2009: My Year of Accomplishments & Firsts
- Won first place, UBC Dance Club Minicomp (January 31st)
- Won six trophies at Gala Ball: 2nd in Jive, Quickstep & Tango, and Vienese Waltz; 3rd in Rumba & Quickstep, Foxtrot, and Jive (most trophies at one competition to date).
- Did the Vancouver SunRun 10K in 70 minutes (personal best to date).
- Had my first ride on a motorcycle.
- Travelled outside the country for the first time without the family.
- Travelled outside the lower mainland for the first time without the family.
- Finished high school.
- Took my first university-level courses.
- Gave my first health presentation at meeting.
- Had my first needle, my first cavity drilling, my first tooth extraction, my first surgery, my first stitches, and finally, got my first prescription for drugs.
- Walked away from someone important in my life for the first time.
- Took my first fall in ballroom dancing.
- Watched (in person) my first IDSF competition (Snowball Classic).
- Bought my first secondary lens (Canon 50mm 1.8).
- Went to my first XanGo regional. (Also, my first event with members of our team.)
- Had my first real Vegas experience; walked the strip, wandered in casinos, Saw Cirque du Soleil’s “O” (also a first) and Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian.
- Walked in California sand, dipped my feet in California ocean and visited a Californian beach for the first time.
- Waketubed in the lake and fell off for the first time. Surprisingly, me stranded in the middle of lake while I was waiting for the boat to turn around and pick me up did not result in heart failure due to an extreme fear of fish and deep water.
- Got my first 2nd degree burn. From a mop.
Although it’s not as much as I could have hoped for (it never is, is it?), I’m happy with what I accomplished and experienced. 2009 was a tricky year; one filled with awkward moments, lots of questions, deep valleys, lots of plateaus and a couple mount everests. I needed to spend this year alone, working my derrière off, figuring out myself, figuring out what I want, figuring out what I needed to get done.
2009, in one word, was challenging. For better or for worse.
How was your 2009? If you had to sum it up in one word, what would it be?