It has become a tradition for me the last few years to flip back through the pages of my appointment calendar on New Year's Eve and reflect on the happenings of the previous year.
After having just completed my flipping process, I am once again amazed how fast the months of 2010 have seemed to fly. Of course, I know clock time does not change, it is just our perception of it, but it does seem to have been a fast moving and very full year.
My reflections span the many categories of life, including events involving family, friends, my work and of course the unexpected.
There have been new adventures, some repeated experiences, some new professional triumphs, challenging medical and surgical experiences and some sad good-byes to friends that have left this world.
I received good news and sad news. I have experienced serendipitous, joy filled surprises and unexpected tragedies.
I have traveled to many places, meeting many new people whom I now consider to be friends.
My son was injured in Afghanistan and treated for numerous traumas, but survived, married and became a father to an 11 year old boy, making me a grandmother.
I have supported others through the pages of their lives as they dealt with challenges like failed marriages, cancer, depression and failing businesses.
I have done work that I love and have been challenged to continue to learn and grow, being reminded I will never be done.
I have been inspired by the kids I work with and touched by their willingness to be open with me and their desire to live great lives.
I have been called forth to play even bigger and to imagine doing things and visiting places that I once have only read or heard stories about.
I have laughed myself silly, cried unexpectedly, and calmly met events that at another time in life would have caused me to scream.
I have read many books, filled many pages in my journals and wrote many blog posts.
I have hugged and been hugged countless times, meditated daily and have said thank you often, both silently and loudly .
I have been touched to the core as I have listened to other's stories, dreams and fears.
I have had many massages and pedicures, napped a lot, danced a lot, walked a lot, loved a lot, forgave a lot and downward facing dogged a lot.
I have worn my many hats as a wife, Mom, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, business partner, mentor, trainer and coach with enthusiasm and joy.
Yep, I can say with complete confidence, 2010 has been a wonderful and full year and trust that every experience will help me face all that is coming in 2011.