Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009!

So it seems that the year is indeed coming to a quick close.  This has truly been a great year. I thought I would recap some of the best of my 2009 (in no particular order).

1) Going on exchange-  Spending 5 months abroad in Europe was one of the best experiences of my life.  It was incredible being on my own in a foreign country, being able to jet of to Greece for week, meeting so many amazing  and diverse people, and finally making use of my secondary and tertiary languages.

2) Moving in with my bff at school- It makes life much easier when in a hazed mid-exam week state someone can interpret your odd mumbles and perplexed expressions and can read your mind.
3)First half of senior year-  It's hard to believe I'm in my last year for my Commerce degree.  It has truly been a whirlwind.  I've definitely tried to experience everything my school has to offer this year. I was a leader during orientation week, attended our Fauxcoming football game, went to the engineering Greasepole (see old post for explanation), and tried to become more active in my business school's student government (mostly through bake sales and volunteering. I also made the bake sale sign below)

4) Started my blog- Sure I may not be queen of the blogosphere, but that's not matter.  I've had a great time writing my posts (on the rare occasions I've found the time) and reading those of the many wonderful bloggers out there.
5) Secured my position as the Craft Queen amongst my friends-  With my newly-acquired Martha Stewart craft supplies (and they are truly amazing), I've glittered, painted, and colored my 2009 away, and it has been a blast.  I love arts and crafts, which is why everyone keeps telling me I should accept my fate and become a kindergarden teacher.
6)Michael Buble released a new album- I LOVE Michael Buble.  I think he brought so many wonderful classics back to life and added so great new songs of his own.  I especially love Haven't Met You Yet.  So good!

There are of course many more, but my mind is slightly distracted by the upcoming festivities.

And of course I have new resolutions for 2010 (and beyond):

1)More workouts- Sure this is a staple on most lists, but it's definitely true.  While I tend to work out quite often during routine weeks, during those of stress I tend to lag a bit on my gym visits.  I really do love that post-workout endorphin kick and feeling healthier in general. And of course it's important to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which is quite difficult as a student, but equally important.
2)Cook more- as a student who doesn't live on campus I'm forced to fend for myself for food.  I'd love to say that I cook myself a wonderful meal everyday, but unfortunately that is not the case.  I'm unfortunately a frequenter of mac and cheese and frozen pizza.  As a recent vegetarian I'd really like to cook for myself much more often in the new year.  I've come to love tofu so it's definitely becoming a staple of mine.
3)Read more- I've barely enjoyed personal reading over the last year- again the plight of a college student.  So I vow to spend more time reading for pleasure in 2010, rather than only for school.  I have so many books in my personal library that I have yet to read, and I've had a hankering to finally dig into them.
4)Clean!- It's been far too long since I've done real 'spring cleaning.'  I have far to much in my room, and my closet is bursting at the seams. It's about time I take out one of the 365 days of the new year to finally purge my room of the unnecessary.  I also have so much that I really don't use that someone else could need far more than I do.  I foresee a hefty trip to the Salvation Army in my future.
5)Update- my blog, my to do lists, my journal.  It's important to take the time to jot my life down everyday, otherwise I will quickly find myself over my head.  I must remain organized!
6)Less Starbucks- Even though I moved a little further away from campus this year (and a lot further away from my neighborhood Starbucks), I still found myself visiting the coffee shop far too often.  The baristas now know me by name, never a good sign.  Last year I received an actual Starbucks Barista espresso machine for my birthday, so I aim to make my own lattes at home instead of heading to Starbucks everyday.  It's really too expensive of a habit.

And again, I'm sure there are far many more that I need to include on my list, but there's a glass of champagne with my name on it!

Happy 2010!


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