2011 was, for the most part, for me, clouded by one thing, and one thing only – the loss of a very dear friend. As my parents health starts to fail and they get older, that pain is compounded by the fact that we no longer have our dear friend, the one my sister and I could always turn to and who we thought would be there for us as our own parents aged, is no longer here. Instead, we struggle with being there for his family as they need us, and we struggle to accept his death as anything more than a completely senseless tragedy that did not need to happen.
So that was the downside of 2011. But, in keeping with the spirit of Petite Chablis and her post, I’m now going to say the things that happened in 2011 that didn’t completely suck. In 2011, I:
-Got a job!!! Two, actually. I got my first attorney job, where I learned how to be an attorney, and then I got my law clerk job, where I have learned to be a private-practice attorney. I’ve been very lucky to have wonderfully supportive bosses in both cases who are committed to helping me be the best attorney I can be.
-Ran a ten miler and a half marathon! I didn’t meet my time goals for either race, but I’m happy that I’m not injured and I’m doing really well with my marathon training.
-Lost 14lbs! I finally shed the pesky post-wedding weight and the five pounds that showed up my third year of law school and wouldn’t leave.
-Decided to keep my name! I am really proud that I finally came to a decision, and also really happy that it’s the decision that involved the least amount of work.
-Went on a bike trip through Wales! Without fighting with my husband AT ALL. It was really amazing. We also did several long bike rides leading up to it, which was awesome.
-Went camping, twice. Goal is to go 4 times in 2012.
-Read a LOT of books. Thinking about it, I think I read somewhere between 15 and 20 books in 2011. Thank goodness for libraries and library lending on Kindle!
-Made new friends. I made new friends on the internet, in the city where I live, and within the legal community. I also kept in touch with old friends in a meaningful way, which takes a lot of totally-worth-it effort.
2012 will hopefully bring me a finished marathon, a finished half-ironman (or at least Olympic Distance triathlon!), a PR for my half-marathon, a permanent, salaried, lawyer job, and a solid relationship with my spouse, my family, and my friends.