For the first time ever, I feel inspired to reflect on the passing year. I don’t usually do this. In fact, I’ve never done it before. But like I’ve said in the past, blogging makes you much more aware of the events that surround you. And this year has definitely been a year to remember.
I turned 37. Even closer to 40 than 30. How can that be? I started a goal-setting workshop with 20 wonderful people. We met once a month through September. I am astounded by how much my life has changed in that time. I have always hated setting goals, but this workshop changed my paradigm of goal-setting. Oh, and that reminds me… I’m never one to set a New Year’s resolution, so this January, there was nothing to break.
A fabulous week in Snowmass with my dad, Kristy, and Nick.
Our annual trip to New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival. I don’t recommend going. It’s terrible, and I’m trying to keep it less crowded.
Opened the doors to our new weight loss business. I was able to start slowly as I was still practicing dentistry 3 days a week.
Summer’s here… my favorite time of year. A beautiful long weekend in Beaver Creek, Colorado for a lovely wedding.
A failed attempt to hike to the top of Devil’s Thumb because there was still so much snow in Winter Park, Colorado on July 4.
After an offer to buy into my dental practice, I had to finally come clean. I announced to my employers that I needed to leave my career. It wasn’t without a “big backlash from the universe” (details later,) but I was able to escape it all for a week in sunny Puerto Rico.
A return from a wonderful trip only to face the battles that lay ahead regarding my transition out of dentistry. Celebrated Nick’s birthday and his 20th high school reunion. Did I mention I’m closer to 40 than 30? Well, Nick’s even closer than I am.
The work battles continued, unfortunately. But I was able to negotiate finishing my time in my dental office working on Thursday afternoons for the next few months.
A great weekend girls getaway to Cape Cod with one of my oldest friends, Kareen.
National Geographic Traveler magazine published a photo of mine that they found on my blog.
Things on the job front were sort of settling down, and my life was starting to feel more free. For the first time in years I did not dread, nor was I depressed, but was actually excited about the impending arrival of winter.
Last day of practicing dentistry and thankful for so many things. Excited about everything, but especially to host a Thanksgiving dinner at my house and add some different menu items to our list of growing traditions.
Thankful I was not on-call this year, as I often was in the past. It sure was nice to not get an emergency call from a lady who got so drunk that she lost her denture at 8 pm on Thanksgiving day. Yes, that did happen once.
New Orleans with some great college friends. Ohh… to feel like I’m in college again… just for a moment!
Celebrated Hanukkah with one half of the local family followed by a Christmas celebration with the other half.
Thanks, 2011. I couldn’t have asked for a more abundant year filled with all of the things that I love: fun travel, yummy food, great family and friends, and a courageous transformation. It’s funny how just by noticing both the big and the small things, it makes it all feel so much more full.
Happy New Year! Wishing you all a year of abundance!