I haven’t ever taken the time to do a year-in-review mostly because in my previous life this was my craziest time of the year. Given the changes in my life in the last four months, 2012 merits a short, public pause and reflect:
January: My application to the outdoor naturalist program at Algonquin College in Pembroke on January 2nd. First real step to make a career change.
February: Visit to my folks in Longboat Key, Florida! Plus new writing and photography classes at the University of Toronto and George Brown College. And *gasp* last day of the month, I find out I’ve been accepted into the Algonquin program.
March: Planning for a two week trip to France in late May – because my husband and I are not totally spontaneous travelers.
April: Much needed visit from my sister who lives in San Fran. Somehow she always ends up on the East Coast on our dad’s birthday weekend…
May: FRANCE!!! Fantastic trip. We met some incredible people along the way. I am particularly appreciative of the French couple in Amboise who kept us company while we all waited out a storm on the patio of a so-so restaurant. The spoke little English. My husband and I maintained our end of the conversation with high school and university French between the two of us respectively.
June: First trip out to Pembroke to secure a place to stay. What have I gotten myself into?! It’s such a small town.
July: Panic attack – I give notice at work and officially accept my placement in the program.
August: Loads of planning and shopping. My office work wardrobe won’t really cut it in Algonquin Park.
September – December: A whole new experience back at school as a mature student, outside 20+ hours a week, writing more and evaluating what it means to do meaningful work.
This is undoubtedly a superficial look at the last twelve months. Trust me there’s been much more reflection and soul searching. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to take the plunge into a career change. I thank my U.S. and Canadian families for all of their support. 2013 will prove to be a most interesting year.
Peace and happiness to you all in the new year.