Oh, 2011…you were such a bitch! I mean that in the nicest way possible.
2011 had so many ups and downs. There was as much good as there was bad. Barely any serenity, but a few moments of much needed clarity. I was able to clear up some things, but there are still some goals and issues that hang in the balance. All in all, I’ll take 2011 for what it was. Not every year is going to be a golden year, but sometimes you need an off year to remind you what the heck you want in your life in the first place.
This year, I entered the halfway mark of my graduate Program. In another year and a half, I will have an M.A. In Publications Design. I also passed Intro to Hypermedia with an A-. Not to shabby for someone who had a mental breakdown every week over coding. Typography? Hell, It’s over. I’ve grown as a designer and I’m much more comfortable during critique sessions. I don’t take it so personal anymore, but it doesn’t ever get easy when you know that you could have done better. Its a personal thing. You always want to do your best. All in all, I’m happy with my academic achievements.
I’m still not where I want to be in terms of my day job, but hey, this is an ongoing battle. I don’t have any elaborate goals here, and I’m not even going to list “new job” as a goal for the next year. What I will do, is make a vow to myself that I will strive to handle the challenges at work with grace and poise, and not let those challenges somehow define me.
Tying that into my personal achievements, I’d like to get more into designing when I’m not at school. I realize that I’m definitely the kind of person who doesn’t want to come home after sitting in class all night, and design something. I love designing, but how do I not have design burn out? Perhaps a quasi goal of 2012 should be to just make one thing a week- no pressure.
I went to Italy. I went to Key West. I went to Chincoteague. I went to Rehoboth. I went out- a lot. I think it was a great year in travel, local and otherwise! I’m proud of myself. It was my goal to visit one new country each year and so far I have. Where will 2012 take me? I’m not sure, but I’m definitely up for a new European adventure. San Fransisco, Colorado, and more Key West ( my island in the sun) are on the horizon for sure. I’m proud of myself!
My friends. My dear friends are surely the stars of 2011. My best friend got married, my other had a gorgeous little girl, and my third and I had a blast together. I bonded with some dear friends from school, like Rae over at Better than 20, and reconnected with a dear friend from high school, Nina. Because of her, I love champagne and REAL Italian food. I met a whole group of people (the CLACKERS!) who are the most supportive and fun loving group of people ever. I really hit the friend jackpot. I don’t think anyone is as lucky as me. To already have some of the best friends in the world and still be able to meet even MORE wonderful people ? Truly a rare thing. This year was a blast with my friends and I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for us. I can’t wait. No goals here- just keep loving my social life 🙂