why 2006 was awesome

My Friends: They were awesome last year, of course, but this year was even better. They’re always there and they’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 that’s why they’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 I’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 it’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 wouldn’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 didn’t have to abide by anyone else’s obnoxious house rules or listen to them having awkward and/or loud sex in the room next to me. I’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. It’s a job that pays the bills by only working 40 hours a week instead of 60+ that I’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, I’m secure about who I am and where I’m going. I’m not at a dead end job in a dead end town trying to figure out what I’m going to make of my life. I’m not sitting at home wondering if my only friend in a big new city is available for the night. I’m not taking a cash advance out on my next paycheck just so I can pay rent on time. I’m not pretending I’m someone I’m not and I don’t spend my time trying to impress people with who I am. I’m so happy with who I am and what I am and where I’m going.

Like to Vegas in less than two weeks and the Caribbean in less than three months!

Happy New Year, everyone. You’ve all helped make 2006 the best year ever for me.

Be safe. Be careful. And be awesome!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have cooking to do!

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  1. Happy New Year!

    It’s been amazing watching you turn into this woman that you are! I’m so proud to be your friend!

    You are one very amazing woman. Very wonderful! I don’t have enough adjectives to tell you how great you are!

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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