. I passed and was sworn into the bar. We had visits from family and friends. We made our own visits to family and friends and to several wine countries (Napa (California), Woodinville (Washington), Walla Walla (Washington), Snake River (Idaho)). We celebrated a year of marriage by dining at the location of our reception and tasting Riesling from around the world in our own back yard. We did a fair bit of travel, domestically and abroad, for business and pleasure. And, we rang in the new year with a few dear friends around a board of Settlers of Catan. For a year that brought a fair bit of uncertainty, I am reasonably satisfied with how things turned out.

Now for the bad news...at the beginning of 2010, my resolution was to write to my and George's grandparents once a month. I failed. Sure, I sent them postcards during our travels, but I never succeeded in sitting down and writing a letter. Not even once. While I'm disappointed in my failure, I'm not about to wallow in it; rather, it's time to move on.

For 2011, it is my goal to be more deliberate with my time. What does this mean? Well, I'm not exactly sure yet. I think it means that I will consciously think about how I spend each part of my day. I think it means I will focus on productive activities rather than procrastinating, time-sucking activities. I hope it will mean less time on Facebook and meaningless obligations and more quality time with George, our friends who we really want to see, and activities I really enjoy.

Additionally, I hope to achieve a few more things 2011:
  • Give time and expertise to causes that inspire me;
  • Take refresher Spanish classes so that my second language can be a little less broken;
  • Bring our home a little closer to complete;
  • Keep traveling as much as our budget and schedules allow; and
  • Explore local attractions, especially the outdoor ones.
It's truer than ever: we have no idea what the new year will bring to our family, but we look forward to experiencing every moment of it! Happy 2011!


Robyn said...

I'm all for consciousness in every day life. It sure helped me enjoy 2010 and I plan more of it in 2011. Enjoy the process!

J said...

Good words, Sis. "Living by design" is a good objective. Time never seems to receive its just value compared to financial considerations. That's my two-cents and three-minutes. Love you much and much success in 2011 to you and George.