Posts Tagged ‘every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end’

One of the perks of keeping a blog is that I don’t always have to remember everything. I can often just refer to a post to jog my memory. Which is what I was trying to do this morning regarding New Year’s Resolutions. It seems very much like something I would do – post a list of resolutions so I have things to check off – but I couldn’t find one.

I did, however, find my wish for fewer miscommunications in 2009; my acceptance that 2009 had its ups and downs (and own set of misunderstandings), but mostly ups; and my prediction that 2010 would be even better yet. And not to toot my own horn or anything, but I was completely right.

2010 was (and is) the year of…

…not one, but two marathons

…beginning grad school

three weddings within a two month period

turning 25 and all that I hope to accomplish within that year

moving in with the boyfriend (and weeding out my closet in the process)

…my first Thanksgiving with a significant other’s (entire) family

…a beautiful Puerto Rico vacation

…and a New Year’s Eve that also coincides with our 1 year anniversary (schmoop!)

2010 seems hard to beat, but I think 2011 is up to the challenge.

Next year will see more marathons (or, at least one); the halfway point of my grad school career; five weddings within a three month period (plus another one over Labor Day); hopefully the completion of my birthday list; and a potential trip to Buenos Aires.

I can’t wait to see what else 2011 has up its sleeve.

Happy New Year!

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Several people have written recently about the sudden onset of fall. It’s not surprising, really, when you think about how the weather here shifted so drastically to autumn temperatures with the beginning of September. (And speaking of September, seriously, where did you come from?) But I think I liked it best when Jo wrote that, to her, fall is equated with new beginnings.

I really couldn’t agree more.


It makes sense, considering that, growing up, fall was always the start of a new school year. Regardless of when your birthday fell, you were another “year” older. New classes, new people, new experiences – whatever lay ahead, you were starting out with a clean slate.

Once college started, there was an even greater feeling of starting fresh. This time, it wasn’t just one or two new people in your classes, that you may have seen but never talked to, but over a thousand new classmates that you’d be spending the next four years (or so) with. You could be whoever you wanted.

The first fall after I graduated college felt a little off. The school year was starting again – autumn was starting again – but I wasn’t going back to school. It was tempered a bit by the fact that I had just moved to DC, was starting my job, and was just generally thrown into a new situation. But the feeling was still present.

It’s now my third fall, post-graduation, and even if I miss the going-back-to-school part (which will hopefully be different next year – fingers crossed!), I still get the sense of new beginnings. This type of weather gives me a little pep in my step in the morning, regardless of how tired I am. The cooler nights lend themselves to snuggling. The changing leaves color the city in a way that the heat of summer just doesn’t allow.

I know there will be days when I miss the warmth of the past few months, but autumn more than makes up for that.

I’d rather have a new beginning, any day.

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