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2004 Survey

I never do these things, but I feel like this is a great idea in honor of the coming new year.
Stolen from kathleenbarbie!

What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
I lived in Germany for a couple months. I visited Canada. I worked a 40 hour a week office job. And I dated a guy 5 years younger than me. Good times ;)

Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really make any New Year's resolutions for 2004. I was hoping to make a lot of friends down here though, and I did accomplish that. But I got over it once the summer came. For next year, I resolve to have a full social life and full love life. I also resolve to find a great job that is something I love doing as well as great people to work with.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, no births.

Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no.

What countries did you visit?
Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and France.

What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Much more of a social and love life. This year has had some high-points in those areas, but not nearly what I had in college. That is what I hope to have in 2005, and with the upcoming move, I have a good chance of that happening.

What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The night I met Troy was a great night. That was sometime in mid-March. Also many other nights with Troy in April and May. Good times with that boy. The days and nights I spent with Ty are also very memorable. Especially our road trip up to Oregon. That was great. The whole two months I spent in Germany, traveling around Europe with Heather were very memorable as well. I also will remember my first time spent working 40 hours a week in an office, and finally finding the apartment in OR.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I had a great social and love life March-August in southern CA. This to me is a great achievement, cause I never really had that in high school. I never had a great desire to. But this year I figured out how to balance my family life, my social life and my love life, which in my family is no easy feat. Also, living in Germany was a great experience, I'm very glad I did it. And, though it just happened, I'm so happy we finally found a place in Oregon.

What was your biggest failure?
I spent too much time agonizing over Ty. The type of guy that I should have known can't make me happy. I wasted so much time wanting him, when in the back of my mind I knew he wasn't really what I needed. He had terrible traits that I've already learned are awful for me in guys.. Indecisive, egotistical, unreliable and manipulative. Bad news all around. And I let myself fall for him anyway. I should have either backed off entirely or had a much more detached attitude from the beginning, cause from my experience, relationships with guys like that never end well.

What was the best thing you bought?
My car! Though I did get it at the end of 2003, but it's close enough to 2004 to count. I love my car.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Both Troy and Zac are great people, and I'm happy I had the pleasure of knowing them this year. Zac especially was a great friend to me, and though there was always an awkwardness with the two of us because I didn't feel for him what he felt for me, he was a great guy. And Troy was exactly what I needed in a guy at this point in my life. I'm taking nothing but good memories of my times with him.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Ty. Honestly, we had good times when we were together, but overall, he let me down greatly as a friend. And when I think about what we could have been if only he wasn't so dense and emotionally screwed up, it kills me.

Where did most of your money go?
To traveling around Europe in the fall. But in my mind, traveling is always worth every cent. The things you take away from experiences on the road are priceless.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving back to Oregon. It's always been that dream in the back of my mind since graduation that I'd get back there. It's what got me through the tough times.

What song will always remind you of 2004?
Usher-Yeah. Great song. Also, Moving On by Rascal Flatts.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier? definitely yes!
b) thinner or fatter? about the same.
c) richer or poorer? richer, but after the move, I'll be slightly less rich.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I was better at keeping in touch with friends from college. It's important to keep people who know you well in your life, cause you never know when your paths will cross again.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Lazing around the house, and dreaming my life away. Then again though, after college is a very reflective period in everyone's life. It's a time to let yourself really think about what you want out of life, and to start on the path to get there. However, what you learn once that reflective period is over and done with, is that it's okay that you don't have all the answers now. In fact, it's impossible to. All you can do is follow your heart and have faith that God will be there to make things alright again. It just takes patience and faith to get through the dark periods of life. There is always a light at the end of the darkness, and it when it comes, you'll always remember the things you learned in the dark. Like patience, faith and perseverance. Those things can't be learned in the light of day. I guess that's what this year has most taught me. That the dark times are necessary to live a full life. You come out stronger, and things that were fuzzy will become clear. I feel like I have grown so much this year, and I feel ready for what this new year has in store. I'm really looking forward to it.



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