2009: Was it good for you?

Found this fun 2009 recap on Food Exercise Express and thought it would be a great way for me to sort through my thoughts on saying goodbye to 2009 and HELLO to 2010…

Was 2009 good for you? Yes. 2009 was the first year I felt like I had come into my own, stood on my own feet, and was myself, fully and unapologetically. It was freeing, exciting and terrifying all at the same time.

What was your favorite moment of the year? Some of my professional successes in 2009 were things that I would have never anticipated and made me happier than I could have ever imagined.

What was your worst moment of the year? Dealing with the fallout of a bunch of different relationships. It’s becoming increasingly hard for me to trust people enough to become anything more than surface acquaintances. Sad and equally true.

Where were you when 2009 began? I can’t even remember. Holy crap… where was I?

Who were you with? Edward, I’m sure. But I can’t for the life of me remember what we were doing.

Where were you when 2009 ended? At work. But I did steal a few sips of champagne. 😉

Did you keep your new years resolution of 2009? I made a 101 in 1001 list and checked a lot off.

Do you have a new years resolution for 2010? Yes, a few. I didn’t make a very organized list but basically it boils down to getting back in healthy and fit shape, running a 5K and 10K, building up my professional life even more, saving for a house and some other good things.

Did you fall in love in 2009? I fell again. 2009 was about finding a comfortable rhythm with Edward and figuring out the real day-to-day ins and outs of love. And I fell in love with him again.

Did you make any new friends in 2009? I made some, and lost them. Then I made some more. Hopefully these ones stick around.

What was your favorite month of 2009? May

Why this month? Because it was my vacation month, and vacation month is always amazing!

Did you travel outside of the US in 2009? Yes, I was in the Caribbean. I have a personal goal to leave the US at least once each year. Travel is a top priority to me. I NEED it.

How many different places did you travel to in 2009? Seven

Did you miss anybody in the past year? Yes, to be a broken record, I miss the friends that left my life

What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2009? Twilight

What was your favorite song from 2009? Kings of Leon: Use Somebody

How many concerts or plays did you see in 2009? Saw DMB and a musical

Did you have a favorite concert in 2009? DMB was quite an experience. I think it’s the closest I’ll get to understanding what my mom lived through in the 70’s 😉

What was your favorite book in 2009? Hm…. I really loved reading Eat, Pray, Love

Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year? No

What was the biggest lie you told in 2009? You can hardly expect me to own up to it.

Did you treat somebody badly in 2009? If I did, I either apologized or am still not aware of it

Did somebody treat you badly in 2009? Yes, a few in fact

What was your proudest moment of 2009? Fulfilling one of my professional goals about 5 years before I expected to.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2009? Probably saying something stupid. I say stupid things when flustered.

If you could go back to any moment of 2009 and change something, what would it be? Not sure that I would

Where did you work in 2009? Same place I work now

Favorite TV shows(s) of 2009? GLEE

Favorite New Band(s) of 2009? Kings of Leon

Favorite Food in 2009? Eggplant Napoleons

Favorite Drink in 2009? Sangria

What are you most looking forward to in 2010? The growth of myself personally and professionally and the shrinkage of my waistline 😉


Big plans…

It’s been a few posts now and I haven’t really talked at all about my resolutions. Or my plans. I guess it’s because I don’t really have them defined yet. There is so much I want to learn, so far I want to go and I’m not really sure what to set in stone as a goal, and what to just let myself naturally fall into. I know that everyone will be updating with wonderful resolutions very soon, but I’ve always been a believer in setting and starting those changes before New Years, just as a mental note that this isn’t just for January 1st, it’s for my LIFE.

Here’s what I’ve got so far. (I may refine as I go. I like leaving myself some flex space.)

Things I definitely want to do in 2010:

1. Get back down to my goal weight/size (Notice how I said size, so don’t send me nasty emails about how weight is just a number) 😉

2. Cook more diverse and creative dinners and meals at home.

3. Run a 5K, then run a 10K

4. Break through this plateau that my body has decided to camp at.

5. Learn more about food pairing

6. Discover new vegetables that I like

7. Plan out meals better so that I can shop at the farmer’s markets

8. Grow in my yoga practice

9. Find some sort of love (or at least less hatred) for running

10. Have flat, defined abs and thighs that don’t rub together. (Laugh if you like, but that’s a MAJOR goal for me)

And, because I’m visual… from the moment I saw this photo in the tabloids years ago, I vowed to one day be the brunette version…

So… the above photo is my final 2010 goal. Watch out!