In the year 2011, I…
…lived in 3 time zones and on 2 continents and visited 3 new countries.
…made dozens of new friends, tried dozens of new foods, took thousands of pictures and wrote thousands of words.
…made my first website and infographics, and was published in newspapers (or on their websites) in at least 10 new states.
…earned a Masters degree.
…rode a motorcycle for the first (and second and third) time.
…traveled by myself to foreign places (although not always in foreign countries).
…spent too much money and didn’t earn enough.
…joined a gym.
…played with tiger cubs.
…got a little better at recognizing and appreciating kindness in others, and a little less naive about recognizing evil in some.
…got a little better about staying in touch with friends far away, but not good enough.
…rekindled a few old friendships left alone too long.
…got a little better at conquering some of my fears and bad habits, but not good enough.
…didn’t do enough cooking or baking for myself.
…didn’t capitalize enough on some of the opportunities I had.
…enjoyed the hell out of the opportunities I had, even when I wasn’t always taking full advantage.
…slept too much.
…watched too much TV.
…caught up on my reading list, at least a little.
…finally got an iPhone (even if it was used, and won’t work at home).
…walked. All over. For the hell of it. Usually with my camera.
…rode a bicycle, for the first time since I was a kid.
…fell in love with new places, new ideas, and new experiences.
…learned that it was just fine not to make too many plans (but having some is nice).
Happy New Year to you, wherever you are. May you look back on 2011 with no regrets, and forward to 2012 with all the hope the future can hold.