Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 The Year of Transition

To say that 2011 was a year of transition would be an understatement. I started the year as a PhD student at Michigan State University, living a thousand miles away from my husband and feeling very disconnected from the things that mattered most in my life. I am finishing the year living in the same apartment as my wonderful husband, back working in the private sector for a great company and focused on the things that really matter to me. While there are some things that did not fall into place as I had hoped; overall, it has been a pretty good year and I am very grateful for that.

Until recently, very few of our plans have gone the way we anticipated the past couple of years. This has meant that we have spent a lot of time in a holding pattern. Waiting to make decisions until pieces fell into place, or we had come up with an alternative plan. Since I am the type of person who likes to have control and a plan, this has made the past few years a bit stressful. It is hard when you are doing everything in your power to get things to go the way you want and they keep falling apart. I am slowly learning to accept that life often takes us down an unplanned path, and it normally turns out okay. 

As 2012 approaches, there are a number of things on the radar, but I am running my first marathon on January 8, and want to keep my focus on that now. Once I have completed the marathon, I can solidify my race list and other things I would like to accomplish next year. I also think that you can change your life at any point and there is nothing really all that special about January 1.  I am hoping 2012 will continue with the momentum and good things that have happened during the second half of 2011 and things will continue to move in a positive direction.