It’s New Year’s Eve. I have a blog. It seems I’m contractually (or otherwise) obligated to write about the year in review.
But honestly, this year I actually want to write about it. 2011 was a rollercoaster; there were highs and lows. And there are some months that will go down in Meg history as epic.
I look back on it all and just marvel at how many things have changed. It seems something largely significant has happened almost on a monthly basis, and I don’t know that I’ve had a year quite like this one, ever.
In January I changed religions and figured out where I needed to be, literally after years of searching for the right place to worship.
In February, the divorce finalized and I was legally free – because let’s be honest, the marriage was over months before that, but with the second month of this year, I could finally do as I wished and I could finally move on.
March brought my baby girl’s 6th birthday and I joined the music ministry at my new church. I made an epic number of new friends, each of them precious to me.
Back in April, I was proposing my Master’s thesis topic: Terror in the Insurgency: British and American Use of Terrorism and Guerilla Warfare in the American Revolution. Talk about a wordy project.
I spent most of May writing said thesis from scratch.
June was a crazy month – finishing the first draft of The Thesis – by this point, that’s what I began to call it, because it had a horrifying life of its own. Like The Thing. E’s father was on leave before a deployment, so I shuffled her back and forth for two weeks, and I started tutoring one of my favorite psychology students in June.
In July, I finished the last semester of my Master’s degree, submitted The Thesis and learned that I was cleared for graduation.
August sent kiddo back to school, brought a new relationship, and my graduation. A childhood friend passed away in August, and another dear friend moved away for a job.
The month of September brought a sense of normalcy to my life. I began tutoring for the college I work for. I started work on Transmissions from Dating Land. I went to my first rugby match. I interviewed for a couple of jobs that weren’t what they appeared to be. E settled into first grade with ease.
October was Halloween (obviously), and the end of a relationship – which seemed like a bad thing at the time, but turns out that it was one of the best things to happen to me during the year.
November was the epic month for me. I tried NaNoWriMo again – and didn’t “win,” but came up with a great premise for what will probably be a good little novella I’ll pump out sometime in 2012. I went on a couple of girls’ nights out. I met an insane amount of new people, and met the most important person to me as well. I read part of Transmissions at a little donut shop off of the downtown square of a little college town, and made even more friends.
And then December brought a surprise birthday party for my best friend, learning what true love is all about, Christmas, bypass surgery for my dad, and a phone call from a friend I thought I’d lost.
I’m looking forward to 2012, but I’m also not looking back at 2011 with any regrets. It’s been a year to remember, that’s for sure. Here’s to 2012 being even better!
Happy New Year everyone!