My word for this year is contentedness. I think for so long I have been in a pattern of constantly looking ahead to how things could be, instead of living in the moment and enjoying what I have. When Garrett and I found out we were moving to Southern California, I think we were both pretty excited about new possibilities. We were ready for some changes. For so long I felt I was going back and forth between two different lives, with Southern California being my home-base. From the moment I moved the Bay Area I felt overwhelmed by how different life was, but somewhere along the way, without noticing, I just got use to it. The move to Orange County has been interesting. Very quickly we found a place to move into, that we both really loved. We both started working right away, and immediately just started doing life down here. There was not a whole lot of down time for us to settle in and adjust. 6 months passed quicker than I thought possible, and here we are in December.
Around September/October I started to really miss the Bay Area. I missed my friends, I missed my hockey team, and I missed being able to let my little pup lay outside all day in our backyard (something we don't have down here). It hit me pretty hard. So as many of you probably noticed, I started making trips up to the Bay Area. More than I ever planned, and again I felt like I was living two lives.
In the past month I have been trying to focus on everything I do have, and not what I am missing. I am trying to learn to be content. God has truly blessed me with amazing friends and family that are spread out all over. I met some fantastic new people this year, my family welcomed another baby girl to the family (my 3rd niece), I got to work with a fantastic groups of singers this summer as they traveled to Asia, I got to see some of you get married, grow your families, I got to reconnect with people I hadn't seen in awhile, and I got to witness some big moments in many of your lives, and better yet some small moments too. I forget how lucky I really am. Right now, I know I am where I am suppose to be. I am looking forward to celebrating another year with the people I love, and thank you all for being in my life, and sharing yours.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas (gee next week already), Happy Holidays, Happy New Years, etc. ;)