This is an area that didn't play out as I had envisioned. I went through a couple of job changes this year, which proved both challenging and rewarding. I left a job early in the year and took a contract at a food and beverage company. The next seven months were some of the most exciting and rewarding in my work life. I grew in areas as a marketer that I had not envisioned. It saddened me to see the contract end and enter the full time job search. Those weresome tough challenges, which motivated me to accomplish more in Goal #3, Grow my network and circle of friends.
This area has also been fun and a challenge because in the first half of the year I endured a meniscus knee injury in my yoga practice. I was devastated to be unable to do a practice that is an institution in my life. I confess I had grown a little bored with the repetitive practice, so this gave me a much needed rest to revitalize my love for it. It's amazing how you love what you can't quite have. I practiced regularly through the injury, modifying postures as needed. It almost made me cry to not be able to bend my knee for some poses that were simple to me before the injury. The bright side of the injury was that it challenged me to try new forms of exercise. I picked up Argentine tango, started swimming and running more, and tried biking. I found new loves and challenged my body in new ways, and about seven months after the injury I was able to resume my regular yoga practice without modifications. It was another moment of joy to be able to practice as I had before.
All in all the year was a big blend of ups and downs, but I guess that's pretty normal for life. During previous times of trial in my life, I learned that I would never wish to relive the trial, but I wouldn't give back the amazing growth that came as a result. I know myself so much more now and feel more solid and mature. I'll be honest that I'm ready to say goodbye to 2011. It's time to set goals for 2012, and I'll approach the year with an attitude of hope and humility.