December 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Yes, I’m still taking a break. But I haven’t had a year quite like this one before. I wanted to say something before it gets away from me.

I don’t want to compile a list of pop-culture faves here. Of course I have opinions about movies, music, literature, and important events from the past year. Pretty much everyone does. Though I doubt I’ll remember which albums I had on rotation or which public figures made the biggest headlines.

This is what I’ll remember:

I graduated from college. Those were four of the most challenging and ultimately satisfying years of my life. I’m also still getting used to speaking about my college years in the past tense. Keep in mind that I graduated in May.

I traveled a lot this year, easily more than I have in the last four years. I traveled throughout northern India with my grandmother in January. I didn’t have any travel plans beyond that wonderful whirlwind of a trip. Until in late June I finally decided I was ready to travel solo. The following month I found myself en route to Stockholm. Two months later, I’d traveled to Denmark, Sweden, France, and Ireland; completed four volunteer posts; and I knew how to milk cows and goats.

I decided to move to Portland, OR.

I learned a lot about myself, the people in my life, and the world in which I live.

I learned that people can make any experience worthwhile and, perhaps, there’s room for spontaneity in my life.

I learned that I have the capacity to surprise myself.

I hate to reduce all of my significant experiences to list format, but here you go.

I want to wish everyone a lovely, peaceful new year. I hope 2013 brings with it plenty of beautiful moments. Regardless whether or not you believe in making New Year’s resolutions, take care of yourselves and others.


§ 2 Responses to 2012

  • What a lovely message Em…I missed your postings. Thanks for closing the year with one more…can’t wait to follow your adventures in Portland…

  • Molly says:

    Bonne année 2013! Lovely reflections, Emma. I hope that your move goes well and I look forward to reading about your new life in Portland! Someone told me that you should watch a cable show called “Portlandia” before you go–Something about young people moving to Portland. Maybe you can find it online 🙂

    Love, Molly

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