Tuesday, January 3, 2012
2011: The Year We Did It Ourselves
2011 has been a crazy year full of many ups and downs and life changing events. On New Year's Eve last year Jon and I dubbed 2011 as "the year we did it ourselves". For the most part we were pretty successful.
In March we went to Chicago for Columbia College's Annual Alumni Screenwriting Award ceremony. Jon had won 2nd place in the contest a previous year, so we were excited to learn the outcome of this competition. He won first place, which sealed the deal of our decision to move to California.
Last April marked the 4 year anniversary of my car accident. I finally got my settlement money and was able to pay off all of my medical bills. It felt great.
In May our lives were put on halt when I found out my dad had stage 4 lung cancer. We stopped planning our move to California and started taking things one day at a time.
My dad was able to celebrate his birthday at the beginning of June, but took a turn for the worse shortly after. I spent a lot of time in the hospital with him leading up to his final stay where he passed away surrounded by family the day before father's day. In place of a funeral we had a small ceremony for him at my house where friends and family gathered to share stories and memories. The next few months I spent every day in disbelief of what had happened. If you had asked me on New Year's Eve I would have never thought I'd be losing my father that year.
In July we went up north to the Upper Peninsula to spread his ashes. It was his wish to be cremated and spread around all of the Great Lakes. As of December we have successfully spread his ashes in all of the lakes except for Lake Ontario.
In August Jon and I started to seriously start planning our move to California again. We did a lot of research and between moving to Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego we chose San Diego. We could be close to Los Angeles but not have to live there and we'd be in the same city as my brother.
In September we started transferring our jobs to San Diego and started looking for apartments.
In October we said goodbye to our family and took off on the super long 37 hour, 3 day drive to San Diego.
At the beginning of November we started our new jobs and I spent the first few weeks applying for a second job. We stayed with my brother until our apartment was ready at the end of the month.
It wasn't until mid-December that I got a 2nd job, but it all worked in our favor because now we can breathe easy and start working on a savings account for our next big life step....a family of our own. While that probably won't come for a few more years it's the next big event we're starting to plan for. :)
I have no clue what to expect for 2012 other than to enjoy my time in California and really live life to the fullest in one of my last couple years of being in my twenties. My two goals for the year are to once again get that savings account going and to steer myself onto a career path. I've worked with Landmark Theatres for what will be 6 years now. I love the company, but I feel like I'm at a fork in the road where I'm asking myself if there is a future at the company in a professional role or if it's just a job and it's time to move on. Only time will tell right?