Wednesday, January 05, 2011


It's that time of year when we all look back to the previous year.  The objective is to process what has happened, what was learned, what could be done better or differently. As I tend to reflect often throughout the year I'm not going to spend an extensive amount of time on it just because it's now January again.  So far 2011 feels very much like 2010.

Overwhelming themes of the year? Lets make  it easy:

Moved to a tropical country where few people venture: YEA

Had to endure several months of humidity and mosquitos before I was acclimated: BOO

Proved to myself once again that I am independent and adventurous enough to handle things on the fly: YEA

Dealt with frustrating situations and less than ideal circumstances on a much too often basis: BOO

Scored a better job with curriculum creating and book writing responsibilities while seeing the same kids for a year: YEA

Put up with six months of total crap while being underpaid and under appreciated: BOO

Created a life that includes a big handful of great friends, a good job, and lots of challenges: YEA

Didn't get a fantastic job I applied for and put lots of effort into: BOO *caveat: I'm reapplying: yea

Flew home for THREE full weeks with my family during the holidays: YEA

Spent the rest of the year far away from my family and other good friends: BOO

Dated for the first time in . . .too long: YEA

Spent more than I saved: BOO but had a great time doing it: YEA

Became closer to my sister than I have ever been: YEA

Got more tattoos and piercings while losing weight and feeling better about my body: YEA

Visited Singapore, Malaysia and parts of Indonesia: YEA

Tried to be a good friend: YEA but wasn't always: BOO

Made plans to travel, meet people and be awesome: YEA

Continued to put myself out there for better or worse and felt proud for it: YEA

Spent too much time feeling guilty, upset, overwhelmed, and depressed when I forgot the YEA's on this list: BOO

This seems like a sufficient wrap up. I attribute my YEAs in big part to my mom, my sister, Chris, Julia, Donna, and additionally to Jenn, Vicki, Becky, Rodrigo, Sammy, Julian, Nora, Eka, Todd, Yunni, Ed, Simon, Molly, Christie, 3P, Asa, Mildred, Matt WJ, Veronica, Manda, Alex, Erin, Danielle, Meghan, Amber, etcetera ad nauseum. To those I forgot (or possibly have chosen not to mention by name) I hope you know who you are.

Next blog will be a 2011 forecast!


  1. Loved this post!!! (:
    Besos guapa!! xx

  2. Hello,

    I found your blog a couple months ago when I first found out that I would be moving to Jakarta. I really enjoy it and find it quite helpful!

    My boyfriend and I moved here a couple weeks from Canada. He got a job transfer and I am looking to become an English teacher. Was hoping to get your email address so I could chat with you and maybe ask you some questions. You can contact me at

    Look forward to hearing from you!



  3. Randi, I emailed you but haven't heard back. Hope you find your way in Jakarta. Let me know if I can help.