My Friends: They were awesome last year, of course, but this year was even better. Theyâ€™re always there and theyâ€™re always awesome. This was the first year that I felt like I had a real family here. They challenge me, they support me, they motivate me, and yes, they sometime instigate me, but thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re all so, well, awesome. I could go on and on about how big of an impact my friends have made on every aspect of my life, but that would get incredibly sappy and Iâ€™m not down with that right now! (Dear Friends: I pretty much love you all.)
My Riley: For the most part of the year, Little Riley Pants lived with me. Yeah, that means he ripped open bags of trash and ate a pound of butter and sometimes peed on the floor, but itâ€™s all been worth it. There were times when picking the tiny white hairs off of everything I own gets a little on the annoying side, but I wouldnâ€™t trade it for anything.
My New Apartment: By March 1st, I was living by myself. For the first time since moving to Minnesota, I didnâ€™t have to abide by anyone elseâ€™s obnoxious house rules or listen to them having awkward and/or loud sex in the room next to me. Iâ€™d gladly trade picking up dog shit on a frosty morning while still wearing my pajamas for that any old day.
My Job: I was in trouble a lot over the past year at work for various things, but I was lucky enough to have a boss who has had faith in me for almost four years and guides me in the direction that makes me better at my job and better as a person. Itâ€™s a job that pays the bills by only working 40 hours a week instead of 60+ that Iâ€™d been working in the past between two jobs. I feel like an actual grown up now in the way of my career.
My Future: For once, Iâ€™m secure about who I am and where Iâ€™m going. Iâ€™m not at a dead end job in a dead end town trying to figure out what Iâ€™m going to make of my life. Iâ€™m not sitting at home wondering if my only friend in a big new city is available for the night. Iâ€™m not taking a cash advance out on my next paycheck just so I can pay rent on time. Iâ€™m not pretending Iâ€™m someone Iâ€™m not and I donâ€™t spend my time trying to impress people with who I am. Iâ€™m so happy with who I am and what I am and where Iâ€™m going.
Like to Vegas in less than two weeks and the Caribbean in less than three months!
Happy New Year, everyone. Youâ€™ve all helped make 2006 the best year ever for me.
Be safe. Be careful. And be awesome!
Now if youâ€™ll excuse me, I have cooking to do!