What a week it’s been! I was privileged to be the recipient of the “Metromorphosis” Award at work for leading with patience, perseverance, and good humor in the midst of change. Suddenly I find myself being reminded almost daily that I’m the most senior member of the team and it is both gratifying and uncomfortable. I guess you just rub long with these two feelings as well as you can.
The semester ends next week and I am excited to be sharing one of my projects! We are traveling to Utah to visit my family, so next week will probably be another quote and then you’ll get a “real” post.
I’d also like to invite you over to The Relationship Blogger to talk about spoons.
You may have noticed that I have had two weeks in a row of quotes. I feel it’s important to maintain a presence here, but I am buried in the end of the semester. My final paper and research proposal will be about the place government programs have in a changing workforce. I think they will both be incredible and I’m excited to link to them on my LinkedIn page. But it is definitely a topic that is taking me deep down the rabbit hole!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.
It has been quite a year! As the year ends I find myself evaluating my life, both from a professional standpoint and and personal one. While I’ll do a full post tomorrow on my own evaluation of the year I’ll post a few stats now.
– As I await my W-2’s for tax season I am reminded that this year I can expect to receive five W-2’s. I’ve had a total of seven jobs this year, four of which I still have.
– I’ve been patiently plugging away at “Paisley Tines: Grade Nine” and there are a total of 3,239 words in what I hope will be a 20,000 word novel. Clearly I still have a ways to go.
– I am hopeful that I will finish my book this year, potentially apply to graduate school, and go from four jobs to one job.
Over the last week or so I have been thinking about birthdays. More specifically, my birthday. Yes indeed, folks, my birthday is tomorrow. In one more year I will be a quarter of a century old. I certainly did not expect to be on a diet at this time in my life, haha.
Over the last three years or so I have thought back on all the panning I did during my teen years. Here are just a few that come to mind that I would like to share.
1) I was going to be done with my B.A. by 21. I am now 24 (or will be in four and a half hours) and I am just about wrapping up said degree.
2) I was going to wait to marry someone until I was 22, one year after I graduated from college. Yes, I did get married at 22 (rapidly approaching 23). However, I had two years left to finish college.
3) Perhaps most poignant at the moment, I was going to be a mother by the time I turned 24. Poignant right now because I am definitely starting to feel the intense pangs of what can only be called “baby fever.”
4) I was going to have spent at least one year outside the U.S. by this point.
5) I was going to be fluent in Mandarin Chinese (as it is I can barely speak English.)
Yes indeed, birthdays are a strange thing. I’ve noticed over the last few years that birthdays draw out the negative, rather than the positive. So let’s just throw out some positives.
1) I am almost done with my B.A.! 6 1/2 years and $20,000 later, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
2) I have a fantastic husband who loves me, despite my neurosis. Seriously, I cannot imagine a more difficult person to be with.
3) I have a cat who regularly snoozes on my desk as I write.
4) I have written a book!
5) Perhaps most importantly for all of these things, 4 years ago I left a ” man” who was abusive, controlling, and just an all around bad guy. To be honest, I feel pretty brave about that.
And so, all I have to say in conclusion is… Happy Birthday to me. Hopefully the next 24 will be just as awesome as the first!