So here it is – 2012.
Does it feel different? Not really. Not yet anyway.
Yesterday we read our New Year’s letters we wrote last year. And we wrote to ourselves. We set some goals for ourselves, and recorded who we are in the present.
Writing our new New Year's letter
Writing and Reading - about our past and our future
Here are Evelyn’s highlights of 2011 in no particular order: (we thought it sounded cool to say top 7 of 2011 because it rhymes)
top 7 of 2011
And here are mine: (i’ll stop at 5 – even though 5 and 11 don’t rhyme)
1. Traveling – our trips to New York City, Boston, Maine, and my 40th birthday trip to NYC with my cousin, are the top of my list. It was a wonderful year of going places. It was a stretch for me, the homebody, and I loved it! (2012 is the year of saving money so we can travel again.)
2. Health – As much as it’s not exactly a highlight, Steve’s health issues have been at the forefront of my life these past 5 months. It took us months to come up with a diagnosis – an inner ear deficit – and we are hopefully moving in a positive direction. But having a spouse be unhealthy has changed the way I see things. Life was not exactly easy for a few months, but I realized how grateful I am for doctors, and diagnostic testing, and specialists, and despite how bad our coverage may be – health insurance. And it made me realize how much I depend on Steve – he is truly my partner in life.
3. Colleagues – As a teacher, I have come to realize that I can not do this job alone. There are definitely teachers who do that. The students come in, and they shut their door and teach. But I can’t do that. I need people around me holding me up, supporting me, encouraging, me, and helping me. My teaching colleagues are amazing men and women who are not only Minneapolis’s finest teachers, they are the BEST friends I could ask for as a teacher. There are countless moments in 2011 that I have relied on these people day in and day out. They make me a better teacher, and they make me a better me.
4. Life coordinator – I like that title most of the time. I am the Ramgren family life coordinator. Sometimes I think of myself as the glue that holds our family together. Sometimes the glue doesn’t always stick. But between piano lessons, swim team, soccer, school, school work, making lunches, choir, church, and the daily things that keep our lives running – I realize our lives are a balancing act – and I try daily (hourly) to maintain the balance. And that is a full time job. And that is a job that I treasure.
5. Writing – I have always enjoyed writing, and I decided to do more of it in 2011. I tried writing more with Evelyn on our blog (which has been sorely neglected lately). I started a blog for my poetry (http://bramgren.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/im-a-poet/). I gave myself a writing challenge in the month of November – my month of gratitude (http://gratefulramgren.wordpress.com/2011/10/). I have found a new voice for myself. It’s not perfect – sometimes it’s not even good – but it’s mine. And it has been a pleasure to write more.
So what about 2012? Here we are – in a new year. What are our goals?
Here is what Evelyn came up with…
Evelyn has some good goals for the new year
As for me?
1. Continue to write – and continue to refine (redefine, refind) my voice.
2. Show love – share love – be loving.
3. Be healthy – however that may look – in what I eat and what I do physically and mentally – I want to live in a healthy place.
Who will we be in a year? I’m not sure. But my hope is that we will be people who love deeply and fiercely, and share who we are and what we have with others. I want my family to be people who will seek justice and love mercy and truly walk humbly with our God. Here’s to 2012!
Happy New Year.