Reflections on 2009

Despite parts of this year being pretty awful (I keep hearing people say they can’t wait for it to be over), this has been one of the most enlightening years of my life. I guess I thought that by the time I finished college I would know who I really was, but the truth is most of that education has come in my later 20s, and especially this past year.

I learned that it was possible for me to do what I loved. But that making it profitable was a much bigger challenge.

I learned I could teach Nia, and that there was an exercise that was right for me, and my body. I’m so grateful for that.

I got engaged to someone who truly loves me for me. And I’m pretty grateful for that, too.

I learned an incredible amount about how to run a crafty business, and saw it start to thrive by the end of the year. The business part was pretty humbling at times, and I had to start over on some projects more times than I’d care to admit. But I feel so much more confident now, and ready to grow Mary Marie even more.

I admitted to myself what I truly wanted to do with my life. And I realized that some things I thought I wanted to do, I didn’t want to do at all. Maybe I just thought I was supposed to. Regardless, I have to keep telling myself to stay on the right path, and close some doors so that others can open.

I spent a lot of time musing about the future. Mike and I had a lot of heart-to-hearts. We know we want to make some changes, but we’re not sure how it will play out yet. We thought we’d tackle the whole wedding thing first.

And about that. Though I’ve had world’s longest engagement, I still felt the many pressures to get caught up in wedding planning to the point of insanity, and I never let it happen. So far, it’s been fun (sans the budget part… OMG). And thanks to A Practical Wedding, I know it can still be fun, down to the last stressful minutes.

2009 was also a good year for this little blog. I remember how excited I was the first time I checked Google Reader and discovered I had 11 subscribers. Whoever they were, I love them for that. And whoever’s still reading, thanks for continuing to support me.

So here’s to more lessons in 2010. I’ll be celebrating the new year with a sushi dinner and night out at the Des Moines Social Club. And then, who knows. So many big things are set to happen in 2010 (the wedding, turning 30, watching some of my closest friends tie the knot, too), I can’t imagine it being just another year.