Monday, December 27, 2010

7 important questions to ask before 2011

Inspired by Dumb Little Man, here are my answers to these questions:
1. On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with 2010?
For the first time in my life, I can say 10. This has been the best, happiest and most satisfying year of my life, and I feel so confident about the future.
2. Why did you score that way?
Well, the obvious: I married Peanut. Every day with him is more amazing than the last. I survived wedding planning (something I was really worried about, actually). My relationship with my mother is stronger. Peanut and I have made lots of new friends., I got a promotion and a raise at work (doing a job I love on a daily basis!). I met most of my goals for the year. I feel calmer and more centered in myself as an adult than I would have guessed was possible at the end of last year. Looking back over 2010, I feel amazingly blessed, and for once, don't have the sense of foreboding that the other shoe is about to drop.
3. What are your biggest accomplishments this year?
I got married without causing a giant rift in my family. I compromised where it didn't matter to me, and stood up for myself where it did. In the end, I had a wedding that made me very happy, came in under budget, and didn't ruin any relationships with anyone.

I finished graduate school. I maintained a 3.86 GPA throughout, got an A- on my thesis, and my company paid for nearly half of my degree. Furthermore, I managed to pay down about 1/3 of my loans before I even got my diploma in the mail.
I got a raise and promotion after just six months at my job, and six months after that I am generating enough work that they are DOUBLING my department! I'm challenged but thriving, and despite the small frustrations, I enjoy what I do.  

4. What are the biggest lessons you learned this year?
If you want to be treated like an adult, you must act like one first.

5. What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve next year?
I'll be doing a post about my New Year's Resolutions soon, but in short: to have a more intentional life, to appreciate what's already around me, and to have some fun!

6. What new habits do you want to cultivate?

Mainly, I'd like to focus my attention more -- stop being distracted by email or whatever. I guess it's a habit of being present, or in the moment.
7. What are your immediate next steps to achieve them?

I've been thinking about this for a few weeks, and it's starting to sink in. It truly is a habit -- every time I open a window to browse Twitter while waiting for a video game to load, or check email on my phone at brunch, I'm gently redirecting myself. Step one: notice. Step two: make a change.

What about you?


  1. WOw.. looks like you had a great year! Married, promotions, the works.. good job!
    I'm just looking through blogs to find new ones to follow :) Great blog!

  2. Loved the idea of reflecting back like this! And, agree with Daisy - you had a wonderful year. Congratulations. I wrote a similar post after reading yours:

  3. Thanks, ladies! This has been an amazing year. My life isn't always rainbows and puppies and unicorns -- just three years ago, in the space of one month, my then-boyfriend of 3+ years left me for another woman, my roommate announced she wanted to move back home after we'd spent a fortune on our apartment only eight months earlier, my company was laying people off right and left and my family was going through some very trying times. I like 2010 so much better!


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