The Blogiversary begins

One year ago today, I started the Practicing Intentional Gratitude blog on blogger. I didn’t write and publish my first post until February 1, so I get to celebrate a three-day-long blogiversary. But I want to take a moment to look over the last year. Since January 30 of last year…

  • My children both entered the realm of teenager-hood
  • I said farewell to two beloved pets, one which died and the other which was adopted into a new home
  • I started doing physical therapy three times a week, and continued through the year
  • I survived a class with an absolutely awful professor (but lost my 4.0 GPA in grad school)
  • I changed my job from data analysis in network performance metrics to data analysis in finance / revenue
  • I decided that I no longer wanted to live in a dead marriage, and I told my then-husband and children this
  • I underwent two MRIs
  • I was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder, along with multi-directional instability
  • I moved into my own apartment
  • I moved to a different church, joined the choir, and started serving liturgically
  • I traveled to Canada and drove back home all by myself
  • I had surgery on my shoulder
  • My best friend, who had supported me long-distance for ten years, told me he loves me
  • I told him I love him, too
  • I set up a sub-chapter S corporation
  • I bought a car, all by myself
  • My orthopedist referred me to a physiatrist, who told me that I have hereditary hypermobility in almost all of my joints (translation: double-jointed), which means that I have to intentionally and carefully exercise my joints for the rest of my life
  • For the first time ever, I bought a pair of shoes because I thought they were cute
  • My daughter and I adopted a twelve-year-old kitty from the SPCA
  • The hand specialist diagnosed me with dystonia in both thumb joints
  • I underwent injections into every joint between the vertebrae in my neck (that’s 12 shots, plus the three or four random ones for local anaesthetic)
  • My orthopedist told me that I have tendonitis in my knee, along with patello-femoral syndrome, and wrote a scrip for physical therapy on my knee along with my upper body
  • I woke up on Christmas morning alone in my home for the first time in my life
  • My best friend asked me to marry him
  • I said yes
  • We planned two trips to Canada for me, in February and in March, and trips for him in May and August
  • I bought long underwear for the first time since I was eleven years old
  • I transferred back into the team I’d left last January, but with nobody to take over my current job responsibilities, haven’t been able to move completely yet
  • I got that S-corporation going, with a tax ID number, a bank account, and a customer
  • I found a home for us to live in
  • I made an offer on that home, and it was accepted, and now I’m under contract to buy a house
  • We set a closing date for February 27, and a moving date of March 7
  • My fiance began making plans to come down for a visit to help me move in
  • I signed up for Weight Watchers, after a couple-year hiatus
  • … and I started celebrating my blogiversary!

I wish you all a blessed year, just as mine has been.  There have been pain, frustration, anger, and stress; there have also been joy, love, delight, and great hope.  It has been a fertile year, and I’m looking forward to the next.

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3 thoughts on “The Blogiversary begins

  1. Nice new digs. I like it.

    And look at that list of stuff that happened to you…DAMN girl!

    Congrats on your engagement and your blogiversary and your impending home purchase. MWAAAAH! You deserve this lovely happiness!

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  2. My life hasn’t been QUITE as eventful as yours, Hedwyg—but I know the feeling of the joy after the pain. God bless you, my friend—may you know all the happiness you deserve.

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