well, it is officially time to say goodbye to 2005. Once again, I am glad to see the end of this year, and excited at what the next year might bring. This was a tough year, but also one filled with a lot of wonderful times. Here's a recap:
- January 2005 – started going to school full time with a full course load (Sept 2004 had me taking three classes) while working 40 hours a week at my job (which I hated).
- February 2005 – had a fantastic time on spring break with one of my best friends in Toronto, including a week of Oscar movies and an Oscar party!
- March 2005 – got fired from my job (which I hated).
- April 2005 – went on Unemployment Insurance for the first time.
- April 2005 – my best friend returned home after a Big Trip – I missed her so!
- May 2005 – was forced to move home with my parents (OUCH!). Lucky I had a place to go, and that my relationship with my parents allowed me to return in a way that doesn't cramp my style too much.
- May 2005 – started working a bit with my friends who own a small business. This provided me with a lot of enjoyment, good laughs, and a bit of money for my bills! Thanks forever Tan and Leah!
- July 2005 – turned 29 – my last year of being 20-something!
- July 2005 – took my first feminist theory class, and found a theoretical base for much of my future work and studies.
- July 2005 – had a visit from my Dad's sister, her husband and their daughter. I had never met my cousin, and had only met my uncle when I was too small to remember. We had a wonderful time together!
- September 2005 – saw the Rolling Stones live in concert with Maroon 5 and the Tragically Hip with 79,999 other people!
- September 2005 – stopped hearing from one of my closest friends after her engagement. weird, and sad to lose the friendship. hopefully things will turn around one day.
- September 2005 – started my third year of my philosophy degree; decided to change to a combined honours in Philosophy and Gender and Women's Studies.
- October 2005 – started a new job working for a plastic surgery clinic. It suits me just fine, part-time hours for a decent wage and no weekends or evenings and no work I don't want to do! It's just about the perfect job for me! FINALLY, after three years of the worst working experiences ever!
- October 2005 – had a very sad split with a best friend after finding out about something she was up to that I just couldn't support and didn't know how to handle for myself. I'll forever be sad about this, and I hope one day we will be able to reconcile. I hope she is moving on with her life and that things are going just great for her. I miss her like crazy.
- December 2005 – met my cousin (son of the aunt and uncle who visited in July). He's going to be living in my city for a while, so I'm looking forward to spending some more time with him.
- December 2005 – paid off a loan – what a great feeling, especially with the financial hardships I endured this year!
- December 2005 – had a quiet break after successfully finishing all my classes. It was a tough term at school with a lot of reading and writing assignments. So far, I have two A grades… can't wait to find out about the other three marks!
I guess that sums things up. Also, in general, this year was one in which I became more politically aware than ever before. I found myself much more committed to myself, in making decisions that were best for me, whether they were what I wanted or not, and whether or not other people understood them. I made an increased commitment to my health and reducing stress. I became more organized in regards to my space and my time, and I began to get on track financially after years of incurring debt to support my shoe habit. I made an increased commitment to living according to my own beliefs rather than doing what others would want me to do. I'm proud of my progress this year, and I think I'm ready to move into a new phase of goals for this year.Happy 2006 everyone! I hope this year brings you health, much happiness, laughter, joy in your hearts, and success in all your endeavours! Peace!