Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Year's Reflection

I know, it's well into the new year now, but I came across 20 questions here to reflect back across 2010, and I couldn't resist.

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
Mr Fork proposing.  He showed off his romantic side for a change!

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
The fall out with my mother.  There was a big gap in my year without her around.

3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
My furbabies give me joy every day.  It was unexpected to get them but I wouldn't have it otherwise.  Unconditional love and snuggles; who could ask for more?

4. What was an unexpected obstacle?
It was incredibly hard sometimes to realise that I can't control everything and other people can do things as well as I can.

5. Pick three words to describe 2010.
Fabulous, challenging, more!

6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2010 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you).
Be [the] bigger person.

7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2010 (again, without asking).
Stop spoiling surprises!

8. What were the best books you read this year?
Book? Please. Mostly repeats last year, textbooks don't count. I'll fix that this year when the degree is done.

9. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
My fiance, my friends, my furbabies, my bicycle, my dad, my uncle.  Not necessarily in that order.

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
I went from having a family to having fractured parts. It was a big challenge pulling myself together after the fall out from that one.

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?
I learnt that there is a time and a place. Sometimes you need to take time for yourself, and there is a lot of time for thinking when you're off cycling.  Just don't think too hard - buses are big and look like they'd hit hard.

12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
When someone close to you dies, you start to see them in places you'd least expect.

13. In what way(s) did you grow physically?
Technically I shrunk physically.  If we're going to be literal, my thighs are more muscular and my left ring finger developed a sparkly attachment...

14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
Again, when a door closes, sometimes a window opens.  I may have reduced time with some people, but as a result I developed closer (and new!) ties with others.

15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
Branching out and taking on some new challenges.  Moving in with Mr Fork and learning to share our spaces.  Shared responsibility with the furbabies.

16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
Branching out and taking on some new challenges.  Taking a step back and realising I'm not always right. Learning to let Mr Fork take care of me.

17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
Facebook.

18. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
I am *this* (holds fingers apart) close to another degree instead of a couch potato specialising in TV series.

19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
People can surprise you.

20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2010 for you
Glad its over, and bring on 2011!

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