Well it’s that time of year again, when I reflect on the passing year. I read over the other three New Year’s Pro/Con lists I’ve made and this year’s Con list was by far the shortest. And it’s about damn time.
- The great job I had in the fall of 2011 had potential. I was originally hired as a PR person but the job ended up being 90% delivery driving. I offered to help them out on a day they were short and it slowly turned into the majority of my job. Then when I voiced my concerns to the manager, I was told that this wasn’t a corporate job and that I shouldn’t expect to do only one role within the organization. I didn’t like the daily risk of driving a van and making deliveries when I wasn’t even making enough to pay for medical insurance, so I left.
- So sadly, in 2012 I experience a few more months of joblessness. In the middle of that was a fun 2-month contract with a local magazine, which I really enjoyed. So at least it was broken up this time. It also didn’t last as long as in previous years.
- And finally, my seizure in March. The fact I’ll never know what happened in that hour I was out. The scar on my arm that is a constant reminder that my brain betrayed me.
- But my seizures didn’t come back. And it’s been almost 10 months without even a partial seizure, and I’m not on any medications to prevent them either. Hopefully, that’s all this will ever be. An unfortunate experience that caused me a few months of anxiety and never comes back again.
- After only a month (this time) of unemployment, I got a fantastic new job that was exactly what I needed for my career. Sadly it’s a contract position – one year – so even though I know they like me, I may not get to stay on past the end date.
- In 2012 I got to go to Coachella for the first time. I’ve never been so hot or sweaty before (outside of a sauna) but it was so much fun. The only downside is how expensive it is, which kinda prevents travelling anywhere else. We have tickets for 2013 but depending on the line-up, we might end up going to a different festival so we can go on two vacations next year instead.
- One thing I’ve been particularly proud of is my increased love of food and cooking. I’ve always been a baker, but a picky palate and child-like hatred of vegetables tended to keep my cooking down to only a few dishes (mostly cheese and carbs). Through G, I’ve discovered a real love for food, my palate has totally expanded and I’ve gotten to be a pretty decent cook. I’m watching for some classes to take to really expand my skills, but even in the past year it’s funny to see the recipes I take on that I would have thought too complicated only a few years earlier.
- And finally, everything with G is still wonderful 🙂
Even before I wrote this post, I knew the Pro list would be longer. Despite those few cons, there was a prevailing sense of happiness and contentedness to my life that hasn’t been there for quite some time, or possibly ever since my 20’s started. I go into the new year with a happy heart and more optimism than ever before.
I hope your 2012 treated you well and I wish nothing but good things to you all in 2013.
(My blog titles are song titles. This one is “New Year” by Beach House – one of my favourite artists.)