An inventory of 2009

12.31.09 | 1 Comment

I followed the advice of my sister to this post by another Amanda from Texas living in NYC whose blog I enjoy reading. It’s a template for taking an inventory of the past year. I liked it and thought I’d give it a try. What else does a toddler parent do on NYE?

In 2009, I gained a little more confidence in what I’m doing as a student, a mother, and a person in general, a new apartment, and a whole lotta knowledge that I didn’t learn last year.

I lost about 8 pounds (net, gross was about 16), three pets (Amanda’s Kiddn from our childhood, Sophie and Sarge to different homes), some volume on that nagging voice inside my head that was saying I can’t do it.

I stopped eating mammals.

I started back to med school again.

I was hugely satisfied by my first block study habits and healthy withdrawal from timesuck activities.

And frustrated by balancing my responsibilities.

I am so embarrassed that I had to take a leave of absence and do the whole first semester again. (But I believe I may have mentioned that.)

Once again, I tried to cut back on sweets (with some success…).

Once again, I let myself get distracted.

The biggest physical difference between me last December and this December is I have braces and much straighter teeth.

The biggest psychological difference between me last December and this December is I’m less concerned with what others think and more accepting of who I am.

I loved cuddling on the Cozy Sac with Zoe.

Why did I spend even two minutes feeling not good enough? (Borrowed from Noisiest Passenger.)

I should have spent more time exercising, playing music, volunteering, writing, and sleeping (anything but worrying basically).

I regret spending about eight months of my life wallowing instead of making the best of things.

I will never regret quality time spent with Zoe.

I was self-absorbed way too much.

I didn’t sleep nearly enough.

Parenting a two-year-old nearly drove me crazy.

The most relaxing place I went was the pool when I went by myself.

Why did I waste so much time?

The best thing I did for someone else was listen.

The best thing I did for myself was taking steps to improve my mental health and going back to school.

The best thing someone did for me was figuratively smack some sense into me.

The one thing I’d like to do again, but do it better, is parent Zoe. (That’s one of many.)

Happy New Year. 🙂

(Fill-in-the-blank template from Mary Schmich at The Chicago Tribune)

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